New concert halls, museum opening, urban garden show and ease of travel with new nonstop flights are just some more reasons put Berlin on your 2017 travel list.
“Been there, done that” is no concept for Berlin. This year, the city again offers new attractions, highlights, and an ever-expanding cultural scene that adds to the must-do experiences and warrants another, deeper visit in 2017.
Berlin in Bloom: International Garden Show (IGA) April 13 – October 15, 2017 Three seasons of urban green, floral displays and international landscape design will be presented at Berlin’s Marzahn-Hellersdorf district during the city’s first International Garden Show (IGA). Designed by renowned landscape architects, the IGA’s horticultural art will embrace a host of styles ranging from garden classics to innovative landscape design, including Gardens of the World, tropical hot-house displays, acres of perennials and annuals, a rose garden, and regional classics. The natural landscape of the local Wuhle river valley is incorporated in the design. To complement the horticultural experience, IGA will feature a cable car above the exhibitions grounds, a new visitors’ center as well as an arena seating 5000. The packed calendar of some 2500+ special events includes nine park festivals, sport- and music events as well as educational programs. Accessible by public transportation. General information at www.iga-berlin-2017.de.
Gehry/Toyota-designed Pierre Boulez Hall to open at new Barenboim-Said Academy March 4, 2017 The heart and public face of the recently opened Barenboim-Said Academy, Berlin’s newest concert hall is housed in the former storage building of the Staatsoper. The Frank Gehry and acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota-designed Pierre Boulez Saalprovides up to 682 spectators with extraordinary perspectives and an intimate music experience. The brainchild of the general Music Director of the Berlin State Opera, Daniel Barenboim, and the Palestinian-American academic Edward W. Said, the fully accredited academy will serve as an intercultural space, where young musicians from Israel and Middle Eastern countries find common ground for making music and communication. The philosophy is a reflection of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which consists of young Israeli and Arab musicians, as well as the belief that musical education must be enriched by a deep knowledge of the humanities. Leading international soloists and ensembles will regularly be guests at the Pierre Boulez Hall. It is also the home of the new Boulez Ensemble, recruited mostly from members of the Berlin Staatskapelle.
Re-opening of the Staatsoper unter den Linden October 3, 2017 Completing a seven-year, Euro 296 million renovation, Berlin’s famed Staatsoper unter den Linden concert hall is scheduled to reopen on October 3, 2017. A dedicated historic monument, the concert hall’s exterior appearance remains the same; however, structural, safety, and acoustic improvements throughout the building now elevate the venue to the ranks of internationally renowned opera houses. Built in 1743 in the Prussian classicist style, the Staatsoper has a long history of hosting significant musical premieres. General music director Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle orchestra, renowned guest conductors and an ensemble of first-rate singers, promise performances of the highest musical quality. The festive opening concert will be broadcast live on the adjacent Bebelplatz square.
Art Museum Barberini now open in Potsdam January 23, 2017 Housed in a 1771 palace of Frederick the Great, Potsdam’s new Museum Barberini opens with two exhibitions that are distinguished by their connection to each other: Impressionism: The Art of Landscape, and Modern Art Classics: Liebermann, Munch, Nolde, Kandinsky. Destroyed during the Second World War, the palace was reconstructed by the non-profit Museum Barberini groups with the support of the Hasso Plattner Foundation. In its 17 galleries, the Museum Barberini will feature changing collections ranging from Old Masters to works from the 21st century. The permanent collection’s focus will be on Impressionism, American modern art, art from the former East Germany, and painting after 1989. The building also houses a shop, a café & restaurant with outdoor seating, as well as an auditorium for readings, concerts and lectures. From Berlin, Potsdam can be reached by public transportation in 45 minutes.
Ease of Travel: Delta, airberlin, Air Canada Rouge offer new nonstop service to Berlin It will get even easier and more convenient to get to Berlin from the USA and Canada with new nonstop service: In mid April, airberlin will increase its nonstop-service to Berlin to two flights daily from New York’s JFK, as well as increased service from Miami. Starting in May, the German airline will also be offering nonstop service from Los Angeles, as well as San Francisco. Also in May, Delta will resume flights to Berlin with the launch of nonstop service between JFK and Tegel Airport.
Canadians can look forward to the new Air Canada Rouge nonstop flight from Toronto to Berlin, which will operate four times/week and launch on June 1, 2017.