Berlin gets colourful in autumn. And it remains diverse. On sunny days the leaves in the avenues, parks and woods shine in the most beautiful colours. But even when it rains, the city is by no means drab. The Tadschikische Teestube serves delicious teas. Dive into the pools at the Vabali Spa in Berlin or experience time travel at TimeRide Berlin.
Tip 1: Discover the Tegeler Fließ
The Tegeler Fließtal is a wonderful natural landscape in the middle of Berlin and a good tip for active autumn holidays. Start at Lake Tegel or walk back to the city centre from the village of Lübars. There's no question about it: It'll be great. On a nature trail you will experience a typical Eastern European swamp landscape. With a bit of luck you will see otters or beavers in their natural habitat on your autumn trip. Water buffalo also call this place home. The city settled them by the Tegeler Fließ to maintain the meadows.
Where: U-Bahn station Alt-Tegel, S-Bahn station Tegel or bus 222 to Alt-Lübars
Tip 2: Lots of autumn colours in the Britzer Garden
Before nature retreats into hibernation, it shows off a magnificent spectacle of colours once again in autumn. You can marvel at the whole range of red, yellow, orange, brown and green shades this autumn in the Britzer Garten in Berlin. The vast park in the south of Berlin also offers numerous events and activities for the whole family in and around the autumn holidays, including kite making and themed days related to pumpkins, mushrooms and apples. In November, the children's lanterns light up for St. Martin's Day.
Where: Sangerhauser Weg 1, Neukölln
When: Daily 9 a.m. until dusk
Tip 3: Bathing and sauna in the Balinese village
Cool days are ideal for a relaxing spa visit with sauna and massage. The perfect place for such a wellness experience is the Vabali Spa in Berlin near the central railway station. It is open from early morning till late evening. The spa with its many pools and saunas resembles a small Balinese village and whisks you off to a warm, beautiful Far Eastern world on a cold autumn day.
Where: Seydlitzstr. 6, Mitte
When: daily 9 a.m. until midnight
Tip 4: Reading fun in the bookshop
Those rainy autumn days are best spent curled up under a cosy blanket with a warm cup of tea and a good book. If you’re looking to get in some reading material in preparation, we recommend a visit to Marga Schöller's cosy bookshop. The bookshop near Kurfürstendamm specialises in English literature.
Where: Knesebeckstr. 33, Charlottenburg
When: Monday to Wednesday 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday to Friday 9:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Tip 5: Rummage through the flea market
Shopping at a relaxed pace: A visit to a flea market is much more than just buying the odd items here and there. The experience is the goal as you rummage, compare, haggle and chat. This is a lot of fun especially on a sunny autumn day in Berlin. The large antique market at Ostbahnhof, for example, is ideal for a great autumn trip. You will find virtually everything here: Art, books, stamps, furniture and records. Take some money with you: You will certainly not go home empty-handed with over a hundred merchants.
Where: Erich-Steinfurth-Straße 1, Friedrichshain
When: Sunday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Tip 6: Autumn walk in the Grunewald forest
The autumnal forest in Berlin is wonderful: with lots of colourful, rustling leaves. Simply go out and enjoy it. Berlin is a green metropolis. The city offers numerous possibilities for a pleasant walk in the woods. The 3,000 hectare Grunewald in the west of the city is one of the most extensive forest areas in Berlin. It is also one of the most beautiful places in autumn. We recommend the Havelhöhenweg for an autumn trip. Measuring ten kilometres in length it leads you past sights including the Grunewald Tower. Here you have a magnificent view of the autumn coloured forest. Afterwards you can keep up your strength in the Restaurant Grunewaldturm, which serves hearty cuisine or coffee and cake depending on the time of day.
When: Restaurant Grunewaldturm daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Tip 7: Tea ceremony in Tajik style
Tadschikische Teestube is one of those hidden places in Berlin's centre that immediately transports you to another world. While the autumn leaves fall to the ground outside, make yourself comfortable on colourful cushions inside and let time slide by for a few hours. A special highlight are the fairytale evenings spent in the restaurant drinking tea and sampling Russian and Central Asian cuisine. Very important: Reserve a table at least two days in advance. This way you can be sure that Tadschikische Teestube has space for you.
Where: Oranienburger Str. 27, Mitte
When: Monday 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., Tuesday to Friday 4 p.m. until 11 p.m., Saturday midday until 11 p.m., Sunday midday until 10 p.m.
Tip 8: Fly a kite
We couldn’t give autumn tips for Berlin without mentioning the Tempelhofer Feld. The former airport grounds in Tempelhof are, of course, no longer an insider tip. In winter, spring, summer and autumn it is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Berlin. But especially in autumn you can rediscover it. So how about flying a kite in this huge park? Since it is incredibly fun and the wind on the field is so good, the annual kite festival in September even attracts up to 100,000 visitors to Tempelhof. But the park is also beautiful in October: for people and for kites. It's always open till dusk.
Where: U-Bahn stations Platz der Luftbrücke, Paradestraße, Tempelhof-Schöneberg or Leinestraße, Neukölln
When: September 6 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., October 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., November 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Tip 9: Indulge in colours with Madame Tussauds
If it is grey and rainy outside, then a bath in the sea of colours is just the right thing. At Madame Tussauds in Berlin you will not only meet celebrities like Shawn Mendes, George Clooney or Taylor Swift, but you can also immerse yourself in the colourful world of colours and take cool photos at the House of #Berlincolours. A good mood is guaranteed.
Where: Unter den Linden 74, centre
When: Monday - Sunday 10a.m. - 7a.m.
Tip 10: A journey through time into divided Berlin
November 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. For children and young adults, divided Berlin is only history they have never themselves experienced. If you want to experience the city before the fall of the wall today, TimeRide Berlin offers you the chance to travel back in time with virtual reality glasses. State-of-the-art technology takes you back to Berlin in the mid-1980s. You dive into the city near Checkpoint Charlie. This is where your virtual city tour starts, which includes an identity check at the zone border and more. You will experience the Berlin of times long past, in which the Palace of the Republic in Berlin-Mitte still existed.
Where: Zimmerstr. 91, Mitte
When: Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Tip 11: Kiez cinema in the Kulturfabrik
There are many good cinemas in Berlin. The one in the Kulturfabrik Moabit is particularly inviting and extremely cosy: with comfortable, upholstered cinema seats. If you love films, make sure to visit the Filmrauschpalast sometime on your autumn trip. A discerning film programme awaits you here. The cinema shows film classics as well as current flicks worth seeing. There is also delicious popcorn, of course.
Where: Lehrter Str. 35, Mitte