Art and Culture, Berlin
To go to operas, art galleries, music shows, theatres and such are very reasonable prices in Berlin for the most part, prices can be reasonable one place then very expense for a different kind of performance. I think its to allow the average persons to go and see instead of making the prices so high where only the very rich can afford to go. I noticed many smaller theatres as well, some are specially Russian or other nationalities with productions from certain places but all are welcomed to come. Some were tickets priced as low as 5 Euro, but still very enjoyable for the evening.
At almost every information board in the U-bahns you will see the place with displays what going on involving art and music around the city by date and month. These boards will display the location and address of various theatres or events taking places. Also telly numbers and how to contact for tickets.
First: For Up-To-Date-Information on Exhibitions and Opening Hours call Museum Info-Line at phone: 030 - 20 90 55 66
If you would like to see a museum displaying musical instruments themselves, why not there the Musikinstrumenten Museum. It?s in Tiergarten 10785, Open: Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun at phone: 030 - 25 48 11 78. There are over 2000 instruments dating back to the 1500s.
For general museums information, there are 16 museums that are part of The National Museums of Berlin. They are galleries displaying archaelogy and art history culture, oh many things from both Europe and other parts of the world.
Here are some locations:
Berlin - Mitte, Museumsinsel-Like the Pergamon and Altes Museum
Berlin - Tiergarten, Kulturforum
Berlin - K?penick
Berlin - Charlottenburg- These are in Charlottenburg Palace which was built during the 17th and 18th century. Across from it in Schlossstrasse are the Egyptian Museum and the Berggruen Museum
Berlin - Dahlem, Museen Dahlem-mostly with themes from outside Europe, its being renovated and upgraded to show more
We found this little bit of political art while walking around Berlin. There were some very clever pieces of graffiti and some disappointingly typical ones. I'm always disappointed when people who decide to forcibly grace us with their art don't at least give it a point or an appreciable aesthetic. This was cute, not because of the over-used message, but because the little Ampel Manner look pretty good in uniform.
Most Germans love flowers very much, and you see often those riding the bahns carrying them home in the evenings or perhaps to the friend's home. I see more people with flowers this way that grocery items, eating foods or drinks.
It is polite to bring flowers to your host's home, or when visiting. Many flower shops like this one can be found in any neighborhood. Also, in many of the main U-bahn stations like the one at Ku´damm and Zoologischer Garten you can find little shops which sell arrangments and bouquets. It doesn´t need a holiday to bring flower but here are some of the more known German holidays. In spring and summer, I've found that a gift which can be planted in the garden is a very welcome and special.
Neujahr (New Year's)
Muttertag (Mother's Day)
Vatertag (Father's Day)
(Starts Sept. ends in Oct,)
Allerheiligen (All Saints)
Allerseelen (All Souls)
Silvester (New Year's Eve)
Another nice theatre that has good acts like Johannes Burr, Maren Strack and Johan Lorbeer, Howard Katz Fireheart is the Theatre at Halleschen Ufer 32. Very new and modern performances. Very eclectic! Rosalind Crisp will also be performed with the famous Raft-Solo & Thread- Quartet in February. The next time you can see this is in Sydney, Australia May 14-18!
More coming about modern art, performance art, digital art.....new things from the younger people of Berlin who have been inspired by things happening around the world and in their own country and lives. I will tell of places I have been but check the link now, it is great for giving some listings of such places in Berlin.
Berlin is a celebration of public art. You'll find sculptures, monuments and the plain bizarre dotted throughout the city, and usually when you least expect it. Notable inclusions are the coloured bears which dot the city, and are Berlin's emblem. This piece of public art is a monument of Socialist writers Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, not surpisingly located in the former Eastern part of the city. They are in a public park, not far from museum island and Berlin Cathedral.
Like many large cities around the world a night out in Berlin starts later than in smaller towns in general. Most have dinner or something to eat around 9-ish, but club and bar hopping really cranks up after 11pm or especially midnight. Some friends visiting were surprised and disappointed when they wished to go out around 9pm but not many people were out. I said, "Just wait".
