While every visitor to Berlin knows about the Wall, 9 November 2019 marks 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. From 4 to 10 November 2019, Berlin will celebrate with a major festival. For seven days, the city will be transformed into a unique open-air exhibition and event space in seven locations along the route of the Peaceful Revolution (Alexanderplatz, Gethsemanekirche, Brandenburger Tor, Schlossplatz, Kurfürstendamm, East-Side-Gallery and Stasi headquarters in Lichtenberg) with large projections of historical pictures, films and sound installations.
The highlight of the week-long celebration is a city-wide music festival on the evening of 9 November 2019 featuring renowned musicians, orchestras and bands whose music and history are connected with the events of 1989/90.
As well as the many exhibitions and activities throughout the year, it's worth visiting Nineties Berlin for a 270° multimedia experience that allows you to dive into Berlin life, politics and its past before, during and after reunification. Or why not celebrate 'The Hoff' at the David Hasselhoff Museum?
4. BAUHAUS 100
Bauhaus is being celebrated in 2019 with the Bauhaus 100 centenary anniversary. Many Bauhaus architects had close relations with Berlin. Walter Gropius was born here and Mies van der Rohe came to Berlin in 1905 and remained in the city until his emigration in 1938. Berlin was the headquarters of Bauhaus from October 1932 until its closure in 1933 – but even afterwards many former Bauhaus architects remained.
Berlin Bauhaus Week is a one-week festival between the Long Night of Museums on 31 August 2019 and the Open Heritage Day on 8 September 2019. Shop windows will present the history of Bauhaus, its influence, life at the school and the products it exported around the world. A glass festival centre will be opened on Ernst-Reuter-Platz plus lecture and film programmes, exhibition openings, guided tours and performances.
5. MONSTER KABINETT BERLIN
Monster Kabinett Berlin (the monster cabinet) is an interesting collection of massive robotic creatures, metal sculptures and insect-like creations all contained within a warehouse. It's weird and spooky but compelling too.
This rundown amusement park comes to life with automaton sculptures and costumed actors for evening performances from Wednesday to Saturday. Part art gallery, part haunted house, you'll squeal at the leering arachnoid robots and jump back from the enthusiastic actors.
Open from May to September, Badeschiff Berlin is a floating swimming pool. In the tradition of old riverside open-air baths, Badeschiff is a converted 30-metre barge on the River Spree by the East Harbour in the city centre. The pool is connected to the river bank by a footbridge where there is a 'beach area' with a bar and restaurant with evening DJs. Badeschiff is open daily from 8 am to 10 pm and you could easily spend a full day here.
When it closes for the season, look out for the winter opening dates when there are saunas available too.
From 13 July 2019, the James-Simon-Galerie will be the visitor centre for Museum Island. The building will sell tickets for all the museums as well as having information desks, a café, a lecture auditorium, the central museum gift shop and special exhibition spaces. The terrace on Kupfergraben will be accessible both during and outside museum hours.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will officially inaugurate the new James Simon Gallery on 12 July 2019 for the 13 July action day of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
8. TEMPELHOF AIRPORT TOUR