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Berlin's Botanical Garden Gets Illuminated for a Weekend of Wonder

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Updated: 14 July 2017
Berlin’s Botanical Garden is a thing of magic and wonder. Set on 43 hectares of land, it boasts around 22 thousand different plant species from all around the world. Just being in those surroundings induces elevated feelings and a deeper awe for the natural and botanical world. For one weekend in July, things are about to get even more magical as the annual Botanical Nacht lights up the city’s calendar.
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Each year, Berlin’s Botanical Nacht enchants hundreds of people with a special programme of exciting fictional characters seen roaming in the garden, complete with incredible lighting and music. Taking place over two nights under the open sky, the event is perfect for couples, friends and families and those looking for a little touch of magic.

Inspired by fiction and fancy that is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the event is widely considered one of the best parties in Berlin. While the city carries on with its usual bustling ways, guests of the garden will experience life as a real fairytale.

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In a nutshell, eight different worlds will be created throughout the garden, from the ‘Shamans Empire’ and the ‘Garden of the Senses’ to the ‘Dragon Mountain’ and the mysterious ‘Forbidden Forrest.’ Each world will be brought to life using different sounds, special lighting techniques and performance art.

Highlights of the weekend include performances by Berlin rock trio Kicker Dibs, violinist Michaela Danner and the spectacular fireworks show on Saturday evening.

The Botanical Nacht takes place on June 21 and 22, 2017, and is open from 5pm to 2am each night. Expect a weekend of poetry, passion, music and performance art, set in one of the most beautiful spaces in Berlin. There is also a programme especially curated for the younger family members to be enchanted, educated and entertained, with free admission for children under 14 years old. Tickets can be purchased online.

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Getting there

There are two entrances, at Königin-Luise-Platz (bus 101 or X83) or Unter den Eichen (bus M48). Take the M48 at the Rathaus Stiglitz stop of the U-Bahn.

Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, Berlin, Germany +49 30 83850100