It's not really fashionable to arrive at a venue until after the times I mentioned. Most times my flatmate and I don't even get dressed until 10 or so, then decide hey let's go dancing or out to have a drink. Meeting friends at 1 or 2am is normal for many of the younger set. Just remember that only on weekends and some holidays does the U-bahn run late night/early morning hours. You have to take the nightbus or a taxi, or get out and walk to return to homebase.
Excuse, it's more German or maybe old Prussian than exclusively Berlin custom.
Germans used small size bricks to built their houses, churches etc. in the past. They were much smaller than say in Poland and Czech. The area of both Poland and Czech partly belonged to Germany in the past and the population was mixed. No wander, you can see a lot of old houses made of small, German or Prussian - size bricks, even in my hometown.
Look at the brick pattern made of small (Prussian size) and larger bricks (red ones, Polish size) on my picture. I found it on the round wall of the apse of St. Mathew Church (St. Matthäus Kirche). Enjoy :-)
Excuse, it's more German or maybe Prussian than Berlin custom.
I noticed that Germans built their houses with small bricks of various colours in the past. The colours created various patterns. You can often see brick houses with usually horizontal, vertical and oblique brick lines - perpendicular one to each other. The color bricks were often replaced by wood creating brick - nogged - timber - walls called "Prussian wall". You can see it either in Berlin/Germany and in parts of Poland which belonged to Germany in the past including my hometown.
Sometimes, especially on churches or other "more important" buildings the brick patterns were more complicated like on the round wall of the apse of St. Mathew Church (St. Matth?us Kirche). Enjoy :-)
Walking around Berlin I found a few appartment buildings in construction. They looked much more nice than the older ones grey tower blocks built say in 70' or 80' of 20th century which at least at Kreuzburg close to Hallesches Tor and Kottbusser Tor formed anonymous concrete jungle!
Now, they add more colors and more shapes to the newly built appartment houses as you can see on my picture.
I noticed modern and quite pretty sculptures put on a street at least in a few places of Berlin. Great! I would add more of them. Berlin in contrast to many other European large cities has a lot of empty places to put more of them.
Just one example on my picture. This modern sculpture was put by New National Gallery (Neue Nationalgalerie) at Potsdamer Straße. I have no idea who created this sculpture. E-mail me please if you know.
Sometimes graffiti are real art, sometimes just voice of street, sometimes both. They are often painted by unknown authors and against the law (art crime ?), sometimes local authorities designate usually neglected walls to be cover by graffiti as a kind of decoration. Never mind the local law, I think it's always a kind of local culture.
In Berlin I found different kinds of graffiti at a few places esp. in Kreuzberg district which is artistic and... a little bit underground and crazy part of Berlin. These one on my picture I found in Kreuzburg at Admiralstraße. By the way, "Deutschland, halt" means "Germany, stop!".
There were quite many walls covered by graffiti esp. political and humorous but sometimes rude as well especially in Kreuzberg district.
Sometimes I coudn't understand real meaning of the words or drawings put on the wall even when the author used English words. What did the "riot fight" with drawings of the sun mean?
In the picture you can see Staatsoper on Unter den Linden. Berlin has three state opera houses, more than any other European city. This probably stems from both Berlin's cultural history and from the fact that two or more of everything was needed when the city was divided.
Berlin is special in regard to newspapers, it is the only place in germany, where the yellowpress' marketleader, BILD, has a serious competitor, the B.Z., which claims a considerable share of Berlins yellowpress readers. Many Berliners even buy both papers.
The war between the two papers is fought hard, with each trying to top the others headlines, also as many newspapers are printed in Berlin the next days issues will allready be for sale by young men with large bags full of newspapers, that are allmost everywhere, when people come home from work in the evening.
While there are no newspaper-vendingmachines you can take advantadge of this army of paperboys, getting tomorrows newspaper today.
Berlin is a city as diverse as San Francisco and Amsterdam. There is much art and culture to be studied and absorbed there. Museums abound and a new Jewsih museum commermorating the holocaust was in construction when I visited in 2001. There are also many majestic churches and cathedrals. Try to spend at least a week there. You will have more to see than you will have time ever have time for. Soccer (Fussball) is a very popular sport and activity in Berlin (and most of Europe). Try to catch a Soccer game, it's a lot of fun!