Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

03 - 12 September 2021

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

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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.

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Berlin Light Weeks 2016
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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.

Illuminated buildings and places: Highlights 2021

This year, almost 90 places will become light art works: Bodemuseum, Berliner Dom, Berlin Television Tower, Nikolaiviertel, Berlin City Hall (Rotes Rathaus), Oberbaumbrücke, St.-Hedwigs-Cathedral, Staatsoper unter den Linden, Hotel de Rome, Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Brandenburg Gate, Borsigturm, Potsdamer Platz, Funkturm, Museum für Naturkunde, Hackescher Markt, Victory Column (Siegessäule), Charlottenburg Palace, Friedrichstraße, Berlin Central Station.
Opening Hours
03 - 12 September 2021
daily from 8 pm to midnight
Useful hints
Various monuments and sights throughout Berlin are illuminated, but mainly in the city centre.

Berlin leuchtet and Festival of Lights Video

Photo Galleries (in German)

  • Festival of Lights 2020 (3)© KS/BerlinOnline
    Festival of Lights 2020
  • Festival of Lights 2019 (7)© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2019
  • St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale - Festival of Lights 2018© ks/BerlinOnline
    Festival of Lights 2018
  • Festival of Lights 2017© dpa
    Festival of Lights 2017
Gendarmenmarkt - Berlin leuchtet
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Berlin leuchtet

13 - 22 August 2021

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

Last edited: 23. March 2021