Are you traveling in Europe right now and don´t know what to do during these cold, windy days? I spent the last weekend in Berlin, which is not only one of my favourite cities in Europe, but is also going to be my new home starting next year. I got lucky during this visit and found myself in the middle of the Festival of Lights: An annually event in October, during which the main landmarks and tourist attractions in the city get illuminated in great light shows designed by artists from all over the world.
Each day from 7pm until midnight for a period of two weeks some landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, the television tower or the Berlin Cathedral will serve as canvases for beautiful light installations. A great opportunity for a special nightly walk with your partner and for seeing the main attractions of the German capital in a completely different light.
This year, visitors and locals can enjoy the festival from October 7-16, so you still have a week to see a different side of the city. With more than 70 different illuminated attractions displaying German history, contemporary art or even a short round trip around the world, you will definitely need more than one night to see everything and while Paris, Amsterdam or Ghent have the same event at other times of the year, Berlin takes the price as the biggest, best organized and nicest of them all.
On the official website you will be able to look up the locations and a short description of the illuminated attractions. However, if you can only make it to Berlin for one night and want to make the most of it, we created the right itinerary for you!
This two hour walk (perfectly suited for slow walkers) starts at the Berliner Stadthaus (Station: Klosterstr. or Jannowitzbrücke), not far from Alexanderplatz, and ends at Postdamer Platz (station: Postdamer Platz), a modern and futuristic square with nice restaurants and sophisticated bars perfect to finish the evening. Over just 5 km you will be able to see more than 10 different installations including the one at the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Cathedral! And make sure to always stop long enough to enjoy all of the displays in one place, as most of them change every few minutes!
A full itinerary can be following:
- Berliner Stadthaus (right)
- view of the television tower
- Berlin Cathedral
- Humbolt University
- Hotel de Rome
- Brandenburg Gate
- Postdamer Platz (down left)
If you definitely don´t want to miss the festival and are short of time, this itinerary is just right for you and will definitely make your night warmer. If you can´t make it this year, check out some of our photographs from the festival and save some time to come here next year. It is definitely worth a visit!