If you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin this Saturday, I am gnashing my teeth in jealousy. January 30th is Lange Nacht der Museen – or The Long Night of Museums for those who don’t Sprechen sie Deutsch – a highlight of the cultural calendar in a city that takes its Kultur very, very seriously.
About 60 museums and galleries across the city – including the incredible Museumsinsel, or Museum Island, in the former East Berlin, Deutsche Guggenheim, and Schloss Charlottenburg, to name but a very few – open their doors late into the night, giving visitors an all-you-can-see buffet-style evening of exhibitions, guided tours and special events. This year’s theme focuses on Berlin as a capital city of science and each location will offer a site-specific program dedicated to that theme in addition to their regular exhibitions.
Although many museums are within walking distance of the central City Hall meeting point, many more are spread out across the city. Practical as ever, free shuttle buses are on hand to help you navigate your way between museums and see as much as possible. Best of all, every bus is manned by a blond, blue-eyed steward who’ll answer all your questions. OK, maybe that last line is a bit of wishful thinking — however the all-incluseive €15 ticket price is not.