The Festival of Lights illuminates Berlin on 13 October

Added 11/10/2010

On 13 October over 60 buildings in Berlin will be lit up with a rainbow of coloured lights for the annual Festival of Lights. The festival will run until 24 October.

The Festival of Lights will be celebrating its sixth year. From 8pm on 13 October, the Grand Opening will take place in Potsdamer Platz. Meanwhile, OpenCity on 16 October, between 7pm and 12am, will offer visitors an insight into some specially illuminated buildings.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Festival of Lights will be hosting a special charity event to help raise awareness of breast cancer. Buildings will be illuminated in pink as part of the Global Illuminations Initiative. The initiative was launched in 2000 to light up famous buildings throughout the world — the Empire State Building and Sydney Opera House have both glowed pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

Though the Festival of Lights is a celebration of light, the event has so much more to offer. On 22 October at 7pm, a jazz concert will kick off in Minister Gardens. Tickets for the jazz concert can be bought online for €15 or for €20 on the day of the event.

On 23 October at 7pm, the City LightRun sees hundreds of runners taking to the streets and passing through the famous Brandenburg Gate, with the start and finish taking place at Potsdamer Platz.

For tourists, one of the many LightSeeing tours on offer could provide a fantastic overview of the Festival of Lights. The LightLiner is a 90 minute tour of the city by bus, while the LightShip is decked with its very own lights and offers a different perspective. There’s even a LightCarriage for a romantic tour of the illuminations or the LightLimo if you want to see the city in style. Or the LightVelo gives individuals the chance to enjoy a tailor-made tour.

The Festival of Lights is a spectacular affair and encourages locals and visitors to enjoy the architectural delights of Berlin after the sun has gone down. Multicoloured trees add to the festival’s splendour.

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