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11 things that will brighten up winter time in Berlin

That's why we love Berlin in winter weather

The city pictured from above during winter
Berlin covered in snow © (c) visumate

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

Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Gendarmenmarkt
© Getty Images, Foto: querbeet
Weihnachtsmarkt 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.

More about Christmas Markets in Berlin

2. Ice Skating

Couple ice skating
Ice skating in winter © Getty Images, Foto: Emir Memedovski

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..

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3. Das eisigste Sportteam in Berlins anfeuern

Icehockey Club Eisbären Berlin
Icehockey Club Eisbären Berlin © Camera4

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.

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4. Winter Walk

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

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.

The most beautiful photo spots in Berlin

4. Cuddle and Read

Bücherbogen am Savignyplatz
© visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

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.

Top 11 bookstores in Berlin

5. Hot Chocolate

Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt
Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt © Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co.KG

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.

More about the Berlin Welcome Card

6. Celebrate a Tea Ceremony

© Getty Images, Foto: viennetta

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.

More cafés und tea rooms

7. Concerts celebrating the Baroque Period

Berliner Residenz Konzerte_BWC 2017_Bild6
© Orangerie Berlin GmbH

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.

Tickets for the Baroque Concerts

8. Roast Goose

Christmas table set with goose roast
Christmas table set with goose roast © Getty Images, Foto: Alex Raths

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.

11 Tips für delicious roast goose in Berlin

9. Market Halls

Market hall Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg in Berlin
Inside the market hall Markthalle Neun © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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.

More about the market halls in Berlin

10. Wellness

Wellnessoase in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

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.

More about Wellness-Hotels in Berlin

11. Timewalk in the museum

Gemäldegalerie at Kulturforum in Berlin
Inside the Gemäldegalerie © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

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.

Tickets for Gemäldegalerie

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.


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