Berlin has “Unter den Linden” and the central historical boulevard feels as an old postcard. The name comes from the linden trees that lined the boulevard. From the Brandenburg Gate until the Museum Island and Berliner Dom, passing by the Komische Oper, Neue Wache, Bebelplatz, Staatsoper, and soon, Humboldt Forum (reconstructed Berlin Palace).
If you start at Brandenburg Gate, in Parizer Platz, you can visit the museum Akademie der Künste, European Parliament‘s visitor center or see famous Hotel Adlon. When in doubt, I recommend a stop for lunch at Cookie&cream or coffee & cake at EINSTEIN (Unter den Linden 42).
Stroll east on Unter den Linden. Bebelplatz is the square where we can admire Hedwig Cathedral and the Humboldt University, attend a concert at State Opera and go the rooftop of the Hotel de Rome.
At the end of the 1.5 kilometer promenade on Unter den Linden, you reach the Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island and Berlin Palace / Humbold Forum, not before passing “Zeughaus”, that hosts the Deutsches Historiches Museum.
The small Museum island is an UNESCO World Heritage and it deserves a separate article:
- Altes Museum (the oldest museum) designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel
- Alte Nationalgalerie with approximately 2000 paintings and sculptures
- Neues Museum,
- Pergamon Museum
Staatsoper Unter den Linden 2020/2021 season
Friday at Staatsballett Berlin, 18th of September 2020 – the ballet gala “From Berlin with love” opened the season, after the theaters in Europe were closed everywhere for 6 months since March. Seasons change. I admit I bought the tickets without knowing what to expect.
The gala included ensemble pieces and solo variations and live music by Deutsche Oper Berlin. But it included as well many safety and hygiene policies, while only 10% percent of seats were occupied, leaving enough space between guests.
The performance in this beautiful concert hall was preceded by a short movie showing the dancers backstage. Besides smiles, “demi-plié”, “pirouettes” and “arabesque”, the hard work of the dancers during training was recorded.
Program of the Gala
- PAS DE QUATRE Divertissement
- LE CORSAIRE Pas de deux
- GISELLE – Excerpt Second Act
- SWAN LAKE – Mazurka
- SWAN LAKE – Variation Siegfried, Excerpt First Act
- VARIATIONS FOR FOUR Divertissement
- DON QUIXOTE Excerpt Third Act
The Staatsoper Unter den Linden celebrated an impressive 450 years of the Staatskapelle on the 11th of September. Happy Anniversary!