5 unusual Berlin venues in Berlin

1) Spiegelsaal/Mirror Hall

Clärchens Ballhaus is an immensely popular place with tourists and locals alike. But it does hide a secret, and that’s its Spiegelsaal (mirror hall). It wasn’t used for 60 years and bears all the traces of war and the passing of time. It’s not always open to the public, but sometimes there are chamber music performances here: check the website.

Berlin - Spiegelsaal Clärchens

Clärchens Ballroom - Auguststrasse 24, Mitte

+49 (0)30 6108 7662

http://www.spiegelsaal-berlin.de

2) Pierre Boulez Concert Hall

This non-traditional concert hall opened in March 2017 and is part of the Barenboim-Said-Akademie. It was designed by American architect Frank Gehry, a friend of both Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez. The venue can be configured in different ways and the sensual, elliptical shape gives the guests an intimate feeling. Fabulous acoustics.

the Pierre Boulez Saal Concert Hall

Französische Strasse 33-D, Mitte

+49 (0)30 4799 7411

http://www.boulezsaal.de

3) Deutsche Oper Berlin

The German Opera was designed by Fritz Bornemann in 1961, in an ultra modernist style. For some people the look of this building might be too cold, but you can’t say it hasn’t got style. The sound quality is superb here, and the same goes for the plays that are staged.

a play at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Bismarckstrasse 35, Charlottenburg

+49 (0)30 3438 4343

http://www.deutscheoperberlin.de

4) Bar Jeder Vernunft

Just near the house of the Berliner Festspiele lies the glamorous Bar jeder Vernunft, known as a venue for old-time cabaret, comedy and good food. The wonderful atmosphere and the fantastic glittering mirror tent make this place absolutely worth a visit.

a music performance at Bar Jeder Vernunft

Schaperstrasse 24, Charlottenburg/ Wilmersdorf

+49 (0)30 8831 582

http://www.bar-jeder-vernunft.de

5) Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi

Marlene Dietrich and Fritz Lang are known to have walked along this street with its many cinemas in the 1920s. The Delphi theatre was one of the biggest and miraculously survived WWII, the GDR and the post-wall madness. It’s one of the finest remaining witnesses of the glamour and flair of the heyday of German silent film. It’s now used as a location for events.

Berlin - Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi

Gustav-Adolf-Strasse 2, Prenzlauer Berg

+49 (0)30 4004 8587

https://theater-im-delphi.de/

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