Berlin theaters and music is a wonderful blend of classic and modern. It is the only city in the world with three major opera houses and seven symphony orchestras! You’ll find traditional musicals alongside controversial avant-garde plays, or opera performances next to German and American cinema.
Deutsche Opera House
The Deutsche Opera (Bismarckstraße 35) was West Berlin’s historic opera house. These days it specializes in the classics. You may find Mozart’s Magic Flute and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake being played, or American chamber music and jazz.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Another classical stop on the Berlin theater scene, you’ll find classical opera and ballet on offer at Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Unter den Linden 7). Be sure to take in the impressive architecture of the building’s exterior facade before you head inside.
If the classics bore you but you still want the German Opera experience, be sure to check out the Komische Oper (Behrenstraße 55-57). This opera house eschews the classics for a more modern offering of performances.
Neuköllner Opera House
A much more unusual place, the Neuköllner (Karl-Marx-Straße 131-133) provides its guests with often-controversial but always innovative performances.
The world-famous Berlin Philharmonic orchestra can be found at the Philharmonie (Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße 1). The unique architecture makes this a sightseeing stop as well as a place to go for a musical performance. Due to its immense popularity, a reservation is strongly encouraged!
Located in the tourist hotspot of Gendarmenmarkt, the Konzerthaus (Gendarmenmarkt 2) is a beautiful architectural structure that plays host to the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
The historical Deutsches Theater (Schumannstraße 13a) is an obvious highlight of the German theater scene. Dating back to 1850, this theater has been delighting its audiences with realistically beautiful sets and intricately created costumes ever since.
The CineStar cinema is one of just a few that screens its films in their original language. You can find in the Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz.