Hosting an impressive calendar of festivals and events, the German capital is well worth a visit this time of year. Spring is an ideal time for a sneaky city escape and whether you stay for week or only a few days, here are some of the most popular and celebrated events which you may want to coincide with your trip.
Where: (organisers) Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstrasse 24, Tiergarten
When: 15th March to 24th March.
This annual contemporary music festival provides a diverse program of music, innovative musical theatre, experimental works and media art. The event invites international newcomers and established artists to Berlin each year to perform. The word MaerzMusik stands for openness and so the festival focuses on celebrating the latest trends in music production and its relationship with society today. The programme is released in mid-January so you can check out the line up now and buy tickets online. The festival attracts increasingly large audiences each year, so if you enjoy a bit of avant-garde music, definitely look in to visiting Berlin during this festival.
Karneval der Kulturen
When: 17th to 20th May
Boasting the name Carnival of Cultures, this four-day street party is a reflection of Berlin’s ethnic and cultural diversity. The celebration features a Parade on the 19th of May involving floats and hundreds of performers. Both amateur and professional participants of all ages are welcomed so that spectators can recognise the many different communities, cultures and religions that come together within in the city. The route of the parade changes every year, making each parade a new experience, so being a part of this traditional celebration will be an incredible atmosphere for any visitor, lively enough to rival that of Notting Hill Carnival!
Even with a full diary of events, make sure to squeeze in some time for Berlin’s top sightseeing attractions. Always worth a visit are the Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks and the Reichstag, home of the German parliament. This impressive glass dome offers great panoramic views of the city from the top. It is always nice to have a bit more freedom when exploring a city like Berlin, so staying in an apartment is recommendable for an activity filled trip, also allowing you to save some pennies, cooking your own meals and experimenting with local foods! Oh-Berlin offer some beautiful apartments in many locations around the city, ideal if you want to choose a place right in the centre of the action for these events, or alternatively, somewhere with a little peace and quiet.