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Top 11 places for spring in Berlin

Here you should spend the first warm days

Kirschblüten entlang des Berliner Mauerwegs
Kirschblüte am Mauerweg in der Bronholmer Straße © Foto: Hideko Kawachi

Sun, flowers, joy - spring is finally coming! The most beautiful season will begin soon and we are very happy about it. Wanna know where to enjoy the blue sky and the first warming sun rays? We'll show you in our top 11 places for spring.

Tip 1: Gardens of the World

Cherry blossoms at Gardens of the World
Cherry blossoms at Gardens of the World © visitBerlin, Foto: Maxi-Lena Schuleit

It's greening and blooming: Now in spring, the trees in the Gardens of the World are in full splendor.  Wander through the Japanese Garden, to the tea house in the Chinese Garden or marvel at the blossoms in the English Garden. The little ones will enjoy the varied playgrounds and the maze, while the grown-ups can enjoy a cup of tea in the cottage. And even getting there becomes an adventure when you float over the grounds in the cable car. 

Gardens of the World

Tip 2: Zoo Berlin or Tierpark Berlin

Family in the zoo - Zoological Garden Berlin
Family in the zoo © Zoo Berlin

Spring means baby animals - and the best place to see them is at the Zoo or Tierpark. In the Tierpark, two adorable Sumatran tiger girls and a bear couscous cub await you. And in the zoo, the narrow-striped mongoose have a new addition and are looking forward to your visit. In both zoos you can take a look at the Easter programme, because there is a lot on offer for the whole family.

Tickets for Zoo and Tierpark

Tip 3: Botanical Garden

Summer time in the Botanical Garden Berlin
Botanical Garden Berlin © (c) visumate

In the Botanical Garden in Steglitz-Zehlendorf, the largest in Germany, 22,000 different plant species await you to marvel at under the spring sun. True to the motto "The world in a garden", you can walk from the Italian Garden through the Alps to the Caucasus and Himalayas in just a few steps, or you can visit the elegant Tropical House. Right next to the Botanical Garden, by the way, is another perfect place for a spring afternoon: In the Königliche Gartenakademie (Royal Garden Academy), you can get inspiration for your own garden or simply admire the plants and drink a coffee in the greenhouse.

For your information: The entrance Unter den Eichen of the Botanical Garden is currently closed due to construction work.

Botanical Garden

Tip 4: Near the river Spree and other rivers and lakes

Bode-Museum Spree view
Bode-Museum Spree view © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Whether on foot or by bike: In spring it is especially beautiful on the banks of the Spree and Berlin's other waters. Whether you want to stroll through Berlin or take a trip into the countryside, here you will find the most beautiful places on the water. On a hike along the Havel you can enjoy the view over the wide river landscape, along the Spree you can discover completely new perspectives on the city center and a walk along the idyllic Müggelsee will give you spontaneous vacation feelings. If you're not in the mood for a long walk, then take a seat on one of the enjoy a boat tour across the Spree, the Landwehr Canal or Lake Tegel.

The 11 most beautiful places on the water

Tip 5: On your bicycle

kleiner Junge mit Fahrrad im Frühling
© Getty Images, Foto: Tatyana Tomsickova

Finally the sun is shining! Nothing like getting on your bike and out into the countryside. You'll find beautiful paths along the Spree River, the Teltow Canal or the Panke River. The Wall Cycle Path also takes you out of the city through idyllic landscapes. In our tips for bike tours you will find many suggestions. Enjoy the spring!

Bike tour suggestions

Tip 6: TV-Asahi-Kirschblütenallee

Kirschblüten entlang des Berliner Mauerwegs
Kirschblüte am Mauerweg in der Bronholmer Straße © Foto: Hideko Kawachi

Under the branches
of cherry trees in blossom
no one is a stranger here

This haiku by the Japanese poet Issa is the motto of the cherry blossom festival Hanami. From around mid-April, the cherry trees on the former border strip between Berlin-Lichterfelde and Teltow blossom, transforming it into a pink sea of flowers. The trees are a gift from Japan, which celebrates the end of the Cold War and the division of Germany.

More tips in our Berlin Blossom tip Download

Tip 7: The petting zoo

farm for children
© Getty Images, Foto: Nkarol

In addition to cherry blossoms and fresh greenery, spring also brings new additions to the animal kingdom. On a trip to the petting zoo, you can visit the animal families - and rejoice with the guinea pig and rabbit mamas over the spring babies. 

Top 11 petting zoos and wild animal enclosures in Berlin

Tip 8: In a palace garden

Park Schloss Charlottenburg im Frühling
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

 Welcome spring with a walk through one of the palace gardens in and around Berlin. Whether in Charlottenburg or on Peacock Island, you can follow in the footsteps of royalty through magnificently landscaped flowerbeds and parks. Or you can take a trip to Potsdam and explore the impressive park landscape that stretches from Sanssouci Palace to the New Palace and beyond.  Discover the romantic Chinese House, the Roman Baths or the Temple of Antiquity and let your gaze glide over the expansive park from the Belvedere.

Parks & Gardens

Tip 9: At the take out counter of your favorite ice cream parlor

Icecream in Berlin
© Getty Images, Foto: Alpaksoy

Of course, the first ice cream of the year can't be missing from this list. Whether you prefer classics such as stracciatella, vanilla or chocolate or try new creations, prefer classic Italian ice cream or vegan ice cream, a visit to the ice cream parlor conjures up instant spring fever.  If you're still looking for your favorite ice cream parlor, here are our top 11.

Berlin's top 11 ice cream parlors

Tip 10: On skates in Grunewald forest

Familie fährt Inlineskates im Park
© GettyImages, Foto: vgajic

Four kilometers of smooth asphalt: You'll really get going on the Kronprinzessinenweg through Grunewald. On weekends, this well-maintained route, which runs through the forest next to the highway, is unfortunately quite busy. That's why we've picked out ten more skating routes for you.

The 11 most beautiful skating tracks in Berlin

Tip 11: On the highest mountains of Berlin

Müggelberge © visitBerlin, Foto: Verena Kneiske

Although the Teufelsberg is considered the highest elevation in Berlin at 120 meters, the - far less well-known - Arkenberge in the north of Berlin are two meters higher. However, both were formed from rubble and construction debris. The highest natural mountains in Berlin are the Müggelberge. Numerous cycling and hiking trails will lead you up here. Enjoy the view of the Müggelsee with a beer after work. You will have earned it after the ascent. If you don't want to go that far, here's a list of the best places to enjoy the view in Berlin's districts.

12 beautiful viewpoints in the neighborhoods

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does not smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face the rich cultural life of Berlin - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog. All posts