• Posted:Friday, January 29, 2010
  • Comments: 0

Posted in: Travel
Have fun at this year's Berlin Carnival
It seems there's always something to do when you're staying in Berlin hostels, the city being so rich in history that you can't help but be amazed by the depth on offer.

And if you time a visit just right, you can generally find yourself stumbling across one week-long celebration or another. If, like me, you're a fan of carnivals, then the time to do it is late May, when the city truly comes alive with an annual party.

Four days' worth of street festival begin on May 21st, with a parade being held on the 23rd. But what's it all in aid of?

Well, in 1995 it was decided that something had to be done to recognise the cultural and ethnic diversity of Berlin. Since the fall of the wall, social conflicts increased as people from various backgrounds clashed.

But as we all know, a good party can bring just about anyone together, so after years of attempts to get a carnival going, it finally happened. Previous efforts had failed because they were based on the likes of the Rio or Notting Hill carnivals and didn't garner enough support.

However, the idea finally gained traction once the concept of celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the city was decided upon, with the artists from all over the world now living there helping make it what it is today.

If you prefer to get your kicks from the stage than the street, however, a visit to Berlin in April could be just the thing for you - with the Long Night of the Opera and Theatre seeing around 60 venues host short performances until 01:00 local time.

Find cheap hostels in BerlinADNFCR-2435-ID-19587151-ADNFCR
City Guides and Information

Video guides, travel podcasts, city maps & free city guides. What to eat, where to stay and things to do and see - our travel guides have it all.

Find a guide »
Latest Blog Post

A badly packed suitcase (or backpack) can leave you with a headache regardless of the trip length. With a few key tips and a concise packing list, you can be sure to leave the hassle of packing behind. Don't put a damper on your travel just because you didn't pack well!

Read more »
Great Value and Choice

We offer the most comprehensive selection of hostels on the internet with over 35,000 great places to stay in 180 countries. The ultimate online resource for hostels everywhere.

Find great value hostels »