What’s on in Germany: September 30 – October 6

This week's highlights: Classic cars cruise into Frankfurt, Beatles movies play in Hamburg, and Berlin celebrates German Unity Day.

What's on in Germany: September 30 - October 6
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33.2 "Stradale" from 1967, at a car show in Germany. Photo: DPA



German Unity Day

Twenty years since East and West became one, Germany’s capital can claim superstardom in terms of places to be. If you’re not there already head to Berlin this weekend to celebrate this very important anniversary of German unity. There will be dancing in the streets at the Brandenburg Gate, just like in 1990.

Price: Free

Location: Strasse der 17 Juni

Times: Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 3

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Bruce Nauman

The American artist makes sculptures, films, videos, photographs, prints, installations, and works constructed of neon lights. But his most unique pieces would have to be the “experience architecture” he started creating in the 1960s. The retrospective at Berlin’s Hamburger Kunsthalle ends in a week, so go spend some time in the “Kassel Corridor: Elliptical Space.” One visitor at a time may enter the piece, and stay for up to an hour.

Price: €8

Location: Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart Berlin, Invalidenstrasse 50-51

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm; Sunday 11am-6pm; through October 10

Phone: 030 3978 3411

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The Israel-born, South Africa-raised singer doesn’t travel by tour bus. He packs his guitars and amps in a trio of tiny Fiats. The miniscule motorcade rolls into town Thursday night. See what sort of tricks he’ll pull out of his acoustic guitar.

Price: €15.40

Location: Postbahnhof, Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8

Tickets: 01805 669 029 (0.14 cents/min, landlines, 0.42 cents/minute, mobile phones)

Times: Thursday, September 30, 8pm

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Cathy Dobson – Planet Germany

Fifteen years ago, Cathy Dobson moved to Germany. Twelve years later, the British author recounted her experiences with everything from the beer garden to the autobahn in her book Planet Germany. Hear humorous tales of expat life, Sunday. Cellists Caroline Hobbs and Sarah Spence play music between excerpts.

Price: Free

Location: Kwadrat, Blücherstrasse 51

Times: Sunday, October 3, 5pm

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OldtimerCity 2010

Classic cars cruise into Frankfurt this week. See the vintage Volkswagens, Mercedes, Fords, Rolls Royces, and other shiny models that take centre stage among live entertainers and food vendors.

Price: Free

Location: The Rossmarkt, Paulsplatz, Börsenplatz and Schillerstrasse

Times: Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 3

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Barrelhouse Jazz Party 2010

Take a musical journey to New Orleans. The Barrelhouse Jazz band has been entertaining audiences at Frankfurt’s Old Opera house since 1983. Join in on the grand tradition Saturday night and experience music from the American south.

Price: €25-44

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz

Times: Saturday, October 2, 8pm

Tickets: 069 1340 400

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Hamburg Film Festival

From France to Portugal, movies from all over the world comprise this year’s event. Delve into the program and get a first glimpse at some cinematic stars, or simply sign up for “Strawberry Fields,” a series of five films honouring the Beatles, who played Hamburg fifty years ago.

Price: €6.50 (Matinees); €7.50 (Evening Screenings)

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, September 30 – Saturday, October 9

Phone: 040 399 19 000

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Hamburg Soul Weekend

Turntable heavyweights like Butch, John Weston, Barbara Grassi, and Marc Forrest bring their record collections to Frankfurt this weekend for a three-day soul party. Get your groove on on board the MS Heidi Sunday afternoon.

Price: €10, €7.50 (MS Heidi)

Location: Gruenspan, Grosse Freiheit 58; Beta Lounge at Hamburger Botschaft, Sternstrasse 67; MS Hedi, Landungsbrücke 10

Times: Friday, October 1, 10pm-6am; Saturday, October 2, 2pm-8pm; Sunday, October 3, 3-9pm

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Série Noire – A Choreographic Murder Mystery

Crime novels and film noir are the inspiration for choreographer Terence Kohler’s new work for the Bavarian State Ballet. See Séverine Ferrolie, Ekaterina Petina, and Tigran Mikayelyan dance to the music of Philip Glass.

Price: €19-48

Location: Prinzregententheater, Prinzregentenplatz 12

Times: Friday, October 1, 7:30pm; Saturday, October 2, 6pm

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The Nomadic Theatre Company – The Rare Oul’ Times

Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh, two of Irelands most outrageous drinkers and literary figures share their stories of success, failure, and love in this play by Irish playwright Ken McElroy. The Munich Ceili Band follows up the comic drama with a wee bit of live music.

Price: €20

Location: Schlachthof, Zenettistrasse 9

Times: Saturday, October 2, 8pm

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David Claerbout – Uncertain Eye

Still photographs become motion pictures with a few of the Belgian artist’s digital tricks. Everyday occurrences, often based on historical images, deal with time and contemplate the meaning of life. See a selection of Claerbout’s works starting Friday at The Pinakothek der Moderne.

Price: €10

Location: The Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; October 1 – January 9,2011

Phone: 089 238 05360

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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.