What’s on in Germany: July 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: "Porgy and Bess" in Berlin, open air concerts in Frankfurt, and a royal joust just outside Munich.

What's on in Germany: July 22 - 28
Knights battle it out at the Kaltenberg Knights tournament. Photo: DPA



German American Festival

Celebrate all 50 states as the Berlin German-American festival marks its 50th year! Country music enlivens Main Street in the American-style town set up alongside carnival rides like the “Rock and Roller Coaster.” Play a few rounds of bingo and chow down on a hot dog or two. Tuesday is Biker’s Day, so shine up that Harley and get free admission plus a complimentary drink.

Price: €2

Location: Truman Plaza, at the corner of Clayallee and Hüttenweg, Dahlem

Times: Friday – Saturday, 2pm-12am; Sunday – Thursday, 2pm-11pm; July 23 – August 15

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Wassermusik 2010

Bands like the Gypsy Queens & Kings, Chicha Libre, and Brazilian guitarist Sebastiao Tapajos bring the music of the Amazon, the Danube, and the Nile to the roof of Berlin’s House of World Cultures. Movies, workshops, and lectures, all based on watery themes, join the sizzling roster of open-air concerts.

Price: €10 (Concert & Film); €5 (Film Only)

Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10

Times: Thursday, July 22 – Friday, August 13

Phone: 030 397 870

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Porgy and Bess

Summertime, and the living is easy. Seventy-five years after its Broadway premiere, this legendary love story is as relevant as it ever was. The New York Harlem Theater brings the Gershwin classic to Berlin this week. Witness one of 20th century opera’s most legendary romances unfold upon the stage of the Komische Oper Berlin.

Price: €49.50 – 98

Locaion: Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstrasse 55-57

Times: Tuesday, July 27, 8pm; Friday, July 30, 8pm; Saturday, July 31, 3pm & 8pm; Sunday, August 1, 2pm & 7pm

Phone: 030 202 600

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Jeff Wall – Transit

The Canadian artist’s photographs seem to encompass entire movies with a single image. That’s how cinematographically splendid they are. See 19 of Wall’s signature light boxes at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau.

Price: €6

Location: Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Brühlsche Terrasse

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through September 19

Phone: 0351 49 14 2000

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Styleclicker City – People of the 21st Century

Gunnar Hämmerle shoots stylish people on the streets where he encounters them. He posts his findings in a virtual gallery on his blog StyleClicker. Over 1000 photos of the fashionistas he’s found, from New York to London, are on display at NRW-Forum starting Sunday.

Price: €5.80

Location: NRW-Forum, Ehrenhof 2

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-8pm; Friday, 11am-midnight; through August 8

Phone: 0211 892 6690

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Summer in the City

Frankfurt residents needn’t go far for their weekly summertime, open-air music fix. “Jazz at the Museum” and “World Music at the Palmen Garten” begin this weekend. Tap your toes to jazz bands from across Europe on Sundays, and on Tuesdays, sway to Congolese reggae and Chinese rock with a traditional twang.

Price: Various

Location: Liebieghaus, Schaumainkai 71 and Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Times: Tuesdays, 7:30pm and Sundays 11am; Sunday, July 25 – Tuesday, August 17

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KLANG! Container

An eight-foot sea container has been transformed into a concert venue that travels around Hamburg this summer. This week bassist John Hughes plays solo, soprano Marcia Lemke-Kern and violinist Ewelina Nowicka perform works by Aperghis, Schultz, Erdmann, and Kurtag, Birgit Ulher improvises with trumpet, radio, and speaker, and clarinetist Carol Schaal joins pianist Daria Iossifova for a set of Zabel, Debussy, and Stockhausen pieces. Go early to explore Jutta Ravenna’s sound sculpture.

Price: Free

Location: Alsterwiesen

Times: Thursday, July 22, 4pm; Friday, July 23, 4pm; Saturday, July 24, 6pm; Sunday, July 25, 6pm

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Little Festival in the Great Garden

A magical ambience has descended upon the royal gardens of Herrenhausen. From acrobats to magicians, over 100 artists and entertainers enchant the audience with magnificent costumes and mesmerising tricks. One of Germany’s most beloved open-air festivals, this year the “Kleines Fest” celebrates its 25th jubilee.

Price: €26.50 (Adults); €15 (Children); Free (Children under 111cm)

Location: Grosser Garten Herrenhausen, Herrenhäuser Strasse 3 A

Times: 6:30pm-midnight; through Monday, July 26

Phone: 0511 168 47576

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Kaltenberg Knights’ Tournament

This Sunday, Prince Luitpold and Princess Beatrix of Bavaria are hosting a grand affair, and Lancelot, Guinevere, and even the great Merlin will all be there. Venture back to the mediaeval era and journey to Kaltenberg Castle, an hour from Munich, where you can sip mead at the market fair and dance to the music of a wandering troubadour. The festivities culminate in a royal joust.

Price: €17 – 49

Location: Kaltenberg Castle, Schloss Strasse 8, Geltendorf

Times: Saturday, July 25, 11am-7:30pm

Tickets: 018 05 11 33 13

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Children’s Events

Hand-Clapping Games

Remember “Miss Mary Mack”? How many hours did you while away with your best mate, clapping hands together in rhythm while belting out that ode to the girl in black? Keep the tradition alive. Bring the wee ones (ages four and up) to the Munich Readery where they’ll learn all sorts of fun hand clapping games, Saturday.

Price: Free

Location: The Munich Readery, Augustenstrasse 104

Times: Saturday, July 24, 10:30am

Register: [email protected]

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Marianne Faithfull and Vincent Segal

The British songstress is joined by cellist Vincent Segal for an evening of Shakespearean love sonnets. Part of the Würzburg Hafen Sommer festival, the duo delivers those dreamy poetics with intimate charm. Delight in a little Shakespeare under the stars this weekend.

Price: €23

Location: Freitreppe Alter Hafen, Veitshöchheimer Strasse

Times: Friday, July 24, 8:30pm

Ticket Hotline: 01805 44 70 777 (.14/min)

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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.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

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.