We do love fairytale white winters, snow flakes falling from the sky and covering up the whole city in beautiful white. But even though Berlin's winter landscape is mostly grey and rough, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to the cold season. Here come our tips for wonder and winter happiness in Berlin!
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Tip 1: Christmas Markets in Berlin
Berlin's Christmas markets are open again this year. All of them are working intensively on new hygiene concepts so that they can still be open during the Advent season. Every effort is being made to ensure that safety rules and procedures are in place to conjure up an atmospheric pre-Christmas atmosphere in Berlin's squares and streets. Be enchanted by the decorations and stroll through the rows of stands. Warm up with hot punch and mulled wine. Many Christmas markets get you in the mood for the festive season with a festive music programme, while others offer selected handicrafts and regional products. We have put together a list of Christmas markets for you here to help you decide which one suits you best.
Tip 2: Ice Skating
First glide hand in hand over the ice and then warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine. Ice skating in Berlin is the perfect family fun in the afternoon and in the evening a great start for a romantic winter date. There are plenty of public skating rinks in Berlin. In addition many Christmas markets build beautiful skating areas. The circular ice rink at the Neptune Fountain and the ice rink in the Christmas Garden of the Botanical Garden Berlin are particularly beautiful..
Tip 3: Enjoy Berlin from the couch
What could be nicer than making yourself comfortable on the couch with hot tea and biscuits on a grey, cold day? Why not get a glimpse of Berlin in your living room? How about all three season of the successful Babylon series? We have collected here the best streaming series in which Berlin plays the leading role.
Tip 4: Winter Walk
The air is clear and cold, the icy ground creaks under your feet and the branches are festively rimmed with frost. Get your scarf and mittens out, and head outside. In the Grunewald forest or one of Berlin's many parks you can discover enchanting landscapes and picturesque photo motifs, even in winter.
Tip 5: Cuddle and Read
After the winter walk you may make yourselves comfortable on the couch or in yout hotel. Dress in comfortable clothes, get a plate of Christmas cookies, gingerbread and fragrant winter tangerines. How about diving into a wonderful winter story? In these 11 bookstores you can spend a whole afternoon browsing and reading. Here are our tips for bookworms.
Tip 6: Hot Chocolate
Sweeten your winter afternoon with a hot chocolate. At Rittersport at the Gendarmenmarkt you can even create your own favorite chocolate, then enjoy something delicious in the in-house café and finally pick up your own treat. Tip: Do you want even more insights into the world of chocolate? Then you should take a class in the chocolate workshop. Discounts are available with the Berlin Welcome Card.
Tip 7: Celebrate a Tea Ceremony
After a walk in the cold winter air, a steaming cup of tea is particularly good, preferably with fresh mint, ginger and lemon. Or how about a traditional tea ceremony? In the ChenChe tea house you can celebrate your own special tea ceremony in a separate room.
Tip 8: Concerts celebrating the Baroque Period
Would you like to know how the aristocrats spent their long winter evenings? Then visit one of the baroque concerts of the Berliner Residenzen. Here, music is played in original costumes. Enjoy the classical pieces by Mozart, Bach and Handel in the magnificent ambience of the Charlottenburg Palace. Optionally you can book a gala dinner with three courses for the chamber concert of your choice.
Tip 9: Roast goose and market halls
Winter is the perfect time to feast and enjoy. Many Berlin restaurants serve particularly delicious, traditional dishes during the cold season, such as juicy roast goose with dumplings and red cabbage. If you prefer to cook at home, you will find fresh regional ingredients in Berlin's market halls.
Tip 10: Wellness
When it's cold outside, a wellness day is especially good. Although not all wellness oases are currently open, numerous thermal spas in the Berlin area invite you to relax. In Berlin, municipal baths offer time slot tickets and some private providers, such as the sauna raft, the vabali sauna oasis or the tranxx are also happy to welcome you. Here you can find an overview of the wellness offers in Berlin and the surrounding area.
Tip 11: Timewalk in the museum
If the wind blows too violently outside, you can take your walk inside. Stroll past 1,400 works of art in the Gemäldegalerie while covering a distance of two kilometers. On this tour through cultural history, you'll wander from the Middle Ages to the 18th century and see masterpieces by Rubens, Botticelli, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, among others.
Read also our quick overview of all other important information on what Berlin visitors should know due to the current situation.