What’s on in Germany: November 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: Vikings in Frankfurt, Grimm's fairy tales in Cologne, and innovative theatre troupes take the stage in Munich.

What's on in Germany: November 19 - 25
Photo: Park Chul Soon's GANGNANGK' ONG SSAG TIUG at Munich's film festival.



Expolingua Berlin 2009

Thinking about up and leaving for Russia? Want to study art history in Italy, or finally get around to learning French? This annual expo will bring you one step closer to realising the dream. Meet representatives from universities, language centres, and cultural institutes from all over the world. Plus, you can laugh along to English-speaking comedians and be mesmerised by a pair of Argentine tango dancers.

Price: €4

Location: Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur, Friedrichstrasse 176-179

Times: Friday, Novemeber 20 – Sunday, November 22, 10am-6pm

Phone: 030 310 18180

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Coffee Gossip with Apartemento Magazine

To celebrate the release of the fourth issue of the English-language, Spain-based interiors magazine Apartamento, Berlin bookstore do you read me?! is hosting a little social gathering on Sunday afternoon. For the little ones, whose interest might sway more toward bunny rabbits than chenille coverlets, there will be a magazine supplement for kids with a colouring book included.

Price: Free

Location: do you read me?!, Auguststrasse 28

Times: Sunday, November 22, 1-5pm

Phone: 030 695 49 695

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Dreams in Pictures – The Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection

This weekend would be a nice time to head over to the Neue Nationalgalerie to see Ull and Heiner Pietzsch’s extraordinary collection of Magrittes, Miros, Dalis, Pollacks, Rothkos, and more. Somebody certainly has an eye for art. This just might be the best private art collection ever.

Price: €10

Location: Neue Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Strasse 50

Times: Thursday, 10am-10pm; Friday – Saturday, 10am-8pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm; through January 10, 2010

Phone: 030 266 42 42 42

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Fairy Tale Christmas Market at Rudolfplatz

Fairy tales and Christmas. Talk about perfect. Take two of the most wonderful things in the world, put them together, and you’ve got this magical land of twinkling lights, Glühwein, and fairy tale castles. This year’s theme is the Brothers Grimm, so keep an eye out for Hansel, Gretel, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltzkin.

Price: Free

Location: Rudolfplatz

Times: Friday, Saturday, 11am-10pm; Sunday – Thursday, 11am-9pm; Monday, November 23 – Wednesday, December 23

Phone: 0221 51 98 83

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The Last Vikings

Take a journey back to the year 1066, when William, Duke of Normandy invaded England, resulting in the Battle of Hastings, otherwise known as the “last Viking raid.” The historical context and major developments leading up to that fateful fight were exquisitely stitched into the Bayeux Tapestry. A reproduction of that legendary work, as well as numerous Viking artefacts are on view at the Frankfurt Archaeological Museum starting Saturday.

Price: €6

Location: Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt, Karmelitergasse 1

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Saturday, November 21 – March 14 – 2010

Phone: 069 2123 58 96

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You and Your World – The Great Consumer Exhibition

Ever been to a trade show that combines baseball with a culinary studio, children’s books, a Nintendo truck, yoga, and a fairy tale world? Hamburg’s “You and Your World” expo has something for everyone.

Price: €3 – 8.50; Children under 6, Free

Location: Hamburg Messe, Messeplatz 1

Times: Daily, 10am-6pm; Thursdays, 10am-7pm; Saturday, November 14 – Sunday, November 22

Hotline: 040 35 690

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Push the Button – Meikl and Klubba

Shake off the late fall chill with a late night romp around the dance floor Saturday. DJs Meikl and Klubbaa heat up the room at Waagenbau with their dizzying “Maximal-electromix.”

Price: €7

Location: Waagenbau, Max Brauer Allee 204

Times: Saturday, November 21, 11pm

Phone: 040 244 20 509

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La Cherga

Who can resist those Balkan beats? Add in a touch of electro and the whole room’s smitten. La Cherga lends a modern flavour to tradition.

Price: €17

Location: Pavillon, Lister Meile 4

Times: Friday, November 20, 9pm

Phone: 0511 235 5550

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Spielart Theatre Festival

New and unusual are two keywords that describe the works in this border-pushing festival. Hailing from France, Germany, the UK, South Korea, Argentina, and beyond, this year’s program includes a trove of fascinating artists. DJ Sonja Armisen holds court at Thursday night’s free opening party.

Price: Most Productions €10-15

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, November 19 – Saturday, December 5

TIckets: 0180 54 81 81 81 (0.14/Min)

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Reopening of the Schack Galerie

One hundred years ago, the Schack Galerie opened in Munich. To commemorate that special event, the space was renovated, admission is free through Sunday, and they’ve gone ahead and changed the name to Sammlung Schack. Go and delight in the treasures of Count Adolf Friedrich von Schacks’s dazzling collection of 19th century German masters.

Price: Free through Sunday; €4 After Sunday

Location: Sammlung Schack, Prinzregentenstrasse 9

Times: Thursday, November 19 – Sunday, November 22, 10am-6pm

Phone: 089 238 052 24

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The Munich International Festival of Film Schools

What have those kids been up to? Catch a movie this weekend and find out. This festival’s one and a half hour sections include five to ten films by young filmmakers from all over the world. Many are shown in their original English language, or with English subtitles.

Price: €4

Location: Filmmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Sunday, November 15 – Saturday, November 21

Phone: 089 381 9040

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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.