Built for the 1936 Olympic Games, the Olympiastadion conjures up memories of fanatical fans and Jesse Owens sprinting and leaping for four gold medals. Today, the Olympiastadion is home to Berlin's premier soccer club, Hertha BSC, and hosts major sporting events like the ISTAF Athletics Meeting. International performers like Michael Jackson, Beyonce, The Rolling Stones and U2 have taken the crowds by storm with their dazzling concerts here. Designed to impress the world, this monumental multi-purpose arena has done just that since its reopening in 2004. Visitors can wander around the stadium on event-free days, or choose to go on a guided tour of the massive arena. The visitor's center is perfect to learn more about the fascinating history of this monumental structure.
Berlin's most successful musical theater was opened in 1895 deep in the western part of town, hence the name "Theater des Westens". Considered one of the most beautiful theaters in Germany, the building was used by the Berlin Opera in the post-war years. When the Opera moved to a new purpose-built opera house in 1961, the Theater des Westens returned to its roots, running "My Fair Lady" to great popular acclaim. Since then the theater has cemented its reputation as Berlin's best venue for musical entertainment.
Stop by and admire the windowless concrete 1960s facade that is the Deutsche Oper Berlin, but once you step inside you'll discover some of the best entertainment in Berlin. Deutsche Oper Berlin is Germany's second largest opera house and its repertoire is extensive and features classic German and Italian works as well as contemporary pieces. Along with opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin also has ballet performances, orchestra concerts, and more.
The Friedrichstadt-Palast is one of the the most visited theaters in Berlin. Every evening guests enjoy pure entertainment on one of the largest theater stages in the world. Over 100 artists - excellent soloists, dancers, musicians and more - shine in shows that are even bigger than a production in Las Vegas. If you want to experience something extraordinary in Berlin, the Friedrichstadt-Palast is the place to be.
While middle-aged, middle-class Berliners tend to head for the Wintergarten, the Chamäleon attracts a younger and more alternative crowd. Situated in the fashionable Hackesche Höfe, this popular variety theater has managed to preserve much of its original charm, even though the theater itself (plus the whole area around it) was modernized. The shows feature the likes of tap dancers, trapeze acts, magicians and clowns.
Under the TIPI's roof, you can attend various shows and performances. From comedy to dancing and cabaret, enjoy the show while you dine. Ideal for a night out away from the kids, the main room accommodate up to 600 people. Poets, humorists, singers or musicians from both the local and international scenes have performed in the huge tent.
Nestled in the heart of the city and overlooking the St. Mary's Church (Marienkirche), Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and Neptunbrunnen, Haus ungarn is indeed in an enviable location. It is also near the DDR Museum and Berliner Dom. Set in the former Hungarian cultural center, this modernized event venue offers flexible spaces for a variety of events such as concerts, parties, galas, shoots, product launches, fashion shows, workshops and exhibitions. Their terrace is a much sought after place for its panoramic views.
If you are into arthouse films, then Hackesche Höfe Kino will certainly interest you. Established in 1996, it comprises of five halls and a huge foyer. It showcases German as well as international independent flicks in their original language. Their wide list of programs make it an exciting place for not only film students but anyone who love these niche movies. Take a sip of wine, a Budweiser or a Coca-Cola and munch on some crunchy popcorn to complete your cinematic experience.
Haus Schwarzenberg might be a tacky building and off the tourist track but for those looking out for something different in Mitte, this 19th-century decrepit structure is home to a few artsy establishments. One such is Kino Central. Set in its courtyard, it is a haven for indie film lovers. They regularly run art house cinema in their original language with German subtitles. Featuring two halls, this intimate theater also shows classics and children's movies. Definitely an interesting set-up to watch independent flicks.
The spacious and versatile Clinker Lounge in der Backfabrik is a haven for cultural activity. The venue hosts a variety of cultural shows, including concerts, fashion shows, art exhibitions and film screenings, alongside festivals and fairs. The lounge features modern technologies to help enhance any event, and an industrial chic decor that allows for flexibility of purpose. Adjacent to the main hall you will find a bar and lounge area where a live telecast of the event can be screened if required. The Clinker Lounge is also available for use as a private event venue for celebrations, parties and banquets.
Mitte's Sophiensaele serves as one of the finest performing arts venues of the region, playing host to varied events like contemporary dance and theatrical acts. Festsaal is Sophiensaele's sprawling event space, complete with an industrial ceiling, large stage, and thoughtfully laid-out seating spaces. In the past, Festsaal hosted Tanztage Berlin, a popular contemporary dance extravaganza attracting troupes from different parts of the state.