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11 things that will brighten up winter time in Berlin

That's why we love Berlin in winter weather

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

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

Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei
Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei © KeteringGmbH, Foto: Jochen Loch

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.

More about Christmas Markets in Berlin

Tip 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..

More about Christmas Garden Berlin

 Tip 3: Enjoy Berlin from the couch

Babylon Berlin: Ilja Tretschkow (Tim Fischer) in the Dutchman
Ilja Tretschkow (Tim Fischer) in the Dutchman © Frédéric Batier / X Filme 2017

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.

Film location Berlin: The best streaming series

Tip 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

Tip 5: 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

Tip 6: 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

Tip 7: Celebrate a Tea Ceremony

Moroccan Mint Green Tea With Fresh Herbs and Sugarcubes
© 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

Tip 8: 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? Until 18 December, you can enjoy one of the baroque concerts at the Berlin Residences in an exclusive concert series. Here, music is played in original costumes. Enjoy the classical pieces by Mozart, Bach and Handel in the magnificent ambience of the Charlottenburg Palace.

Tickets for the Baroque Concerts

Tip 9: Roast goose and market halls

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.  If you prefer to cook at home, you will find fresh regional ingredients in Berlin's market halls.

More about the market halls in Berlin

Tip 10: Wellness

Wellnessoase in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

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.

More about Wellness

Tip 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

Read also our quick overview of all other important information on what Berlin visitors should know due to the current situation.

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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