Events in Berlin

Berlin is home to a huge variety of world-class events all year round, from the biggest sporting events to the most sought after business conferences. Airport Transfer Berlin can provide you with punctual, reliable and comfortable transport to take you to and from any of Berlin’s top events.

Here are a few of the biggest upcoming events to look out for:

1-3 May – Gallery Weekend Berlin

Since 2004 Berlin has opened its doors to the Gallery Weekend Berlin. Art lovers and collectors come from all around the world to see Berlin’s best galleries as well as contemporary pop up galleries from galleries such as the Tate London.

The weekend will focus on classic art as well as new contemporary art from all kinds of cultures and artists. Berlin fills with visitors from all over the world, from China and Russia to the U.S to Japan.

22-25 May - Carnival of Cultures

Every year Berlin celebrates its diversity. A huge array of costumes, dancing, music and theatre make up a truly fascinating event.

The festival is open to anyone who wishes to come and see this colourful carnival. The four day festival takes place in Blücherplatz in the Kreuzberg district of the city. The final carnival takes place on Pentecost Sunday in Kreuzberg and the streets fill with crowds to watch the live music, dancing and expression of all of Berlin’s diversity.

11-14 June – International Design Festival

Aspiring and established designers all come here to the IDF Festival to present and discover new products, designs and prototypes.

It was originally conceived to bring together Berlin’s flourishing design scene, but has become a world-famous international event for designers from around the globe. The festival promotes design to a wide audience and inspires younger generations.

January – Berlin Fashion Week

Fashion industry professionals from all around the globe come to Berlin twice a year for its bi-annual fashion week.

There are also many trade fairs for the public to attend. The most popular is the International Trade Fair for Street and Urban Wear. Here you are guaranteed to find the latest trends in fashion before they hit the shops.

7-9 August – International Beer Festival

Three days and two nights of beer from every corner of the globe, the International beer festival is a world-renowned spot for any beer lover.

The festival stretches for over 2km and includes over 2000 different beers from 320 breweries from 86 countries! You are sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds here.

Jazzfest Berlin

Started in 1964, this world famous festival is guaranteed to get you dancing. The city sets up an incredible ‘Jazz Mile’ where professional and amateur bands all battle for the listener’s attention. This diverse area of central Berlin goes Jazz crazy with lovers of the music visiting from all over the world. If you’re a fan of great music and even better parties this festival is for you.

IFA – Consumer Electronics Unlimited

TThis incredible electronics fair has regularly taken place in Berlin since 1924. It has grown into a world leader of showcasing new and exciting technology from around the world. With over 200,000 visitors and exhibitors from all corners of the globe, this is a must for anyone interested in technology.

Berlin Marathon

Over 40, 000 athletes take part in the Berlin Marathon with over 1 million spectators urging them on from the sidelines.

Berlin comes alive on this date, with live music and entertainment all around, all building up to the last 400m which goes under the famous Brandenburg Bridge.

City Tour

Private Tour of Berlin’s Landmarks

Berlin is home to many world-famous landmarks that are instantly recognizable, from the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate to the Reichstag and Holocaust Memorial.

Our Private Tour includes a private car and chauffeur. You will be shown around all the main landmarks of Berlin in comfort and style.

For those of you who want to get more information about each place, so that you can learn about the fascinating and complex history of Berlin, we can also offer your very own tour guide. Your professional guide will share their in-depth knowledge about each site so that you can leave Berlin feeling like a local Berliner!

Here are some of the main landmarks that you will visit on our Private Tour of Berlin:

Bellevue Palace

Overlooking the Spree this 18th Century palace is now home to the President of Germany. Belleview is French for ‘Beautiful View’ and this is certainly an apt description.

The palace is set in 20 hectares of beautiful green gardens.

Berlin Cathedral

Only reopened in 1993 after being damaged in the Second World War, this impressive cathedral is located on Museum Island in the River Spree. The original building was finished in 1905 and is an impressive example of neoclassical design.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

The main railway Station in Berlin opened its doors in 2006. This modern station links Berlin with the rest of the country. On the same site used to stand Lehrte Station, which was built in 1871 but it was destroyed in the Second World Wars.

Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

At 368 metres this is the tallest building in Berlin. The Berlin TV Towner (or Fernsehturm in German) was built between 1965 and 1969 as a symbol of Berlin that could be seen from all over the city – this is still true today. There is a visitor platform and revolving restaurant in the middle of the spire, which offers great views of the city.

Berlin Wall Memorial

A 1.4 km stretch, which contains parts of the original Berlin Wall was preserved so that the public can get a real feel of how life was in the city when it was divided between two ideologies. Located on Bernauer Strasse this memorial is situated right in the middle of the city and is a powerful reminder of a past time.

Brandenburg Gate

One of Berlin’s best known monuments, the Brandenburg gate is known all over the world. This 18th Century neoclassical Arch was commissioned by Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of good will. Today it has become a symbol of a unified Germany.

Charlottenburg Palace

This historic palace was built at the end of the 17th Century and is the only surviving royal residence in Berlin. The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and woodland, in recent years the palace and the grounds have become a popular tourist attraction.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie is perhaps the most famous part of the Berlin Wall. During the Cold War this crucial checkpoint became a place of tension between East and West. American and Russian tanks briefly faced off here in the ‘Berlin Crisis of 1961’. It has now become a very popular tourist attraction.

