Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

October 07-16, 2022

Once a year, Berlin’s world famous sights and monuments in the city center become the canvas for spectacular light and video projections during the Festival of Lights.

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    The Berlin Cathedral is illuminated during the rehearsal before the start of the 17th edition of the "Festival of Lights".
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    The Berlin Cathedral is illuminated during the rehearsal before the start of the 17th edition of the "Festival of Lights".
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    The Hotel de Rome is illuminated during the 17th edition of the "Festival of Lights".
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    The Bebelplatz is illuminated during the 17th edition of the "Festival of Lights".
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    The Konzerthaus is illuminated during the 17th edition of the "Festival of Lights".
The Festival of Lights will take place for the 18th time in 2022 and is traditionally held under the patronage of the governing mayor of Berlin. Many landmarks, historical places, streets, squares, trendy neighborhoods and interesting places of recent Berlin historywill be spectacularly illuminated for ten days in October.

Motto 2022: "Visions of our Future"

At the start of the festival at 8 PM on Ocotber 07, the illuminations of numerous landmarks and buildings throughout the city will be switched on. Every festival visitor is invited to witness the start of the Festival of Lights live at one of the participating landmarks. Most of the illuminations will be on display from 7 PM until midnight each day of the festival. The motto for 2022 is "Visions of our Future" and vompanies and organizations called upon to create futuristic images around various themes such as sustainability, scientific discovery, mindfulness, humanity and diversity.

Highlights and Hotspots

The light art installations on Bebelplatz are particularly impressive every year. Here, visitors can take in the colorful light art projections, perfectly matched to the conditions, from three sides. The light shows will be accompanied by music. Another place with numerous different installations is Potsdamer Platz. This no less impressive hotspot is another one of the must-sees of the Festival of Lights.

Illuminated Buildings and Squares in 2022

Around 70 locations are expected to become works of light art this year. Among others, these include the Bode Museum, Bebelplatz, the Berlin Cathedral, the TV Tower, the Nikolai Quarter, Oberbaum Bridge, St. Hedwig's Cathedral, the State Opera House on the Linden, the Hotel de Rome, the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, the Radio Tower, the Victory Column, Charlottenburg Palace and Berlin Central Station. (subject to change)

Photos: Festival of Lights

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    Festival of Lights 2021
  • Festival of Lights 2020 (3)© KS/BerlinOnline
    Festival of Lights 2020
  • Festival of Lights 2019 (7)© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2019

At a Glance

Event
Festival of Lights 2022
Opening Hours
Most illuminations can be seen daily from 7 PM to midnight.
Location
various landmarks in Berlin
Start
7. October 2022
End
16. October 2022
Admission Fee
free

Participating locations of the "Festival of Lights" 2022 (editorial selection)

Last edited: 5. August 2022