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Weekend Tips for 11/23 – 11/25 2018

Magical times in Berlin

Christmasmarket Holzmarkt in Berlin
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Christmas season has begun and makes our hearts beat faster because Berlin has a lot to offer at Christmas time. Fortunately, there are also many alternatives for people who don't love Christmas as much as most of us do - so nothing stands in the way for everbody in Berlin to experience a very special weekend in November. As always, we'll tell you what's going on in the city in our Top 11 weekend tips!

Tip 1: Christmas markets

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
Brandenburg Gate in winter © Getty Images, Foto: querbeet

The time has come: for many this week marks the beginning of the most beautiful time of the year: the Christmas market season has opened! And where can it be more lively than in Christmas Wonderland Berlin? We dare to claim that no other city has such a grandiose variety of markets, events and Christmas lights to offer as the German capital. Anyone who has ever tried to do Christmas hopping in Berlin and visit all of the city's Christmas markets will be able to sing a song about it. It's simply impossible! And as every year, 2018 will leave no wish unfulfilled in Berlin. Whether it's a traditional market at the gates of Charlottenburg Palace, an exotic event like the Asian Christmas market or colourful and atmospheric at the campfire of the Heissa Holzmarkt - there is something for every taste and every mood, the selection of Advent markets is simply gigantic!

Among other things, these Christmas markets are already open this weekend. Many more markets will start the season on Monday 26 November.

An overview of Berlin's Advent markets


Tip 2: Advent wreaths at Britzer Garten

Christmas decoration
Christmas decoration © Getty Images, Foto: The Real Tokyo Life

You belong to those who are super organized or at least you try to belong to them? Then quickly stock up in the Britzer Garden for Advent arrangements and nice goodies for the Christmas season. In addition to Advent green, the stands offer a wide range of natural and recycled gift ideas.

When: 25 November, 11am

Where: Freilandlabor / Umweltbildungszentrum, Britzer Garten, Sangerhauser Weg 1, Neukölln

More information about the Geschenkewerkstatt

Tip 3: Harry Potter - The Exhibition™

Babelsberg Film Studio in Potsdam
Film Studio Babelsberg © Foto: Unify by wikimedia commons

Christmas magic or not - there are other things that enchant us (maybe even more?) and cast a spell over us. Especially when they come from Hogwarts, like the 1,600 square meter touring exhibition in Potsdam. Visitors can gain insights into the world of the world's most famous magician, including real costumes, pieces of equipment and creatures from cinema films.

When: 13 October 2018 to 10 March 2019
Where: Filmpark Babelsberg, Caligari Hall, August-Bebel-Straße 26-53, Potsdam
Tickets: €20, €24 at the weekend

Morw information and tickets to Harry Potter - The Exhibition TM

Tip 4: Homemade Pasta Week

Spaghetti © Getty Images, Foto: Westend61

You've already had too much gingerbread by now? Then give yourself a Homemade Pasta Week break! From 19-25. November is International Italian Cuisine Week. You want to celebrate it? Here you can find all information about the event.

When:19 - 25 November
Where: Various locations

More information about Homemade Pasta Week

Tip 5: Tag des offenen Ateliers

Sculptures in the court
Sculptures in the court of Zitadelle Spandau © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Craftsmen and artists present their works on Sunday in the Zitadelle Spandau. It's the day of the open studios in the old walls of Spandau Citadelin the west of Berlin, which has become a tradition in the meantime. Among other things, visitors can take part in a free guided tour, enjoy artistic performances and listen to various musical performances.

