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11 Bad-weather tips for Berlin

Colourful ideas for grey days

Blick auf Berlin-Mitte an einem Regentag
© Getty Images, Foto: Federica Gentile

Temperatures are low and the clouds are hovering over the city. But that’s no reason to stay inside and sulk. There are a lot of things to do in Berlin even when the weather’s not cooperating and more than just the great art in the city’s museums. Here are 11 hotspots for cold and rainy days in Berlin.

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Tip 1: Explore Berlin's History: Guided tour through the former airport Tempelhof

Flughafen Tempelhof
© visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

The huge public park has achieved cult status for Berlin inhabitants, but not too long ago passenger aircrafts have been rolling across the field. To discover the secrets of the historical building we highly suggest you to book a guided tour, which takes you inside the forgotten tunnels, stairways and bunkers of the former Nazi building. Plus: the tour will also take you on the rooftop of the building!

Tempelhofer Feld

Tip 2: Let yourself be seduced: Chocolate!

Galeries Lafayette Berlin mit Eifelturm
Galeries Lafayette Berlin mit Eifelturm © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Another great spot to warm up along Friedrichstraße is Galeries Lafayette where you can get luxury goods and food from France. Make a small detour to Gendarmenmarkt, just a block and a half to the east, and there are two shops that could simply save the day: the chocolatier Rausch has chocolate in abundance.

11 tips for chocolate addicts in Berlin

Tip 3: Take crazy pictures: Studio of Wonders

Underground room in the Studio of Wonders
Galery Studio of Wonders © Studio of Wonders

Forget the grey everyday life and make the world just the way you like it. Berlin's playground for the curious offers colorful backgrounds for photo enthusiasts, mirrored rooms and optical wonders of all kinds. Grow tall like Alice in Wonderland and walk along the ceiling of the Berlin subway. We wish you lots of fun!

Photo Spots in Berlin

Tip 4: Simply enjoy: Kaffeerösterei

The Visit Coffee Roastery
The Visit Coffee Roastery © Pim Rinkes

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly ground coffee! Devotees of the cult beverage will want to make their way to the traditional Berliner Kaffeerösterei. This shop offers the finest coffee beans purchased directly from the plantations and roasted in the shop. Three different brewing methods are available for the preparation of the exquisite coffees in house. Whichever you choose, we recommend taking a deep breath, sipping the coffee in peace, adding a lovely piece of cake, and letting the stress of the day just melt away!

The 11 Most Beautiful Cafés in Berlin

Tip 5: Take your family on a mini vacation: Tropical Island

Tropical Island Südsee
Tropical Island Südsee © Copyright: Tropical Island

Even when the skies are grey in Berlin, there’s never a cloudy day at Tropical Island near Berlin - the best: If it's your birthday, you get a luau and the tropical beach feeling for free! In this gigantic hall just outside of Berlin is home to flocks of Zebra finches flying through the air, pink flamingos walking on the sand, and koi fish swimming through sparkling clear water. When the sun sets over the the “South Seas” and the lights of the beach bars go on, the illusion of a far away country becomes perfect. The waterpark is perfect for the whole family, because in addition to giant slides and pirate island, there are also great sauna and wellness areas.

Thermas baths in Berlin und Brandenburg

Tip 6: Visit the dinosaurs

Dinosaurierskelette im Sauriersaal des Museums fuer Naturkunde Berlin
© (c) visumate

Berlin is a centre for dinosaur watching, especially at the Natural History Museum. In the museum’s main hall, a massive Spinosaurus is currently on display as part of a temporary exhibition at the museum. You will also learn a lot about the origin of our earth, endangered anaimals and precious stones.

Tip: In our podcast Berlin Unboxed we take you behind the scenes of the Museum für Naturkunde, which is actually one of the world's most renowned dinosaur research stations.(in German language only)

Museum of natural history

 Tip 7: Get active and try out some Indoor Fun

Black light mini golf course with children in Berlin
© visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

When was the last time you played miniature golf? Too long ago? Then let's go! With black light mini golf everything shines in a buten neon shine and the weather outside doesn't matter at all. There are also table tennis tables - and of course coffee and cake. Alternatively, you can let the ball roll at the Bowling Center at Alexanderplatz or go climbing, for example at Magic Mountain in Wedding. Here we have even more tips for leisure sports activities.

Top 11 Indoor Activities in Berlin

Tip 8: Stroll through Berlin's market halls

Arminiusmarkthalle
Arminiusmarkthalle, Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

A different kind of shopping? If you fancy a market feeling but are prone to sensitive frostbite, you can explore the many covered shopping options in Berlin's market halls. You can also shop, dine and stroll protected from rain and weather in Berlin's numerous malls - such as Bikini Berlin.

Market halls in Berlin

Tip: Go on an adventure - Live Escape Games

Virtual Reality Experience at EXIT VR Berlin
EXIT VR Berlin © EXIT Adventures GmbH

It’s cold and wet outside? Just head down into the cellar. Sounds weird? It isn’t. Rather it’s a high-adrenaline event full of excitement. Now, we’re not suggesting you lock yourself up in just any old musty basement, but instead sign up for your own mission impossible at the Live Escape Game. Your mission: enter a room, the door closes behind you, and you are trapped. The only way out are the clues hidden in the room. It’s a bit like Sherlock Holmes meets MacGyver meets Panic Room.

Top 11 Escape Rooms in Berlin

Tip 10: Sweat & Relax: Go to the sauna

Liquidrom
Liquidrom Berlin © Liquidrom

After a few sauna sessions, you're sure to feel warm even in sub-zero temperatures. And with underwater light games in the warm wellness pool, the cold, grey weather is quite bearable. In addition to the public swimming pools, there are numerous hammams, day spas and wellness centres with large sauna areas in Berlin. Off to the warm!

More saunas in Berlin

Tip 11: Dive into Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality Sandbox/VR Erlebnisse
© GSC GameScienceCenter GmbH

In Berlin you can travel virtually through space and time completely independent of the weather. When visiting the virtual TimeRide at Checkpoint Charlie you can take a look behind the Wall and experience life in the GDR. But of course there are also providers where you can travel through fantastic worlds, for example the VR Nation in Mitte.

Virtual Reality Experiences in Berlin