Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

11 - 20 October 2019

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

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Berliner Dom at the Festival of Lights

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.

Tour Recommendations

Berlin Light Weeks 2016
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Berlin Light Weeks: Guided City Tour

See elaborately illuminated buildings and landmarks in Berlin's city centre at the light events "Festival of Lights" and "Berlin leuchtet" in autumn. more

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
11 - 20 October 2019
Useful hints
Various monuments and sights throughout Berlin are illuminated, but mainly in the city centre.
Internet
Official Festival of Lights Website (in English)

Berlin leuchtet and Festival of Lights Video

Photo Galleries (in German)

Festival of Lights 2018

  • St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Alte Bibliothek - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Alte Bibliothek - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Humboldt-Universität - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Humboldt-Universität - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Berliner Dom - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Berliner Dom - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Quartier Potsdamer Platz - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Humboldt-Forum - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Humboldt-Forum - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Brandenburger Tor - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Brandenburger Tor - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Brandenburger Tor - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Brandenburger Tor - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Altes Stadthaus - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Altes Stadthaus - Festival of Lights 2018
  • ESMT - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    ESMT - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Nikolaiviertel - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Nikolaiviertel - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Nikolaiviertel - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Nikolaiviertel - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Nikolaiviertel - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Nikolaiviertel - Festival of Lights 2018
  • Fernsehturm - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Fernsehturm - Festival of Lights 2018

Festival of Lights 2017

  • Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2017
  • St.-Hedwigs-Kathedrale - Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    St.-Hedwigs-Kathedrale - Festival of Lights 2017
  • Berliner Dom - Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    Berliner Dom - Festival of Lights 2017
  • Juristische Fakultät - Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    Juristische Fakultät - Festival of Lights 2017
  • Alte Stadthaus - Festival of Lights© dpa
    Alte Stadthaus - Festival of Lights
  • Berliner Dom - Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    Berliner Dom - Festival of Lights 2017
  • Palais am Festungsgraben - Festival of Lights© dpa
    Palais am Festungsgraben - Festival of Lights
  • Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2017
  • Palais am Festungsgraben - Festival of Lights© dpa
    Palais am Festungsgraben - Festival of Lights
  • Fernsehturm - Festival of Lights© dpa
    Fernsehturm - Festival of Lights
  • Altes Stadthaus - Festival of Lights© dpa
    Altes Stadthaus - Festival of Lights
  • Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2017
  • Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2017

Festival of Lights 2016

  • Festival of Lights 2016© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2016
  • Lichterfest "Festival of Lights"© dpa
    Lichterfest "Festival of Lights"
  • Festival of Lights 2016© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2016
  • Lichterfest "Festival of Lights"© dpa
    Lichterfest "Festival of Lights"
  • Festival of Lights 2016© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2016
  • Lichterfest "Festival of Lights"© dpa
    Lichterfest "Festival of Lights"
  • Festival of Lights 2016© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2016
  • Festival of Lights 2016© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2016
Berlin leuchtet
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Berlin leuchtet

9 - 20 October 2019

Berlin leuchtet, one of two illumination festivals in October, transforms many lesser known yet significant buildings all over the town with coloured light. more

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