While some people just want to laze around, see the night life and eat great food, others like to experience the culture and soul of the new destination on a first hand basis. If you are a person who is more akin to the latter type and are traveling to Berlin, the capital of Germany, then you should consider planning your trip on the basis of the kind of events and festivals that take place in Berlin.
Berlin is a city that is home to a staggering amount of festivals, events and parades over the course of any year. Not only are there many events that take place, but the city is known for providing diverse festivals as well. If you are wondering if the city has something suited to your preferences then here is a list of the top 3 events taking place in Berlin on an annual basis.
1. The Berlin film festival:
The Berlin film festival is known all over the world for being the foremost festival when it comes to films, along with other special international film festivals such as Cannes and Venice. In fact, the Berlinale, as it is known locally, is the largest international film festival in the world with regard to attendance. The festival screens around 400 films, of which 20 are finalists and compete for the famous awards, the Golden Bear and the Silver Bear. Moreover, the film festival sees more than 270,000 tickets being sold and more than 500,000 admissions.
2. Fete de la Musique:
The Fete de la Musique is a festival that is celebrated simultaneously in over 120 countries of the world. The festival is a celebration of music as an art form. During the festival, there are numerous free music concerts held in different venues in Berlin and amateur artists are encouraged and even invited to play in the streets. The Fete de la Musique is, in effect, one large party that aims to promote music of all types. The festival is held on June 21st and was first held in 1981 in France.
3. Oberbaumbrücke Festival:
The Oberbaumbrücke Festival is named after the double deck bridge under which it is held. The Oberbaumbrücke Bridge, by itself, is a marvelous piece of architecture. The Oberbaumbrücke Festival is ideal for you if you appreciate art of all kinds because it celebrates all types. The festival is characterized by tango dancers with public performances, low profile and high profile artists selling their creations and one extremely large canvas where you can contribute with your masterpiece or doodle as well.
Berlin is a city that has many other festivals pertaining to art and religion that you can take part in, provided you plan your visit in such a way that it coincides with them.