Berlin Festival of Lights

http://www.festival-of-lights.de/en/about-the-festival/
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Despite the onset of Gloomy Winter weather approaching, one event to look forward to in Berlin every October is the Festival of Lights. Not to be confused with the festival of lights (Deepavali) celebrated by Hindu’s world over, The Berlin Festival of lights is an electric showcase of color that highlights some of the city’s history architectural pieces.

Currently in its 6th year of inception the Berlin festival of lights takes place from 12-25 October each year giving locals and tourists some insight into some of the cities architectural gems. During this period for a week, prominent architectural works of Berlin which including tourist hubs like the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, Gendarmenmarkt square, Hauptbahnhof train station, TV Tower, Charlottenburg palace and the Berliner Dom are colourfully illuminated with lights.


Some Images From The Berlin Festival of Lights

This is now my second year of living in Berlin. I missed last years show, so I went out last night to see the event myself. Unfortunately I was not dressed warmly enough so was only able to get to a few landmarks. I do hope to venture out again before the festivals ends so stay tuned for the rest of the pics. In the mean time I have just listed below some of the Landmarks I have passed.

Deutscher Dom-Gendarmenmarkt Square
Deutscher Dom-Gendarmenmarkt Square | Source

Gendarmenmarkt Square

The Gendarmenmarkt Square is one of my favourite spots in the city.

Located in the heart of the city (stad mitte) the Gendarmenmarkt Square is rich in cultural heritage and history the square is unified by the exquisite sculpture of German intellect Fredrich Schiller.

The Square is flanked by Berlin Concert House by Karl Freidrich Schiller (1759-1805), the Französische Dom by Carl Von Gontrd (1731- 791) and the Deutsche Dom by Martin Grünberg in 1708 and, later modified by Carl Von Gontrd (1759-11-10).(Pictured Below).

Gendarmenmarkt Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt Berlin | Source
Gendarmenmarkt Berlin by Night 20 October 2010
Gendarmenmarkt Berlin by Night 20 October 2010 | Source
Gendarmenmarkt Berlin by Night 20 October 2010
Gendarmenmarkt Berlin by Night 20 October 2010 | Source
 Gendarmenmarkt Square Festival Of Lights
Gendarmenmarkt Square Festival Of Lights | Source
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Gendarmenmarkt 5, 10117 Berlin, Germany
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TV Tower, Berlin
TV Tower, Berlin | Source

TV Tower, Alexander Platz


  • Located in Alexander Platz the TV Tower is one of Germanys tallest structures standing at 368meters.
  • Read more about the TV Tower on the official site.

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Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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Berliner Dom


  • Located near the Museum Island cluster of historical building and cultural centres, The Berliner Dom dates back to the Renaissance period. (Until 1538).
  • For more information about the Berliner Dom check out the official site.

Berliner Dom: 20 October 2010
Berliner Dom: 20 October 2010 | Source
Berliner Dom: 20 October 2010
Berliner Dom: 20 October 2010 | Source
Berliner Dom: 20 October 2010
Berliner Dom: 20 October 2010 | Source
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Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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The festival is usually opened with a grand fireworks display followed by a weeklong of colourfully lit evenings. Several others activates run concurrent with the festival of lights .These include Night of Open Doors, Jazz at the Minister gardens and a spectacular finish at the City LightRun on October 23rd.You can read more about the Berlin Festival of Lights in the official site.

Image Credits

All Images by Author: Charly © 21 October 2010, unless otherwise acknowledged.

Comments 23 comments

germ_lover 6 years ago

wow - love the awesome pics


holly sparks 6 years ago

spectacular! you're so lucky you got to go!


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joe w bennett 6 years ago from Clinton, MS, US of A

yes, stunning photos...


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks Holly and Joe W Bennet...was much more beautiful in real life.


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France Travel Inf 6 years ago

Stunning photos -- this is much like the festivals of lights that are found across France during the summer months. Awesome!


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks France Travel info...I am sure the French Festival is equally spectacular! when does this happen?


I Love Berlin 6 years ago

I love Berlin..Have been on Hoiliday twice..will definitley consider a holiday there in October next Time...love the pics great job.


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the lovely comments..yes berlin is a fantstic city..it always reminds me of the tale of two cities:)Great history and wonderful Architectural treasures.


 6 years ago

Wow, I'd love to see this one day! The photos are awesome!

I'll have to make sure that if ever I get a chance to visit Berlin, it will be around this time.

Thank you for sharing.


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the loveley comments..looks like berlin is really popular:) I will definitely do more photo hubs:)


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France Travel Inf 6 years ago

The French festival of lights usually start after Easter and run through the end of Sept. I have pictures of the festival of lights in Chartres on my website. My photos only give you a taste of what it is like, but having been to the one in Berlin, you know that you just can't capture the immense beauty on film! I know that Reims and Lyon also have similar light shows but have not been to those.


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks France Travel info...I will check out your blog.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I am so glad you decided to visit my hub so that I can return the favor! I visited Berlin back in the early 70's, but certainly didn't see this lovely light 'show.'

Thanks for such a European treat!


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Hi Lorlie!Thanks for the visit...Hmm back in tha 70's berlin would have been completely different city dynamic...you should definitely visit soon..as beautiful as the Festival of lights my be..I still recomend visitng in the summer months.


Joy 6 years ago

Berlin is Amazing! wish I was ther for the festival:-!


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WordCustard 6 years ago from Scotland

I had never heard of the Berlin Festival of Lights... it looks so beautiful. One of these years I'll have to take a trip in October just to see it. What an enjoyable hub and a clever idea to light up the gloomy evenings this time of year.


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Hi Word Custrd! Thanks for the visit:)Berlin is beautiful all year round..only problem- if you come after September do bring plenty warm stuff especially for night sight seeing.


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Uninvited Writer 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Great information, keep the photos coming :)

Does this coincide with Oktoberfest? Or is it earlier there? We just ended ours last week here in Kitchener.


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks Univited Writer! The Oktoberfest was from 17 September until the first week of Oktober and this mostly takes place in Munich (South of Berlin).Berlin is the most cosmopolitan German city so there is an eclectic mix of different culutral events in the city. This Festival if Lights as just been running for the last 6 years now and looks like its here to stay since it is quite popular despite the weather. We have a bright sunny day today but the evening will be chilly... I am hoping to get the rest of the pics done tonight...so stayed tuned for more.)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Beautiful shots - Berlin has changed over the years hasn't it - along way from when my wife went to high school there!


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks forth visit billyaustindillon ...yep Berlinhas evovled considerably since the fall of the wall. Last year infact marked the 20 year celebrations...still its a fantastic city I love it!.


china man 6 years ago

Glad you wrote it up with pics, I am unlikely to get there again so saves me wondering about it :) It was quite a few years ago now that I was in Berlin and my overwhelming memory is of grey, nice to see the grey dispelled, thanks for the write up.


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kids-toy-box 6 years ago Author

Thanks for the visit chinaman! Berlin is a fantastic city! plenty to see and do and you will be please to know...you dont need alot of money to have fun here either...most festivals like the festival of lights are free...all you need is good company really to enjoy this city.

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