New openings in Berlin

Berlin, 14 July 2022 It's summer - and Berlin is particularly beautiful at this time of year. Everywhere in the city, new places are now waiting to be discovered. New museums offer art enjoyment and provide exciting insights at the same time, new restaurants and cafés impress with creative concepts, from breakfast to midnight snacks, and Berlin's hotel scene welcomes its guests in unusual places with innovative overnight offers.

We wish you many exciting new discoveries in the second summer issue of our media theme service.

Your visitBerlin media team

Q Berlin

Q Berlin Questions ©  visitBerlin, Foto: Mike Auerbach

The new Q Berlin

On 15 and 16 September, the Q Berlin conference will address the big questions of our time under the title "The New Unknown". For the fifth time, international thought leaders, politicians and experts from a wide range of disciplines will develop new perspectives for the world of tomorrow live in Berlin and in virtual 3D space. This year, the Q Berlin conference will be thematically determined by current developments in Europe and the world: Pandemic, climate change, Ukraine war.



New exhibitions and museums

Stabi Kulturwerk ©  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Stabi Kulturwerk
Stabi Kulturwerk ©  Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Stabi Kulturwerk

With the Stabi Kulturwerk, the State Library on Unter den Linden opens a new museum for the public today. The more than 300 exhibits in the permanent exhibition are not just about books: original manuscripts by famous contemporary witnesses, photographs, historical leaflets and globes document many centuries of contemporary history. Parallel to this, you can see the eventful past of the library itself. And some of the digitised highlights of the collection can easily be downloaded directly to the visitor's smartphone or tablet using QR codes.

Rei (Etikette) Frau, aus der Serie „Die 7 Tugenden“, ©  Sylwia Makris
Samurai Museum: Rei aus der Serie „Die 7 Tugenden“

The largest collection of samurai exhibits outside Japan is on display at the Samurai Museum in Mitte. Over 4,000 artefacts from more than 1,000 years show the full fascination of this Far Eastern culture. They include military objects and works of art as well as religious and everyday objects. Over the course of more than 30 years, the Berlin collector Peter Janssen put together this impressive collection. Exhibits such as a sedan chair from the 18th century or an armour of the Matsuidara clan impressively show that besides pure function, artistic aspects and craftsmanship always played a very important role.

Humboldtforum mit Fahrradfahrerin ©  visitBerlin
Humboldtforum mit Fahrradfahrerin

On 17 September, the Humboldt Forum will celebrate the opening of the East Wing with a 24-hour programme. This means that the last section will also be open to visitors. From talks, performances and music to a view of the night sky on the roof terrace and sun salutations and breakfast the next morning.

Learn more about the new cultural centre

VR Odyssey Fernsehturm ©  Francisco & Sebastian Jauregui -
VR Odyssey Fernsehturm

9 centuries in 15 minutes! Visitors to  Berlin’s Odyssey in the TV Tower experience the development of the city with ultra-realistic animations. The Middle Ages, the imperial era, partition and reunification - put on your VR glasses and start your journey through time.


DARK MATTER Installation ©  Foto by WHITEvoid
DARK MATTER Installation

At the Summer Lights in Lichtenberg, a 16-metre high light object floats above the grounds and creates shapes and patterns in real time to the music. The music comes from changing DJs and live acts and turns the space under the huge sculpture into a unique dance floor.

New restaurants and cafés

Restaurant Wilhelm ©  Honstein Studio

The Wilhelm Alexander in the Humboldt Forum enriches Berlin's gastronomic scene with two new venues. Deli Alexander serves snacks and bowls, while Restaurant Wilhelm specialises in upscale cuisine. The interior is inspired by Wilhelm's lifestyle and Alexander's travels provide culinary inspiration. Hot tip for the summertime: Wilhelm also offers outdoor seating in the Schlüterhof and Alexander's outdoor area is on the Spree balcony with a magnificent view of the cathedral and TV tower.

Illuminated Cityscape Against Sky At Night ©  Getty Images, Foto: Katja Xenikis / EyeEm

Frederick’s in the Sony Center is also a feast for the eyes and definitely worth a visit, if only for its historical flair. In the ambience of the former Grand Hotel Esplanade, local and international cuisine is now served in the restaurant and deli. And in the two bars, cocktail culture awaits you amidst the opulent interior in the style of the Belle Epoque.

FREA - veganes zero waste Restaurant ©  FREA

The special thing about Frea Bakery is not only the delicious breads, pastries and juices, which can also be enjoyed directly on site from Wednesday to Sunday. With its zero-waste concept, the new bakery on Gartenstraße in Mitte focuses on sustainability and recycles all leftovers in its own composting machine. And in the FREA Lab, workshops on the art of cooking and baking are about to start.

Dongnam Coffee Lab ©  Dongnam Coffee Lab

The Dongnam Coffee Lab on Ku'damm surprises with unprecedented creations. Hibiscus-cinnamon lemonade or an espresso with a crema of egg yolk - the aromas and sophistication of Asia are on display here in all their facets, including snacks and bowls.

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New hotels

Hotel Wilmina, Amtsalon ©  Markus Gröteke, Berlin
Hotel Wilmina, Amtsalon

Berlin's hotel world also enters the summer with extraordinary new openings. The Wilmina in Charlottenburg's Kantstraße was a women's prison in the 19th century and was carefully and sensitively transformed into a retreat in the countryside.

With 44 rooms and suites, a library, spa and the Lovis restaurant, the Wilmina is a haven of peace in the middle of the bustling city.

Berlin's first upcycling hotel is the greet Berlin Alexanderplatz. The building was already a hotel before, was completely renovated and now sets completely new accents in terms of sustainable hotel business with second-hand furniture and accessories.

It doesn't always have to be a room, table and bed. In the Space Night capsule hotel you sleep in spectacular space flair. Whether single or double capsule with mattress - a night in a space station in the middle of Leipziger Straße is definitely unforgettable.

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