What’s on in Germany: August 27 – September 2

This Week's Highlights: A wine fest in Frankfurt, a fashion party in Cologne, and The Get Up Kids stop off in Munich.

What's on in Germany: August 27 - September 2
Photo: Roland Wehking



Long Night of Museums

Twice a year Berlin holds a Long Night of Museums event. This time around the theme’s “Museum Landscapes in Flux.” Intrigued? Check out photos from 1989 at the Akademie der Künste, take the kids to the T-shirt making workshop at the Jewish Museum, see Queen Nefertiti’s bust at the Altes Museum, then wrap things up at the Temporäre Kunsthalle with some BBQ.

Price: €15

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, August 29, 6pm-2am

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Jewish Culture Days

From concerts to readings to an architectural tour, this year’s festival of Jewish culture includes a full program of delights. It all kicks off Saturday night at the Rykestrasse Synagogue with a concert by the Keduscha-Chor.

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, September 6

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Sandsation 2009

Last chance to see the colossal sculptures made of sand by Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof. Sandsation 2009 ends Sunday. It’s interesting how the theme “City of the Future” inspired works that bring to mind ancient civilisations.

Price: €6

Location: Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Times: Thursday & Sunday, 9am-8pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am-11pm; Through August 30

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Fashion Meets Music

DJ Arnd Van Lendt spins house music while leggy ladies traipse down the catwalk at this weekly dance party hosted by Nachtflug. Go and dance with the models.

Price: €5

Location: Nachtflug, Hohenzollernring 89-93

Times: Friday, August 28, 10pm

Phone: 0221 5102 229

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A string of open-air stages, outdoor art shows, and exciting exhibitions line the banks of Frankfurt’s River Main this weekend for this annual cultural bonanza! Hundreds of fascinating events hosted by the city’s museums will keep the entire family enthralled. Stay for sundown when the fireworks and the DJs start to go off.

Price: Free

Location: The banks of the River Main

Times: Friday, August 28, 3pm-1am; Saturday, August 29, 11am-1am; Sunday, August 30, 11am-midnight

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Rheingau Wine Festival

Starting Wednesday, wine will be flowing in Frankfurt. Peruse the collection of thirty vintner stands set up on the Fressgass, and taste the bounty of the celebrated Rheingau region. What a lovely way to spend a late summer day. Now how many of the six hundred different types will you be able to try?

Price: Free

Location: Fressgass, Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse/Opernplatz

Times: Wednesday, September 2 – Friday, September 11, 11am-11pm

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Bad Homburg Lantern Festival

Take a drive out to the medieval spa town of Bad Homburg this weekend. Music, dancing, carousels, and parades make the annual Lantern Festival a highlight of the Hesse region.

Price: Free

Location: Bad Homberger

Times: Friday, August 28 – Monday, August 31

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St. Pauli Opening Gala

Join stars of the Hamburg stage Monday night as St. Pauli Theater holds their gala event to open the 2009/2010 season. It’s sure to be a glittering affair.

Price: €26-40

Location: St. Pauli Theater, Spielbudenplatz 29-30

Times: Monday, August 31, 8pm

Phone: 040 4711 0666

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Take a spin in a helicopter. Soar through the sky in a parachute. Ply the surface of the Binnenalster Lake on a water bike. Or simply lounge upon the shore and listen to the sounds of local musicians. The annual Alstervergnügens festival starts Thursday.

Price: Free

Location: The Binnenalster

Times: Thursday, August 27 – Sunday, August 30

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Wolf Suschitzky – I Am a Lucky Man

Black and white scenes of London life in the 1930s comprise this new exhibition of the works of photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky. Born in Vienna, he relocated to London in the years before the outbreak of World War II. Go soon to see his fascinating portraits and street scenes, because you just might catch a glimpse of the artist himself.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Hilaneh von Kories, Stresemannstrasse 384a (in the courtyard)

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 2-7pm; through October 8

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The Get Up Kids

On the eve of the tenth anniversary re-release of their 1999 album Something to Write Home About, The Get Up Kids hit up Backstage Thursday night. Emo never sounded so good. Rock out to all your favourite tunes.

