The city's cruise boats begin their season. Hunting for Easter eggs, gathering around Easter bonfires, and many other events for the whole family will take place around Berlin over Easter weekend.
Berlin is a city on the water, with rivers, canals, and lakes around almost every corner, all providing numerous destinations to discover. And Berlin's cruise lines once again offer their tours of Berlin's waterways, bridges, and historic sights starting in March.
Easter markets and festivals
Spandau Citadel: 11th Easter Ritterfest
transform Spandau Citadel into a large medieval fair as market people, knights, fakirs, fools and dancers turn back time on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the long Easter weekend. Medieval battles and knightly jousting, numerous fire and acrobatics shows, and plays provide for plenty of fun for the whole family.
Spandau Citadel: 15–17 April 2017
Easter Bonfire at Britzer Garten
The Easter Bonfire is set alight at 7 pm on the garden lawn to drive away the winter spirits and celebrate the arrival of spring. A fun way to spend the night, complete with mulled wine, cocoa, and hot sausages.
Britzer Garten, 15 April 2017
5th Easter Market on Breitscheidplatz
Breitscheidplatz on the eastern end of Kurfürstendamm will be all decked out for Easter once again. Kids are going to love the Berlin Easter Market with a children's carousel, an Easter garden, stalls full of delicious treats, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Breitscheidplatz, 15 – 23 April 2017
The Frühlingsfest marks the beginning of the spring season with 60 rides including roller coasters, carousels, and scooter cars offering fun for the whole family on Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. On Easter Sunday, two bunnies will be on hand distributing chocolate eggs.
47th Berlin Frühlingsfest, 24 March – 17 April 2017
“ is Berlin's cherry blossom festival, marked with rides, giant eggs for painting, and stage performances.
Gutspark Britz, 14 –16 April 2017
Alexanderplatz Easter Market
Alexanderplatz, too, will be transformed into a massive Easter market
. There will be music, crafts, shows, and many delicious treats. One festive highlight will be the house containing some 5,800 crocheted Easter eggs.
Alexanderplatz, 14 – 17 April 2017
Easter in Düppel
The Düppel open-air museum on Berlin's south side will also be celebrating with a traditional, medieval Easter market with a great hands-on programme for kids.
Düppel Museum Village, 14 – 17 April 2017
Easter at Chorin
The former Cistercian monastery at Chorin
is a particularly lovely place to mark Easter with a market, exhibitions, concerts, and theatre for children.
Chorin Monastery, 15 –17April 2017
Sweets Market at Markthalle Neun
in small batches: chocolates, pralines, marshmallows, and macarons will tempt any sweet tooth. Tastings in the Sweets Laboratory are a lot of fun and not just for the younger visitors.
Markthalle Neun, 2 April 2017
Cherry Blossom Festival in Gärten der Welt
This park, home to gardens from around the world, welcomes spring each year with its Cherry Blossom Festival
Gärten der Welt, 15 –16 April 2017
Concerts for Easter
Easter is opera time: Festtage 2017
A feast for all lovers of classical music! At this year's Festtage
, the Berlin Philharmonic and Staatsoper Berlin will be performing concerts that tackle two impressive legends. There will be a new production of Strauss's monumental opera "Die Frau ohne Schatten" and the return of Wagner's "Parsifal".
Philharmonie and Staatsoper, 7–16 April 2017
The Konzerthausorchester will be performing Hector Berlioz's "Grande Messe des Morts" on Good Friday. An organ recital will be held at the same venue the next day. A musical Easter Parade with Berlin's virtuoso ensemble.
At the organ recital on Easter Monday
, Jürgen Essl will be playing Bach, Messiaen, and his own compositions, among others.
Konzerthaus Berlin, 14 – 17 April 2017
Berlin Palace Concerts
The Residenzorchester will be a colourful Easter bouquet of melodies in the festive setting of Charlottenburg Palace. The musicians in historical costume will play some of the most beautiful pieces by the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli. The palace gardens are the perfect spot for an Easter walk beforehand.
Charlottenburg Palace, 1 – 29 April 2017
Information about the Easter services offered by the Protestant churches in Berlin can be found at www.ekbo.de
Catholic services for Easter can be found on the website of the Archdiocese of Berlin
For other events scheduled for Easter, please see our events calendar
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