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Lights of Freedom: October 11th – 20th, 2019


In October 2019 our big anniversary festival will take place: 15 years of FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in Berlin!

The motto: Lights of Freedom. Also because of the occasion of the “30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall” in 2019, our festival makes FREEDOM the guiding theme! We stage famous landmarks, buildings and squares of Berlin, from the Brandenburg Gate to the TV Tower. In addition many other buildings and squares of the city will be illuminated. For 10 nights, the capital will become the largest open air gallery in the world! We look forward seeing you!

Click here for the Illumination program 2019

Here you can find our illumination program of the 15th FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. Around 100 landmarks, buildings, buildings and squares shine for ten nights. Berlin becomes the largest open-air gallery in the world!


You can get our free program booklets from many of our partners, for example in the shop of visitBerlin in Berlin Central Station and at the following addresses:

  • Berlin Store – Unter den Linden 41, 10117 Berlin
  • Berlin Flagship – Im Alea, Rathausstraße 6, 10178 Berlin
  • I Love Berlin – Alexanderplatz 2, 10178 Berlin


You can download the program booklet and the illumination map here:

This map serves as an initial orientation for the illuminated locations and is constantly being supplemented and expanded; changes may still occur here until the beginning of the festival.

As last year, the Festival of Lights offers two light routes on which you can explore the illuminations and productions on a “Walk of Light”. That way you won’t miss any of the light artworks! Route in blue (4.6 km) Route in red (2.5 km).

During the festival, a free bus tour connects the various locations of the participating federal ministries, the BPA and the European House in Berlin-Mitte. The bus starts every evening at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in front of the DomAquarée and the whole route should take about three hours.

The program from 2017 and 2018 you find in our program history.


In order to be able to experience the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS in its entirety, GetYourGuide as a new cooperation partner offers a variety of multi-faceted LightSeeing tours. Whether luxurious by double decker or ship or adventurous by Segway or Velotaxi – there is something for everyone with the multitude of fascinating tours.

We would like to point out that our LightSeeing partners organise and carry out the tours on their own responsibility within the framework of the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS. Please book your tour directly with our partner online or by telephone.

Book your ticket now!



Events, dates and temporary illuminations can be found here.

In addition, there are daily illuminations from 7 pm until midnight.


28sep 2019(sep 28)11:0014nov(nov 14)18:00Camera Work - Exhibition 365° Eugenio Recuenco

01oct 201913:0027(oct 27)18:30Exhibition Aqua Globalis

03oct 2019(oct 3)10:0020dec(dec 20)19:00Exhibition Susan Gurnee

03oct 2019(oct 3)19:0006(oct 6)23:59Pre-program TV Tower

11oct 2019(oct 11)10:0020(oct 20)23:59Exhibition on the Stasi documents archive

11oct 2019(oct 11)10:0020(oct 20)23:59Tränenpalast

11oct 2019(oct 11)10:0020(oct 20)18:00Experience Europe

11oct 2019(oct 11)19:0012(oct 12)23:59Spree-Bogen

11oct 201919:0020:30FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Opening

11oct 2019(oct 11)19:0020(oct 20)23:00Tour of Freedom

11oct 2019(oct 11)19:0020(oct 20)23:59Museum für Naturkunde - Special events

11oct 2019(oct 11)19:3012(oct 12)23:59"Showlights" Gärten der Welt

12oct 201919:0023:59Night of open doors

12oct 201919:00Concerts at the Brandenburg Gate

13oct 2019(oct 13)19:0027(oct 27)23:00Magical Festival of Lights Garden

18oct 201919:00Jazz in den Ministergärten

18oct 201919:0023:59Kiez in the light - Town hall Lichtenberg

19oct 201918:0023:59Night of the Open Studio at ZDF


28sep 2019(sep 28)11:0014nov(nov 14)18:00Camera Work - Exhibition 365° Eugenio Recuenco

03oct 2019(oct 3)10:0020dec(dec 20)19:00Exhibition Susan Gurnee


03oct 2019(oct 3)10:0020dec(dec 20)19:00Exhibition Susan Gurnee