Berlin Highlights in June

The football European Championships begin in June, and will dominate the city for a whole month. But friends of contemporary art and music, as well as Berliners hungry for knowledge, will also get their money’s worth. 

9th Berlin Biennale9th Berlin Biennale (4 June to 16 September) 

Since its foundation in 1998, the Berlin Biennale for contemporary art has become one of the world’s most significant events for contemporary art. It is different to other Biennales in that world-famous artists don’t just pop in for the event, but rather decide to live in Berlin for a period to allow the city to influence their work – be it images, installations, videos, films, objects, sculpture or other forms.

FOTO Copyright: Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Euro 2016 Public Viewing (10 June to 10 July)

There’s nothing like a summer of football to empty the streets. For the European Championship in France, pubs and beer gardens are preparing themselves for massive crowds, and for all games involving Germany and for the knockout rounds, the Fan Mile at the Brandenburg Gate – the mother of all public viewing locations – will be open.

If you prefer to be a little more comfortable while you celebrate, suffer and drink with your fellow football fans, the Hotel Palace will be showing every game live on a big screen in the Lobby Lounge. Our nod to the host comes in the form of French gin and a French finger food buffet.

Other great locations for public viewing:

Kino Babylon (with live accompaniment from the cinema organ)
11 Freunde EM-Quartiere with talks, parties, concerts and films
Astra Kulturhaus
Bi Nuu


Fussballfamilienfest at the Spandau Citadel
Public viewing in the Kulturbrauerei


Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Long Night of Science) (11 June)

The cleverest night of the year: on 11 June more than 70 research institutes once more open their doors from 5 pm to midnight, and scientists and students put on spectacular experiments, lectures and workshops, as well as familiar but unexpected insights into their subject areas. 

If you’re interested in medicine or architecture, for example, you can embark on a voyage of discovery through the city.

Programme, information and routes:

Foto: Wie die Limo mit Mathe besser schmeckt. © Beuth Hochschule

Fete de la musique (21. June)

“Free and across the entire city”: with this motto, the longest day of the year reverberates around 100 stages on the streets, squares and parks of Berlin. This festival is known for giving exposure to small, unknown bands. Every district is participating, and the allure of the festival is simple: just walk out the door and enjoy good music. This year, many locations will also be showing football in combination with music for the Germany v Northern Ireland game at 6 pm.

Foto: Fête de la Musique 2015 in Berlin: Strassenmusik, Pirates of Percussion © Alex Laljak

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