Berlin has an unparalleled cultural scene, and we guide our members to some of the most interesting events, exhibitions and concerts in and around the city. In these groups, members not only find out more about Berlin, they also meet like-minded women who share similar interests.
The groups include:
Art & Architecture
Berlin is a fascinating place which can be endlessly explored. The focus is on architecture, especially industrial architecture, in the time of rapid industrial development in Berlin at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century – attractive architectural style based on historical models and often reconstructed with modern elements. Activities also include visits to other architecturally interesting buildings, churches, embassies, former army barracks and art exhibitions. The visits usually take up to two hours and afterwards we chat for a while in a café or restaurant.
Activities have included visits to the former Borsig Factory in Tegel, the industrial courtyards near Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg, the Oberbaum City in Friedrichshain, artists´ studios in Wedding, and a variety of other sites and exhibitions.
The Exploring Berlin team concentrates on giving interested BIWC members a look at lesser known Berlin sites, such as small museums and well-hidden, interesting locations. GROSS BERLIN lends itself to this mission in that it is made up of many small villages, each of which has or had its own center. In time, these many villages grew together and in 1920 were incorporated to form what we now know as GROSS BERLIN. Additionally, Exploring Berlin sometimes also offers the opportunity to take a detailed look at better-known attractions. We see Berlin as a treasure chest of an infinite number of places to explore.
Recent tours include:
- the Elisabeth church and cultural centre in Mitte
- the Schadow Haus, also in Mitte,
- the interiors and backstages of the lovely Renaissance and Schloßpark Theatres
- the Schönhauser Allee Jewish cemetery led by the expert Prof. Barkan
- the new James Simon Galerie
- the Hansaviertel
We also visited:
- Schloß Britz and Schloß Köpenick
- the “Leading Ladies” exhibition at the Kennedy Museum
- the Deutscher Frauenrat
- the unique wooden church in Friedrichshain. One of our members explained the history of the church
Garden & Nature
The range of activities covers practical gardening and planting, taking biological and ecological aspects into consideration, in Berlin and its surrounding lakes and forests. Boat trips, nature excursions, visits to contemporary parks and botanical gardens are just a few of the activities that are planned, also during the winter months.
Maybe you’d like to make an appointment for lunch. Where to go? How about the foyer of the Philharmonie, where a concert series has been running since October 2007: the Lunchkonzerte – Lunchtime Concerts take place every Tuesday at 13:00. Chamber music of supreme quality with free admission and good food – that’s the idea behind these concerts, and it’s been attracting Berlin’s finest musicians. The 40-50 minute programmes feature not only members of the Berlin Philharmonic and scholars of its Orchestra Academy, but also instrumentalists from the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Staatskapelle Berlin, along with students from Berlin’s music conservatories.
Due to the pandemic, these concerts have been discontinued but will resume at a later date.
Berlin numbers among Europe’s largest regions for science with four universities, four art colleges, seven universities of applied science, 23 state-recognised private universities, 22 urban technology parks and start-up centres, and 70 non-university research institutes.The Science Group offers regular events to learn more about sciences in general, about Berlin as the German capital of science and about how interesting, useful and entertaining science can be to all of us. The focus is on low-threshold activities, open to all levels of previous science knowledge. These events are sometimes restricted to members only, but sometimes they are also open for partners, family members, friends and guests.
Due to the pandemic, Angela, the Group Coordinator, decided to invite members to join a monthly Zoom conference to discuss current non-fiction books of the various areas of sciences. She chooses books which are amusing and helpful in daily life and have been written specifically for non-scientists.
Potential members are encouraged to attend our Meet and Greet monthly meetings to find out more about these activities. You’re welcome to try us out and attend two activities before committing to join the Club.
Our members can find details how to sign up in the Club’s monthly Newsletter.