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If you're visiting Berlin in the next couple of weeks, you'll have the chance to see one of the prettiest events in the calendar of the German capital – the Festival of Lights, which decks the city's most famous landmarks with spectacular colour and light.
For twelve days each autumn – this year from October 12th to 23rd –
the Festival of Lights casts a colourful spell over the German capital
. As dusk falls, the monuments of the city on the river Spree are wrapped in the light and colour of i
lluminations created by prestigious designers
and artists. This is the seventh year of the event, and
more than 70 buildings, streets and squares
– including the
, the Television Tower in Alexanderplatz, the Gendarmenmarkt and
– will take on their new mystique each evening from seven until midnight.
The opening ceremony –
LightsOn – for what is considered one of the world's leading light festivals
, will start at the festival centre, Quartier Potsdamer Platz at half past seven on October 12th. Other highlights include the celebration of
the 125th anniversary of the famous Kurfürstendamm avenue
, which will be transformed into a spectacular outdoor gallery, radiant with artistically lit buildings, a showcase of creative ideas, and
the perfect setting for some evening 'light-seeing'
numerous cultural events and activities
programmed which will focus around the theme of light – including
and other culinary delights on sale at the LightBar each evening and
an illuminated jazz concert in the Minster Gardens
on the evening of the 21st. Special
tours will take in the main 'light sights'
, with prices ranging from 13€ for an hour and a half by bus, to 150 € for a 75-minute tour in a
with space for up to six people. You could even take a tethered flight in
the Berlin Hi-Flyer - one of the biggest helium balloons in the world
Berlin Festival of Lights
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