For many, Berlin may have an extensive and potentially interesting history, especially regarding the previous century, and this summer may be an ideal time for travellers to experience the culture and timeline of German as well as wider European history. One medium through which they may achieve this may be through the Long Night at the Museums event, which aims to take place on the 27th of August. This year may be the 36th year since the events conception, and it seems to be far from over, with each year endeavouring to an increase of museums, events and participants which aim to both memorialise the past and future of Germany as a country.
Included in this year’s academic line-up are possibly some of Berlin’s most prolific, intriguing museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Trash Art, the Haus der Zukunft (house of the future), the German Spy museum and the Anne Frank Centre, which exemplify the potential array of the event as well as its aim to cater to the interests of as many visitors as possible. In addition to this, the event’s page offers themed tours to appeal to the variety of potential visitors, such as those for English speakers, for creatives and tours suitable for children. Guests may also have the opportunity to begin the event earlier by joining in the picnic, which from 4PM aims to provide food and entertainment for its participants near.
Berlin seemingly has plenty to offer beyond its variety of museums too, with historical sites seemingly strewn from corner to corners of the city, such as the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. If time is short and visitors aiming to see as much of the city as possible, another option may be the 360 degree viewing tower situated inside of Berlin’s Fernsehturm, which may be a prolific part of Berlin’s skyline. If travellers or locals participating in the Long Night in the Museums event are keen on continuing the trend of nocturnal exploration, they may choose to visit some of Berlin’s premiere clubs, such as Watergate or Tresor, a club located in the converted vault of the Wertheim department store.
After a potentially long day of sightseeing in Germany’s capital, tourists may choose to sample some of the iconic cuisines of the city, such as the currywurst from one of the city’s oldest and most prolific sausage stalls, Konnopke’s Imbiss, which has been endeavouring to serve hungry customers for over 80 years. If more modern interpretations of classic Berlin cuisine are more appealing to travellers, restaurants such as La Soupe Populaire aim to offer new interpretations of traditional meals such as senfeire, a meal conventionally compiled of hard boiled eggs, mustard and mashed potatoes. For dessert or a mid-day snack, travellers may also choose to appreciate the baked-goods central to Germany, such as the donuts (or, rather confusingly in German, Berliner!) from Baeckerei Siebert, which has endeavoured to serve tourists and locals alike for over 100 years.
Whilst events such as these may draw desirable attention and tourism into cities like Berlin, equally as important may be the increased cultural opportunity for locals and travellers alike to experience. Whilst the daytime in many cities may be a window of opportunity for tourists and young people, with the opening of these museums at night comes the chance for those who work full-time or otherwise remain occupied throughout the day to see everything which their city and cities like Berlin have to offer.
What benefits may there be for cities which run nocturnal events such as this festival in Berlin?