What can you do in Berlin during Confinement?
Stay home. In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, without having really confined ourselves, the government's injunctions are irrevocable. Schools, places of socialization and non-essential businesses closed, teleworking for those who can, prohibition of gathering at more than two and social distance of 1.50 m to be respected. Going out of the house is still allowed, but not without good reason. And fines are now applied for the most recalcitrant.
So how can we enjoy Berlin in these difficult times? It would be unfamiliar to the city and the tireless dynamism of its inhabitants to think of it totally at a standstill. In the city that always has so much to offer us, initiatives have been organised here and there. Berlin is not occupying its streets and lawns, but rather inviting itself into our city. Here's a short tour of the city so that you can continue to enjoy the German capital while staying at home!
Culture and History
The VÖBB, Berlin's network of libraries, is making their digital content available to the public for three months. With thousands of completely free references, reading, watching, listening and learning is still possible from the comfort of your couch!
The public museums on the Museum Island open their virtual doors. Explore the collections of Pergamon, Bode, Altes and Neuesmusem as well as the Alte Nationalgalerie. Stroll through the highlights (guaranteed without tourists!), discover their history or go behind the scenes of the city's most famous museums.
Why not mix history with entertainment? Police investigation, political intrigue, social fresco: plunge into the Berlin of the Roaring Twenties with this breathtakingly reconstructed series. The first two seasons of the flagship series are freely available on the media library of the Das Erste TV channel. The third season, which will be released in January on Sky Deutschland, is scheduled for release in the autumn, again on Das Erste.
Concerts and live music
United We Stream
Capital of electronic music, it is impossible to imagine Berlin without its many clubs. To make up for their closure, the Berlin cultural scene has set up a collective: United We Stream. The lively sets are now played without an audience, but with the usual unbridled passion of their DJs. In partnership with ARTE Concert, each night a live set is broadcast from different locations. Sisyphos, Tresor, Salon zur wilden Renate, Katerblau, Ritter Butzke, Yaam... Many well-known establishments have answered the call. The opportunity to discover new ones and enjoy their dance floors without fear of being rejected at the entrance!
Deutsche Oper Berlin
In a completely different register, the Berlin Opera offers old recordings of its repertoire in streaming. On the programme are great names such as Beethoven, Mozart and Verdi and classics such as Don Giovanni and Fidelio. Its orchestra, the BigBand, also offers special concert screenings.
Classical music lovers are not to be outdone. The Berliner Philharmoniker offers free access to its digital concert hall for 30 days. Concerts, films, documentaries, interviews, archives... enough to make the most of this period!
Organized by Home Music Berlin, a concert given by a Berlin classical musician takes place every Monday and Friday at 8:30 pm in this usual exhibition hall. You can watch the broadcast and find the program here.
Feel like being in a good mood in these difficult times? Find the artists of Sabobe with their concerts online, "Stay at home". Several times a week, they follow one another to bring you their radiant energy at home!
Neighbourhood Store Support
With the closure of all social venues, many of our favourite establishments, deprived of income, are under threat. Therefore, multiple initiatives have been created to support them. In addition, Help.Berlin offers a range of special offers such as vouchers, delivery, take-away orders... We also invite you to go directly to the websites of your favourite local shops and to see the initiatives proposed by them.
Help between neighbours
For certain categories of people, this health crisis is even more difficult. Getting out is particularly risky for them. Don't hesitate to check whether you can help them, for example by doing their shopping at the same time as yours. You can offer your help on neighbourhood networking platforms such as Nebenan. Or simply leave a poster in the lobby of your building.
As a web writer, I am passionate about cinema and literature. As soon as I arrived in Berlin, I was charmed. Between two trips, I like to walk its streets and let myself be carried away by its singularity, full of creativity. An infinite fascination that I love to share!