July in Berlin: From CSD to Zug der Liebe

© Classic Open Air © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

The warm Berlin Summer... this month is all about signs of love...

Let's start with Zug der Liebe on 1 July 2017: From 1 pm onwards, a colorful caravan will go through our city under the motto "Freedom, Diversity and Respect". According to the organizers, "this city is full of nice people. People from all over Germany come to Berlin because of it. Berlin keeps going. We do not want to turn people into activists or make them take political positions, but we want to pave the way for young people with social commitment, tolerance, compassion and charity."

The Lesbian-Gay City Festival from 15 to 16 July and the Christopher Street Day on 22 July also focus on tolerance and happiness. The legendary Berlin CSD demo will celebrate its opening under the motto "More of us - Every voice against rights!" at the famous Café Kranzler corner on Ku'damm (crossing with Joachimsthaler Straße) at 12 noon. After the opening ceremony, the demo starts at 12.30 pm and moves from Ku'damm via Wittenbergplatz, Nollendorfplatz, Lützowplatz and Siegessäule towards the government district. Between 3 and 5 pm, it reaches the ending point at Brandenburg Gate. CSD in Berlin is a combination of politics and party. The demo has two blocks, one for groups by foot and "quieter" vehicles and one for "louder" big trucks with fat basses - this makes the diversity of the participants more visible. If you are traveling without a motorized vehicle, you can join the parade spontaneously.

A sporty race is the romantic summer run on 29 July. At the adidas Runners City Night, you can experience the special warm-up, the 5- or 10-kilometer track, the spectacular finish line or the after-race party in the Runbase.

The most beautiful jogging route on warm summer evenings is, for me, the route around Schlachtensee with a final stop at Fischerhütte.

Since we are talking about lakes in Berlin… why not take a cruise?

The World Cultural Heritage Tour by Stern- und Kreisschifffahrt passes several buildings from the Prussian period, belonging to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The ship leaves at the Wannsee and passes by the island of Schwanenwerder, the Spandau district Kladow and the Pfaueninsel with its well-kept landscape park and castle. Afterwards, the ship passes Glienicke and Glienicker Brücke and continues towards Potsdam to Cecilienhof Castle. You will be on the same route back to the Wannsee pier near the S-Bahn station of the same name. The World Cultural Heritage Tour takes about 3.5 hours. You can enter and exit on various stops along the route.

Another exciting sports highlight, especially with these temperatures, certainly represents the wrestling spectacle on 1 July in Huxleys Neue Welt. In this special place, we are looking forward to the probably very different concerts of Christopher Cross (8 July), Marillion (20 July) and the legendary Bad Religion on 29 July.

In addition, there are several concerts of mega stars in July starting with Pink, Robbie Williams and Andreas Gabalier - all at Waldbühne and tickets only available on the black market - and Grand Diseuse Celine Dion on the 23 July at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Elton John enters the stage there on 7 July: There are still tickets, but they are extremely high-priced ... The concert of U2 at Olympiastadion Berlin on 12 July is completely sold out.

I would like to recommend these smallers concerts as well: Ronan Keating on 14 July and ZZ Top on 18 July at Zitadelle Spandau and Ryan Adams at Tempodrom on 16 July.

Friends of classical music will be happy in July... Various concerts take place at Berlin Cathedral on the occasion of the International Organ Summer, including Bruckner's 9th Symphony on 7 July.

For our Berlin Philharmonics, the Waldbühne offers a fantastic backdrop on 1 July. Under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel (youngest conductor of the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic in 2017), works by Robert Schumann and Richard Wagner will be on the programme.

The Komische Oper Festival from 11 to 16 July shows once again all the premieres of last season - exciting - Medea by Aribert Reimann.

The Classic Open Air at Gendarmenmarkt enjoys great popularity and is probably the most impressive scenery in Berlin. From 20 to 24 July, stars such as Senta Berger, René Collo, Lucia Aliberti and Till Brönner will be on stage... After the grand opening ceremony on 20 July, Berlin’s sky will be illuminated with a fireworks finale.

Theaters are usually already on summer break, but I want to recommend the gem "Bette & Joan" at Komödie am Kurfürstendamm. “Desiree Nick and Manon Strache as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, two of the great Hollywood legends, meet for the cult film "What Happened to Baby Jane?" Both are at the lowest point of their career and the film is supposed to be a catapult. Just as big as the egos of the two Oscar winning film divas is the feud, which they have with each other on the set. Behind the big, bitter-comic fight, they are two sensitive women, who, with all their uncertainties, have to reassert themselves again and again in the merciless Hollywood theater and in their own life.”

Bette & Joan © Oliver Fantitsch

The "Berlin Lacht" theater festival, an international street theater festival, is an alternative kind of entertainment, which stimulates the whole of Berlin.

International friendships are becoming more and more important in today's world - and the Jour de Fête - the German-French festival on Pariser Platz - will also be around this year. Near Brandenburg Gate, we celebrate with our friends the culture and gourmandise of our two nations.

As a result of the high temperatures in July, I recommend the International Beer Week from 21 to 30 July - a ten-day long celebration in many places at the same time of the craft beer culture and community with numerous events throughout the capital.

Let yourself be captivated by love, culture and splendid new impressions of our Berlin... In this sense, only the best!

Your Hagen Hoppenstedt

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