What’s on in Germany: June 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Giant sand sculptures in Berlin, Dr. Jane Goodall in Munich and Japanese ballet in Hamburg.

What's on in Germany: June 10 - 16



Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art

This cross-medial contemporary festival combines a range of creative disciplines including design, architecture, choreography, writing, fine arts, music and theatre. Held at various venues through the city, the 6th annual celebration is sponsored by the KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

Price: €5 – 14

Location: Various

Times: 11th June – 8th August (see programme for full schedule)

Phone: 030 24 34 59 0

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Competitors from around the world will gather for the eighth time in Berlin – this year at the o2 World arena – to sculpt masterpieces from sand before a crowd of thousands. The ideal summer event, this riveting competition provides spectators plenty of opportunity to gawk, lounge and even cast their votes for entries: winners are chosen by a jury, the artists and the public.

Price: €6; Happy Hour Fri/Sat from 8pm €4

Location: o2 World

Times: 6th June – 29th August; Sun-Thurs 10-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-11pm

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Corset course

Looking to have a wasp-shaped waist this summer? British fashion designer Miss Moss is offering lessons on how to make your very own corset. The course will start on June 14 and will last a week.

Price: €180 including materials.

Location: Linkle Stitch ‘N’ Bitch Nähcafe Wrangelstr.80 10997 Berlin

Time: June 14 – 19

More Information: Miss Moss



Book Stroll on the Kö

Germany’s largest open-air book market celebrates its 25th anniversary along Düsseldorf’s lavish Königsallee this week. Attracting 400,000 books from book shops, publishers and literary institutions across the country, Book Stroll on the Kö also lays the stage for the city’s oldest cultural event with readings, theatre, cabaret and musical performances adding a bit of flair to this well-read scene.

Price: Free

Location: Königsallee

Times: 10th – 13th June, daily 10am to 8pm

More Information: Book Stroll on the Kö Website



World Cup at Rathenauplatz

Why watch Germany battle its way through the ranks of the World Cup on your couch at home when you could be bumping elbows with ecstatic Hessians? The KIA City Arena is making it possible with a giant screen setup at Roßmarkt/Rathenauplatz. Frankfurt is the only city offering a live public broadcast of every single World Cup game this year (exception: matches coinciding with the last two group German matches).

Price: Free

Location: Roßmarkt/Rathenauplatz (exit S or U-Bahn Hauptwache)

Times: Please see World Cup schedule (open daily 2 hours prior to game start)

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Rose and Light Festival

Watch Frankfurt’s PalmenGarten park spring to life with candles, lanterns and of course, roses. This three-day festival also incorporates a myriad of activities including tours, seminars, music and plenty of entertainment for the kids. Saturday night the park will play host to a fireworks display, flanked by thousands of tea candles placed throughout the garden.

Price: €5; €2 for children under 14

Location: PalmenGartenTimes: 11th – 13th June, 11am – late

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Hamburg Ballet – The Floating World – Seven Haiku of the Moon / Seasons – The Colours of Time

Designed for the Tokyo Ballet in 1989, The Floating World and Seasons was intended to explore Japanese culture via the origins of Japanese “style”, as opposed to simply mimicking modern interpretations of it, according to creator John Neumeier. See the Far East come to life this summer through music and the poetry of dance.

Price: €12 – 77

Location: Hamburgische Staatsoper, Große Theaterstr. 25

Times: 13th June at 6pm, 15th & 24th June at 7:30pm

More Information: Hamburg Ballet Schedule


Rubens, van Dyck, Jordaens: Baroque Art from Antwerp

A bustling merchant city of the 17th century, Antwerp saw the art of the influential Baroque movement manifest itself in a special ways. Artists Peter Paul Rubens along with Anthonis van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens blazed a trail of change for Flemish art with the development of the “plastic” painting technique and new ways of depicting light and movement.

Price: €8 general admission; €5 students; €5 Mondays; Visitors under 18 and Forum members free

Location: Bucerius Kunst Forum, Rathausmarkt 2

Times: 11th June – 19th September, Daily 11am – 7pm (Thurs until 9pm)

Tickets: 040 360 9 960

More Information: Bucerius Kunst Forum



Saxophone Quartet

This award-winning foursome have been going at it since 2005 with European, Asian and North American concerts under their belts. Regular figures at various international festivals around Germany, the quartet focus mainly on works for classical saxophones quartets from the romantic to contemporary periods.

Price: €20; €10 discounted

Location: Small Konzert Hall in the Gasteig, Rosenheimer Str. 5

Times: 12th June, 8pm

Phone: 0180 54 81 81 81

More Information: Website


An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall: Stories & Music from Her Life’s Journey

The world-famous primatologist, environmental activist and UN Messenger of Peace comes to Munich to relate stories from her years of work in Africa. The event coincides with several special landmarks including 50 years of chimpanzee research, the Munich premiere of the documentary film Jane’s Journey, and the founding of the Jane Goodall Institute in Germany.

Price: €18; €10 discounted

Location: America House Munich, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: 15th June, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 37 0

More Information: America House Website


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.