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Berlin highlights 2020

The opening of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace, the BER airport opening, 100 years of Berlin as a metropolis and 30 years of reunification: 2020 will be exciting! We’ll show you the top events and tips in Berlin here:

Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace

As a cultural venue for experiencing art, meeting, exchanging and learning, the Humboldt Forum will be a unique place in the heart of the city when it opens in September 2020. The famous collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art of the Berlin State Museums will be presented in the  Humboldt Forum. The more than 20,000 Asian, African, Australasian and American artefacts will be on display over 30,000 square metres of exhibition space. In addition, the Berlin exhibition at the Humboldt Forum will present insights into both historical periods and the world today.

A metropolis overnight: the 100th anniversary of Greater Berlin

The rise to becoming a prestigious metropolis began when Berlin transformed into the third largest city in the world practically overnight on 1 October 1920. The surrounding communities and cities became part of Greater Berlin and thus the capital city expanded 13-fold in one fell swoop and merged into a megacity.
To celebrate this anniversary, a variety of exhibitions will be on show. Especially "100 years of (Greater) Berlin. An unfinished project" in the Kronprinzenpalais and the central exhibition in the Märkisches Museum will illuminate this great historical event and also make reference to contemporary Berlin.

 

Further information can be found here.

Ausstellungen in den Bezirken zu 100 Jahre Groß-Berlin

  • Steglitz-Zehlendorf | 27 January - 28 June 2020

    NEU, GROSS, GRÜN - 100 Jahre Architekturmoderne im Berliner Südwesten (100 years of architectural modernity in Berlin's southwest)

    This exhibition presents 12 representative examples of Neues Bauen, showing how Berlin became an experimental field for modernism from 1920 onwards.

  • Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg | 23 April - 4 October

    Kiezgeschichten - 100 Jahre Friedrichshain und Kreuzberg

    The FHXB Museum presents stories and shows places from the past 100 years that still characterise Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg today.

  • Reinickendorf | 24 April - 23 August 2020

    Mitten in Reinickendorf. 100 Jahre (Groß-)Berlin

    What have the public spaces of the district and the city changed and what do they mean to the residents? This and much more becomes clear in the exhibition.

  • Mitte | 26 April 2020 - 10 January 2021

    Chaos & Aufbruch / Berlin 1920|2020

    The central special exhibition for the anniversary year of Greater Berlin will be on display at the Märkisches Museum.

  • Neukölln | 8 May - 27 December 2020

    Neukölln wird Großstadt

    Eight exemplary sites in the district show how Neukölln has developed in the individual historical phases to the present day.

  • Lichtenberg | 17 May - 20 December 2020

    Oskar Ziethen - Lichtenberger Kommunalpolitiker mit Weitblick (Lichtenberg local politicians with vision)

    Who was the first mayor of Lichtenberg and above all: what was he like and what did he want to push for Lichtenberg? This is what this exhibition will highlight.

  • Spandau | 18 May 2020 - 24 January 2021

    Jein danke! / Spandau und die Gründung von Groß-Berlin 1920 (Spandau and the foundation of Greater Berlin 1920)

    The main exhibition in the Zeughaus will run from 18 May 2020 to 24 January 2021 and will focus on the area of tension between the Berlin administration / Spandau magistrate and the everyday life of the residents.

    Spandauer Kunst und Kultur in Großberlin (Spandau art and culture in Greater Berlin)

    Another exhibition can be seen in the Gothic House from 19 June to 16 November 2020.

  • Tempelhof-Schöneberg | 12 June 2020 - 3 January 2021

    Neues Bauen, neues Wohnen / Siedlungen der Weimarer Republik in Tempelhof-Schöneberg (Settlements of the Weimar Republic in Tempelhof-Schöneberg)

    For many people, housing shortage and housing misery were part of everyday life during the Weimar Republic. What challenges did Berlin have to face during this time and what did ideal building and liveable housing look like? The Schöneberg Museum (from 12 June 2020 to 3 January 2021) and the Tempelhof Museum (16 June 2020 - 3 January 2021) will provide answers to these questions.  What challenges did Berlin have to face during this period and what did ideal building and liveable housing look like?  This will be answered in the Schöneberg Museum (from 12 June 2020 to 3 January 2021) and in the Tempelhof Museum (16 June 2020 - 3 January 2021).

