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Berlin Festival of Lights 2017

It’s that time of the year again!! Every year, in October, Berlin transforms itself in an amazing giant art lighting installation. During the Berlin Festival of Lights the city’s famous landmarks, monuments and squares receive beautiful and dynamic lighting installations/projections that take everyone’s breath away.

Festival of Lights Berlin
Photo from FOL’s Website

The Berlin Festival of Lights insanely cool projects are done by leading local and international lighting artists. As the sun sets the streets come alive with people walking around town in search of the coolest light project.

berlin fetival of lightsThe Berlin Festival of Lights usually lasts about 10 days (two weekends). Lights are usually on after 7PM and light shows will go on until midnight. In 2017, the Festival will run from October 6th to October 15th. Admission is free to all installations and some companies will offer guided tours through the main shows. For more info on “Lightseeing” Tours, check this website. (Tip: Beyond the official Festival dates some of the lighting installations get ready ahead of time. Especially since the beginning of the Festival coincides with the German Unity Day festivities).

Festival of Lights Berlin
Photo from FOL’s Website

We usually explore the venues on our own. Before we leave home, we check the event’s website to understand where the installations are, get our cameras ready and wander around town. Our starting point is usually the Brandenburg Gate. It is probably too ambitious of a goal to hit all installations in one night, so if you would like to see them all, plan to do it in two or three fetival of lights

Beyond the lighting installations there are quite a few events hapenning around the Festival like concerts, performances and photo workshops. For more information on specific events and dates, please click here.

Another favorite is the Light Weeks Festival around Potsdamer Platz (Sept. 29th to October 15th). Make sure to explore the whole area. Here is a list of installations around this area and where to find them, to help you out.

Giant Bunnies (Seven-metre illuminated nylon bunnies – Postdamer Platz).

Naufrago (Maritime imagery and sounds of the sea /interactive swing  – Varian-Fry-Straße.

Monoliths (Four pieces of the Berlin Wall bathed in rich and luscious colours, exuding calmness and serenity –  Marlene-Dietrich-Platz).

Tesla (The historic facade of Haus Huth at Fontaneplatz will play host to a unique projection of the electrifying life of Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla).

Indian Summer (Alte Potsdamer Straße will be immersed in warm autumn tones).

Boats on Pianosee (The colourfully illuminated boats will be returning to Pianosee).



Berlin Leuchtet (Sept. 29th to October 15th) is a parallel Festival and is also worth exploring. It focuses on less known architectural spots, like the Bundesrat (Senate) building near Potsdamer Platz and the deactivate Gasometer in Schöneberg.

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