There’s something in the air: the first rays of sunshine promise warmer days, the sky over Berlin is blue instead of grey, and the cafés are putting their chairs outside. We have put together 11 reasons why you can look forward to spring in Berlin.
Tip 1: Finally sit outside again
What could be better than drinking your first coffee of the year outside while squinting in the sun? We’ve picked out 11 cafés where you can get delicious coffee and cake and enjoy the spring sunshine at the same time.
Tip 2: Eat ice cream
Ice cream is of course delicious all year round, but it simply tastes best outside. And now you can finally eat a big ice cream sundae with cream or a delicious scoop of ice cream in a cone outside again. And there are sure to be great new creations with original flavours to sample at the start of the season.
Tip 3: Enjoy the blossoming cherry trees
At the start of spring, the whole of Berlin is aglow in a soft pink, because that’s when the cherry trees bloom. We have compiled an overview of where you can see the sea of blossoms particularly well and when the blossom festivals are celebrated all over the city in the Berlin Blossom infographic.
You can post your most beautiful blossom pictures at #BerlinBlossom.
Tip 4: Experience Berlin’s nature
Get outdoors! Do you actually know how quick it is to get to Berlin’s parks, forests and lakes in order to breathe deeply and clear your head? You can either get on your bike and cycle along the lakes or enjoy the silence in the parks and let your mind wander. Relax and enjoy Berlin's nature.
Tip 5: Discover industrial culture on a bike tour
This bike tour doesn’t take you out into the countryside, but to interesting industrial culture sites in Berlin instead. Discover factories and factory premises as well as breweries from the period of industrialisation and embark on an exciting journey through time. You will see how industrialization has turned Berlin into a modern city.
Tip 6: Take a boat trip
Spring also marks the start of the boat tour season. On a boat tour along the Havel and Spree rivers you will discover Berlin’s sights from completely new perspectives. Or you can sail across the Müggelsee or Wannsee lakes and suddenly feel as if you are in the middle of the sea.
Tip 7: Shop sustainable spring fashion
Finally, out of those big coats and sweaters. If you are looking for sustainable and fair fashion for spring, then Berlin is the place to be. There are now a whole range of shops selling chic clothing, be it sustainable fashion made from recycled materials, upcycled fashion, homemade, fair-trade or vegan garments.
Tip 8: Visit Berlin's palaces and parks
Tip 9: Watch a movie in an open-air cinema
The open-air cinema season starts in May. Then you can enjoy classics, blockbusters and gems from the last few months under the starry sky. You can choose between the cool open-air cinema at the Kulturforum right in front of the Potsdamer Platz skyline, the romantic open-air cinema in the rose garden, or many others. With around 20 cinemas, you are sure to find the right one for you.
Tip 10: Enjoy the State Opera Festtage Festival
The cultural highlight in spring is undoubtedly the Festtage Festival at Easter. To mark Beethoven’s anniversary year, all nine of his symphonies will be performed. There is also Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte, which starts the new Mozart cycle.
Tip 11: Discover art at the Gallery Weekend
Everything is new in May – even art. At Gallery Weekend on the first weekend in May, 50 Berlin galleries open their doors and showcase the latest art trends. The international art scene will also travel to Berlin to meet the art stars and exciting newcomers at exhibitions and openings.
Most of the events are open to the public, so check them out.