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From the 11-20th of October, 2019 the nights in Berlin will be bathed in stunning colours thanks to the ‚Festival of Lights‚.  Sunset is around 6.15pm and as the daylight fades, the Festival of Lights begins. This spectacle is definitely worth an evening out with family or friends, wrap up warm and take a magical walk through the city. 

Berlin will turn into the largest open-air gallery in the world: and again, the most important landmarks, building and squares will be enlighted with sensational projections, magical 3D-Videoshow and breathtaking light installations related to this year’s theme “Lights of Freedom”. On the occasion of the anniversary “30 years fall of the Berlin Wall” we will transform the city of freedom into a colossal stage and tell touching stories: expressive, emotional, amusing, surprising and unexpected. The Berlin Festival Of Lights connects diverse cultures and people throughout the world and easily transcends borders and continents – because lights speaks all languages. (source: https://festival-of-lights.de/en/) 

You can pick a neighbourhood or walk along the route on the map shown on the illumination plan – https://festival-of-lights.de/wp-content/uploads/Illuminationsplan.pdf

About the author

Hi there! I’m Juli, German roots but I grew up in New Zealand and have been living in Germany since 2004. I love sharing my passion for Berlin and all it has to offer with new ‚Berliners‘ and through my work as a freelance Relocation Consultant with IRC I have the opportunity to do so.

 

After a long hot summer, the glowing colours of Autumn can be  a welcome sight and Berlin has so much to offer in this bright and cosy season. It’s time to throw on a few more layers and to enjoy what the city and surrounding countryside has going on indoors and outdoors, falling leaves in beautiful parks but also fantastic museums and lovely cafes in which to pick up a warm drink and some delicious food. 

  1. Spargelhof Klaistow – A family run Asparagus Farm turned ‚Amusement Park‘ for young and old – they produce Asparagus, Blueberries and Pumpkins, all of which are sold fresh on location. There is a a huge playground for children, restaurant, a climbing-forrest, animals to see and in Autumn they host a HUGE pumpkin exhibition which is worth a visit.  On the 26.10 they will be hosting  a Halloween Party for young and old, including Pumpkin carving, kids disco and a bonfire. Klaistow is approximately a 40min drive from the center of Berlin, it can also be reached with the Regional train/Bus and also by bike. https://www.spargelhof-klaistow.de/unser-hof/
  2. Urban Nation Mueum –  Situated in Schöneberg, you can imerse yourself in some modern art  at the URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART .Recently opened, it is free of charge and hosts changing exhibtions, it features artists from all around the world. https://urban-nation.com/museum/
  3. Schlossgarten Charlottenburg – Time for an autumnal walk amoungst the most stunning colours this time of year has to offer. The baroque gardens of this charming Palace, which was completed in 1713 are beautifully designed and as you wander down the rambling paths you can discover many features, for example a carp pond, the Mausoleum and the Orangery. Charlottenburg Palace is a richly faceted setting of royal garden design, which aims to inspire its visitors and provide them some relief from the capital city’s hectic pace. Its creation began in 1695, guided by the clever and worldly electress, Sophia Charlotte. She commissioned Siméon Godeau, a pupil of the famous court gardener of Versailles, André Le Nôtre, to lay out the most modern garden in the German-speaking world (citation from -) https://www.spsg.de/en/palaces-gardens/object/charlottenburg-palace-gardens/
  4. Shopping for winter woolies – Cooler tempretures call for warm clothing, why not take a days out to stroll down the Avenue, browse the stores and pop into a cafe for a hot chocolate?  Friederich Str in Mitte and the Kurfürstendamm offer all the highstreet brands and lots of opportunities for something to eat and drink. If you are looking for something a little more individual, the Akazien Kiez in Schöneberg, or the area around Hackesicher Markt in Mitte may be more suited to find more individual stores. If you are shopping for children, who will need wet weather/snow clothes for school and kindergarten, as you are often required to have a set which they leave in a cubby – there are many great secondhand shops around, especially for small children.
  5. Sports in Berlin – Why not support a home-team and go see some local sports?! Alba Basketball plays home games in the Mercedes-Benz Arena and it a great day/night out. Founded in 1989 ALBA BERLIN now plays its 29th season. Eight German league titles, nine German cups and the Korac Cup in 1995 are the outcome of 29 years in which the „Albatrosses“ always played in a European competition and always reached the German playoffs (citation from ) https://www.albaberlin.de/en/
  6. Eating Soup – it’s cold outside and it’s time to eat some delicious hot food. Ramen has been a huge trend world-wide and great ramen can be found in Berlin too. Why don’t you give Cocolo Ramen Xberg https://kuchi.de/restaurant/cocolo-x-berg/
  7. Laughs – Berlin also offers an aray of English Speaking entertainment and amoungst other options is the Quatsch Comedy Club English Comedy Night. Tickets range from 18-32€ and can be booked online. https://www.quatsch-comedy-club.de/berlin/english-shows/ 

About the author

Hi there! I’m Juli, I have german roots but I grew up in New Zealand and have been living in Germany since 2004. I love sharing my passion for Berlin and all it has to offer with new ‚Berliners‘ and through my work  as a freelance Relocation Consultant with IRC I have the opportunity to do so.

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