Berlin Festival of Lights

Berlin Festival of Lights

This year saw the 11th Berlin Festival of Lights, a free outdoor light show that goes on for almost two weeks every October. Famous landmarks around the city are lit up with still and dynamic images.

We met up with Dani from Globetrotter Girls last Saturday evening as she was passing through Berlin and walked through the city to see the show.

Lustgarten, outside the Berlin Cathedral, was packed with spectators, who cooed each time the image projected onto the building changed.

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The Theater im Palais showed images of German-Israeli relations.

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The main Humboldt University building on Unter den Linden was covered in an abstract piece overlaid onto something that looked like a view through a telescope.

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At Gendarmenmarkt, the crowds thankfully thinned out a little, and the Konzerthaus was bathed in a soft pink light that moved like a cloud on a windy day.

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At the Brandenburg Gate, there was not only a series of pieces projected onto it, but also a light show with music that repeated several times an hour. This was particularly impressive, but wasn’t possible to capture with my limited night-time camera skills (which after this evening, were vastly improved with Dani’s help)!

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If you’re ever planning a trip to Berlin in October, definitely consider checking out the Festival of Lights. It truly transforms the city, not only visually, but also the atmosphere in the streets!