The Festival of Lights 2016 in Berlin

The Festival of Lights 2016 in Berlin

One of the greatest yearly events in Berlin is defenitely the Festival of Lights. Every year in October, Berlin lightens up and becomes one of the greatest illuminated cities in the world. During the festival, the amount of tourists in Berlin increases radically because many people want to be part of this event.

The Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights basically means that a huge amount of the attractions throughout Berlin will be decorated with the use of light. All kind of hotspots like historical places, landmarks, squares, streets and quarters are being illuminated by national and international artists. The Festival of Lights turns the whole city of Berlin into one large free exhibition.

Brandenburger Tor Berlin Festival of LightsBrandenburger Tor during the Festival of Lights

This year the Festival of Lights will be organized for the 12th time. The first illumination festival was organised in 2005 and since that year the amount of visitors have been increasing rapidly. Last year, more than two million visitors came to Berlin and over half a million extra hotel-bookings were registrated. The Festival of Light can defenitely be called one of the most successful illumination-events in the world.

Daily illuminations

This year, visitors can enjoy the Festival of Lights from the 7th till the 16th of October. The illuminations normally start around 7 PM and end around midnight. You can see more than 70 different illuminations during the Festival of Lights in Berlin. From the Fernsehturm to the Berliner Dom and from the Brandenburger Tor to Hauptbahnhof, Berlin will be the main star in it’s own show. A full list of all the illuminations of the Festival of Lights 2016, will be published on the official website.

Berliner Dom Festival of Lights 2012 Berlin
Berliner Dom Festival of Light
Illuminations of the Festival of Lights (Berliner Dom)

Lightseeing Tours

If you are looking for an organised experience, you can decide to use one of the many tours of The Festival of Lights. You can enjoy the illuminations by boat, bus, foot, segway and in several other ways. Examples of tours are the Lightliner Bus, the Lightartship Boat and a tour called Lightsightrunning (which will include a lot of running indeed). Obviously, the tours differ in price, destinations and starting point so it is probably best if you take a look at the website about the Lightseeing tours.

Fernsehturm Berlin Festival of LightsThe Fersehturm during the Festival of Lights


Normally the grand opening of the festival of lights was taking place on Potsdamer Platz on the opening day of the festival. But this year the organisation decided that there will be a “lights-on” moment, where all the buildings will light up for the first time in 2016. This will be an impressive moment on the 7th of October. Potsdamer Platz is still a great spot to be at that moment because there are so many impressive buildings at one location. Mark the date and make sure you do not miss the start of the illuminations in 2016.


The Festival of Lights is the perfect stage for all kind of photographer. All attractions in Berlin, which are already impressive during the rest of the year, will blow your mind during the Festival of Lights. If you are a photographer you might be interested to participate in the photo-contest. Every year the organisation of the Festival of Lights invites everybody to submit photos. Last year more than 1300 people submitted a photo and below you can find the three winning photo from The Festival of Lights 2012.

Winner Photocontest Festival of LightsThe winners of the photo-competition 2012

More info Festival of Lights 2016

If you want more information about the event, you might want to check the official website of the Berliner Festival of Lights. Besides that you can have a look at the facebook-site and check some videos on youtube. Below you can find the official trailer of the Festival of Lights by the way.

Official trailer of the Festival of Lights in Berlin

Some of my photos of the Festival of Lights

Also last year, the Festival of Lights has been a great success. For 11 days, most of the landmarks in Berlin were even more impressive than they normally are. Obviously I enjoyed the great illuminations myself as well: We visited the Berliner Dom, Alexanderplatz and the Fernsehturm. Below you can find some photos and a great video.

Berliner Dom Festival of lights 2Photo of the Berliner Dom during Festival of Lighst 2013

Fernsehturm Festival of lights
Fernsehturm Festival of Lights Berlin 2013
Two photos of the Fernsehturm during Festival of Lights

Berliner Dom Festival of Lights 2013Both the Berliner Dom and the Fernsehturm

Berliner Dom Festival of Lights 2013One of the great illuminations on the Berliner Dom

Fernsehturm Festival of lights 2The S-Bahn and the Fernsehturm during Festival of Lights


Job van Hardeveld
Written by Job van Hardeveld

My Name is Job and I moved to Berlin in January 2012. Since a couple of years I am writing about cool spots, great parties and awesome places in Berlin. Hope you like my blog, leave a comment if you have a question!

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