Berlin highlights in May

The outdoor season is here: colourful street festivals and top-class sporting events characterise Berlin’s cultural offerings for May.

... for everyone


MyFest (1 May)

Dancing & playing, eating & strolling: May Day in Berlin is becoming increasingly peaceful and that’s widely attributed to the fact that MyFest has been taking place there since 2003. At this huge street festival, more than 100 bands and DJs appear on countless stages around Kottbusser Tor, Heinrichplatz and Oranienstraße. If you’re in need of refreshments, you can sample the varied culinary treats for sale on the street stands.

This peaceful celebration is rounded off by a variety of performance artists and a wide range of options to keep the kids entertained.

... for art lovers

Gallery Weekend Berlin

Gallery Weekend (1 - 3 May)

Exhibitions everywhere: at the Gallery Weekend, more than 50 galleries open their doors for visitors. The word is out about this tour of Berlin creativity – and with 1,000 guests, it has become one of the best-selling events on the art market. Many collectors even travel to Berlin from Russia, the USA and China especially for Gallery Weekend.

...for sporty types

Berliner Frauenlauf

Berliner Frauenlauf (16 May)

Up to 18,000 female athletes, 5 or 10 km, start and finish on Straße 17. Juni: on 16 May, Tiergarten is getting sporty. The organiser of the 32nd Avon Running Berliner Frauenlauf is SCC EVENTS GmbH, founder of the famous Sport-Club Charlottenburg.

Disciplines: running, power walking, Nordic walking – each over 5 or 10 km, and mothers and daughters can register as a team. There is also a kid’s run over 800 m for the little ones (born 2005 or later).


... for planners and experts

Metropolitan Solutions, specialist congress and trade fair for urban traffic and supply concepts (exhibition grounds, 20 – 22 May)

A new trade fair in and for Berlin: Metropolitan Solutions consists of approximately 25 concurrent international conferences and workshops focussed on smarter and more sustainable urban development. Here, energy efficiency in public buildings is on the agenda, as well as sustainable energy supply and intelligent traffic systems, water management and waste recycling.

... for those with a lust for life

Carnival of Cultures (22 – 25 May)

Carnival of Cultures

Magnificent costumes, spectacular make-up and original masks: during the carnival parade on Pentecost Sunday, Berlin’s many different cultures take over Kreuzberg and show how open, diverse and full of life Berlin is. It could be a well-rehearsed dance, a wild coming-together or a celebratory stroll alongside the huge floats, but one thing is for sure: colour is the name of the game. This is true from Friday onwards at this street festival around Blücherplatz, with concerts, creative arts and crafts, and culinary delights from all over the world, from coconuts to sweet potatoes: more than enough reasons for the million people that visit the Carnival of Cultures every year.


... for fans of motor sport

Formula E race (23 May)

17 bends over 2.47 kilometres, over 220 km/h and 100% electric: on 23 May, the former airport at Tempelhof will be one of ten worldwide venues for the Formula E race season. With no combustion engine, these cars have no emissions and are no louder than a traditional family car. The tickets costbetween € 10 and € 45.

... for footy fans

DFB Cup Final (30 May, Borussia Dortmund v VfL Wolfsburg)

After the league title, the DFB Cup is the most important trophy in German club football. Since 1985, the final has been played in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, and for the 72nd cup final, Borussia Dortmund face VfL Wolfsburg. For fans of both teams, we have an exclusive offer for the trip to Berlin for the final:

10% discount on a hotel room, free Wi-Fi, 1 free beer and sausage per person on matchday at the hotel, city tax included. To book, simply click here:

By the way, Breitscheidplatz, directly in front of the Hotel Palace Berlin, is traditionally the meeting point for the tens of thousands of Dortmund fans expected in Berlin for the final.

... for cyclists

Velothon Berlin

Velothon (31 May)

With up to 13,000 participants and 250,000 spectators around the city’s main attractions , the Garmin Velothon Berlin is a cycling event for everyone. The event organisers recommend the 60km for beginners, while “ambitious endurance cyclists” can test themselves over double that length.

At this fourth edition of this elite race, some 120 pros will be cycling the same route, followed by spectator-friendly circuits though the centre of Berlin to decide the overall winner.

Course highlights: Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, Tempelhof airport, Eastside Gallery, government district, Victory Column, Straße des 17. Juni


Photos: Daniel Incoronato (1x), Hochzwei (1x)

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