What’s on in Germany: June 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: Art studios open to the public in Cologne, it's culture night in Hamburg, and there's opera for all in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: June 3 - 9
Berlin's Staatsoper goes open air. Photo: DPA



Long Night of Science

Berlin is proud to bear the title “Capital of Science” in 2010, so this year’s Long Night of Science is surely going to be a most extraordinary event. On Saturday, about 70 different places around the city host events on topics like biodiversity, health, cartography, and robotics. Pick your theme and plot your course.

Price: €12 (Single Ticket); €24 (Family Ticket); €5 (Late Night Ticket)

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, June 5, 5pm-1am

Phone: 030 28 49 38 47

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State Opera For All

With great vibrato, the aria’s of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” will rise and fall through the Berlin night on Saturday. The State Opera’s open air concert is free for all at Bebelplatz. Get there early so you can see the faces of Rene Pape, Anna Samuil, Rolando Villazon and the rest of the cast express the drama of 19th century Russia.

Price: Free

Location: Bebelplatz

Times: Saturday, June 5, 6pm

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Stadt.Strand.Fluss loves anything that has to do with music, dancing, and the water. The party people kick off summer with four DJs and a live set by Dandy Jack & the Metronome Allstars at Club der Visionäre this weekend. Dance all night on a floating dock by the riverside.

Price: €5

Location: Club der Visionäre, Am Flutgraben 1

Times: Saturday, June 5, 8pm

Phone: 030 6951 8944

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Day of Open Studios

The artists painting, cutting, stitching, moulding, and so on and so forth at the Cologne Art Association invite you on a guided tour of their studios this weekend. Get a peek at works by Yvonne Cornelius, Michaela Eichwald, Oliver Tepel, and other young Cologne-based creatives. The Day of Open Studios also includes a look at Arts Foundation NRW Artist-in-Residence Shruti Mahajan’s studio, as well as those in the Chocolate Museum.

Price: €5

Location: Kölnischer Kunstverein, Die Brücke, Hahnenstrasse 6

Times: Saturday, June 5, 2-6pm

Phone: 0221 221 25789

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SportScheck City Run

Lace up those trainers, it’s time to show off your athletic abilities and go for a run around Frankfurt’s Commerzbank-Arena. From a 500m track for kids seven and younger, to a 21.1k half marathon, there are options for all levels.

Price: €11-25; Free for kids 12 and under

Location: Commerzbank-Arena, Flughafenstrasse 362

Times: Saturday, June 5, 2-6pm

Phone: 0221 217021

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Marina and the Diamonds

Anyone with a wardrobe that includes a Bambi muumuu, heart shaped glasses, and sparkle tights is okay in my book. With the release of her debut album The Family Jewels, released in Germany last April, Ms. Diamandis is creating a stir among Technicolor-loving pop fans. The London-based singer kicks off a string of German dates in Hamburg, Thursday. She’s not a robot.

Price: €18.70

Location: Stage Club, Stresemannstrasse 163

Times: Thursday, June 3, 8pm

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Altonale 12 – Culture Night

Two and a half weeks of fun festivities in Hamburg begins Thursday with a night of art, performance, readings, and music at the Altonaer Museum. The program includes sets by local Hamburg trio Il Viaggio, and the experimental/Alpine sound group Zug from this year’s partner country, Austria.

Price: €6

Location: Altonaer Museum, Museumstrasse 23

Times: Thursday, June 3, 6-11pm

Tickets: 039 80 69 70

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Hannover Zoo’s Yukon Bay

Prairie dogs, caribou, and polar bears, oh my! Hannover Zoo’s new Yukon Bay environment is teaming with wildlife from the Canadian outback. See a reproduction of a historic mining town, spot penguins from aboard the “Yukon Queen,” and get up close and personal with the sea life at Henry’s Underwater World.

Price: €23 (Adults); €16 (6-17); €13 (3-5);

Location: Hannover Zoo, Adenauerallee 3

Times: Daily, 9am-6pm

Phone: 0511 280 74 163

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Rodeo Munich Dance and Theatre Festival

Five days of cutting-edge theatre and dance starts Wednesday in Munich. Six, local independent productions from both disciplines will be performed at the inaugural event, which the city plans to continue every two years. This ain’t no cowboy parade.

Price: €12

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, June 9 – Sunday, June 13

Ticket Hotline: 0180 54 81 81 81 (.14/min)

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The Story of Babar the Elephant

Sixty years ago, composer Francis Poulenc indulged the whim of a niece and improvised a tune to the classic tale of Babar the Elephant. The Bavarian State Opera’s performance of the resulting piece for piano and narrator will delight audiences of all ages.

Price: €12 (Adults); €4 (Children)

Location: Bavarian State Opera, Max-Joseph-Platz 2

Times: Saturday, June 5, 3pm; Tuesday, June 8, 11am; Wednesday, June 9, 11am, Thursday, June 10, 11am; Saturday, June 12, 3pm

Phone: (089) 21851920

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The Joy Formidable

Churning guitars and propulsive vocals define the UK trio’s indie-grunge sound. Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd, and Matt Thomas bring a reeling focus back to that time-honoured event known as a rock concert. See them Friday night at Atomic Cafe.

Price: €14.60

Location: Atomic Café, Neuturmstrasse 5

Times: Friday, June 4, 9:30pm

Phone: (089) 2283 054

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.