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  • Treptow-Köpenick | 19 June - 27 December 2020

    "Wir kommen nicht mit leeren Händen" - Die Ortsteile von Treptow-Köpenick und ihr Weg nach Groß-Berlin im Jahr 1920 (The districts of Treptow-Köpenick and their way to Greater Berlin in 1920)

    The present district of Treptow-Köpenick once had 15 districts, which are the focus of this exhibition.

  • Marzahn-Hellersdorf | 17 August 2020 - 16 April 2021

    StadtRandLage. Ein Marzahn - Hellersdorfer ABC
    At that time, the communities that belonged to Marzahn-Hellersdorf extended as far as the district of Niederbarnim. The eventful history of relations between the district and Berlin is the subject of this article.

  • Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf | August 2020 - January 2021

    Vorort oder Weltstadt? Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf und Groß-Berlin

    The resistance of today's districts of Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf against the administrative union raises interesting questions regarding the incorporation, which are explained in the exhibition.

  • Mitte | 10. Oktober 2020 bis 31. Januar 2021

    Das Rathaus Wedding 1930. Ein neues Rathaus für einen neuen Bezirk. Eine Gebrauchsanleitung. (A new town hall for a new district. An instruction manual.)

    Everything about the history and visions of Wedding Town Hall from 1928/1930 to today can be seen here.

     

  • Pankow | autumn 2020 - spring 2021

    Pioniere der modernen Sozialarbeit - Das Bezirksjugendamt Prenzlauer Berg seit 1920 (Pioneers of modern social work - The Prenzlauer Berg District Youth Welfare Office since 1920)

    The reform efforts of public youth welfare work after 1920 are the central theme of this special exhibition.

Industrial culture

Industriekultur Berlin
© ewerk, Foto: Juliane Eirich

Berlin's cityscape is characterised by Berlin Modernism, which was recently on everyone's lips, as 2019 was the centenary of the Bauhaus movement. On the occasion of 100 years of Greater Berlin, 2020 also marks the year of industrial culture. Berlin is home to many exciting and interesting industrial buildings, which have been redeveloped for a huge variety of concepts beyond their original use and today invite you to take a diverse excursion into Berlin's districts.

Day of Liberation

On 8 May 1945 the foundation stone for the construction of Europe was laid by the declaration of unconditional surrender in Karlshorst. This marked the end of the Second World War and 8 May thus went down in history as the Day of Liberation from Nazi rule.

For the first and only time, in 2020 the Day of Liberation will be a public holiday to commemorate this event.

30 years of reunification

Following the peaceful and exuberant celebrations marking 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall all over the world, and especially in Berlin in 2019, the celebrations marking 30 years since reunification will be held on 3 October 2020. Many exciting exhibitions, activities and anniversary events will take place on this occasion. More detailed information will follow shortly.

Exhibition highlights

Berlin is also a great location for art and culture. After all, 2020 will see numerous exhibitions of works by world-famous painters and artists:

With an average of 1,500 events per day, Berlin is probably the most exciting, thrilling and interesting city in the world. To view all events and filter daily tips and top events, please click here to access our calendar of events.

Festivals and concert highlights 2020

International superstars, legendary stage shows and national top-class performers will ensure huge variety on Berlin's stages in 2020:

  • January, February and March 2020

    The year gets underway with Howard Carpendale touring with "50 Years - The Show of My Life" (30 and 31 January and 1 and 2 February 2020, Verti Music Hall). The concert year continues with one of the world’s most successful singers and she will also be performing her new album: Lana Del Ray will be stopping in Berlin as part of her European tour (2 March 2020) Fans of classical music will not be left out either, with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov and their "Italian Nights" in the Philharmonic (2 March 2020). And on 5 March 2020, the programme continues with another superstar of classical music: André Rieu will be coming to Berlin (Max-Schmeling-Halle) for a big concert. With the Hamburg collective Deichkind the best atmosphere and a visual spectacle is guaranteed (6 March 2020, Max-Schmeling-Halle).

