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Weekend tips 3/30 - 4/2/18

The Easter weekend in Berlin

Victory Column in Berlin with jonquils in the foreground
Victory Column in Berlin with jonquils (c) visumate

The Easter Bunny's got a lot surprises hidden away this Easter in Berlin. Throughout the weekend, we are enchanted by traditional Easter customs, feast on festive menus, and celebrate the beginning of spring with an excursion out to green space or countryside. Here are our tips for a relaxing Easter holiday in the German capital.

Celebrating Spring

We Germans enjoy a four-day weekend for Easter each year, so why not join us at one of the many spring festivals, markets, and exhibitions? Here is a selection:

  • Knights jousting, fire bowls, and golden chalices: several events offer travel back in time to the Middle Ages this weekend. In Spandau, you can experience jousting tournaments and fire-breathers, stroll around the traditional market, and listen to fairy tales of old.
  • Düppel Museum Village invites you to try out some archery, painting Easter eggs, and baking bread.
  • And a fire-breathing dragon awaits visitors at the Easter festival at Chorin Abbey.
  • The Easter markets in Berlin are also a great destination for a walk after your Easter feast. Massive Easter bunnies, a large Easter garden, and sweet snacks will entice you at the market on Breitscheidplatz. Or you might head to Alexanderplatz for a petting zoo and crafts huts offering demonstrations.
  • What does an Easter bunny do? And which animals lay eggs anyway? The MACHmit! Children's Museum has a exhibition with all sorts of fun facts about Easter as well as related workshops to explore these questions in a playful way.
  • The spring installation "light catching shadows" at Bikini Berlin provides a colourful interplay of light and colour.  Standing and hanging elements made of dichroic glass by Berlin artist Camilla Richter transform the entire space into an impressive work of art.
     

Easter Brunch

Easter market in the Markthalle Neun in Berlin
Easter market in the Markthalle Neun Slow Food Berlin, Foto: Udo Tremmel

Easter is made for a festive brunch. At Restaurant mio, you can start the day with a rich meal and live music right under the TV Tower. Egg dishes in all variations will be served at Mars in the Silent Green culture quarter in Wedding. And, if you can't make it down to Munich this time around, Hofbräu Berlin is offering a brunch on Sunday, too.

Easter Fires

Easter bonfires are another part of the festive weekend. Saturday and Sunday will see traditional Easter bonfires being lit at numerous spots around the capital. We have put together a small selection of the most beautiful places for you:

Saturday

  • Live music creates anticipation at Britzer Garten (from 6 pm)
  • With coffee and cake in Spandau's Gatow neighbourhood (from 3 pm)
  • As part of an exciting Easter tour through the Tierpark zoo (from 6:30 pm)  
  • Lantern parade and Easter course at Park am Fennpfuhl in Lichtenberg (from 3 pm)

Sunday

  • Music, dance, and barbecue at Yaam Beach Bar (from 2 pm)
  • With lakeside views at Strandbad Weißensee (from 6 pm)
  • In good weather, with a bit of romance on Insel der Jugend (Island of Youth) in Treptow (from 12 noon)

Outings into the countryside

Need to get away from the crowds? Then go out and enjoy the green side of Berlin. This weekend is the start of a new season at Gardens of the World in Marzahn. The themed gardens will be open again for the first time since the IGA 2017 international garden show. On Easter Sunday, you can enjoy your first spring walk with a public guided tours through the park and on Monday the park band will be performing swing to keep the party going.
Even more inspiration for excursions into nature can be found at visitBerlin.de.

Flower bed at the Gardens of the World Berlin
Flower bed at the Gardens of the World Berlin visitBerlin, Foto: Doreen Himsl

P.S. Even more events for Easter and an overview of spring events in Berlin can be found on the visitBerlin Spring Highlights page.