August in Berlin not comparable worldwide… by Hagen Hoppenstedt

Waldbühne in August

The Waldbühne is traditionally one of the most beautiful open-air stages in Germany - unfortunately bringing along your picnic basket with a good bottle of wine is no longer permitted in favor of the caterers - yet a concert under the stars on a warm summer night in Berlin is unforgettable. Special highlights are for example the concert of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim on August 13. Special guest this year is his childhood friend pianist Martha Argerich. The young musicians of the ensemble, all outstanding artist, come from Israel, Palestine and other Arab countries. 


Waldbühne_Barenboim2015_© Sebastian Greuner

Foto: Waldbühne_Barenboim2015_© Sebastian Greuner


Summer in Berlin is full of surprises …

Starting with the dance festival "Tanz im August" from 12.8. to 4.9. Berlin is again the hotspot for all dance enthusiasts: this year the festival focuses on contemporary classics and new works by international and Berlin choreographers. At various venues throughout Berlin like the Volksbühne or Haus der Berliner Festspiele you can enjoy performances at the highest level....



Foto: MonbijouTheater_Strandbar_cc_Bernd_Schönberger

If you wish to dance yourself, you have to go to the Strandbar on the banks of the Spree River on the Museum Island. The beach bar offers daily changing programs like dance classes - from swing, tango, waltz and this year's trend Zouk from Brazil. When already there, it is worth visiting the Open Air Theatre Monbijou with its spectacular performance of “The Merry Wives of Windsor”.


Foto: MonbijouTheater_Amphitheater_Ausschnitt_21.Juni2016_cc_Bernd_Schönberger

In case of rain you might consider visiting "Clärchens Ballhaus" in Berlin Mitte. Here you can dance on the weekend accompanied by live bands. Since 1913 dancers of all levels and style can enjoy the special charm of this place.


Missed your favorite movie? - Why don’t you try cinema under the stars?

We would recommend the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg at the Kunstquartier Bethanien on Mariannenplatz. Movies like „The Theory of Everything“, “Deadpool” or „Hail, Cesar“ are shown in their original language with German or English subtitles – and as well a good spot for a flirt.

You cannot do without art even in summer? Drive to the Wannsee and visit the wonderful Liebermann Villa and its current exhibition of Liebermann's artworks of beer gardens and cafes. Afterwards enjoy a piece of the delicious cake with a sparkling drink in the villa's garden while you dip your feet into the Wannsee.

Max Uth - Der Biergarten, um 1910 © SMB – Nationalgalerie, Foto: Andres Kilger

Max Uth - Der Biergarten, um 1910 © SMB – Nationalgalerie, Foto: Andres Kilger

Speaking of sparkling drinks – with its high temperatures, after dancing, watching, enjoying, running around the city - this summer we recommend the handmade sodas and smoothies of the “Fruchtmanufaktur Proviant”. The refreshing flavors such as lemon, ginger lemon and orange are addictive.

“Prost” and enjoy your August in the most individual city in the world!!

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