Finally, summer started! Strolling through the park, sightseeing or open air concerts, summer is the perfect time for a city break. You can visit museums, historical buildings or castles all year long, but in summer, you can enjoy the best of Europe’s most vibrant cities. We managed to find some really-budget-friendly festivals that are loved by locals. Just continue reading to find out. Secretplaces has some real cultural gems for you!
Berlin – Fête de la Musique – an international festival for the whole family
June 21 is not only the beginning of summer but also the day of the Fête de la Musique. Music lovers will adore this. 114 stages are spread over Berlin and make it almost impossible not to immerse into this big festival. Musicians from all over the world, bands, as well as solo artists will delight your ears while you’re visiting the city. Street music par excellence! And the best about it: It’s all for free! Summer is the time to feel the flair of this cosmopolitan, yet alternative city. If you don’t feel like sightseeing, you don’t have to. You will find a lot of parks and chillout places, exciting party venues and fabulous bars. And if you need a place to stay to enjoy all these concerts and parties, we have exactly what you need! In the really hip Friedrichshain, you can enjoy some Berlin charme in the ‘Michelberger Hotel’ or try ‘The Dude’ next to Alexander place. More infos about the festival can be found on: https://www.fetedelamusique.de/berlin/
Vienna – Donauinselfest – The music festival with the real summer feeling
The danube river, an ice cream in your hand, good vibes and awesome music – this feels like summer! The Donauinselfest is a real summer highlight in the Austrian capital of Vienna. While Vienna is usually known for the classics, like Mozart, Haydn & Co., here it presents a wide variety of internationally known stars, real Austrian highlights or German musicians. This year, it features the Mighty Oaks, Amy MacDonald, Sportfreunde Stiller, Rainhard Fendrich, rapper Cro, Virgina Ernst, Vincent Weiss and much more. You’ll find DJ-Session, Hip Hop solos and pop stars from the radio – there’s something for everyone. And you might not believe it, but this won’t cost a single cent for you! The summer atmosphere is included. In addition, you can experience some fun sport events at the weekend or participate in workshops at the creativity market.
And for you to enjoy all these arts, we picked the hotel ‘Altstadt Vienna’ in the infamous artists quarter Spittelberg. You’ll find the programme for the festival on: https://donauinselfest.at
Munich – MASH – Action, sport & style at Olympiapark
If you don’t really feel like going to Oktoberfest, or if you want to discover some other sides of the said to be so snobby Munich, we will help you to find the ‘other’ Munich and have a better option than Oktoberfest for you! From the 23 – 25th of June, you will find fun, sport, action and more at the MASH festival. Skateboarding contests, BMX rides, wakeboarding – there’s everything. You also have the chance to try some of the activities on your own. The sports is accompanied by art, design, music and foodtrucks. The spot – the Olympiapark – is one of the most beloved places by Munich people and we know why. It’s just amazing!
The evenings are perfect to enjoy some good Bavarian beers or some cocktails in the trendy neighbourhoods of Glockenbach. We would personally recomend the Flushing Meadows bar! And if you are looking for a great place to stay, the bar is also a hotel! More information about MASH: http://www.munich-mash.com
Hamburg – The Millerntor Gallery – Arts & Charity
The international arts, culture and music festival by Viva con Agua takes place at the Millerntor, the stadium of the infamous soccer club FC Sankt Pauli. Viva con Agua is a movement that promotes drinking water projects in Africa and South America. Under this year’s motto ‘YOUTOPIC’, the festival wants to put the focus on individuality and the changing society. Thereby, you’ll find arts and music from all genres and countries in this world from uprising artists. To do something good and give your home a special touch, you can seize the chance to buy one of the unique pictures or sculptures of the artists. 30% of the selling price will go to social projects.
The festival is organized by volunteers from Viva con Agua, a cooperation partner of the Welthungerhilfe, one of Germany’s biggest private organisations for development and humanitarian aid.
This is the place to meet with cosmopolitan individuals, enjoy Hamburg’s flair, and broaden your horizon. A ticket for the festival costs less than 10€ and will also go into charity projects. If you feel already the beat in your body and want to explore Germany’s most beautiful harbor city with its Speicherstadt and fish market, then you can add this cultural gem to your itinerary . To round up your trip, we picked the charming Vintage-B&B ‘Hardleys for you. More information about the Millerntor Gallery can be found on: http://www.millerntorgallery.org
So, this was a little appetizer for the cultural icing on the cake of these vibrant cities in Germany and Austria. And if you’re fast, you might be able to still get one of our personally selected Secretplaces – and if that’s a bit too short in time for you for this year, we recommend you to take your agenda now and make sure you won’t miss it next year! If your looking for more festivals this summer, call us and we will give you some more ideas for July and August! We’re ready for summer!