Cultural Berlin — Quantity, Quality and Insider
Plurality, diversity and richness make the Berlin cultural
landscape a fascinating experience.
Berlin is a great place to experience a huge variety of types and
characteristics of modern and classic performing arts. An opera can
be seen at one of the three big opera houses and can be enjoyed
while performed at a small theatre society or on a tiny performance
stage. History-charged theatre like Faust from Goethe can be
witnessed in classic or modern form and length with perfection at
one of the multitude of theatres, but alternatively it might be
performed at a small off-stage as a rigidly shortened 2-man piece in
Berlin is a place to experience performing arts full of life. In
Berlin theatre, cabaret, opera and concerts are simply
manifestations of actively lived history and an unbelievably divers
creative scene. Berlin residents spend much of their money for live
entertainment in Germany and keep Berlin cultural variety and
institutions alive this way which also makes Berlin a most
attractive place for tourists.
Everyone who loves classic theatre must not miss visiting one of the
great classic theatre
houses of Berlin. Lots of performance sites shape German
culture, lead and mirror international cultural developments already
for more than 100 years. In Charlottenburg
it is possible to experience all forms of classic theatre in close
spatial proximity from ambitious contemporary drama (Renaissance
Theatre), over mind candy like musicals (Theater des Westens) and
comedies, to politically and socially dedicated theatre
(Schaubühne). Quality restaurants, bars and pubs nearby make a
wonderful amusement evening an easy exercise for natives and foreign
One really famous amusement district already since the early 1920s
is the Friedrichstreet.
There is not only the world famous Friedrichstadt Palace
(Friedrichstadtpalast) located and the Admirals Palace
(Admiralspalast), furthermore there are lots of small stages.
Cabaret here is surely performed for amusement but it is also in
highest quality spiced with social criticism (e.g. Cabaret Distel).
Besides amusement there is also in best tradition founded by (inter
alia) Berthold Brecht political and committed educational theatre to
be found (Berliner Ensemble, Volksbühne). Restaurants, bars and
pubs in this special area offer amazing, innovative and culinary
possibilities for discoveries, because this area of Berlin started a
dramatic new development and self-invention after the German
reunification. Spatial proximity to high politics (Reichstag) surely
also helped with this development.
The highest art of opera is embraced at three big opera houses and
some small stages. Since selection, staging, directing and style are
totally different real opera lovers feel the commitment to visit at
least the three big opera houses (Deutsche Staatsoper,
Lots of national and international opera stars (e.g. Anna Netrebko,
Placido Domingo) performed and perform on these stages regularly or
even call it their home.
New theatres and stages are founded and old ones are revived in
Berlin all the time. It is a real pleasure to discover the Berlin
cultural landscape. Everyone who visits Berlin to experience culture
will experience merriment for heart and soul and will collect unique
memories enriching personal life. Cultural Berlin is a good cause
for always returning to visit Berlin again.