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Stunning pictures show famous Berlin buildings illuminated for the Festival of Lights

A series of stunning pictures have been released that show famous Berlin landmarks lit up in an array of bright colours as part of this year’s Festival of Lights.

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The library of Humboldt University is illuminated as part of the Festival of Lights. Image by Kay Nietfeld/Getty Images
Colourful designs are projected on the facade of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) as part of the yearly Festival of Lights in Berlin.
Colourful designs are projected on the facade of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) as part of the yearly Festival of Lights in Berlin. Image by John MacDougal/Getty Images
The Brandenburg Gate illuminated with projections.
The Brandenburg Gate illuminated with projections. Image by Adam Berry/Getty Images
Colourful designs projected on the facade of the Berlin Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) on the Gendarmenmarkt.
Colourful designs projected on the facade of the Berlin Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) on the Gendarmenmarkt. Image by John MacDougal/Getty Images

Now in its eleventh year, every October the Festival of Lights features an impressive variety of light installations from a range of international artists. This year, the selection includes a series of colourful designs that are projected onto landmarks across the city such as the Berlin Cathedral, the Faculty of Law building of the Humboldt University and the Brandenburg Gate.

Designs are projected on the facade of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom).
Designs are projected on the facade of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom). Image by John MacDougal/Getty Images
The facade of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) is lit up for the Festival of Lights.
The facade of the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) is lit up for the Festival of Lights. Image by John MacDougal/Getty Images
Dark blue and purple lights illuminate the Brandenburg Gate.
Dark blue and purple lights illuminate the Brandenburg Gate. Image by John MacDougal/Getty Images
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A multi-coloured design is projected onto the Faculty of Law building of the Humboldt University.

The festival ran for ten nights under the patronage of the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Muller, and featured a range of artists who told stories, shared art and staged pieces that lit up streets, squares and hotspots around Berlin. Entrance to all of the installations was free, with a LightSeeing tour program being part of the festival, offering adventure tours by bus, boat, Segway and foot.

The Brandenburg Gate is lit up as part of the Festival of Lights.
The Brandenburg Gate is lit up as part of the Festival of Lights. Image by John MacDougal/Getty Images
Yellow designs are projected on the facade of the Berlin Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) on the Gendarmenmark.
Yellow designs are projected on the facade of the Berlin Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) on the Gendarmenmark. Image by John MacDougal

Over the past ten years, the event has grown increasingly popular and has evolved into a major tourist attraction. In 2015 the Festival of Lights attracted over two million festival visitors from all over the world.