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
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.
- Heissa Holzmarkt25 - 2018
- Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz
- Historischer Weihnachtsmarkt
- The Green Market Berlin - Winter Edtion 2018
- Weihnachtsbasar im Finnland-Zentrum
Tip 2: Advent wreaths at Britzer Garten
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
Tip 3: Harry Potter - The Exhibition™
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
Tip 4: Homemade Pasta Week
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
Tip 5: Tag des offenen Ateliers
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
Tip 6: Hot tea and sparkling cupcakes
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.
Tip 7: Angiyo
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
Tip 8: Tristan, the dinosaur
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
Tip 9: Martin-Gropius-Bau
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
Tipp 10: BuchBerlin 2018
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
Tip 11: Interfilm Berlin
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