What’s on in Germany: August 4 – 10

This Week's Highlights: Charlie Chaplin in Berlin, a surf festival in Munich, and Hamburg celebrates all things British.

What's on in Germany: August 4 - 10
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Chaplin Complete

Berlin’s Babylon cinema is on the last leg of its Charlie Chaplin marathon. This week catch a screening of The Gold Rush, The Great Dictator, Modern Times and more of the silver screen icon’s cinematic gems. Go on the weekend when a live orchestra performs Chaplin’s original scores.

Price: €6.50; €19.50 (live orchestra)

Location: Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30

Times: Daily, through Sunday, August 7

Tickets: 030 24 25 969

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Director Guy Ritchie and producer Matthew Vaughn met while taking a film course at Raindance in London. See their first collaboration, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at Cassiopeia’s open-air cinema, Monday night. And if the on-screen action gets your reels spinning, sign up for a Raindance course. Aspiring screenwriters, directors, and producers can learn the ropes this fall in Berlin.

Price: €6.50

Location: Cassiopeia, Open-Air Cinema Island, Revaler Strasse 99

Times: Monday, August 8, 9pm

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Excitement, drama, comedy, and skill combine in this sensational show by the Australian circus group Circa. Seven acrobats dazzle as they flip through the air, swing gracefully from ropes, and step carefully atop each other’s heads. And it’s not just about the jaw-dropping tricks, clever comedic timing puts this exuberant stage show in a class of its own.

Price: €34-42

Location: Chamäleon Theater, Hackeschen Höfen, Rosenthaler Strasse 40/41

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 9pm; Saturday, 7 and 10pm; through August 27

Tickets: 030 4000 590

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Pilobolus – Shadowland

Extraordinary silhouettes weave an enchanting story in “Shadowland,” the acclaimed show by the American dance troupe Pilobolus. Witness the coming of age of an imaginative young girl as human figures transform into sensational shapes.

Price: €24.90-59.90

Location: Cologne Musical Dome, Goldgasse 1

Times: Wednesday, August 3 – Sunday, August 7

Tickets: 01805 2001 (.14/min)

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Main Festival

It’s party time in Frankfurt! Head to the Römerberg Friday, when live bands kick off a long weekend of fun and games on the River Main. Raise a pilsner in tribute to that revered waterway, and head back Monday for a fantastic fireworks show.

Price: Free

Location: Römerberg, Mainkai

Times: Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, 12pm-1am; Sunday, August 7 and Monday, August 8, 12pm-midnight

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Russian Salon Evening

Andreas Reichel plays piano works by Glinka, Mussorgsky, and Tchaikovsky, while Elena Schneider reads passages by Romantic Russian authors like Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov. Escape to 19th century St. Petersburg, if only for an evening.

Price: Free

Location: Frankfurter Künstlerclub, Nebbienschen Gartenhaus, Bockenheimer Anlage between Alter Oper and Eschenheimer Turm

Times: Friday, August 5, 7:30pm

Phone: 069 23 57 34

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Hamburg Summer Dom

Take a ride on the Ferris wheel this weekend and get a bird’s eye view of Hamburg. A swirling circle of 250,000 LED lights, the 60-meter high ride is the centerpiece of Hamburg’s biggest summertime fun fair. Fireworks enthusiasts should go on Friday when the sparkly pyrotechnics erupt overhead.

Price: Free

Location: Heiligengeistfeld, Glacischaussee

Times: Monday – Thursday, 3-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 3pm-12:30am; Sunday, 2-11pm; through August 19

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British Flair

They’ll be waving the Union Jack at the Hamburg Polo Club this weekend and if you’ve got a thing for English accents, bangers and mash, and Paddington Bear, you’ll want to join them. The celebration of all things British promises to be great fun for the whole family. Bring a picnic for Saturday evening’s open-air concert.

Price: €8 (Adults), €2 (Children), €17.50 (Family Ticket), €28.65 (Concert)

Location: Hamburg Polo Club, Jenischstrasse 26

Times: Saturday, August 6, 11am-6pm and Sunday, August 7, 10am-6pm; Concert, Saturday, August 6, 8:30pm

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2011 Surf Festival

Surf’s up in Munich this weekend as Honolulu Events transforms the Old Congress Hall into a surf mecca worthy of the Big Kahuna. Take a spin around the skatepark, salute the sun at a yoga workshop, and look at artwork inspired by surfing. After the showcases and workshops wrap up Saturday night, DJs pump out the jams for a surf style dance party.

Price: Free, €8 (Party)

Location: Alte Kongresshalle, Theresienhöhe 15

Times: Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 7

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Jerome Bel – Cedric Andrieux

Choreographer Jerome Bel’s piece for solo dancer offers insight into the struggles a dancer confronts throughout the course of his career. A biographical work about the life of the French dancer Cedric Andrieux, who worked for the Merce Cunningham Company and the Lyon Opera Ballet, the eponymous piece tells the fascinating story of a modern day dancer.

Price: €18.50

Location: Muffathalle, Zellstrasse 4

Times: Friday, August 5, 8:30pm

Tickets: 01805 44 70 (.14/min)

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Banda Brasil

Get your dose of Brazilian rhythms Thursday night in Munich. Banda Brazil delivers the sweet sounds of their native country with an easy, breezy style. Sip on a caipirinha and succumb to the lyrical sway.

Price: €14

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Thursday, August 4, 9pm

Phone: 089 448 27 94

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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.