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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both the Berliner Dom and the Fernsehturm
One of the great illuminations on the Berliner Dom