Lunch at the Berliner Philharmonie is a relaxing and poetic experience and, to top it all off, it’s free! Every Tuesday at 13:00 the Philharmonie offers a concert in the atrium of their concert hall (Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1, just next to Potsdamer Platz).
People take over the elaborate architecture*: some sit on the stairs, others chill on the carpeted floor, some prefer to wander. The crowd is a mix of young and old people, individuals, couples and groups, all drawn in by the music.
I can spot a few artists: their pads out, eyes alive with concentration, fingers quick on the pencil. They listen and draw. The man in front of me is itching to dance. I can see his toes tap nervously, his shoulders stretching; but he thinks better of it and resists.
I look at the crowd enjoying the music, loosening up – some to the extent of falling asleep – and reflected in their postures is the wonder of this initiative. This lunch creates a moment of unpretentious beauty for a pompous society opening its door to everybody. No dress code, no disapproving arrogant stares, just the complete and respectful silence owed to the music.
A few practical tips:
- It’s best to get there around 12:00 to be sure to get in.
- You are not allowed to bring your own food and drinks, but they serve lunch and the prices are more than reasonable: between €4 and €9 for a meal.
- More information is available on the concert hall website.
The concert hall was designed by Hans Scharoun.