What’s on in Germany: October 27 – November 2

This Week's Highlights: Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations in Berlin, A 3D tribute to Pink Floyd in Hamburg and the Frankfurt Marathon.

What's on in Germany: October 27 - November 2



Forbidden Music of the Third Reich

The Topographie des Terrors will be wrapping up its series of lectures on ‘Forbidden Music of the Third Reich’ with a classical concert. Pieces by Schulhoff, Borris and Klein, which were all banned under Hitler’s rule, will be performed on piano, clarinet and violin.

Price: Free

Location: Topographie des Terrors, Niederkirchnerstraße 8

Times: Thursday 27 October, 7pm

Phone: 030 25 45 090

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Mexican Day of the Dead

If fake blood and jelly eyeballs aren’t for you this Halloween, why not celebrate the supernatural Mexican style instead? The Theatre Aufbau Kreuzberg will be throwing a traditional party with dance, film, live music, installations, photography and food to welcome the dead back to earth.

Price: €10/€8, Sunday (family day) €7/€5

Location: Theatre Aufbau Kreuzberg, Prinzenstraße 85F

Times: Friday 28, Saturday 29 October, 8pm and Sunday 30 October, 3pm

Phone: 030 505 67 000

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Children’s events

Halloween Face painting

Do you know how to transform a face into a scary pumpkin? No? Neither do we… But pop along to The Centre this Halloween and Livi Lollipop will do it for you free of charge – the perfect pit-stop before dropping your little ones off at a party.

Price: Free

Location: The Centre, Esmarchstraße 5

Times: Monday 31 October, 5-7pm

Phone: 030 400 48 440

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Ehrenfeld Barhopping

Wrap up warm, and sample as many bars as you can in one night in rough and ready

Ehrenfeld, as its legendary bar hopping evening returns for round 16. Over 35 establishments will throw open their doors and a shuttle bus will be provided for those who fancy hopping in style. What’s more, at every sixth bar you make it to, you get a free drink! Incentive indeed.

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Saturday 29 October, 8pm – late

Phone: 0221 397 60 905

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Staring into the Sun

The works of Chris Martin (not to be confused with Coldplay lead singer, Chris Martin) are being displayed for the first time outside of the US. His intensely colourful, pop-culture inspired pieces are relatively unknown in Germany, but definitely worth a visit. The exhibition also takes place outside on the banks of the Rhine.

Price: €5.50 adults, €3.50 concessions, children under 18 free

Location: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Grabbeplatz 4

Times: 22 October – 15 January, 11am – 6pm daily except Monday

Phone: 0211 89 962 40

More Information: www.kunsthalle-dü



The BMW Frankfurt Marathon

Although it’s a little late to compete now if you’ve not already applied, head on down to Frankfurt centre this Sunday anyway to soak up the electric atmosphere of this year’s marathon. Grab a beer and a sausage and watch other people suffer whilst bopping to the best in German pop. Brilliant Sunday afternoon fun.

Price: Free

Location: Citywide, finishing line is at the Frankfurt Trade Fair hall

Times: Sunday 30 October, 10am onwards

Phone: N/A

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Knowledge Night

Over 45 educational institutions are opening their doors on Saturday night to show revellers a different side of learning. With a whopping 650 presentations, displays and discussions on offer, the knowledge hungry will be spoilt for choice. Uniform non-compulsory.

Price: Varies

Location: Various

Times: Saturday 29 October, 4:45pm – late

Phone: 030 28 493 83

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Bite me….Halloween party

The Parlament restaurant and club under the Hamburg town hall is throwing the best Halloween party in town. From 8pm the winding catacombs will be open for a spooky dining experience, after which electro DJs will be spinning hits until the wee hours.

Price: €30 with dinner, €15 without

Location: Restaurant Parlament, Rathausmarkt 1

Times: Saturday 29 October, 8pm – late

Phone: 040 703 83 399

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The Cosmic Wall – A monument to Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd’s epic ‘The Wall’ album has been set to 3D visuals and will be projected onto the Hamburg Planetarium dome, as a cosmic homage to the British foursome.

Price: €11

Location: Planetarium Hamburg, Hindenburgstraße 1b

Times: Saturday 29 October, 9.15pm

Phone: 040 428 86 520

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Experimental Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo and Hans Henning Paar explore the theme of vulnerability in the black-themed dance production BlackOUT. What more is there to say?

Price: Varies

Location: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Gärtnerplatz 3

Times: Friday 28 October onwards, 7.30pm – 10pm

Phone: 040 703 83 399

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The Small Music Box

Members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra are putting on a classic music concert aimed at kids. Whilst there will be music performed, the musicians will also tell stories about different composers. Aimed at little ones age 4 and up, in the German language.

Price: €8 children, €18 adults

Location: Gasteig München, Rosenheimer Straße 5

Times: Sunday 30 October, 11am

Phone: 089 480 980

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.