What’s on in Germany: April 21 – 27

This week’s highlights: An Easter bonfire in Berlin, Shakespeare in Munich and Swabian festivities in Stuttgart.

What's on in Germany: April 21 - 27



Easter Bonfire at the Kulturbrauerei

Those in Berlin for the Easter holidays can opt to partake in Kulturbrauerei’s Easter festivities in Prenzlauer Berg. The former beer brewery has a traditional bonfire in its central courtyard from 7 pm on Sunday. Later you can work off those chocolate bunnies on any constellation of nine dance floors, including 20 DJs and a live band, starting at 10 pm. One ticket grants you access to the entire event.

Price: €10

Location: Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36 10435 Berlin

Times: April 24, 7pm – open end

More Information: Kulturbrauerei Easter Bonfire Website



Opening: August Sander, The Photographic Collection

It was spring of 1927 when photographer August Sander and writer Ludwig Mathar set out from Cologne on a trip to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Their goal was to compose a book on the then-mysterious land, an adventure that would yield some of Sander’s most important works. This unique and revealing portrait of this region was the fruit of Sander’s only visit to the island – and will be on exhibit at the SK Stiftung Kultur starting this week.

Price: Free on opening night

Location: SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne

Time: April 21, 7pm

More Information: Exhibit Website


Time Travel with the Chocolate Girl

Easter, the spring festival, is a celebration of abundance to which the free consumption of chocolate is a testament. Hard to believe then, that this ubiquitous delight was once a delicacy reserved for wealthy princes and princesses. Join the Chocolate Girl at the Chocolate Museum in Cologne this week on a journey back in time to learn just how costly and time-consuming the production of a single piece of chocolate once was. Kids can even get to try their hands at making chocolate themselves – without the use of a machine.

Price: €5

Location: Schokoladenmuseum, Rheinauhafen, 50678 Cologne

Time: April 26 & April 28, 2pm – 3:30pm

More Information: Känguru Website



Chi Coltrane

Known as the “blonde angel with a black soul” and the “first lady of rock”, Chi Coltrane continues to entrance audiences nearly 40 years after her first hit single. Born in 1948 in Wisconsin, USA to a Canadian mother and a German father, Coltrane could play a dozen instruments by age twelve, and later became a regular on the Chicago club circuit. The soul princess takes the stage in Bonn this Thursday for the first time in Germany in several years.

Price: €31

Location: Brückenforum, Friedrich Breuerstr. 17, Bonn

Time: April 21, 8pm

More Information: Brückenforum Website



Hamburg Sounds of Easter: Festival Opening (Brahms Requiem)

Ringing in this year’s sunny spring season is Hamburg’s Sounds of Easter. The celebration of classical music with a selection of other fine art presentations and performances weaved into the programme will focus heavily on the work of Johannes Brahms among others. Stage and film will also be strongly featured in 2011.

Price: €9 – 55

Location: Laeiszhalle, Johannes-Brahms-Platz, 20355 Hamburg

Time: April 22, 11am

More Information: Hamburger Ostertöne Website



Maschsee Boat Tours

The digging of man-made Maschsee Lake was commissioned in the 1930s to establish a place of leisure for Hannover residents. Some 80 years later, boat tours of the 78-hectare reservoir provide locals and tourists alike with a pleasant way to engage with the history and nature of the region. Panoramic views, including that of the New City Hall, are an added attraction.

Price: €6, €3 (discounted)

Location: Maschsee Lake

Times: April 22 – October 31, Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm

More Information: Hanover City Website



A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Of William Shakespeare’s comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the most played. Not only do its fanciful elements repeatedly captivate audiences – but also the presence of polarising themes such as dreams versus reality, especially in the realm of human relationships. With music from The Doors, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, Hans Henning Paar’s interpretation of this classic play is guaranteed to deliver new perspectives on the depth of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved theatre pieces.

Price: €5.50-45.50

Location: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Gärtnerplatz 3, 80469 Munich

Time: April 21, 7:30pm, April 25, 7:30pm; May 5, 7:30pm; May 11, 7:30pm

More Information: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Website


Ballet Festival Week 2011

A celebration of the art in all its forms, the Bavarian State Ballet’s Festival Week opens the season with a selection of eight special performances. This spring’s line-up will include John Neumeier’s highly-anticipated interpretation of classical ballet staple Illusions – like Swan lake, followed by Nacho Duato’s Diversity – Forms of Silence and Emptiness, which has quickly reached cult status among audiences. Also on the festival bill is John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew and Mein Ravel, which has been described as a return to contemporary ballet choreography.

Price: (various)

Location: Nationaltheater, 2 Max-Joseph-Platz, 80539 Munich

Time: (various)

More Information: Bavarian State Ballet Website


BMW Open

The BMW Open, or the 96th International Tennis Championships of Bavaria, promises an exciting nine days of competition. This high-profile tournament has yielded winners such as Mikhail Youzhny – ranked among the top ten players in the world since September 2010 – and Lleyton Hewitt, former world number one player, having defeated Roger Federer at the Gerry Weber Open 2010 in Halle.

Price: €20-72

Location: Tennisstadion MTTC Iphitos, Freimann, Aumeisterweg 10, 80805 Munich

Time: April 23 – May 1, 11am – 6pm

More Information: BMW Open Website



Stuttgart Spring Festival

A celebration of Swabian proportions, the 73rd annual Stuttgart Spring Festival boasts 240 vendors, plus loads of exciting rides and other forms of family entertainment. New this year is an Après Ski Party as well as a whitewater roller coaster ride – and don’t miss the three party pavilions housing a number of beer gardens for the adults. Best of all, this lively gathering at Stuttgart’s Cannstatter Wasen is free of charge.

Price: Free

Location: Cannstatter Wasen

Time: April 23 – May 15, Mon-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat & Sun 12pm-11pm

More Information: Stuttgart Spring Festival 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.