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!
1. Christmas Markets in Berlin
Many Berlin Christmas markets are open until January. Let yourself be enchanted by the decorations and stroll through the rows of little stands. Warm up with hot punch and mulled wine. Enjoy the festive music programme and find little presents and handcrafted souvenirs. Find your perfect Christmas market here.
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..
3. Das eisigste Sportteam in Berlins anfeuern
The puck flys over the ice, the runners rapidly scratch over the smooth surface, fans cheer. The ice hockey games of the Eisbären Berlin are traditionally `fast and furious´. So far the Berlin top team has won seven championship titles and one trophy win. Why not cheer them on for their next game. With the Berlin WelcomeCard you receive discounted tickets for the home games in the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Roast Goose
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. Here you will find the tastiest roasted geese in Berlin.
9. Market Halls
Even in winter you don't have to do without fresh fruit and vegetables in Berlin. In the city's numerous market halls, which were already established in the 19th century, you will find plenty of regional and organically grown products. Here you can taste various treats, discover new food trends and get inspired for your winter menu.
When it's cold outside, a sauna session feels especially good. Many Berlin hotels not only offer their guests a wide range of wellness facilities, but also invite day guests to indulge themselves for a few hours. Here you will find an overview of Berlin hotels with wellness offers.
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.