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Karneval der Kulturen
Daniela Incoronato

Whitsun in Berlin

Holidays in June

With the first warm rays of sunshine, the cafés and beer gardens in Berlin open. The beautiful weather, the balmy evenings and numerous street festivals lure people outside. Parks and gardens are green and in bloom. Berlin's museums and numerous attractions also look forward to your visit. Or how about a boat trip on the Spree?

Enjoy a relaxed Whitsunin Berlin!

Carnival of Cultures sparks off

Karneval der Kulturen
Karneval der Kulturen visitBerlin, Foto: Gina Rogall

Although the big parade for the Carnival of Cultures will not take place this year, you can still experience a few carnival sparks in Berlin at Whitsun. For example, individual parade troupes will create a South American carnival atmosphere in Crellestraße on Friday, 4 June, starting at 5 pm.

In the courtyard of the Kulturbrauerei, various carnival groups will perform on 5 June between 12 and 7 pm at "Streetfood on tour". The open air stage in the Frannz beer garden and courtyard 1 will be used. Of course, you are also invited to dance and join in the celebrations.

And after Whitsun there will still be an open day at the Haus des Karnevals in Marzahn from 1 to 5 pm. In addition, many carnival sparks will fly at the Fête de la Musique on 21 June in the Park am Gleisdreieck between 2 and 9 pm.

Festivals & Markets

Kettenkarussell auf einem Jahrmarkt in Berlin
Kettenkarussell Getty Images, Foto: Claudia Weirich / EyeEm

Let yourself be carried away by the historic market with crafts and trade at the Gutshoffest at the Britz Castle and purchase delicious regional agricultural products at the green market.

With a colourful stage programme, street food, arts and crafts and children's rides, the Müggelheimer Angerfest is looking forwar

d to your visit. At the Steglitzer Woche, colourful rides revolve in the Bäkepark. The Holzmarkt celebrates its 10th anniversary, and the colourful hustle and bustle on the entire grounds continues until 6 June. Garden lovers are invited to stroll around the art and garden festival at Späth'schen Baumschule. Here you will find garden art and upcycled unique items.

You can find even more flea markets and flea markets where you can stroll through the alleyways in a rummaging mood, discover real flea market treasures at the stalls or hunt for bargains on a whim on one of Berlins many flea markets.

Castles and Gardens

Park Schloss Charlottenburg im Frühling
Park Schloss Charlottenburg visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

At Whitsun all of Berlin shines in a colourful splendour of flowers. Visit the Botanical Garden, the Britzer Garden or the Gardens of the World (Gärten der Welt). The palace gardens in and around Berlin invite you to a particularly splendid Whitsun excursion.

Museen und Attraktionen in Berlin

Museumsdorf Düppel
Museumsdorf Düppel Förderkreis Museumsdorf Düppel

Many attractions and museums in Berlin, including the Museum Island and the TV Tower, look forward to seeing you. A nice family outing for the long Whitsun weekend is the Düppel Museum Village. Here, from Saturday to Whit Monday inclusive, you can experience from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. what it might have actually looked like in a medieval village some 800 years ago. The reconstruction of houses, crafts and agriculture is based on archaeological finds and has been reconstructed according to contemporary sources. Please note that due to the Living History weekend at Whitsun, the Düppel Museum Village is not taking part in the admission-free Museum Sunday.

Here you can find information on other museums in Berlin.

 Classical Concerts

Flügel in der Bar im Orania.Berlin in Berlin
Vor dem Konzert Orania.Berlin

On Friday, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church invites you to an Orgelvesper to end the week and to a contemplative start to the Whitsun weekend. And at the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, the Harominc Brass'ler have put together their favourite pieces.

Throughout the weekend, you can enjoy the traditional Quartet Week in the Pierre Boulez Saal.

In the Philharmonie on Sunday, Andris Nelsons and the Vienna Philharmonic will delight you with works by Dvorák, Gubaidulina and Shostakovich. On Monday, Wolfgang Roese will devote himself to a programme entitled "Hooray for Hollywood" with film classics and classical works that became famous through the medium of film.

There is also a colourful programme of musical experiences for families and children on the Whitsun days, such as the concert for children with Friederike Karig in the Chamber Music Hall on 4 and 5 June. On a trip to the Carillon in Tiergarten on the Whitsun weekend, you will hear a large, hand-played concert carillon with works by Bach, Chopin, Dvorák, Mussorgski and Satie.

Here you can find more concerts of the Berlin concert halls.

Spend some time on the beach

Rund um den Müggelsee
Der Müggelsee in Berlin visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Numerous lakes around Berlin lure with small bays, sunbathing lawns and partly even sandy beaches to an afternoon with a holiday atmosphere. With our Berlin swimming map you will not only find the beach resorts at Müggelsee and Wannsee, but also the more remote bathing spots.

Boat and Spree cruises

Schiffstour mit Stern und Kreis Schifffahrten
Stern und Kreis Schifffahrten SuK

The sun deck of a Spree ferry is a particularly relaxing way to discover Berlin from the water. Choose between sightseeing tours, swimming trips or exploration tours out to Wannsee and as far as Potsdam. 

Discover our offers here

Sporting highlights

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Joggen in Berlin camera4

From Tiergarten to Grunewald - in Berlin and the surrounding area you will find numerous beautiful routes for long walks - or to get active in sports. With the Run of Spirit, a special running event will take place on Whit Monday at the Evangelisches Johannesstift for runners with and without handicaps. Be inspired by our Top 11 outdoor activities.

To find out what else is going on over Pentecoast in Berlin, check out our weekend tips.