Price: €18

Location: Backstage, Friedenheimer Brücke 7

Times: Thursday, August 27, 8:30pm

Phone: 089 126 6100

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EXPLAINED: Berlin’s latest Covid rules

In response to rapidly rising Covid-19 infection rates, the Berlin Senate has introduced stricter rules, which came into force on Saturday, November 27th. Here's what you need to know.

A sign in front of a waxing studio in Berlin indicates the rule of the 2G system
A sign in front of a waxing studio indicates the rule of the 2G system with access only for fully vaccinated people and those who can show proof of recovery from Covid-19 as restrictions tighten in Berlin. STEFANIE LOOS / AFP

The Senate agreed on the tougher restrictions on Tuesday, November 23rd with the goal of reducing contacts and mobility, according to State Secretary of Health Martin Matz (SPD).

He explained after the meeting that these measures should slow the increase in Covid-19 infection rates, which was important as “the situation had, unfortunately, deteriorated over the past weeks”, according to media reports.

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Essentially, the new rules exclude from much of public life anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. You’ll find more details of how different sectors are affected below.

If you haven’t been vaccinated or recovered (2G – geimpft (vaccinated) or genesen (recovered)) from Covid-19, then you can only go into shops for essential supplies, i.e. food shopping in supermarkets or to drugstores and pharmacies.

Many – but not all – of the rules for shopping are the same as those passed in the neighbouring state of Brandenburg in order to avoid promoting ‘shopping tourism’ with different restrictions in different states.

2G applies here, too, as well as the requirement to wear a mask with most places now no longer accepting a negative test for entry. Only minors are exempt from this requirement.

Sport, culture, clubs
Indoor sports halls will off-limits to anyone who hasn’t  been vaccinated or can’t show proof of recovery from Covid-19. 2G is also in force for cultural events, such as plays and concerts, where there’s also a requirement to wear a mask. 

In places where mask-wearing isn’t possible, such as dance clubs, then a negative test and social distancing are required (capacity is capped at 50 percent of the maximum).

Restaurants, bars, pubs (indoors)
You have to wear a mask in all of these places when you come in, leave or move around. You can only take your mask off while you’re sat down. 2G rules also apply here.

Hotels and other types of accommodation 
Restrictions are tougher here, too, with 2G now in force. This means that unvaccinated people can no longer get a room, even if they have a negative test.

For close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, it’s up to the service providers themselves to decide whether they require customers to wear masks or a negative test.

Football matches and other large-scale events
Rules have changed here, too. From December 1st, capacity will be limited to 5,000 people plus 50 percent of the total potential stadium or arena capacity. And only those who’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed in. Masks are also compulsory.

For the Olympic Stadium, this means capacity will be capped at 42,000 spectators and 16,000 for the Alte Försterei stadium. 

3G rules – ie vaccinated, recovered or a negative test – still apply on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses in Berlin. It was not possible to tighten restrictions, Matz said, as the regulations were issued at national level.

According to the German Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, people have to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask  on public transport.

Christmas markets
The Senate currently has no plans to cancel the capital’s Christmas markets, some of which have been open since Monday. 

According to Matz, 2G rules apply and wearing a mask is compulsory.

Schools and day-care
Pupils will still have to take Covid tests three times a week and, in classes where there are at least two children who test positive in the rapid antigen tests, then tests should be carried out daily for a week.  

Unlike in Brandenburg, there are currently no plans to move away from face-to-face teaching. The child-friendly ‘lollipop’ Covid tests will be made compulsory in day-care centres and parents will be required to confirm that the tests have been carried out. Day-care staff have to document the results.

What about vaccination centres?
Berlin wants to expand these and set up new ones, according to Matz. A new vaccination centre should open in the Ring centre at the end of the week and 50 soldiers from the German army have been helping at the vaccination centre at the Exhibition Centre each day since last week.

The capacity in the new vaccination centre in the Lindencenter in Lichtenberg is expected to be doubled. There are also additional vaccination appointments so that people can get their jabs more quickly. Currently, all appointments are fully booked well into the new year.