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

Winter Sports, Glamour, Events & Winter tips

TV tower Berlin in winter
TV tower Berlin in winter ©, Foto: golero

Yeah, it's winter. And yes, the Berlin winter can be grey and uncomfortable. But that's no reason to despair, because there is still a lot going on here - promised! And we have the 11 best winter tips for you.

Tip 1: Museums

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

If it's uncomfortable and cold outside, we'll just go inside. Berlin's museum landscape is so good that everyone will find an exciting exhibition here. Whether arts and crafts, painting, communication, natural history or even computer games and the 90s - the spectrum is really wide. The absolute highlight is of course the Museum Island, where a visit to one of the five museums is always worthwhile.

Museums in Berlin

Tip 2: Winter sports

Ice skating in Berlin
Ice skating © Getty Images, Foto: zsv3207

Berlin may not be the classic winter sports location. But neither is it a classic beach metropolis - and yet there are so many lakes here that one could say the opposite. So it's also worth taking a closer look at winter sports: from ice skating to tobogganing, a lot is possible. Our tip: tobogganing on the Teufelsberg.

Winter sports in Berlin

Tip 3: Wellness

Wellnessoase in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius
Wellness & Entspannung

What Berlin - without question - can do really well is to relax in one of the wellness temples. You can feel like in Bali or listen to underwater music floating in warm water

Wellness in Berlin

Tip 4: Enjoy Shows & Musicals

Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin
Friedrichstadt-Palast © Friedrichstadt-Palast, Foto: Soenne
Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin

Spectacular shows and rousing musicals - you can find them in the Friedrichstadt-Palast, the Admiralspalst, the CHAMÄLEON Theater and the Bar jeder Vernunft, but also on so many other unique stages. Let yourself be carried away!

Shows & Musicals in Berlin

Tip 5: Winter walks through the quiet parks of the city

Park Biesdorf in Berlin
Park Biesdorf in Wintertime © visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek
Park Biesdorf

Most parks are (almost) empty in winter - so relaxing walks are worth it twice as much. The Tiergarten, the Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände or the Volkspark Friedrichshain - no matter, as long as you come up from the couch.

Parks & gardens in Berlin

Tip 6: Cafés & tea rooms

Yummy cake at Café Kastanientooertchen in Berlin Mitte
Café Kastanientooertchen © (c) visumate
Café Kastanientörtchen

And after the long walk, it's best to go to one of the cozy cafés in Berlin. Here you can get delicious cakes and tarts as well as warm coffee, tea or cocoa. We have put together our Top 11 for you.

Top 11 Cafés in Berlin

Tip 7: Berlinale & going to the cinema

International Film Festival Berlin
In front of the Berlinale Palace © KARSTEN THIELKER

No matter how cold it gets, in February there is a lot of glamour, stars and Hollywood on the red carpet of the Berlinale - and there are also many prizes for good films. You should also be there at the biggest public festival in the world!

But going to the cinema is also a great idea for the winter.

Cinemas & film festivals in Berlin

Tip 8: Top Events in Winter

Fashion Week Berlin
Fashion Week Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Berlin Fashion Week

Wow, already in the first months of the year there are so many top-class events on the agenda: opening new exhibitions, the Berlin Fashion Week will take place in January, you can visit the fairs ITB and Grüne Woche. So don't matter the weather, you don't have to lock yourself in at home.

Berlin's biggest event calendar

Tip 9: Going for a good meal & eat! Berlin

Pauly Saal
Pauly Saal © Pauly Saal
Pauly Saal in Berlin

Good food is always possible, but in winter it's very cosy - and the bikini figure doesn't get on your nerves yet. That's why we recommend: Throw yourself into Berlin's exciting and tasty gastronomic scene and try out new dishes or restaurants. You can go to eat! Berlin the gourmet festival at the end of February. More than 70 chefs who were awarded 60 Michelin stars will be there and do some cooking. Well, if that's no reason to go there. 

Restaurants in Berlin

Tip 10: Going local 

Dorfkirche Lübars in Berlin
Dorfkirche Lübars © Bodo Kubrak (CC0 1.0) by wikimedia commons
Dorfkirche Lübars

You can also use the winter wonderfully to get out of your neighborhood and visit less known places in Berlin. Be it the Köpenicker Old Town or the Spandauer Kolkviertel - Berlin offers you enough possibilities for winter excursions to the neighborhoods.

Winter tips for Berlin's neighborhoods

Tip 11: Botanical Garden

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

And for those who really can't stand it any longer, the motto is: off to the Botanical Garden - because there is a tropical feeling even in winter. There you can escape the dull weather a little and already dream of summer.

All information about the Botanical Garden

Verena: visitBerlin Blogger for


lived already in Kiel, Düsseldorf, San Francisco and Gothenburg, but she was always sure she would return to her hometown Berlin. And she is going to stay a while. For the blog she is exploring the food scene of Berlin and looking for the best hummus in town (besides her own homemade hummus).


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