Things you should know if you want to travel to Berlin in the coming months


J. F. Alonso



“Before the pandemic, I already knew when a bridge was without looking at the calendar. It was enough to hear Spanish in the street»Jokes Carlo Carbone, an executive at the city’s tourist office. Berlin was on our agendas or in our dreams. A year and a half after the first confinement, the city of tolerance, innovation, lifestyle and history it still registers very low numbers of tourists (-81.4% of Spaniards from January to June 2021 compared to the first half of 2020), but it has prepared so many novelties – inaugurations or projects – that Carbone believes, probably rightly, that these figures soon they will be the same as before.

New Metro station on Museum Island
New Metro station on Museum Island – Oliver Lang

The first news that anyone who comes to Berlin in the coming months they have to do with transportation: the city’s new airport, the Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt, inaugurated last October 31 with almost nine years of delay, and the subway line 5, which crosses the cultural center of the city and whose route was completed in July. Each station – three of them new, ultramodern – deserves a stop: from the Museum Island or many of the most well-known spaces in the center to the outskirts of the city.

In Berlin, by the way, they have a special affection for the old man Tempelhof airport, which ceased to be operational a decade ago. A space that they still keep safe from speculation. In the old tracks it is easy to find children flying kites, skaters, friends having a barbecue and even a garden. In the old terminal is being built a spectacular terrace-viewpoint, a new public space for the city, which will be inaugurated in 2022. Inside doors, until October 10 an exhibition on European diversity can be seen, focused on democracy and freedom, with works by 90 artists from 43 countries.

A historic and a new façade of the Humboldt Forum
A historic and a new façade of the Humboldt Forum

Art is one of the keys to the new Berlin that opens its doors in this final stretch of the pandemic. And in the most prominent place of the showcase is the Humboldt Forum. For a long time it was one of the largest buildings in Europe. Now, the renovated Royal Palace of Berlin, that old Prussian palace (Palast der Republik) located next to the Museum Island, is presented as a building as spectacular and striking (36,000 square meters) as the budget invested, 680 million euros .

In the whole of the work ultramodern lines are combined with baroque facades of the old palace. Inside, visitors can view objects from the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art. In addition, in summer, five exhibitions on the building’s 800-year history and about the Humboldt brothers.

Very close will be a monument-symbol dedicated to freedom and unity, at the fall of the Wall in 1989. It will be a 50-meter-long steel shell that -when it is inaugurated in 2022- can be touched and walked, according to this new artistic trend of being able to interact with the sculptures. In this case it goes further: the shell will swing gently to one side or the other, depending on the number of people at each end.

La Neue Nationalgalerie en el Kulturforum, de Mies van der Rohe, has sido completamente renovada
La Neue Nationalgalerie en el Kulturforum, de Mies van der Rohe, has sido completamente renovada – Scholvien

One of the most prominent reopens of the summer is that of the New National Gallery, the famous steel and glass building in Mies van der Rohe which has been completely renovated and modernized since 2015 in which 20th century masterpieces are on display again. The set-up has been carried out by the British architect David Chipperfield.

Another novelty of the year takes us to the Jewish Museum, redesigned in 2020. A new children’s museum has been opened with great success, Anoha, where among other things a huge Noah’s ark has been recreated.

And the last idea, within a carousel of reforms and inaugurations in the city that will last until 2022, leads us to the opening of the renovated Arise, Friedrichstadt-Palast, which is considered the largest stage in Europe. This theater is a symbol of the city’s nightlife, which, like life in general, is slowly making its way again.

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