Festival of Lights Uhrzeit

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Once in a year, the City of Berlin becomes a platform of artistic illumination of lights. Projection and display of spectacular lights envelope the notable Berlin landmarks making the city an awesome light gallery of lights. Isn’t it interesting?

Uhrzeit Festival of Lights in Berlin becomes an avenue for local and international light artists to showcase their light productions on the facade and exterior of historical buildings, monuments, and landmarks, including streets and squares in the city. During the event, you can expect a variety of music, art events, and tours.

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Festival highlights

About the Festival

For 10 days, you will have an opportunity to witness bright, shining illuminated landmarks such as the Berlin Cathedral, the Radio Tower, Brandenburg Gate, the Gendarmenmarkt, and the TV tower.

The festival has a motto or theme every year, and this 2023 it is “Colours of Life.” The capital will become a live canvass of spectacular lights display intended to convey a message for future innovation, sustainability, and progress. Therefore, attending the event is something that you should not miss.

Festival Dates 2023

The festival’s scheduled date usually happens in the month of October, running for 10 days. This 2023 the Uhrzeit Festival of Lights will run from October 6 to 15, 2023.

Festival Where About

Berlin, the capital and largest city of Germany, is where the Festival of Lights Uhrzeit takes place. The city is situated at the center of the North German Plain. Famous for its historical background, buildings, and infrastructures such as Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Bebelplatz, etc.

The lighted landmarks and buildings are mostly at the heart of the city. For 2023, the spectacle will illuminate Berlin’s City Hall, the Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate, the Central Station, and many more.

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How To Get There

Are you planning to visit the upcoming festival? Worry no more about the transport because there are lots of means of transportation to get to the festival sights in Berlin. But, it is best to have a walking tour being guided or on your own during the event. You can also enjoy the tour by carriage, boat or segways.

You can get to event sites by train, Station Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Station Berlin Ostbahnhof, Station Berlin Gesundbrunnen, Station Berlin Südkreuz, Station Berlin Spandau, and Regional Train Stations in Berlin are the station where you can take a train depending on where you’re coming from.

By bus, you can go to the Central Stations such as Bus Station – Central Bus Station Berlin ZOB and Bus Station Ostbahnhof.

Festival Hours

You can enjoy the projection and displays of the splendid festival lights every evening from 7 pm until 11 pm. However, there are some events that have a certain time duration.

The event lasts for 10 days, so you will have a lot of time to stroll and have an opportunity to check out all the majestic landmarks.

How much it costs to visit the festival

Admission to the festival is for free, so you can enjoy every night as much as you could. However, there are some presentations and tours that demand tickets, like the Closing Ceremony.

Suppose you want to have comfortable sightseeing and access all of Berlin. In that case, you can avail yourself of a Berlin Welcome Card with inclusive like a bus tour, free entrance to many Berlin attractions, and free public transport. This one pass can be valid for 48 hours, 72 hours, and 4 -6days, with the inclusion of a city guidebook and map.

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Weather in the lights festival

October in Berlin welcomes the vibrant hues of autumn, with temperatures ranging from a brisk 5°C (41°F) in the early mornings and evenings to around 15°C (59°F) during the day. As Berlin gears up for the Festival of Lights Uhrzeit, here’s what visitors should keep in mind:

  1. Layer Up: Given the temperature fluctuations, layering is key. Start with a comfortable base layer and add a warm sweater or cardigan. This allows for easy adjustment as the day progresses.
  2. Outerwear: A medium-weight jacket is recommended. Given the possibility of occasional rain showers, opting for a waterproof or water-resistant jacket can be a wise choice.
  3. Footwear: Comfortable walking shoes are essential, especially if you plan to explore the city on foot. Waterproof boots or shoes can be beneficial on wet days.
  4. Accessories: Don’t forget to pack a scarf, gloves, and a hat. They not only add an element of style but also provide the necessary warmth during chilly evenings.
  5. Umbrella: As October can be unpredictable with occasional rain showers, carrying a compact umbrella is advised.

Where to sleep nearby the festival

Have you planned to experience the Uhrzeit Festival of Lights in Berlin?

If so, Berlin – Mitte is the best place to stay during the festival. It is where the Brandenburg Gate, the Gendarmenmarkt, the Reichstag, the TV Tower, and the Museum Island are situated. Therefore, sightseeing will be very convenient for you. Here are some of the hotels nearby the festival.

The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

It will give you a luxurious and comfortable stay with its strategic location in Mitte. This hotel has a great access to public transportation, which will make it easy for you to travel around. It has 303 guest rooms includes 39 suites, a Presidential Suite, and Apartments.

Westin Grand Berlin

Another luxurious hotel provides not only your luxe stay but will also serve you delicate cuisine in their lobby restaurant. The theme of the hotel is brown-toned and light-colored, making it elegant and pleasant to the eyes.

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

This hotel is situated behind the Brandenburg Gate. It provides limousine service and offers city tours that guarantee a wholesome experience of Berlin. It has a full-service spa, fitness facilities, laundry facilities, an outdoor pool, and many more.

