Is Berlin the city of night? Around 200 buildings, including renowned landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and the TV tower at Alexanderplatz, won’t have their lights on at night as a result of energy-saving measures implemented by the city’s administration in Germany’s largest metropolis. The idea’s opponents worry that it will deter travelers from visiting Berlin. Germany’s energy crisis will hurts tourism.
Germany must reduce its energy use by 20% as a result of the energy crisis in order to maintain a healthy economy and weather the winter. If not, they will move on to the last stage of the emergency plan, which assumes that the German Federal Network Agency will decide who can and cannot use gas. Priority is given to households and systemically significant businesses. Berlin’s capital is an excellent example of energy conservation.
We must make the best use of our energy given the conflict with Ukraine and the dangers posed by Russia’s energy policies. This specifically applies to the public sector, according to Bettina Jarasch, a senator for the environment, who was quoted by bz-berlin.de.
In July, Berlin’s mayor, Franziska Giffey, declared that the Brandenburg Gate’s nighttime lighting will be switched off. Other monuments’ lights were gradually switched off in the weeks that followed. For example, the Victory Column, TV Tower, Red Town Hall, and Charlottenburg Palace do not have headlights shining on them at night. Additionally, less light is now shining through storefront windows.
Sights in Berlin without lighting
“Since Thursday, a new energy-saving ordinance has been in effect in Berlin. This is also noticeable in Berlin’s urban environment, especially at night “- claims the German TV Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), which also posts a video of Berlin’s nighttime fade-out.
The buildings have little lighting so that they can be seen, for instance, by helicopters. Around 200 items in the state of Berlin are lighted by 1,400 floodlights. Their annual energy costs for illumination are 40.000 euros. In turn, they use about 200,000 kWh of electricity annually, which is roughly equivalent to 150 one-person houses, according to the website berlin.de.
However, between 100 and 120 headlights are turned off every month. The end of August was set aside for the shutdown of all sites. If citizens are required to conserve electricity, Sebastian Czaja, the leader of the FDP parliamentary group in the Berlin House of Representatives, is quoted by the RBB as saying.
Will tourists be scared off by a gloomy Berlin?
AfD MP Ronald Gläser attacked Berlin for turning out the night lights while at the same time.
On the one hand, we are consistently reassured that an energy crisis is not imminent. The Senate, on the other hand, wants to stop lighting Berlin’s landmarks in order to conserve energy. Due to this, Berlin is far less alluring as a tourist destination, according to RBB, who was mentioned by TV.
Berlin’s state institutions were not all involved in the saving campaigns. The Bundestag is one exception, since it plans to continue lighting up at night even during times of worsening energy shortages. According to the RBB, the Bundestag merely needs to restrict inside lighting.