As if sensing our fearful attitudes of the infamous Berlin winters, each year the Festival of Lights brightens things up during October. Berlin will be illuminated for a large part of the month – from now until the 18th, with not only one but two light festivals. And do bear in mind that these festivals do not just light stuff up in a different colour, but rather display light and video art on building facades.

First up is Berlin Shines, a slightly more low key version of the main festival that will project light installations on to the walls of lesser known buildings such as Hauptbahnhof train station, the Galeria Kaufhof at Alexanderplatz, or the BVG headquarters. Berlin Shines has already begun, and the map can be seen on the website.

The bigger festival, the Festival of Lights, begins on the 9th and illuminates the city’s bigger historical buildings such as Brandenburger Tor, the Berliner Dom, and the Humboldt University.

At The Circus our friends over at Brewer’s Berlin Tours will be doing night photography tours every weekend night of the festival – Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tours depart from The Circus Hostel at 7pm, cost €5 and last for a total of three hours. The perfect way to see Berlin in all its glory!

Enjoy the festival!