Friday, July 19, 2013

Berlin's Hafenfest Tegel

We arrived in the sleepy NW corner of Berlin to things looking just a bit different. Some people were dressed in viking-esque garb. Multiple stages with cover bands and other miscellaneous acts had been set-up. There was much German singing.

Hafenfest, had Arrived. 


People gathered around little tables as the music varied from oldies, to German polka to death metal.

Our friends live right around here so we had already been exposed to the wonders of Tegel - outside of the lake and the airport. When they told us about this traditional harbor festival which included a viking village and performances we were open to it. When they told us there were fireworks we were in. We're obviously a sucker for fireworks, but we should never handle them so this sounded perfect.

The lanterns and trees created a lovely ambiance...

...but the whole thing maintained an air of being a little strange. This was a festival for Germans, not the growing international scene of hipper neighborhoods like Kreuzberg and Neuk├Âlln.

We chatted and wandered, and spent an inordinate amount of time watching this lonely kid try to stand in this spinning bubble.

Finally, the sun began to set on the lake.


It was perfect. 

So when the festivities begin again this weekend, we'll be there. Try to spot us in the very German madness.

    Hafenfest 2013

    Event Site:

    Transportation:  Terminus U6 at Alt-Tegel

    Program highlights:
    19:00 - Berlin-based band Roof Garden
    22:45 - Fireworks over Lake Tegel

    21:00 - CLASSIC QUEEN Performed By MerQury & The Berlin Symphony Ensemble

    17:00 - Anne Eilfeld from the RTL casting show "Germany sucht den Superstar" (DSDS)



    Once again, Hafenfest has come and gone. We saw another epic sunset, sang to Bohemian Rhapsody, and chatted with friends. Until next year...

    Berlin viking festival
    The crowd at Hafenfest.

    Hafenfest Tegel 2013

    Bohemian Rhapsody!

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    ebe & ian at Yak-toberfest 2008