What’s on in Germany: August 11 – 17

This Week's Highlights: Public art in Frankfurt, tall ships in Rostock, and Berlin marks the 50th anniversary of the building of the Wall.

What's on in Germany: August 11 - 17



Commemoration Ceremony for the Berlin Wall’s 50th Anniversary

Choirs sing and dancers sway Saturday as Berlin dignitaries lay a wreath at a new memorial for the Berlin Wall in honour of the 50th anniversary of the building of that infamous structure. Across the street from the Berlin Wall Documentation Center, the outdoor exhibition area on Bernauer Strasse encompasses one of the most notorious parts of the actual wall as well as a 60-meter strip of the former “no-man’s land.”

Price: Free

Location: Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Strasse 111-1119

Times: Saturday, August 13, 10am-7pm

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Mies van der Rohe Birthday Picnic

Fans of Mies Van Der Rohe can celebrate the great German architect’s 125th birthday, Saturday at his wondrously modern house on the lake. Architecture experts talk about the master while the Sekt flows. Raise a glass to simple, sensational design and commemorate the memory of a building pioneer.

Price: Free

Location: Mies van der Rohe Haus, Oberseestrasse 60

Times: Saturday, August 13, 4pm-Midnight

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Wansee Lake Festival – The Magic Flute

If you’ve ever taken the S-Bahn out to the Wansee in southwestern Berlin, you can testify to the refreshing effect of those sparkling waters. As of this week, in addition to having a dip, you can take in a little opera at the lovely lake. Watch the drama unfold upon a floating stage during a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

Price: €41.85 – 80.95

Location: Seebühne Wannsee, Wannseebadweg 25

Times: Thursday, August 11 – Saturday, August 13, 7:30pm; Sunday, August 14 and Thursday, August 18, 6:30pm; Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20, 7:30pm; Sunday, August 21, Wednesday, August 24 and Thursday, August 25, 6:30 pm; Saturday, August 27, 7:30pm; Sunday, August 28, 6:30pm

Tickets: 01805-570070 (.14/min)

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Circus Performance

Cologne Summer – The City is the Stage – Phare Ponleu Selpak Cirk

Those Cambodian contortionists can sure do some freaky things. See the young artists in the circus and theater group Phare Ponleu Selpak Cirk bend and balance in ways you don’t want to try at home. Vibrant backdrops and costumes give the show tropical flair.

Price: Free

Location: Schokoladenmuseum, Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a

Times: Tuesday, August 11, 8pm

Phone: 0221 888950

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Tomma Abts

London-based artist Tomma Abts applies myriad layers of oil and acrylic paints upon 48 x 38 cm canvases to create vibrant geometric works. Look closely at the twelve selections hanging at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and perceive the depth of Abts’ dynamic paintings.

Price: €5.50

Location: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm; through October 9

Phone: 0211 89 962 40

More Information: www.kunsthalle-dü



Playing the City 3

Public participation is integral to the art displayed throughout Frankfurt this week. Performances and installations by fifteen artists from around the world focus on public space as a venue for artistic activities. Don a historical headdress and pose in a 20th century photo studio or dance within a circle of light at night.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Thursday, August 11 – Thursday, August 25

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PUT Eventbühne Theatre Fleamarket

Feather boas, fedoras, and glittering gowns fill the bins at PUT Eventbühne Sunday when the theatre company holds its fleamarket. Get their early for your pick of the best cast off stage costumes and props.

Price: Free

Location: PUT Eventbühne, Brotfabrik, Bachmannstrasse 2-4

Times: Sunday, August 14, 11am

Phone: 069 705 821

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Weisses Dinner Hamburg

Paris started the trend of all white open-air dinners with its famous “Diner en Blanc.” Now Hamburg is getting in on the fun. Bring your own table, chairs, and fully stocked picnic baskets Saturday to Osterstrasse for a fancy picnic under the stars. Don’t forget to wear your whites. You won’t want to be the odd man out at this ethereal affair. And don’t skip out on the provisions. Fine China and silver candelabras are encouraged.

Price: Free

Location: Osterstrasse (between Schwenckestrasse and Methfesselstrasse)

Times: Saturday, August 13, 5pm-Midnight

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The Ship Europa’s 100th Birthday

The 100th birthday of a grand ship is always a reason to celebrate. Wish your most heartfelt good wishes to the three-masted square-rigged barque this weekend in Hamburg. Once a fire ship, Europa has sailed around Cape Horn and across the United States’ Great Lakes. Climb aboard to see the special exhibition portraying the boat’s history before she sets sail for the Falklands.

Price: Free

Location: Sandtorhafen, Sandtorkai

Times: Saturday, August 13, Noon – 4pm; Sunday, August 14, 10am-4pm

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European Juggling Convention – Gala Show

Jugglers, acrobats, and unicyclists have been gallivanting around Munich this week. In town for the 34th European Juggling Convention, the gleeful tricksters showcase their skills at a trio of gala shows. Bring the kids and watch the jaws drop.

Price: €29.20

Location: Circus Krone, Marsstrasse 43

Times: Thursday, August 11, 7:30pm; Friday, August 12, 3pm and 7:30pm

Tickets: 0180 54 81 81 81

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Summer Festival – Olympia Park Munich

There’s nothing more magical than a late summer night’s spin on the Ferris Wheel. Far below, the amusements of a summertime fun fair glimmer with warm lights as the cityscape stretches to sunset’s pink horizon. Head to the Summer Festival at Munich’s Olympia Park Thursday night when fireworks erupt overhead.

Price: Free

Location: Olympiapark, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21

Times: Monday – Saturday, noon – 11:30pm; Sunday, 11am- 11:30pm; through August 21

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Hanse Sail

Ahoy landlubbers! The 21st annual Hanse Sail maritime festival brings fantastic tall ships to the Baltic Sea city of Rostock. Visitors can experience more than a dozen windjammers and other sailing vessels at the pier and on the high seas.

Price: varies

Location: Stadthafen

Times: Thursday, August 11 – 14

Tickets: (0381) 208 52 26

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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.