Carnival of Cultures
Dancing dragons, giant ladybirds, roller-skating girls, drums, dancers and a wildly eclectic mix of people all colourfully dressed and having the best time in the Berlin sunshine. This is the Carnival of Cultures and it is one of the highlights of the Berlin calendar.
Berlin has a healthy mix of ethnic diversity and has a big multi-cultural tolerance. This carnival is a celebration of different peoples coming to live here, rubbing shoulders and generally getting along with each other.
The highlight is the street carnival on the Sunday which will be amazing, with more than 4,000 people dressing up to take part. The parade starts at the reasonable hour of 12.30pm at Hermannplatz so if even if you have been out parting the night before you should still be able to make it. The parade then heads up Hasenheide and Gneisenaustraße to finally finish around 20.30 at the corner of Yorckstraße/Möckernstraße.
During the free four-day festival most of the music and arts will be centred on the area around Blücherplatz and you can expect stages and street performers around every corner. You can even buy a souvenir as there will be around 300 stalls selling amazing trinkets and items from all the different cultures in Berlin. After each day of culture there is a party at a different nearby venue with a different theme so you can keep the multi-cultural experience going and dance the night away.
You can expect the area to be pretty crowded and this will add to the party atmosphere in Kreuzberg. But if you are looking for somewhere a little quieter to take a breather, get a drink or have a bite to eat then try Vino e Cucina which is a lovely little Italian place nearby on Kreuzbergstrasse. O Berlin on Mehringdamm is a very arty sort of place with a tastefully decorated interior and platefuls of delicious food.