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Berlin's most famous opera house, Staatsoper unter den Linden is one of the most spectacular and impressive opera houses in Europe. This neo-classical building on Unter den Linden was designed in the early 18th Century by Knobelsdorff, King Friedrich II's architect. Interestingly, it was the first major German theater not to have been attached to a palace. The State Opera House has been redeveloped several times over the centuries, but its beauty and wonderful performances remain the same.
Home to the Berlin Symphony and National Symphony Orchestras, the Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt plays host to some of the best in classical music. The original building was constructed at the request of King Friedrich II and later became the National Theater, following renovation by Carl Gotthard Langhans. After it was gutted by a fire, the theater was rebuilt by the Berlin architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and renamed Schauspielhaus. The building was badly damaged during World War II but was restored to its former glory and reopened in 1984. The building we see today is a perfect reconstruction of Schinkel's original.
The Komische Oper is a charming Berlin opera house where the operas and musicals are performed in German. The theater was originally built in 1892 then rebuilt in the 1960s, it has also changed its name throughout its interesting history. Situated in central East Berlin, Westerners flocked here after the fall of the Wall to hear the breathtaking performances by Harry Kupfer and the counter-tenor Kowalsky, whose male admirers used to show their appreciation by showering him with roses.
Mercedes-Benz Arena, formally called O2 World, is a magnanimous indoor arena that is the home of the ALBA Berlin basketball team as well as the Eisbären Berlin ice hockey club. The stadium's enormous seating capacity of 17,000 also makes it a favorite venue for large concerts. The 1400 square-meter (15,070 square-foot) LED grid on the facade of the arena is one of the largest installations in the world and transforms the front of the building into a large video screen.
Located on the Kulturforum in the heart of the city, the Philharmonie is home to one of the world's greatest orchestras: the Berlin Philharmonic. The original building was destroyed in World War II and its replacement was designed by Hans Scharoun and opened in 1963 by legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan. Concert goers can always expect fantastic performances in this bright yellow and tent-shaped concert hall. Large concerts take place in the Großer Saal, while smaller concerts take place in the next-door Kammermusiksaal (Chamber Music Hall), which is joined to the main building by a foyer.
Astra Kulturhaus is a modern concert venue and nightclub that is home to major concerts, live music, and DJ acts. This hip location is a favorite among rock and indie musicians and has hosted both local and international bands, including Death Cab for Cutie and The Subways. Visit Astra Kulturhaus and dance the night away to some of the best live music in Berlin.
Lido is a trendy indie and rock concert venue and nightclub in Kreuzberg. Lido hosts a wide range of live music gigs from local bands to internationally famous bands, such as Of Montreal, Art Brut, and Regina Spektor. If there's not a concert that night, then there is usually an album release or theme party happening here.
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.
This huge open-air amphitheater can host up to 17,000 people for big events like festivals and famous international concerts. The fact that this venue is located in a park and alongside a lake just adds to the fun. Here you can enjoy the beautiful scenery while you listen to your favorite band on a warm summer night. Plus, despite being outdoors this venue has fantastic acoustics.
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.