East Side Gallery

This extraordinary art instillation is a must see in Berlin. Artists from all around the wall have covered an original 1.5km stretch of the East side of the Berlin Wall with paintings. It was started in 1990 and is now an international memorial for freedom.

Europa Center

This famous shopping mall first opened its doors in 1965 and was seen as a symbol of a Germany recovering from the damages of the Second World War. Today it is as popular as ever and houses over 70 shops selling a variety of things. However, it is still best known for its 60s architecture.

Gendarmenmarkt

This extraordinary art instillation is a must see in Berlin. Artists from all around the wall have covered an original 1.5km stretch of the East side of the Berlin Wall with paintings. It was started in 1990 and is now an international memorial for freedom.

Hitler’s Bunker (Führerbunker)

Hitler’s Bunker is the site where Hitler spent the last few days of his life and eventually committed suicide with his new wife Eva Braun. The bunker was originally destroyed by the Soviets, after new underground corridors were found in 1989, they too were destroyed. Some parts remain but they are inaccessible to the public. They site was marked with a plaque in 2006.

Holocaust Memorial – Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Germany

Building for this moving memorial was started in 2003 and finished in 2005. All the names of murdered German Jews are written on a series of slabs which are scattered across the 19 000 square metre site. The exact symbolism of the memorial is not clear and visitors are encouraged to find their own interpretation.

Gendarmenmarkt

This extraordinary art instillation is a must see in Berlin. Artists from all around the wall have covered an original 1.5km stretch of the East side of the Berlin Wall with paintings. It was started in 1990 and is now an international memorial for freedom.

House of the Cultures of the World

The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the Cultures of the World) is known as the ‘Pregnant Oyster’ because of its unique design. It is used for the presentation and discussion of international culture and art. Most tourists visit for its interesting architecture.

Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche

In 1890 the original church that stood here was built, but it was destroyed during allied bombing campaigns in 1943 and 1945. What stand now is a fragment of that original church as well as a belfry, which was built in 1963. Today the church is nicknamed ‘The Hollow Tooth’ by Berliners.

Karl-Marx-Allee

Visiting Berlin is a great opportunity to see the differences between the Eastern and Western styles of architecture. The Karl Marx Avenue was built by the socialist government in East Berlin after the war, and is a massive 89 metres wide and 2km long. It was built in typical socialist style with huge dominating buildings which look over the wide avenue.

Neue Synagogue

Originally completed in 1866 this large synagogue on the Oranienburger Straße was destroyed in the 1938 November Pogrom (the destruction of Jewish premises and businesses). It has now been restored to its former glory.

Nikolai Quarter

Here you will find lots of restaurants, bars and shops all squeezed into a beautiful neighbourhood. The Nikolai Quarter is the oldest residential are in Berlin and is full of interesting buildings through which you can chart the city’s history. The area was a favourite with artists before it was destroyed in the Second World War. It was only in 1981 that restoration work began.

Oberbaum Bridge

This beautiful bridge that links the old East and West zones of the city now stands as a symbol of unity. The bridge is also unique as it has two levels - motor traffic on the lower level, and trains on the higher level. The bridge and its two famous towers were built in 1895.

Potsdamer Platz

An modern space with many new buildings and businesses, the Potsdamer Platz is named after the city of Potsdam, which is around 25km away from the city. This is a great place to see modern Germany and see how Berlin has been restored after the war

Reichstag Building

The world famous Reichstag Building has had a tumultuous history, and tells many stories of German national history. It was originally built in 1894 and used to house the government until it was ruined by the famous fire of 1933. It was then further destroyed in the Second World War and lay as such until 1990 when it was refurbished and had its famous dome added by the English architect Norman Foster.

Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall)

Home to the Mayor and to the government of Belin, this huge red brick building dates back to 1861. It was badly damaged by allied bombing during the Second World War but was restored in the 1950s. During the Cold War the building was used as the Town Hall of Eastern Berlin.

Soviet War Memorial

Erected after the Second World War by the Russians, this Memorial remembers the Soviet War dead in the Second World War. More specifically it represents the 80 000 Soviet soldiers that died in the Battle of Berlin in 1945. The inscription on the monument reads: “Eternal glory to heroes who fell in battle with the German fascist invaders for the freedom and independence of the Soviet Union”

Topography of Terror

The Topography of Terror is home to an outdoor and indoor museum showing the terrors of the Nazi Regime. The site originally housed the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS between 1933 and their fall in 1945. The museums give a fascinating insight into how these two institutions were run and how they affected Germany.

Unter den Linden

n English the name of this picturesque street is called ‘Under the Lime Tree’. It has this name because lime trees line the grassy central stretch of the avenue. The road itself runs from the Brandenburg Gate to the Schlossbrücke Bridge. The road was originally made by a landowner in the 16th Century

Victory Column

Another of berlin’s world famous landmarks, the Victory Column was built 1873 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian war. The column and the gold statue, known to Berliner’s as ‘Golden Lizzie’ stands at 67m.

Lesbian and Gay City Festival

The largest street party of its kind in the world, Berlin’s Lesbian and Gay Festival is a thing of legend amongst the world’s gay community. The colourful celebrations attract around 400,000 visitors to Berlin each year.

The festival itself takes place around Nollendorfplatz and features all kinds of events such as live music, film, dance and theatre.