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11 reasons why the winter in Berlin is better than you think

Winter Sports, Wellness, Events & Winter tips

Winter, Regierungsviertel
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Winter in a big city can be uncomfortable, but not so in Berlin: That’s because there’s still a lot to see here! And we have put together the 11 best winter tips for you.

Tip 1: Museums

Museum Island in winter
Museum Island in winter © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

It’s finally time to explore the Berlin museum landscape at your own pace. There are so many exciting exhibitions in museums and galleries that you are sure to find the right one for you. Whether arts and crafts, painting, communication, photography, natural history or computer games – the choice really is endless. The absolute highlight is of course Museum Island, where a visit to one of the five museums is always worthwhile.

Tickets and information about the museums in Berlin

Tip 2: Winter sports

Familie beim Rodeln
© GettyImages, Bild: Robert Kneschke/EyeEm

Perhaps (but only perhaps) contrary to expectations, Berlin also offers a wide range of winter sports activities for sports enthusiasts: from ice skating to curling and tobogganing, there are many possibilities. Our tip: tobogganing on the Teufelsberg hill. Of course, it’s possible just to watch too: how about the Eisbären Berlin ice hockey team, the Alba Berlin basketball team, the Füchse Berlin handball team or the Berlin Recycling Volleys volleyball team?

More information about winter sports in Berlin

Tip 3: Wellness

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Things are calmer and more relaxed at the wellness centres: in one of the beautiful spas, in relaxed sauna worlds, in salt caves, on sauna floats, on roof terraces or in thermal baths. In combination with Spirit Yoga, you can float weightlessly in salt water, watch the interplay of light and listen to gentle underwater music. Here everything is at your disposal.

More information about wellness in Berlin

Tip 4: Experience shows & musicals

Tipi am Kanzleramt in Berlin: cabaret
TIPI AM KANZLERAMT © Foto: Darek Gontarski / Gestaltung: upstruct.com

Berlin is really well placed in this respect. A wide-ranging programme in the legendary Admiralspalast, musical classics in the traditional Theater des Westens, spectacular shows in the Friedrichstadt-Palast, fascinating and constantly changing variety shows in the CHAMÄLEON Theater and the Wintergarten. The special locations such as Bar jeder Vernunft and Tipi am Kanzleramt, as well as so many other unique stages, also boast an inspiring programme.

Tickets and  information about shows & musicals in Berlin

Tip 5: Winter walks through the quiet city parks

Winter in Berlin
© Credit: creativep / Alamy Stock Photo

In winter you will have most of the parks to yourself (almost) – so relaxing walks are doubly worth it. Tiergarten, Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände or Volkspark Friedrichshain – it doesn’t matter which one. Just make sure you get up off the couch sometime.
 More information about parks & gardens in Berlin

Tip 6: Cafés & tea rooms

Matcha Latte im japanischen Café House of Small Wonder
© Hiroshi Toyoda

And after the long walk, there’s nothing better than going to one of Berlin’s cosy cafés. Here you can get delicious cakes and tarts as well as a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. We have put together some suggestions for you on visitBerlin.de.

More information about cafés in Berlin

Tip 7: Cinemas & the Berlinale

Altes Bild des Delphie Kinos in Weißensee
Altes Bild des Delphie Kinos in Weißensee © Foto: Jean Moeller BERLIN

Just the right time of year for a trip to the cinema. In the evening you can stop off and unwind in the city’s large and small cinemas. Or wait for the big event in February when the glamorous Berlinale will be returning to Berlin. And no matter how cold it is, stars and the world of Hollywood will get together on the red carpet and delight the countless fans patiently waiting for hours to take a selfie with their idol. Be part of the biggest public film festival in the world!

More information about Berlin Cinemas

Tip 8: Events

Six Day Race at Velodrom Berlin
Velodrom Berlin © Camera4
Berlin Velodrom 28.01 2016 104 BERLINER SECHSTAGE RENNEN (Six Day Race) Foto Camera 4

And the first few weeks of the new year sees a whole range of further top-class events: the Six Days of Berlin, Berlin Fashion Week and International Green Week will all take place in January. In the last month of winter be inspired by the ISTAF Indoor 2020, the biggest athletics meeting, and of course the Berlinale for all film fans. And in March cycling enthusiasts can rejoice once again, because Germany has been awarded the contract by the Union Cycliste Internationale for the Track Cycling World Championships 2020 and what venue would be better suited than the Velodrom? Last but not least, Berlin once again welcomes the world to ITB – the world’s largest travel exhibition. The weather isn’t a factor, so get out there!

Berlin's largest events calendar

Tip 9: Eat out and eat! Berlin

MARS
MARS © Foto: Katha Mau

Good food can be had at any time, but in winter it is particularly enjoyable. That’s why we recommend Berlin’s exciting and delicious foodie scene and trying out new dishes and restaurants. At the end of February you can sample the culinary delights of more than 70 chefs at the gourmet festival eat! Berlin who have been awarded 60 Michelin stars between them. Well, if that’s not a reason to look forward to it, what is? 

More information about Berlin's restaurants

Tip 10: Off to the neighbourhood

Glienicke Palace in Winter in Berlin
Glienicke Palace in Winter © SPSG, Foto: Hans Bach

Use the winter to get out of your neighbourhood and visit lesser-known places in Berlin. Be it Köpenick’s old town or the Kolkviertel in Spandau – Berlin offers you plenty of opportunities for winter days out in the neighbourhoods.

Winter tips for Berlin's neighbourhoods

Tip 11: Botanical Garden with a tropical feeling

The Botanical Garden in Berlin in winter
The Botanical Garden in winter © Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Foto: I.Haas

You have until 5 January to embark on a magical journey through the glow of lights in the Botanical Garden. Let yourself be inspired by the atmospheric ambience. And there, those who really can’t stand the cold any longer can also savour the tropical feeling in winter as the Botanical Garden allows you to escape the gloomy weather for a moment and dream ahead to summer.

All information about the Botanical Garden

 

Catrin

Catrin

lives in Berlin for over 20 years and loves to travel the city. Preferrably by bike, she discovers the most exciting and interesting sides of Berlin. Across the city, across country and also off the beaten track.

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