What’s on in Germany: December 2 – 8

This week's highlights: A singing Christmas tree in Frankfurt, a record sale in Cologne, a bluegrass jamboree in Munich, and a tattoo convention in Berlin.

What's on in Germany: December 2 - 8
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20th International Tattoo Convention

With DJs, Kung Fu masters, rock bands, and Polynesian dancers this isn’t your typical tattoo gathering. Though in addition to all the live entertainers, hundreds of the world’s top tattoo artists will be demonstrating their art. Ladies, who among you will be next year’s queen?

Price: €19 (Day Ticket); €39 (Weekend Ticket)

Location: Tempelhof Airport, Tempelhoferdamm 45

Times: Friday, December 3 – Sunday, December 5

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Hallelujah Berlin – Christmas Bus Tour

The German capital is magical at Christmastime. Join this merry bus tour on a joyful jaunt through the city Sunday. Led by American drag queen Chicago “Mama” Rose and German tour guide Markus Müller-Tenckhoff, this fun-filled excursion stops off at Christmas markets around town. Which one has the best Glühwein?

Price: €25

Location: Ballongarten, Zimmerstrasse 97

Times: Sunday, December 5, 7-10pm (Also Monday, December 20)

Tickets: 030 69 10 13 13

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English Books at Dussman – Opening Celebration

Dussman, Berlin’s biggest “cultural department store” now stocks more English-language books than ever before! The multi-level landmark celebrates its expanded English-language book department Monday with live music, freshly baked holiday treats, and special gifts for everyone. Eat a cookie, sing a carol, then go browse the selection of novels, biographies, children’s books, travel guides, and other literary English-language delights.

Price: Free

Location: Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus, Friedrichstrasse 90

Times: Monday, December 6, 2-6pm

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Kuchenplatte – Records and Cake

Ramp up your record collection this weekend. Dozens of dealers set out boxes of funk, jazz, hip hop, soul, rock, and electro LPs Sunday at Cologne’s Opernterrassen. Fill up on waffles, then go browse the stacks. There’s no saying what gems you might find in those dusty old jackets.

Price: Free

Location: Opernterrassen, Brüderstrasse 2-4

Times: Sunday, December 5, 2pm

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The Singing Christmas Tree

Oh Tannenbaum, oh Tannenbaum! Those lovely branches vocalise their own virtues this weekend as members of the German-American Community Choir deck themselves out with green garb and shimmering garlands. Hear the twinkling troupe sing their medley of new and classic Christmas songs at Frankfurt’s Frauenfriedenkirche.

Price: €10-14

Location: Frauenfriedenskirche, Zeppelinallee 101

Times: Friday, December 3, 6 and 8pm; Saturday, December 4, 6 and 8pm; Sunday, December 5, 6 and 8pm; Monday, December 6, 7pm

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This Russian vocal ensemble presents seasonal songs from their homeland Wednesday at International Theater. Graduates of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, these St. Petersburg boys fa la la la la like the best of them.

Price: €12-17

Location: Internationales Theater, Hanauer Landstrasse 5-7

Times: Wednesday, December 8, 8pm

Tickets: 069 499 09 80

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Chopin Dances

With Broadway hits like “West Side Story” and “Fiddler on the Roof” on his CV, Jerome Robbins was one of the most successful American choreographers of the 20th century. On Sunday, The Hamburg Ballet premieres its production of two Jerome Robbins’ pieces – “Dances at a Gathering” and “The Concert.” Watch the company waltz and whirl to the music of Chopin.

Price: €6-158

Location: Hamburg State Opera, Grosse Theaterstrasse 25

Times: Sunday, December 5, 6pm; Tuesday, December 7, 7:30pm

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A Very Brief History of the Art Museum in the United States

Thanks to the Industrial Revolution, Americans got rich and started collecting art. Soon enough, museums were popping up around New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Find out more about the history of America’s art museums and how they differ from their European counterparts at Munich’s Amerikahaus on Friday.

Price: Free

Location: Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Friday, December 3, 7pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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Bluegrass Jamboree! Festival of Bluegrass and American Music

“Do you like American music? We like American music.” Or so sang the Violent Femmes. They’d love Sunday’s jamboree at Amerikahaus. Bands from Nashville and Austin play their fiddles and banjos in the style of their Appalachian brethren.

Price: €29

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Sunday, December 5, 8pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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Subjective. The Documentary Film in the 21st Century

Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne acknowledges film’s growing role in the art world with this new exhibition held in conjunction with the University of Television and Film Munich. Eighty-eight documentary films made over the last ten years take centre stage.

Price: €10

Location: Pinakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Thursday, 10am-8pm; through February 20, 2011

Phone: 089 23805 360

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DEKUMO – Design. Art. Fashion

From porcelain bowls to woolen hats; baby clothes to dirndls, the 110 vendors at this weekend’s extraordinary indie shopping event will surely have something for everyone on your list.

Price: €6

Location: Kulturhaus Arena, Ulmer Strasse 241

Times: Friday, December 3, 2-9pm; Saturday, December 4, 11am-9pm; Sunday, December 5, 11am-7pm

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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.