Summer in Berlin: See sand sculptures, pyrotechnics and Roman chariot racing - Real Word

On your Germany tour this summer, it’s almost certain you’ll be spending some time in the country’s eclectic capital, Berlin. If you time it right, you can take advantage of a number of unique events which are taking place in Berlin, including a world famous sand sculpturing festival and a glorious re-enactment of a Roman chariot race! See below for our pick of the best events to attend in Berlin this summer.

30 May – 31 August, Citadel Music Festival

This open-air festival at the grand Spandau Citadel features a plethora of classical, rock and pop music acts, all set against the handsome historical relics of this 16th century Renaissance fortress, which is almost perfectly preserved. The Citadel Music Festival is certainly one way to see this fantastic building on a Berlin tour!

6 June – 29 August, Sandsation Festival

If you appreciate modern art and don’t mind getting a bit of sand in your shoes, the incredible Sandsation Festival will have you open mouthed in admiration. This international event takes place at the O2 World and showcases the spectacular work of over 20 sand artists. Expect popular family icons such as The Simpsons, Toy Story characters and Shrek to be standing proudly amongst King Titan and life-size locomotives and buildings, in this dream-like art event of breathtaking proportions.

8 August, Das Große Wagenrennen

History buffs will relish in this whole day event which sees up to 30 chariots and 120 horses thunder across the Rennbahn Mariendorf arena at the Das Große Wagenrennen. Here the chariots recreate the impressive days of Rome and the splendour of the ‘Legend of Ben Hur’. Get into the spirit and weave your way in and out of the authentic Roman markets and street performers in between races.

11 September, Pyro Games

The Champions League of Pyrotechnical Specialists will adorn the night skies over the Rennbahn Mariendorf along with the sounds of the Berlin-based drummers, ‘Stamping Feet’, in the spell-binding Pyro Games. You’ll remember this evening for years to come, and as you’ll realise during the extravagant displays of light fountains and sparkling explosions, these guys aren’t called ‘champions’ for nothing!

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