Berlin has been an extremely creative capital ever since the 1920s when the liberal spirit of the Weimar Republic allowed it to give birth to more literary masterpieces, plays, musical performances, and even films (at the film studio in neighboring Babelsberg) than at perhaps any other time in German history.

The creative spirit has continued to flourish and, thanks to Berlin’s relatively cheap standard of living and high government subsidies for the arts, the city still offers an atmosphere like no other for those looking to be creative—and for those looking to enjoy their creations.

With four opera houses, an endless number of theaters, and cinemas both big and small, Berlin has something to offer the performing arts aficionado almost every day of the week. It’s just a matter of knowing where to find what interests you.

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  • 1. Babylon

    Kreuzberg | Film

    Partially hidden behind Kottbusser Tor, Babylon shows original-language films with English/German subtitles. Ticket prices vary according to...Read More

  • 2. Berlinale: Internationale Filmfestspiele


    In February, numerous cinemas band together to host the prestigious Internationale Filmfestspiele, or Berlinale, a 10-day international festival...Read More

  • 3. Berliner Ensemble

    Mitte | Theater

    The excellent Berliner Ensemble is dedicated to Brecht and works of other international playwrights. ...Read More

  • 4. Berliner Festspiele


    This annual Berlin festival, held from late August through September or early October, unites all the major performance halls (especially the...Read More

  • 5. Berliner Philharmonie

    Tiergarten | Concerts

    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's best and their resident venue is the Philharmonie, comprising the Grosser Saal, or large...Read More

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  • 6. CineStar im Sony Center

    Tiergarten | Film

    Mainstream U.S. and British movies are screened in their original versions at the CineStar im Sony Center. Tuesday is a discount evening. ...Read More

  • 7. Deutsche Oper Berlin

    Charlottenburg | Dance

    Of the many composers represented in the repertoire of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Verdi and Wagner are the most frequently presented. ...Read More

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  • 8. Deutsches Theater

    Mitte | Theater

    The theater most renowned for both its modern and classical productions is the Deutsches Theater. ...Read More

  • 9. English Theatre Berlin

    Kreuzberg | Theater

    The English Theatre presents dramas and comedies in English as well as hosting independent productions, concerts, events, and comedies for Berlin...Read More

  • 10. Freiluftkinos


    When warm weather hits the city and Berliners come out of hibernation, they often head to the Freiluftkinos (open-air cinemas). These outdoor...Read More

  • 11. Grips Theater

    Tiergarten | Theater

    For children's theater, head to the world-famous Grips Theater, whose musical hit Linie 1, about life in Berlin viewed through the subway...Read More

  • 12. Hackesche Höfe Kino

    Mitte | Film

    Documentary films, international films in their original language, and German art-house films are shown at the Hackesche Höfe Kino, or cinema...Read More

  • 13. Hebbel am Ufer Theater

    Kreuzberg | Dance

    This theater consists of three houses (HAU 1, 2, 3) within a five-minute walk of one another. Fringe theater, international modern dance, and...Read More

  • 14. Komische Oper

    Mitte | Dance

    The operas performed here are sung in their original language (often with English subtitles), but the lavish and at times over-the-top and kitschy...Read More

  • 15. Konzerthaus Berlin

    Mitte | Concerts

    The beautifully restored hall at Konzerthaus Berlin is a prime venue for classical music concerts. The box office is open from noon to curtain time. ...Read More

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  • 16. Maxim Gorki Theater

    Mitte | Theater

    With the radical slogan More Love! , the Maxim Gorki Theater produces eclectic plays about our society in transition, touching on economic...Read More

  • 17. Neuköllner Oper

    Neukölln | Dance

    The small and alternative Neuköllner Oper puts on fun, showy performances of long-forgotten operas as well as humorous musical productions....Read More

  • 18. Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz

    Wilmersdorf | Theater

    The rebellious actors at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, once the city's most experimental stage, have mellowed somewhat but still put on...Read More

  • 19. Schiller Theater

    Charlottenburg | Dance

    Currently serving as interim stage for the Staatsoper, until renovations are finished in 2017, the Schiller Theater is also known for light...Read More

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  • 20. Tanzfabrik

    Kreuzberg | Dance

    The Tanzfabrik is Berlin's best venue to see young dance talent and the latest from Europe's avant-garde. Additionally, contemporary artists...Read More

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