Berlin – City of Culture

Berlin is a city in a state of perpetual motion continuous development, home to a new breed of young, contemporary artists, whose influence has been felt nationwide. Hamburger Bahnhof, a monument to Berlin’s industrial past, has been transformed into the Museum of Contemporary Art, a temple for modern art in all its incarnations.

Museum Island In Berlin's Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg districts, a modern gallery scene has sprung to life, drawing art enthusiasts from all over the world. Nestled between the River Spree and the Kupfergraben is the world famous Museum Island, an unmatched grouping of museums which house architectural and artistic wonders from a number of major 19th century collections. Berlin's museums house items of artistic, scientific, and historical interest, and create a distinct cultural landscape.

In Berlin's Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg districts, a modern gallery scene has sprung to life, drawing art enthusiasts from all over the world. Nestled between the River Spree and the Kupfergraben is the world famous Museum Island, an unmatched grouping of museums which house architectural and artistic wonders from a number of major 19th century collections. Berlin's museums house items of artistic, scientific, and historical interest, and create a distinct cultural landscape.

For culture, Berlin can’t be beaten

The city has three opera houses, more than 1500 theatres and stages, in excess of 175 museums and collections, around 300 galleries, over 250 public libraries, 130 cinemas and a multitude of other cultural possibilities.

On an average day in Berlin there are up to 1500 different exhibitions awaiting you. No other city can offer such a unique spectrum covering everything from fine art to a lively, underground artistic scene. With a central budget for culture of almost a billion euros per year, Berlin is a world leader when it comes to art and culture.

Magazines and newspapers christened Berlin the "City of music and theatre" as long ago as the 1920s. With the largest range of theatres and orchestras in Germany, Berlin has something for every culture enthusiast: from Boulevard to opera, from musical theatre to revué, and from varieté in the Wintergarten to cabaret, no style or taste is neglected.

Carnival of Cultures

The Carnival of Cultures reflects and celebrates Berlin's increasingly multicultural identity. Carnival of Cultures No city in Germany has more immigrants than Berlin (around 440,000). Berlin has developed into a real melting-pot. The organisers of the Carnival of Cultures, Werkstatt der Kulturen, was established in Berlin-Neukölln in 1993. Berlin is held up as a place for dialogue and as a place for people from different cultural backgrounds, nationalities, and religions to come together. The 1.5 million visitors who swarm to Berlin-Kreuzberg each year come to experience a unique spectacle.

A further member of the carnival and parade family is Christopher Street Day, which began in Berlin in 1979. CSD is an established high point in the parade calendar and happens at the end of June each year. Cologne’s parade may be slightly bigger with 1.2 million visitors, but nothing can detract from Berlin’s reputation as Europe's Queer Capital.

Celebrities and famous people can always be spotted in the crowds, and Berlin's openly-gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, is there every year. It may have started as a political demonstration by a courageous couple of hundred protesters, but now CSD has developed into a well-organized commercial spectacle with almost one million visitors. A bottle of Sekt (sparkling wine) is still obligatory for many.

Berlin for sports fans

There are an amazing number of sports centres and sports clubs in Berlin, and most Berliners take part in sports on a regular basis. The city also has a large number of professional sports clubs, including two soccer teams, Hertha BSC Berlin and 1. FC Union Berlin, a successful ice hockey team, the Eisbären, a basketball team, Alba Berlin and American Football team, Berlin Thunder. In the German volleyball league, Berlin is represented by three teams.

Berlin Marathon The Berlin Marathon sees 40,000 professional and amateur athletes hit Berlin’s streets running and is one of the largest marathons in Europe. The German football cup final and the ISTAF athletic championships also take place in Berlin each year. Over the last decade, most of Berlin's stadia, sports centres, and playing fields have been renovated and many new sites constructed, such as the Max-Schmeling-Halle and the SSE Europa Sportpark with its two full-size swimming pools. The final of the 2006 Football World Cup took place in Berlin, for which the Olympic Stadium was completely refurbished. In August 2009 the World Athletics championships were hosted by Berlin.