What’s on in Germany: July 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Fashion in Berlin, electronica in Hanau, and the Rhine goes up in flames.

What's on in Germany: July 1 - 7
Photo: DPA



Bread and Butter Berlin

Models and fashion aficionados from across the globe will flock to Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport this week for the Bread and Butter fashion show. The biannual throwdown features designers from across the style spectrum, including Adidas and the latest trends from underground labels. Bread and Butter is known for its broad scope – from new-school denim cuts to out-of-this-world shoe design – so don’t miss out on this summer’s lineup.

Price: €50

Location: Tempelhof Airport

Times: July 7 – 9

Phone: (030) 2000 370

More Information: Bread and Butter Website



Rhine in Flames

If scenic castles, fireworks and a cruise down the Rhine River sound like your idea of a pleasant evening, consider taking part in this year’s Rhine in Flames. More than 50 ships set sail from the town of Rudesheim on July 3 and slowly make their way down the Rhine. Passengers can enjoy dusky views of romantic castles and churches illuminated with special lighting arrangements. A fireworks display takes place over the river around 10 pm.

Price: Free

Location: Left bank of the River Rhine at the mouth of the River Nahe

Times: July 3

Phone: (0261) 91520-0

More Information: Rhein in Flames Website




Attracting some 170,000 people to Bonn each year, RhEINKULTUR has become one of Germany’s leading summer festivals. Despite showcasing musical acts on five stages from a number of genres including hip-hop, rock and electronica, organizers have managed to keep this summer staple free of charge. What started in 1983 as a way for lesser-know artists to gain exposure, RhEINKULTUR remains true to its roots by frequently adding new musicians to its ranks and playing down the industry side of things.

Price: Free

Location: Freizeitpark Rheinaue

Times: July 3 2010

Phone: (0228) 20 70 806

More Information: Rheinkultur Festival Website




Reggae fans from far and wide come to an island in Cologne’s Fühlinger See every July to enjoy live performances by more than 40 well-known reggae artists. Two large stages featuring established acts along with some emerging young talent make Summerjam a comprehensive reggae music experience. The festival spent many years migrating between locations, although the current island setup seems to provide both easy access and ample seclusion.

Price: €55

Location: Fühlinger See

Times: July 2 – 4

Phone: 0711 238 5050

More Information: More Information: Summerjam Website

Romanesque Night Cologne

A slew of cult classical music enthusiasts gather every year at St. Mary’s Basilica in the Capitol for Romanesque Nights. Timeless pieces from famous composers as well as international and local contributors to the Romanesque music scene share their contributions with patrons. Held on three summer nights in Cologne, Romanesque Nights has long managed to tickle the fancy of even the most fair-weather classical fan.

Price: €5 – €29 (see website for show details)

Location: Various locations

Times: July 7 – 9

Phone: 0221-552558

More Information: More Information: Romanesque Night Website



Ironman European Championship

The world’s toughest athletes gear up for the annual Ironman championship at various locations around Frankfurt. Together with its sister competition, the Ironman Challenge, this triathlon ranks among the largest in the world. The challenge attracts international athletes to compete in a test of raw physical endurance and mental stamina. Sporting, gastronomic and cultural events take place in the run-up to the contest, and the public is invited to watch free of charge.

Price: Free to watch

Location: Various locations

Times: July 4, 7am

More Information: Ironman Germany Website



Laut und Luise

Young music enthusiasts will be delighted at the chance to get their hands on instruments of all shapes and sizes at the Laut und Luise children’s music festival. With an array of world instruments on display, children can get a better sense of the breadth of the musical spectrum. Otherwise, it’s audible fun in the at Hamburg’s Planten un Blomen Park, as the kids get to experiment with different pieces, including electronic sound boards in the summer sun.

Price: Free

Location: Planten un Blomen Park

Phone: (040) 428 23 2125

Times: July 4, 1-6pm

More Information: Kinder Kinder Website



Love Family Park

Come one, come all: it’s a dance revolution at Hanau’s Love Family Park, as DJs and pumped-up party-goers embrace the pounding summer heat. Several outdoor venues feature DJs, sound systems and live performances throughout the park, while food and drink kiosks serve to keep patrons well fuelled and hydrated. Speaking of which, organizers would like to remind all participants to drink plenty of water and watch the alcohol intake, as Sunday could become a scorcher.

Price: €33

Location: Love Family Park, Mainwiesen Hanau, Josef-Bautz-Strasse

Times: July 4

Phone: (0621) 18191919

More Information: Love Family Park Website



Tollwood Summer Festival

The Tollwood Summer Festival showcases local and international theatre acts, musicians and a number of other talented artists. The open-air festival, which takes place at Munich’s Olympic Park, features an exciting combination of popular and underground artists. There’s a cover charge for many feature acts, although plenty of quality entertainment is free. Founded as a multicultural celebration of the performing arts, Tollwood Summerfest has grown into one of Munich’s most anticipated arts events.

Price: Varies, with many free events

Location: Olympic Park Munich

Times: July 1 – 25

Phone: (089) 3838 500

More Information: Tollwood Festival Website

Open-air cinema

Movies, Moon and Stars

Enjoy a flick under Munich’s starry, summer night sky at the Movies, Moon & Stars open-air cinema. Patrons can combine an evening picnic with an array of films in this open-air amphitheatre. Fans of classic Hollywood and international cinema are regulars here, although anyone looking for a high-quality outdoor film experience will appreciate this charming way to relax.

Price: €5 (normal feature), €8 (double feature), €10 (triple feature)

Location: Seebühne, Westpark 81373

Times: July 1 – August 25

Phone: (089) 829 89 000

More Information: Movies, Moon and Stars Website


IMPACT: Savage in Limbo

For a unique theatre experience, catch Munich’s newest English-speaking theatre group IMPACT as they premiere their latest production: John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo is the story of complacency and the human need for purpose. IMPACT is pleased to present this earnest piece by Academy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Shanley, first staged in 1984.

Price: €20

Location: Teamtheatre Tankstelle

Times: June 30 – July 1, 8pm

More Information: Munich IMPACT Website

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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.