The Circus Hotel

A hotel best for solo traveller and backpackers because it is budget-friendly. It does not have private rooms only but also have a hostel feature for its shared dorms, perfect for those who have tight budgets. It is Situated at Rosenthaler Straße 1, 10119, Berlin, Germany.

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What and where to eat

Something’s missing for a traveller without a food trip because travelling requires stamina that you will lack without food. The good thing is Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to food.

Nobelhart & Schmutzig

This is a restaurant serving cuisines with its ingredients coming from a 125-miles radius of the restaurant. They promote food sustainability by purchasing from the local farmers. It is located at Friedrichstraße 218, Berlin, 10969, Germany. Their specialties are Gurke, Dillblüten, Kalb, Salbei and Himbeere, Sauerkirschkernöl.

Yafo

This provides an exceptional fun-dining experience in the city. The features of this restaurant that make it unique are mismatched furniture, loud music while you eat, closed table setup, and entertaining staff. They serve an Israeli menu that will probably comfort your cravings.

Long-Men’s Noodle House

Craving soups? This Asian restaurant is one of the best options. They serve handmade noodles, dim sum, and soups that are fit for your budget ranging from $15 and below.

Prism

This restaurant serves a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu. They have a list of more than 200 wine list coming from Lebanon, Syria, and Israel that you can enjoy less than $10 served by the glass.

Grill Royal

An upscale restaurant best for Meat lovers. One of the well-known outdoor dining-area in the city. You can see amazing views of some of the landmarks in Berlin like the TV Tower and the Cathedral from the restaurant. The menu is mostly meat and fish dishes with a home-style dining.

More things to do in the area

Now, since you are already in Berlin, do not lose the chance to more fun activities.

  • If you are an adventure and extreme activities lover, you can go to Park Inn Hotel Berlin and have a breath-taking base flying experience with the scenic city escape view.
  • You can also have a museum hopping. Hence Berlin has a museum that was listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the Museum Island situated on the Spree River. The specific museum available at the island is the Museum Island are Pergamum Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, and Altes Museum.
  • Have a tour around the city and visit Berlin Wall Memorial, Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Tiergarten, East Side Gallery, Potsdamer Platz, and a lot more.
  • Cruising through the center of Berlin by the River Spree can be done as well. You can also have kayaking if you want sightseeing via the river privately.
  • Explore the city by bike. It is the best way to enjoy your visit to the city for you will be able to tour at your own pace.
  • If you are into paintings, you can visit one of the world’s best fine art galleries: the Gemäldegalerie. It is where the masterpiece of the great artists in Europe up to the 18th century lie. Expect to be mesmerized by 1,250 masterpieces.
  • Have a great shopping experience at Germany’s largest square, Alexanderplatz
  • Visit the Berlin Zoo, one of the largest zoos in the world with thousands of animal species and specimens. You can see here the world’s oldest gorilla in the world named Fatou, as of the year 2017. All cat species are also present.

FAQ

1. What are the parking options available during the Festival of Lights Uhrzeit?

Answer: Berlin has several parking garages and street parking spots around the city. However, due to the festival’s popularity, these can fill up quickly. It’s advisable to use public transportation, which Berlin boasts a robust system of, or consider bike-sharing and rideshares.


2. Can visitors smoke during the Festival of Lights Uhrzeit?

Answer: While Berlin has open public spaces where smoking is permitted, attendees are encouraged to be mindful of others around them. Many crowded festival areas might have designated smoking zones to ensure the comfort of all guests.


3. Are pets allowed during the festival?

Answer: Pets, especially dogs on leashes, are commonly seen in Berlin’s public spaces. However, due to the crowd size and potential noise during the festival, it’s best to ensure your pet is comfortable in such environments or consider leaving them at home.


4. Will there be food stalls or eateries open during the festival?

Answer: Absolutely! Berlin’s diverse culinary scene comes alive during the festival with numerous food stalls, pop-ups, and established eateries offering a plethora of choices to festival-goers.


5. What items are prohibited at the festival?

Answer: To ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment, items such as glass bottles, large umbrellas, drones, and potential weapons should be avoided. Certain areas might have specific restrictions, so it’s a good idea to check in advance.


6. Are there any specific areas that are best to view the light displays?

Answer: The Festival of Lights Uhrzeit illuminates various landmarks and neighborhoods throughout Berlin. While there’s no singular “best” spot, popular locations include Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral, and Alexanderplatz, among others.


7. Is the festival accessible for people with disabilities?

Answer: Yes, Berlin is known for its efforts to be inclusive and accessible. Most of the festival areas are wheelchair-friendly, and there are provisions for those with mobility challenges or other special needs.


8. In case of adverse weather, will the festival be postponed or canceled?

Answer: The Festival of Lights Uhrzeit is generally a rain-or-shine event. However, in the rare case of extreme weather conditions, any changes or potential cancellations will be communicated through the festival’s official channels.

Sources:

https://visitberlin.de/en/event/festival-lights

https://festival-of-lights.de/en/

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