When: 25 November, Noon - 5pm

Where: Zitadelle Spandau, Am Juliusturm 64, Spandau

More information about Tag des offenen Ateliers

Tip 6: Hot tea and sparkling cupcakes

Kastanientörtchen in Berlin
Kastanientörtchen © Kastanientörtchen, Foto: Anne und Paul Scharf

Finally it is crisply cold in Berlin and you can find yourself a cosy spot to get really comfortable. How about a cosy English Tea Time for example? The hotel Regent Berlin serves sandwiches, mini tarts, pastries, and freshly made scones with jam and clotted cream while enchanting its guets with an open fireplace and lovely piano sounds. Or do you prefer delicious little tartlets with different bases and creams to staple on top of each like like at Kastanientörchen in Berlin? Sparkling cupcakes are offered by Wilde Mathilda at its Afternoon Tea Time from 2:30-6pm.

More information about cafés in Berlin

Tip 7:  Angiyo

Icebar Berlin Angiyok
Icebar Berlin Angiyok © Berliner Eiswelten GmbH

Berlin wouldn't be Berlin if it only had had have warm cosiness to offer - of course you can experience the contrary too! Great winter feeling and ice-cold drinks from shattering glasses are available for you at Angiyok. It's always -10°C here. The chilly temperatures are cooling over 60 tons of ice on over 233m2. In Angiyo everything is made of ice: sculptures, tables, glasses... Gloves and capes are provided for you.

When: 26 October 2018 - 2 January 2019, Sun - Thu: 1pm to Midnight, Fri - Sat: 1pm to 2am
Where: Spandauer Straße 2, Mitte

Tickets and more information about Angiyok

Tip 8: Tristan, the dinosaur

Dinosaur skeleton in Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin
Tristan in the Museum für Naturkunde © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

It's actually been three years since T. Rex Tristan came to Berlin and moved to the Museum für Naturkunde. Berlin immediately felt in love with the beautiful dinosaur. But now, three years later, the gigantic dinosaur will leave the city again. For all who have not visited Tristan yet: Now you still have the chance! Use it, it's worth it!

When: Untoil 16 December

Where: Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstraße 43, Mitte

More information about Tristan in the Museum für Naturkunde

Tip 9: Martin-Gropius-Bau

Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin
Martin-Gropius-Bau ©, Foto: anibaltrejo

A sensational discovery, a miscarried art theft and a stunningly beautiful artefact: you can find at the current exhibition in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, where the spectacular Nebra Sky Disk is exhibited. The Bronze Age Sky Disk is the world's oldest known concrete representation of the cosmos and was found in Saxony-Anhalt in 1999. In the context of "Moving Times" (the name of the exhibition), it symbolizes the power of innovation and the transfer of knowledge that has always been the driving force behind humanity.

When: until 6 January 2019

Where: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchner Straße 7, Kreuzberg

More information about "Moving times"

Tipp 10: BuchBerlin 2018

Fairytales in Berlin
Magic Fairy Tale book © Getty Images, Foto: Eva Carollo Photography

The third largest book fair in Germany takes place in- Berlin! More precisely, the Best Western Premier Hotel MOA Berlin will be the host from 24 to 25 November for all bookworms who want to stock up on new supplies for the winter. The programme of BuchBerlin 2018 includes readings for young and old, with the focus on independent publishers and self-publishers.

When: 24 and 25 November

Where: Best Western Premier Hotel MOA, Stephanstraße 41, Tiergarten

More information about BuchBerlin 2018

Tip 11: Interfilm Berlin

Kino Babylon
Cinema Babylon Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Max Threlfall

Every year I look forward to the short film festival Interfilm Berlin. Here you will find crazy, funny, innovative, impressive, shocking, dreamy, witty and surprising films presented in small (and mostly) easily digestible quantities on the big screen. As always, the Kuki short film festival for children will run in parallel. Highlights are the competition films and traditional events such as Sound & Vision on Saturday.

When: 20 to 25 November 2018
Where: Miscellaneous Places

More information about Interfilm

Maxi: visitBerlin Blogger for


Kentucky, Paris, Lisbon. These are just a few stops on this globetrotter's journey, but only one city has been able to conquer her heart fully: Berlin, of course, because nowhere else can you cycle along a canal in the evening sun and swing over the rooftops where the Iron Curtain once divided the city. Exploring the city with open eyes: that's her mission for the blog.


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