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Easter in Berlin

Easter bonfires, festivals and concerts

As we all know, Easter always falls on the Sunday after the first full moon of spring, so this year the holiday will fall in mid-April. Optimistically, the family celebration will then take place in fine weather and you can use the long weekend to visit one of the many spring festivals and Easter markets in Berlin together, sit together at Easter breakfast and stand together at the Easter bonfire.

Spring festivals

Girl on a merry-go-round
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Visit the 50th Spring Festival at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm from 23 March to 24 April. This carnival with more than 60 rides, including a ghost train and various roller coasters is great fun for the whole family.
The Spandau Citadel invites you to its annual Knights' Festival from 16 to 18 April. Here everything is offered from the knight fight, over fire show up to fairy tale tellers, what the knight heart desires.

The Britzer Baumblüte takes place at Gutspark Britz from 8 to 24 April. In addition to many delicacies and rides, there will once again be a non-stop stage programme and Easter specials: just drop by!

In the Museumsdorf Düppel in Zehlendorf, from Good Friday to Easter Monday, you can experience history at first hand in a medieval village with traditional Easter customs During the holiday season, the whole family can expect a spring-like programme and lots of interesting facts about sustainability.

From Easter Saturday to Easter Monday, you can sample delicacies and admire handicrafts at the Easter market in Chorin Monastery.

Of course, the FEZ (Freizeit- und Erholungszentrum Wuhlheide) also offers a colourful programme for the whole family over the holiday period with Easter out of the Box.

With a puppet stall and musical entertainment, the Gardens of the World are also waiting for you with a colourful programme for the Easter weekend.

You can find more great tips for the Easter weekend in our calendar of events.

Easter markets

Osterhase und Küken
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At the traditional Easter market on Kurfürstendamm, the kids can enjoy a round on the nostalgic children's carousel. A stage programme will entertain the whole family and the 12 giant Easter eggs were clearly not laid by a chicken.

At the Easter market on Alexanderplatz, a spring-like atmosphere will prevail, with lots of wine stands and a beer garden that invite you to linger. Numerous shows and a petting zoo provide entertainment for the little ones.

Easter bonfire on Easter Eve

Britzer Garten in Berlin
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  • With live music at Britzer Garten at 6 pm
  • In Spandau's Gatow neighbourhood
  • Highlight of the Easter programme at the Späth nurseries
  • Zeltinger Platz, Berlin-Frohnau
  • With  lakeside views at Weißensee Beach
  • With easter egg search at the Trabrennbahn Karlshorst
  • at the lido Wendenschloss with treasure hunt and music
  • in the garden of the community centre in Neuenhagen-Nord

Beginning of the shipping season

Bridge Oberbaumbrücke
Oberbaumbrücke_Schiff_Sommer visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The season for boat tours has already begun in March. Hop on one of the many excursion steamers and boats and discover Berlin from a whole new perspective.

Tickets for boat tours

Shows and Musicals

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ABBA - The Greatest Hits at Easter! at the Estrel Showtheatre takes us back to the seventies. The live spectacle with ABBA's greatest hits tells the story of the band with its ups and downs.

At the Friedrichstadt-Palast, the Arise Grand Show takes you on a magical journey full of spectacular acrobatics and show acts, elaborate costumes and great emotions.

Variety meets hip hop at the Flying Dreams at Wintergarten Varieté, when the breakdance stars of the Flying Steps join the stars of the vaudeville world on one stage to ignite a joint firework display of dance, circus arts and vaudeville.

Easter programmes for children

Castle Grunewald in Grunewald forest with Cranach-Collection
Jagdschloss Grunewald SPSG, Foto: Leo Seidel

Berlin of course always has something to offer for children and so the capital also has numerous events for the family this weekend - here is just a small selection:

  • FEZ-Berlin invites you to a special Easter out of the Box holiday programme from 27 March.
  • The State Opera Festival will once again provide the stage and setting for a concert by the Opera Children's Orchestra. A demanding concert programme is expected, ranging from Mozart to the "waltz king" Johann Strauss.
  • Into the studio! Colour workshop: The paintings in the Gemäldegalerie tell stories in colour.
  • The Humboldt Forum invites you to a workshop for families. Tricksters, Beasts and Shapeshifters with an exhibition talk for families: Global Ramblings.
  • The Theater Verlängertes Wohnzimmer offers a fairy tale lesson: Grimm's Story Theatre.
  • At Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, it's Into the studio: museums alphabet.
  • The Komische Oper  presents the play Jim Knopf and Lukas der Lokomotivführer.
  • The Theater Zitadelle offers the play Frederick and Tillie and the Zitadelle Spandau(Spandau Citadel) awaits you with a knights' tournament and market spectacle.
  • At the Easter Spectaculum at Storkow Castle you can travel back to the time of knights and castles and enjoy unique market events.
  • If you want to get creative, you can paint Easter eggs in the Sorbian tradition at Späth'schen Baumschule.
  • At the Zeiss-Großplanetarium and the Berliner Planetarium and Sternwarte Wilhelm Foerster, the little ones can accompany the mouse on its adventurous journey to the moon.
  • at the Britzer WeinKultur, Easter eggs can be searched for.

Classical concerts at Easter

Staatsoper Berlin
Staatsoper Berlin visitBerlin, Foto: Diana Häner

The Staatsoper Festival is the cultural highlight for all opera lovers. This year Mozart, the ever-fascinating Viennese classic, is the focus of the Festival. The programme includes the trilogy of Da Ponte operas "Così fan tutte", "Le nozze di Figaro" and "Don Giovanni", musically conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

The Staatskapelle Berlin is also dedicated to the famous composer - with Daniel Barenboim on the podium and at the piano. And the pianist Igor Levit also makes reference to Mozart's operatic works and debuts with his recital programme at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

On Good Friday, the cathedral organist Andreas Sieling will play the Good Friday organ concert in Berlin Dom with works by Johann Sebastian Bach. And on Easter Sunday, the Collegium Vocale Berlin will perform excerpts from Handel's oratorio "The Messiah".

In Kreuzberg's Heilig Kreuz Kirche (church), the Easter Night Sounds will be heard: "Listening with the Heart".

Tip: Our calendar of eventswill tell you about digital offers ans live streams from Berlin at Easter