Berlin’s Long Nights are Worth Staying Up For

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Lange Nacht der Museen
Berlin's Lange Nacht der Museen lets you see museums in a different light. Photo: Frank M. Rafik.

It all began in 1997 with the very first Lange Nacht (long night) for Berlin‘s museums. The idea is a simple one: nearly 100 museums, archives, memorials and the like team up with one communal ticket for one night, throwing the doors open until the wee hours of the morning and offering visitors the opportunity to engage with the same theme at every institution.

Since that first night, the successful open house concept of the Long Night has expanded to the city’s theaters, opera houses, and scientific research institutions, with each offering a similar event during different months of the year.

Lange Nacht der Museen
Mid-March and Late August
This year: Saturday August 31, 2013

The long night of museums takes place twice yearly: first in mid-March, and again at the end of August. With nearly 100 institutions across the entire city to choose from, you’ll want to plan your evening carefully while consulting the map of chartered buses and public transportation, both included in your ticket price.

You can find detailed information about each event as well as purchase tickets online one month before each event on this website (German only). Each long night runs from 6 p.m. till 2 a.m. Admission: €18/€12 reduced.

 

Berlin Lange Nacht Opern

Lines can get pretty long for the Long Night of Opera and Theater. Photo: Admiralspalast Berlin.

Lange Nacht der Opern und Theater
Late April

The long night of opera and theater occurs once annually, at the end of April. Each of the 60 stages participating offers live sample performances from their repertoire, tours of their stages and backstages, games, improv and other fun events. From experience, I can advise you that the largest houses (Deutsche Oper and Staatsballet, for example) are incredibly popular, so either avoid these institutions altogether or prepare yourself mentally for waiting in long lines.

Once again, it helps to be aware of the chartered bus routes as well as public transportation options (both included in admission) between your theaters of interest. This long night runs from 7 p.m. till 1 a.m. Admission: €15/€10 reduced.

Long Night of Science

Kids and adults alike have plenty to do at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften. Photo: welu-berlin.

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften
Early May

Under the slogan “smartest night of the year,” the long night of scientific research is an annual event, next scheduled for early May. 75 institutions in Berlin and Potsdam open their doors, providing direct access to the scientists and their work. Everything from chemistry to photography to cartography to solar energy to economics to space research and beyond is included.  Most institutions offer plenty of hands-on experimentation, making this long night the best for visitors with children (and for children at heart).

The Lange Nacht runs from 4 p.m. till midnight. Included is transportation on the chartered shuttles as well as a Berlin ABC ticket for public transportation. Tickets are €11/€7 advance purchase and €13/€9 on the night of the event. Family tickets are available for €25/€20 in advance.

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Hilary Bown

An academic by training, a writer by day, and a Cheapo by heritage, Hilary Bown's meagre means and insatiable travel appetite have helped her sharpen her "no-budget travel" skills across the European continent over the past decade. At home in Berlin or on an adventure abroad, you'll find her in sandals, riding the bus, reading novels while walking, drinking the local wine, writing out postcards with a felt-tip pen, and browsing the shelves of the supermarket and hardware store. Find her unique blend of travel adventure and tested advice at Less Than a Shoestring.

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