Concerts, parties and balls and international film and theater events are on the agenda in Berlin alongside the famous "Long Nights", during which museums, cultural institutions and research institutions stay open late for special events. The cultural calendar in Berlin is unparalleled the world over.
Berlin's cultural landscape is defined by venerable cultural institutions on the one hand and a vibrant experimental scene on the other. The city’s cultural calendar offers something for every taste. Annual festivals and colorful parades like the Carnival of Cultures and Christopher Street Day thrill millions.
Theater and concerts
Berlin, the foremost theater and orchestra city in Germany, offers an overwhelming array of entertainment and cultural enjoyment every day. Berlin's multifaceted theater and cultural landscape includes institutions with an international reputation, such as the Deutsches Theater and the Berlin Philharmonic, with its conductor Sir Simon Rattle.
Berlin enjoys three world-class opera houses: the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Deutsche Oper and the Komische Oper. It also boasts seven symphony orchestras, including the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, 15 chamber orchestras, around 850 choirs, three independent opera ensembles and countless groups performing in every style: true diversity.
Over 150 stages, many independent theater companies, a new musical theater at Potsdamer Platz and, last but not least, 12 children´s and youth theaters, offer a multifaceted program that attracts 3.5 million theater guests per year to the capital.
(Sources: Berlin Cultural Metropolis (Kulturmetropole; Berlin: Die Stadt), Berlin Partner for Business and Technology)
With its 284 theaters, Berlin has the highest ratio of cinemas per capita in Germany. 9.3 million moviegoers annually prove the enduring power of the medium of film to captivate audiences.
With a total of 13 multiplexes, Berlin brings cinema to a new generation. A total of 128 screens and 32,231 seats make modern cinema entertainment possible for thousands of moviegoers.
Berlin International Film Festival
The Berlinale attracts international movie stars and cinephiles from across the world every year. The Berlinale Palast, the musical theater at Potsdamer Platz designed by Renzo Piano, accommodates 1,800 patrons and fascinates visitors from across the globe with its modern architecture.
The Museum Island in Berlin is home to world famous museums like the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie. UNESCO declared the Museum Island a World Heritage Site along with the palace and garden complex Sanssouci in Potsdam. Like the Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, they draw visitors from across the world.
Berlin's 180 museums attract more than 17 million visitors annually.
Culture and recreation
Use our interactive map to learn about Berlin's museums, theaters and cinemas.
Prussian palaces and gardens in Berlin and its Brandenburg-Surroundings
- Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
- Grunewald Hunting Palace - Berlin's oldest palace
- Glienicke Palace - Pfaueninsel (Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Rheinsberg Palace
- Königs Wusterhausen Palace
- Caputh and Oranienburg Palaces
- Royal Residence at Paretz