Festival of Lights

5 - 14 October 2018

Once a year, Berlin’s world famous sights and monuments in the city centre become the canvas for spectacular light and video projections at the Festival of Lights.
Festival of Lights
Berliner Dom at the Festival of Lights © dpa

For ten days, the Festival of Lights transforms Berlin’s most famous landmarks and historical monuments such as Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the Funkturm through light projections and video art. Many local and international lighting artists use this unique opportunity to project their temporary works of art onto some of the most recognisable buildings in the world, leaving a lasting impression on the spectators.

Special events during the Festival of Lights

Aside from the light projections, the Festival of Lights also includes various art and music events as well as guided tours that go by the name LightSeeing: Visitors can tour the highlights of the festival by bus, boat or, of course, on foot. Photography workshops, open house at selected buildings and charity events are part of the festival too.

Illuminations in the Berlin city centre

The participating monuments are mainly in the city centre. They are illuminated daily from 7 pm until midnight, though some projections are of shorter duration and may be displayed only once. The full list of participating buildings, a map and some photos of this year's displays is available at the official Festival of Lights website.

Opening Hours: 5 - 14 October 2018
Useful hints: Various monuments and sights throughout Berlin are illuminated, but mainly in the city centre.
Internet: Official Festival of Lights Website (in English)

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