Eight Covid-safe events not to miss in Germany in June 2021

From open-air film festivals to long-awaited gallery openings, here are eight corona-safe things to do in the Bundesrepublik this June.

Eight Covid-safe events not to miss in Germany in June 2021
A sign for this year's Berlinale, which takes place outdoors in June. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Paul Zinken

Berlinale Summer Special June 9th-20th

The Berlinale, arguably the world’s largest international film festival,happens in Berlin each year. Yet because of Covid-19, Berlinale 2021 came in two parts, starting with online screenings in March. 

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Now, part two promises to be spectacular, with 16 different outdoor cinemas screening shortlisted films all across Berlin, from Kreuzberg to Mitte and Hasenheide to Rehberge. 

Tickets are available from June 3rd and cost between €5 and €15.

READ ALSO: Berlinale to host outdoor festival for film fans this June

Objective, Realistic, Magical, Duisburg –  Open Now until July 18th 

This history infused art exhibition at the Lehmbruckmuseum explores the wild artistic currents of 1920s Germany. 

Sandwiched between two World Wars, this unusual time of decadence and social deprivation, trauma, glamour and political upheaval gave rise to some of the most renowned – or notorious – German artists. 

Duisburg hosts a whole spectrum of creatives from the heartbreaking illustrator Käthe Kollwitz, the cynical painter Otto Dix and caricaturist Georg Grosz, to painter, printmaker and sculptor Max Beckmann and more. 

Standard tickets cost €9, concessions are €5.

Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele – 12th June – 1st August 

The famous Heidelberger Palace has excitedly but cautiously announced that this year’s Festspiele will be going ahead. 

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A series of open-air theatre, dance and music performances will be taking place between the atmospheric ruins of the 19th century castle. This includes an interpretation of ‘Dracula’ and the family-friendly German classic ‘Rodrigo Raubein’. Tickets cost €16.

READ ALSO: Why Heidelberg is Germany’s most inspiring city

Erwin Olaf: Strange Beauty, Munich – Open Now – September 26th

This retrospective exhibition follows the development of Erwin Olaf, one of the most famous contemporary photographers from the Netherlands. 

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As well as his intricately staged photography, Olaf is known for being provocative. A wholehearted believer in tolerance and unity, he’s not afraid of controversy to get his point across. 

No test is required, but you have to book a time slot in advance. Standard entry costs €13, but there’s a 50 percent discount on Tuesdays. 

Diversity United, Berlin – June 9th – September 19th

This ambitious exhibition brings together 90 artists from 34 European countries under the roof of the old Berlin airport, Flughafen Tempelhof. 

The exhibition is meant to showcase the extraordinary diversity of Europe’s contemporary art scene. 

“The works on display shed light on themes such as freedom and democracy, migration and territory, political and personal identity, utopias and fears, which also revolve around the current pandemic.” writes the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur. 

Tickets will be available soon. Standard entry is €10, and €5 for students.

The Female Side of God, Frankfurt – Open now until June 26th 

In this exhibition, the Jewish Museum Frankfurt takes a look at the feminine element of the representation of God in the three biggest monotheistic religions. 

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The idea is to look at art, sculpture and scripture through the lens of social and historical contexts. 

Standard entry is €12, test and time slot required. 

Follow the Wine Road

Around since the Roman times, the Rhineland-Palatinate wine region long been a favourite stopping point for German vino fans. Now, the region is open for business again. 

READ ALSO: Meet the man introducing internationals to German wine

Nestled into idyllic rolling hills and cherry-tree lined avenues, many of the historical vintners are offering wine tastings and “Weinstrasse Road Trips”. 

Hotels and hostels are open again in the Rhineland-Palatinate, but require rigid testing, and many are opting for caravans and holiday homes instead.

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Lunatic Festival, Lüneberg – June 4th and 5th

Every June, 25 students re-invent lunatic festivals in a fresh celebration of culture, art and music. 

This year, they’ve been particularly creative, to make sure the festival can take place in a Covid-safe way, without losing any of its spontaneity.

Performances are scattered across the city and include synth-wielding German rap by Tropikel Ltd. and “avant-garde pop” from Lizki.

Costs €43.60 for each day.

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Living in Germany: Shorter work weeks, €9 tours and hitzefrei

In our weekly roundup for Germany we look at the debates around shortening the work week, tours around the country and what happens when it gets too hot.

Living in Germany: Shorter work weeks, €9 tours and hitzefrei

Is it possible to have a good work-life balance in Germany?

It’s something that most of us struggle with – how do you balance your job with having a fulfilling private life? We don’t have the answer to that unfortunately, but our story on the German debate on weekly working hours really made us think. Some other countries, such as Belgium and Iceland have taken steps towards offering employees a shorter working week. Meanwhile, the UK is carrying out a massive trial on a four-day week, with 70 companies trying out shorter working hours for six months. In Germany, things haven’t progressed that far, but it is encouraging to see that some companies are thinking about changing how we work. For instance, the Hamburg-based software firm Knowhere will let employees switch to a four-day, 32-hour work week from August for the same salary, and Vereda, a marketing firm in Munster, has already put in place the same system. 

As the world of work changes and we all strive to achieve a better balance, do you think Germany should push for a shorter working week? It certainly would be nice to celebrate Feierabend that little bit earlier. Let us know your thoughts: [email protected]

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We love the idea of this tour of Germany with the €9 ticket. We’re still trying to think up ideas to add to the list…

Where is this?

To mark the summer solstice on June 21st, visitors gathered at the ring shrine (Ringheiligtum) of Pömmelte in Saxony-Anhalt.

Photo: DPA/Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert

To mark the summer solstice on June 21st, visitors gathered at the ring shrine (Ringheiligtum) of Pömmelte in Saxony-Anhalt. The historical site dates back to the end of the Stone Age and the beginning of the Bronze Age. According to experts, our ancestors celebrated seasonal festivals here.

Did you know?

With summer in full swing, temperatures have been rising. But is it ever too hot to go to work (or school) in Germany? Actually, that can happen. As you’ll no doubt be aware, most homes and many public buildings in Germany don’t actually have air conditioning unlike other hot countries. Of course, Germany doesn’t really need air conditioning for most of the year, but in these summer months it wouldn’t go amiss. 

So if things do get unbearable, German schools and workplaces can declare hitzefrei (literally, heat free), and that means pupils or employees can take the rest of the day off due to excessive heat. However, as you’d expect there’s a few rules around this, which we’ve detailed in this article written in the heatwave of summer 2019. 

READ ALSO: 8 of the coolest places in Germany to visit on hot summer days

If you are having to go to a workplace, your employer should make sure that there are no health hazards. That could mean buying a fan for the office, blinds or giving a special clothing allowance if you’re having to work outside. The decision on getting a day off generally has to be a decision taken by your boss. On very hot days, you’ll sometimes find that cafes or shops close and leave a sign on the door that says: hitzefrei! And the rules on overheated classrooms and when to send kids home depends on the state legislation. Wherever you are during the summer we recommend you stay hydrated, get that sun cream on and wear a hat. 

Thanks for reading,

Rachel and Imogen @ The Local Germany 

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