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Outlook on Berlin´s highlights 2022


Thankfully, the year 2022 will carry on with even more exciting news.

The year 2021 was transformative for Berlin with a remarkable number of new developments and venues enriching the cultural landscape of the city. The new Humboldt Forum has been a significant addition to the cultural heart of Berlin and this complex new landmark, which opens up new perspectives on Berlin and the world, should be a must-see for any culture or history enthusiast visiting our city. 

Beginning of year & spring 2022

While sadly the physical ITB Berlin will not take place in March, many other developments are sending positive signals to the industry. The beginning of the construction of Schlossfreiheit next to the Humboldt Forum will make this public space in the center of Berlin even more attractive to visitors and Berliners alike. A huge 38-metre-wide seating area is being built directly on the Spree, which will create a place to relax and hang out as of 2024.

In spring, the Samurai Art Museum will open in a new location in Mitte, housing one of the largest collections of Samurai culture outside of Japan. Further, the Berlin State library will open a special museum on the boulevard Unter den Linden, displaying unique and precious book art at the Staatsbibliothek Treasury.

From February 10 to 20 2022, the 72nd Berlinale – the International Film Festival Berlin – will take place. At the same time, the now reopened New National Gallery will display a Gerhard Richter exhibition, on the 90th birthday of the famous German contemporary artist.

The summer is expected to bring many exciting events and openings as well. For one, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum will move to a beautiful new location inside the Charlottenburg Palace. Here the drawings, graphic art and sculptures of the world-famous artist will once again be on display in the prestigious theatre building of the Palace.

Tristan Otto, the original skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex will return to the Museum of Natural History, where previously he attracted more than 3 million visitors. From June 11 to September 18, the 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will take place in various venues spread around Berlin curated by Kader Attia.

Each new edition of this event, which takes place every two years, brings together artists, theorists, and practitioners from different fields to let them enter into a dialogue with the city of Berlin and its public. With the Special Olympics Germany, the Greentech Festival, the Long Night of the Sciences and the Long Night of Museums 2022, Classic Open Air 2022 and the 44th CSD – to name a few highlights – the summer season in Berlin will certainly not be boring.

Autumn 2022

This fall will also hold more than one new highlight in store. Among them is the opening of the tower THF – 360° Berlin. The airport tower will open with an exhibition floor and a roof terrace offering unique views over the former Tempelhof airfield. Over the next years, this historic location is going to be transformed into a space for art and culture, for creative industries and large-scale events.

In the fall, the Freedom and Unity Monument is scheduled to be inaugurated. This 50-metre-long kinetic memorial is set opposite the Humboldt Forum’s west portal and dedicated to the Peaceful Revolution and the fall of the Wall in 1989.

The Lollapalooza is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe and will take place at the Olympic Stadium Berlin from 24 – 25 September 2022. The same weekend, the 48th BMW Berlin Marathon will once again take place through the streets of Berlin.

As every year, we can already look forward to this year’s Festival of Lights with the title “Vision of our future” when famous landmarks and historical places all over Berlin will be colorfully illuminated for a very special week in October.

End of year & winter 2022

While the winter of 2022 still seems very far away, we know that this special time of year always brings even more reasons to visit Berlin. At the end of the year, the Berlin Medical History Museum will reopen after an expansion and modernization period. The unique collection of the museum on the grounds of the Charité leads through 300 years of medical history.

From November 3 to 6, the yearly Jazzfest Berlin will take place and introduce contemporary jazz music from all over Europa at various locations throughout the city. As every year, the Christmas season will go hand in hand with beautiful and diverse Christmas markets and seasonal and festive lights throughout the city, as well as show and theater highlights.

If you are still searching for more inspiration and reasons for a visit to Berlin in 2022, please continuously check out our event calendar listing the top events of the year. We hope to see you in Berlin soon!

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