Must-see entertainment in Germany

  • Borussia Dortmund


    Dortmund’s famous and massively popular and succesful Bundesliga soccer team plays its home games at the legendary Westfalenstadion, now branded as Signal…

  • Mojo Club

    St Pauli & Reeperbahn

    This legendary Hamburg jazz club inhabits the fab basement of the Tanzende Türme office towers. Stellar local and international acts take to the stage…

  • Bearpit Karaoke

    Prenzlauer Berg

    On most summer Sundays, Berlin’s best free entertainment kicks off around 3pm when Joe Hatchiban sets up his custom-made mobile karaoke unit in the…

  • Die Scheune


    Generations of young folks have memories of the 'Barn', which started out as a mainstream GDR-era youth club before turning into an offbeat culture centre…

  • FC Bayern München


    Germany's most successful team both domestically and on a European level plays home games at the impressive Allianz Arena, built for the 2006 World Cup…

  • Lila Eule

    Bremen City

    A decade or more is a long time to be a hot tip, but this Das Viertel gem has pulled it off. A student crowd gathers here for parties and events, but it’s…

  • Kulturzentrum Faust


    Ska from Uruguay, Chinese new-year festivals, disco, reggae, heavy-metal gigs, hip-hop, multimedia installations, quiz evenings, book readings and film…

  • Hot Jazz Club


    A fine reason to head out to the Hafen, this subterranean bar keeps it real with live music of nearly all stripes – despite the name. Many concerts are…

  • Berliner Philharmonie

    Berliner Philharmoniker


    One of the world's most famous orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker, is based at the tent-like Philharmonie, designed by Hans Scharoun in the 1950s and…

  • Komiche Oper, Opera

    Komische Oper

    Historic Mitte

    The smallest among Berlin's trio of opera houses is also its least stuffy, even if its flashy neo-baroque auditorium might suggest otherwise. Productions…

  • Cinestar Original im Sony Center, Cinema

    Cinestar Original im Sony Center


    A favourite among English-speaking expats and Germans, this state-of-the-art cinema with nine screens, comfy seats and top technology shows the latest…

  • Semper Opera House Dresden

    Semperoper Dresden


    Dresden's famous opera house is the home of the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, which puts on brilliant performances that usually sell out.

  • Bar Jeder Vernunft

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Life’s still a cabaret at this intimate 1912 mirrored art nouveau tent theatre, one of Berlin's most beloved venues for sophisticated song-and-dance shows…

  • Staatsoper Berlin

    Historic Mitte

    After a seven-year exile, Berlin's most famous opera company is once again performing at the venerable neoclassical Staatsoper Unter den Linden, which…

  • Tonhalle


    As a former planetarium the Tonhalle has always trained the spotlight on the stars. Today it’s the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and the heavyweights of…

  • Babylon


    This top-rated indie screens a smart line-up of cinematic expression, from new German films and international art-house flicks to themed retrospectives…

  • Schaubühne

    City West & Charlottenburg

    In a converted 1920s expressionist cinema by Erich Mendelsohn, Schaubühne is western Berlin's main stage for experimental, contemporary theatre, usually…

  • Kölner Philharmonie


    The Kölner Philharmonie is a grand modern concert hall that presents a wide range of aural treats, from classical to jazz and chansons. It's also the home…

  • Karlstorbahnhof


    Within an old train station, beloved cultural centre Karlstorbahnhof has an art-house cinema screening original-language films; theatre, cabaret and…

  • Jazzclub Cavete

    Fairy-Tale Road

    Look for the stone wall on Steinweg studded with cow-, horse- and goat-busts to find this prime port of call for jazz and blues lovers. Monday is open…

  • Festspielhaus


    Ensconced in an historical train station and fabled for its acoustics, the Festspielhaus is Europe's second-biggest concert hall, seating 2500…

  • Freiluftkino Friedrichshain


    Cradled by Volkspark Friedrichshain, this open-air cinema has seating for 1500 on comfortable benches with backrests, plus a lawn with space for 300 more…

  • Katy's Garage


    This institution can be found at the junction of the Neustadt's two most happening streets. As its name suggests, this cavernous party pit is set in a…

  • Gewandhausorchester


    Led by Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons, the Gewandhaus is one of Europe’s finest and oldest civic orchestras. With a history harking back to 1743, it…

  • Gruenspan

    St Pauli & Reeperbahn

    Around since the 1960s, Gruenspan has evolved since its time as a notorious drug den into one of St Pauli's best live music venues. Just about any musical…

  • Theater Waidspeicher


    Not only children will be enchanted by the adorable marionettes and puppets that perform at this cute theatre in a historic woad storehouse (reached via…

  • Volksbad Jena

    Thuringian Forest & the Saale Valley

    You can’t swim in the 'People's Baths' (an early-20th-century, heritage-listed public pool) any longer; instead you’ll be showered with theatre, recitals…

  • Mercedes-Benz Arena


    The jewel among Berlin’s multiuse indoor venues, this 17,000-seat arena regularly welcomes entertainment royalty such as Depeche Mode, Rihanna and Beyoncé…

  • Elbphilharmonie


    Attending a concert here is an essential part of visiting Hamburg's most exciting architectural icon. With a full program, a number of different…

  • Monbijou Theater


    Every summer, adoring theatre groupies descend upon this lovely outdoor amphitheatre near Museumsinsel (Museum Island) for crowd-pleasing classics (in…

  • Arsenal


    The antithesis of popcorn culture, this arty twin-screen cinema features a bold global flick schedule that hopscotches from Japanese satire to Brazilian…

  • Deutsches Nationaltheater


    Expect a grab bag of classic and contemporary theatre, opera and concerts at this esteemed space. Performances are in German (musical recitals the obvious…

  • Die Glocke

    Bremen City

    Bremen’s concert hall stages classical concerts, opera and a large variety of special events, many by visiting performers, in a venue whose acoustics are…

  • Staatstheater


    Stuttgart’s grandest theatre presents a top-drawer program of ballet, opera, theatre and classical music.

  • Koka 36


    Indie ticket agency, especially good for non-mainstream concerts and events, with great service and best-seat guarantee. Takes orders from out of the…

  • Liederhalle


    Jimi Hendrix and Sting are among the stars who have performed at this culture and congress centre. The 1950s venue stages big-name classical and pop…

  • Staatsoper


    Among the world’s most respected opera houses, the Staatsoper has been directed by the likes of Gustav Mahler and Karl Böhm during its 325-year-plus…

  • Staatsoper Hannover


    Housed in the 19th-century opera house that was lovingly restored after suffering WWII damage. Classical music as well as ballet and opera are performed…

  • Jazz Club Hannover


    Hanover’s premier jazz club features top acts from Germany and abroad.

  • Kiste


    Jam-packed at weekends, this hole-in-the-wall bar is Stuttgart’s leading jazz venue, with nightly concerts starting at 9pm or 10pm.

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