Berlin Karneval der Kulturen guide
Berlin has a four-day summer festival dedicated to celebrating its cultural uniqueness and versatility. The Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) attracts more than 1.5 million visitors from across the globe every year. An abundance of food and drink, exciting parties, parades and colourful performances mark the Karneval der Kulturen celebration.
The annual street parade is one of the best features of the festival where more than 4,500 people take to the streets of the Kreuzberg district of Germany wearing traditional attire while sitting in exotically decorated cars. International musicians also put up an appearance at this event. Visitors are thus treated to a visual and auditory treat as people celebrate different cultures during the course of the festival.
The Karnevel der Kulturen is held between the 21st and 25th of May on an annual basis, although these dates can vary. The iconic street parade will be held on the 23rd of the month. The parade will normally start at around 12.30 pm from Hermannplatz and end at Yorckstrasse after passing through Hasenheide and Gneisenaustrasse. On all other days, events will begin from around 11 am, extending well into the late evening.
Visitors can take the Metro U1 and U6 up to Hallesches Tor or the Metro 6 and U7 and get off at Mehringdamm in order to reach the venue of the carnival. Entry is unrestricted and everybody is allowed to participate in the proceedings, in keeping with the spirit of the whole event.
Official site: Karneval Berlin
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