Architecture, Arts, and Anniversaries Highlight Visits to Berlin

By Dorothea S. Michelman

Berlin, Germany’s resurgent capital city in the very middle of Europe, expects a record number of visitors this year thanks to an ever-increasing array of attractions and celebrations.

Among the notable upcoming events are the unveiling of the Holocaust Memorial; a special tribute to Albert Einstein, and two major exhibitions on Francisco de Goya and Die Brücke, an artists collective founded in 1905 by Expressionist artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fritz Bleyl, Ernst Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

Berlin’s multi-styled architecture ranges from the work of 18th-century Classicists like Andreas Schlüter and Karl Friedrich Schinkel to that of high profile contemporary masters such as Helmut Jahn, Sir Norman Foster, I.M.Pei, and Daniel Liebeskind. An international who’s who of architects have decidedly changed the face of this vibrant city with such now-recognizable landmarks as the Potsdamer Platz, the Jewish Museum and the chic shopping districts on and around Friedrichstrasse. Perhaps no other city in the world has changed as much in the last decade as has Berlin and this is nowhere more apparent than in the city’s architecture.

The German Museum of Technology will open its new addition, an Air and Space Center extension on April 6, 2005. Featured in its survey of 200 years of German aviation will be numerous artifacts and forty aircraft.

A month later, on May 10th, the new Holocaust Memorial will be unveiled. Designed by an American, Peter Eisenman it features 2751 Memorial concrete blocks of different sizes in a wave-like pattern on a five-acre field near the Brandenburg Gate in the city center. An underground information center offers details about the individual victims and their families remembered here.

Highly anticipated events include “Goya-Prophet of the Modern”, running from July 12 till September 20, 2005 with 70 paintings and graphic artworks at the Old National Gallery on the city’s “Museum Island.” Among the works shown will be his two most famous paintings “The Naked Maya” and “The Shooting of Street Fighters by the French.”

The 100th anniversary of the influential artist expressionist group “Die Brücke” will be celebrated by the Brücke Museum from June 4 till September 11, 2005 and the Berlinische Galerie from October 2, 2005 till January 15, 2006.

It’s been a hundred years since Albert Einstein shattered the world’s sense of reality with his “Theory of Relativity.” It also is the 50th anniversary of the author’s death. Both his life and his work will be commemorated through several exhibitions, among them “Albert Einstein: Engineer of the Universe” at the Kronprinzenpalais from May 16 till September 30, 2005.

Nine times larger than another celebrated capital, Paris, Berlin is bustling with commerce and contemporary culture as well as commemorations. With a full calendar of festivals and happenings Berlin looks forward as well as back.

The city’s festival calendar is filled with events like The Theater Festival Berlin in May, Carnival of Cultures on Whitsun (May 15, 2005), The Love Parade in July, a fall festival of international achievements in all areas of the arts, Art Forum Berlin, the Berlin Marathon and Jazzfest among many others.

To make the panoply of offers more manageable, the popular Berlin Welcome Card features free transportation and discounts to many museums restaurants. Details and purchase of the Berlin Welcome Card at Berlin Tourism Marketing tourist information centers, many hotels, or BVG ticket offices (www.berlin-tourist-information.com)

Delta Airlines will start daily flights between New York’s JFK and Berlin’s Tegel airports starting on May 3, 2005. Continental Airlines will start its daily service between New York and Berlin on July 2, 2005.

For further information contact:
Berlin Tourism Marketing & Visitors Bureau
2934-1/2 Beverly Glen Circle #313
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Tel. 818-385-0631
Fax: 818-386-0632
E-Mail:berlintourismpr@adelphia.net
www.berlin.tourist-information.com

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