London has Buckingham Palace, Paris has Versailles. The highlight in Berlin is … Friedrichstadt-Palast. And it isn’t filled with dusty memories of the nobility, but is instead the home of Europe’s show palace. On the largest theatre stage in the world, the hottest (and biggest) show in the capital is celebrated: More than 100 of the best soloists, dancers, musicians and artists make a trip to Friedrichstadt-Palast an absolute must-see for every Berlin resident and visitor. It’s no coincidence that with 700,000 visitors annually, it is by far Berlin’s No. 1 stage.
Berlin's most spectacular stage is centrally located on Friedrichstraße in the East End Theatre District. Friedrichstadt-Palast is the last large historic landmark building from the GDR. Its history dates back to 1919 when theatre genius Max Reinhardt opened the Great Theatre. In the 1920s with revues by Erik Charell, the theatre set the pace for the Roaring Twenties. Legendary Marlene Dietrich and later American divas like Shirley Bassey and Liza Minnelli stood on stage here. Because the old building had structural problems, the revue theatre was rebuilt at Friedrichstraße 107 and inaugurated in April 1984 with spectacular revues, variety theatre and cabaret. Up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Friedrichstadt-Palast was in fact the theatre to go to in the East Bloc.
After the fall of the Wall, ‘the Palace’ established itself as the first address in reunified Germany for extravagant and spectacular show entertainment and has been one of Berlin’s hottest major attractions ever since. To this day, it offers technical marvels and abounds with superlatives of all types and world records. Friedrichstadt-Palast lights up Berlin-Mitte and is also where major galas and events take place, including the Berlinale and the German Film Awards. Familiar faces have always passed through the theatre’s door, ranging from politicians including Michail Gorbatschow, George Bush Sr., Helmut Kohl and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, to Hollywood stars such as Colin Firth, Leonardo Di Caprio, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
If you would like to experience something extraordinary in Berlin, something that is unique in the world and visually stunning, then Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin’s “East End” is your first choice.