Berliner Dom illuminated by colorful images during Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights Berlin, a nice evening activity during October

The Festival of Lights is held in Berlin every fall since 2013. and it is one of the world’s most popular lighting festivals. The Berlin Festival of Lights is visited by more than 2 million people each year, and this number continues to grow. Artists from all over the world are using this unique opportunity to project their temporary artwork. Although the event was originally concentrated in the city center, today is also held in other parts of the city.

Brandenburg Gate illuminated during Festival of Lights in Berlin

My favourite route

People taking photographs of the Berlin Cathedral covered in lights

During the festival, about 70 locations have light projections. ost illuminated attractions will be found around the former centers of the West Berlin (Kurfürstendamm) and the former center of East Berlin (Unter den Linden). My route has always started with the Berlin TV Tower and the Marienkirche church (since I lived one minute of those attractions). Then I would visit all the attractions on Unter den Linden street, including Berlin Cathedral, Stadtschloß, St. Hedwig’s-Kathedrale and Humboldt-University. The last attraction and the biggest in that street are the Brandenburger Tor. Don’t be surprised if there are big crowds. I ended this tour by visiting Potsdamer Platz.

Festival of Lights Berlin Potsdamer Platz

The illuminations of the Festival of Lights

  • Bode-Museum
  • Ampelmann
  • James-Simon-Park
  • Alte Nationalgalerie
  • Berlin Cathedral 
  • Marienkirche
  • Berlin TV tower
  • Altes Stadthaus
  • Neuer Marstall
  • Bebelplatz
  • St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale
  • Juristische Fakultät
  • Hotel de Rome
  • Humboldt-University
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • USA Embassy
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Bundesministerium der Finanzen
  • Alte Potsdamer Straße
  • Loeser & Wolff Haus
  • Kondor Wessels
  • Canadian Embassy
  • Europäisches Haus

Find the full list of all the illuminated attractions on the official website here.

Humboldt University, Festival of Lights Berlin

When this festival is held?

Installation of illumination of the facade of the city hall

The Festival of Lights is held in October each year. The first lights are usually turned on after 19 o’clock, and lasts until midnight.

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Berliner Dom during Festival of Lights
Night View of the tower of the Marienkirche (St. Marys) Church, and TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Festival of Lights in Berlin. Faculty of Law of Humboldt University
Building Illumination in Berlin
Festival of Lights Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Find out more information about the Festival of Lights on the official website. Also, visit the websites of and

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