  • April, May and June 2020

    Santiano have received multiple platinum awards and will of course make a stop in the capital with their MTV unplugged tour (16 April 2020, Mercedes-Benz Arena). Udo Lindenberg is coming to Berlin for two further dates (29 and 30 May 2020, Waldbühne Berlin). Grammy winner Bon Iver will strike subtle tones in the Mercedes-Benz Arena (20 April 2020). In the middle of the year with "Here to love", Lenny Kravitz will be rocking the Max-Schmeling-Halle on 17 June 2020. Taylor Swift is one of the most successful female artists in history, having sold over 170 million records, and in June she will grace the German capital with a concert at the Waldbühne (24 June 2020).

  • July, August und September 2020

    The tickets were sold out within minutes, as Rammstein are famous for their spectacular and sensational stage show (4 and 5 July 2020, Olympiastadion). She is the most aspiring artist of the last two years, international superstars love her and she is only 18 years old: Billie Eilish. For her second visit to Berlin, the US singer will perform at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on 17 July 2020. Two days later the Spandau Citadel welcomes Lionel Richie. Shortly afterwards, another global star will be performing, none other than Céline Dion (22 July 2020, Waldbühne Berlin). Things get heavier in August with Slipknot (7 August 2020, Waldbühne) and the Toten Hosen at the Waldbühne (18 August 2020). Things will get a little more classical on 15 August 2020, when the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim will perform works by Brahms and Strauss (Waldbühne Berlin). On 5 September The BossHoss will perform at the IFA Sommergarten. Seeed will play eight concerts in "their city with the Big B" (11, 12, 14, 15 and 16 August 2020 at the Wuhlheide and 17, 18 and 19 September 2020 at the Waldbühne).

  • October, November and December 2020

    The hearts of rock fans will beat faster, because Deep Purple will be in Berlin for an exclusive concert (13 October 2020, Max-Schmeling-Halle). After this tour it is officially all meant to come to an end: Elton John is back in Berlin for three shows (17, 18 and 20 October 2020, Mercedes-Benz Arena). "Take on me" was one of their global hits and in November 2020 a-ha will repeat their debut concert of 1985 (6 November 2020, Mercedes-Benz Arena). Roland Kaiser has long been proving that Schlager music enchants young and old alike, and he is reappearing on stage (21 March, 24 July and 28 November 2020, Mercedes-Benz Arena and Waldbühne). At 71 years of age and "No More Tours 2", Ozzy Osbourne has something to prove once again and is returning to Berlin (30 December 2020, Mercedes-Benz Arena) with Judas Priest as special guest. Probably for the last time the self-proclaimed "best band in the world” die Ärzte will perform two concerts in the capital (18 and 19 December 2020).

     

Festivals in the neighbourhoods

Feste in den Bezirken
© Copyright: Edgard Berendsen

2020 will be colourful, diverse and exciting in the neighbourhoods! For the 66th time spring will blossom again in colourful splendour at the traditional Britzer Baumblüte festival on the Parchimer Allee festival grounds at Gutspark Britz (3 to 19 April 2020). In Schöneberg, spring is celebrated with the Primavera festival (9 and 10 May 2020), before Myfest on May Day invites visitors to experience live music and performances at Mariannenplatz, Heinrichplatz and Oranienplatz. During the Steglitzer Woche (21 May to 7 June 2020, Festpark am Teltowkanal and Bäkepark) over 60 show and ride operators will offer attractions for the whole family. In Pankow things will get jazzy from 31 May to 1 June 2020: Jazz im Park - Musikalisches Pfingsten im Bürgerpark provides music, culinary delights and art for an exuberant get-together. In the picturesque Schönhausen Palace Gardens, June revolves around art: on two days an art festival with a stage programme, acrobatics and handicrafts takes place here. In Spandau, by contrast, live concerts with fireworks at the 26th Havelfest (5 to 7 June 2020, between the Juliusturm and the Eisenbahnbrücke) will set the mood.

New show in Berlin

Cirque du Soleil's first permanent show in Europe starts on 28 October 2020 in Berlin! Nysa, a spectacular performance of dance, acrobatics and artistry, will be on show at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz. The creative director of Nysa was inspired by Berlin and its inhabitants and as a result the show has a universal character which people from all over the world can identify with.

Congresses

Trade fairs

  • Berlin Fashion Week 2020

    From 13 to 17 January 2020, Berlin Fashion Week will attract up to 70,000 visitors. The three leading trade fairs Panorama Berlin, Selvedge Run and Neonyt have also found a new location: In 2020 they will take place in the halls of Tempelhof Airport.

