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Waldbuhne, or Forrest Stage is an open-air concert venue in the Charlottenburg area on the edge of the city of Berlin. The theatre is set within a natural ravine and designed to resemble the amphitheatres of ancient Greece. Waldbuhne is blessed with superb acoustics, and one of the theatres highlights occurs in June when the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performs, but be warned, the tickets are usually sold out months in advance. Waldbuhne is normally only assessable to those attending performances.


Designed by the German architect Werner March, construction commenced in 1934, and opened in 1936 as the Dietrich Eckart Theatre. It formed part of the complex created for the 1936 Summer Olympics. The Olympic Stadium itself is located close by.

At the end of World War II the Olympic complex including Waldbuhun came within the British sector and by 1948 it was being used as a cinema. By 1960 it was being utilized as a boxing venue, and then for concerts. In 1965 what was intended to be a highpoint for the venue, with a concert by The Rolling Stones. Unfortunately in less than 30 minutes the concert had to be called off when fans stormed the stage. An on-going battle with the police ensued causing so much damage that the arena had to undergo a complete renovation.

The arena can seat in excess of 22,000 in three ranks of seats that rise 30 metres, with the back row of seats being over 93 metres from the orchestra pit. A canopy acts not only to protect the performers and their equipment from the elements, but it also acts as an acoustic barrier so enhancing the venues superb acoustics. The Waldbuhne is in regular use with visitors often bringing along a picnic to help add to the overall experience.