  • International Green Week

    The 85th edition of the International Green Week Berlin will take place from 17 to 26 January 2020 and it is unique worldwide as an exhibition for food, agriculture and horticulture.

  • ITB Berlin

    Over 180 countries will be presenting themselves this year at ITB Berlin 2020, which is considered the leading trade fair for the global travel industry. From 4 to 8 March 2020 up to 160,000 trade fair visitors are again expected at Messe Berlin. Visitors from the general public are able to attend the trade fair on the weekend of 7 and 8 March 2020 from 10 am to 6 pm!

  • Chef Culinar 2020 Berlin

    On 29 and 30 March 2020 restaurateurs and hoteliers will come together at Messe Berlin.

As a congress metropolis, Berlin has a diverse range of congresses, trade fairs and conferences. Take a look here at the congress calendar of the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office to get an overview of all upcoming events.

sport events

Berlin and sport - they belong together: every year the capital city hosts international competitions and major sporting events with global appeal. Here are a number of highlights which await you:

  • DFB Cup Final

    The DFB Cup Final will take place in the Olympiastadion on 23 May 2020.

  • European Football Championship 2020

    The European Football Championship will take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020 in twelve different European cities. In Berlin, football fans can follow the matches live on the fan mile or during public screenings at many locations in the city.

  • VeloCity

    Around 10,000 cyclists will come together from 13 to 14 June 2020 for one of the largest cycling events in Europe. Following the cancellation of the Velothon cycling event in 2019, this new event format celebrates its debut. The most diverse range of cycling sports are to be staged on routes of 60 and 120 kilometres - a unique concept across all of Europe!

  • WTA Berlin

    From 13 to 21 June 2020 the women of the WTA Tour will meet at the Grass Court Championships in Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel is acting as patron of the event.

  • Grass Court Championships Berlin 2020

    In preparation for Wimbledon, the Grass Court Championships will be held for the first time in the Steffi Graf Stadium from 13 to 21 June 2020. Chancellor Angela Merkel is acting as patron of the event.

  • BERLIN E-PRIX - ABB FIA Formula E Championship

    Lots of horsepower but without the noise: For the first time, the world's fully electric racing series will take place in the city of electric mobility - Berlin. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship will come to Tempelhof on 21 June 2020 for the sixth Berlin E-Prix in succession. Other major cities such as London and New York are included in the 12-race global series. The race will be broadcast live on television in 180 countries.

  • Yngling Worlds 2020

    Sailing fans will get their money's worth from 18 to 25 July 2020. This is when the World Championship for Yngling sailors will take place at Müggelsee in Berlin. The Berlin Grünau Yacht Club is hosting this international event.

  • ISTAF 2020

    200 of the world's best athletes will compete in 16 disciplines at the Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF). On 13 September 2020, 50,000 spectators are expected in the Olympiastadion.

BTHVN2020

As part of BTHVN2020, concerts, exhibitions, readings and other events to mark Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday will take place throughout Germany on 16 and 17 December 2020. Berlin is also participating with an exciting programme at the Konzerthaus, the Komische Oper and the Pierre Boulez Saal.

BER

The BER airport is scheduled to open on 31 October 2020. A big opening ceremony is not planned, but Tegel Airport, which will close one week later, will be bid farewell with dignity.

LCD Berlin

Under the name LCD Berlin, visitBerlin and Leading Culture Destinations (LCD) are developing an initiative launched by the City of Berlin to create a strategic and sustainable ecosystem for cultural and tourism professionals from Berlin and beyond. The patronage of LCD Berlin has been taken over by Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

The LCD Awardswill thus be presented for the first time on 4 March 2020 at the Kulturforum in the German capital, parallel to the world's largest tourism trade fair, the ITB. The "Oscars for museums", according to the New York Times, have been awarded annually in London since 2014. Funded by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, globally renowned tourism and culture makers will also be holding discussions for the first time at the LCD Berlin Academy on 5 March 2020.

The global cultural metropolis of Berlin owes its enormous soft power to a multitude of actors. LCD Berlin wants to promote networking between these influential institutions, the companies involved, visionary cultural practitioners and the urban society in order to create fresh momentum - based on Berlin's core values: Freedom and tolerance.

Burkhard, Kieker, CEO visitBerlin
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