When is the Best Time to Visit Berlin?

There’s No Bad Time to Visit Berlin...So How to Decide?

If you've ever wanted to go to Berlin, and wondered when the best times to visit this beautiful city is, we've compiled a list (worst-to-best) that can help you decide. The weather will certainly be a factor in your decision, but don't forget to also look out for the city's big festivals and events, which are more than worth braving a bit of rain or some low temperatures for.

1

Summer

From May – or rather June this year because of the volcano eruption – to August, the sun is out, along with the multi-colored bikes and the low cut dresses. What’s Berlin got the most of? Parks! Berlin is a green city and the best time to enjoy is, well, when everything is green. At the first ray of sunshine, all the chairs and tables are set up on terraces and ice cream stands are blossoming like Hydrangeas.

2

Christmas

It may seem like an obvious one, but Christmas spirit is no joke around here. It’s usually snowed in and cold: conditions are perfect for some traditional Glühwein. The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market is an absolute must. They sell every type of comfort food you can imagine – try käse spätzle, it’s a German version of gnocchi drowned in cheese. Unter Den Linden, the big avenue leading up to the Brandenburg, is sparkling with Christmas light and there is a giant tree specifically designed to make everyone feel like a child again.

photo by Jorge Franganillo (CC BY 2.0) cropped, calibrated, blurred

3

Berlinale

This February event is the most important film happening in Germany and without a doubt one of the most valued film festival in Europe. Thousands of movie buffs make their way to the capital in order to watch one of the 400 features projected in movie theaters scattered all over the city.

photo by Jörg Schubert (CC BY 2.0) cropped, calibrated, blurred

4

May 1st celebrations

In the same vein as the Karnaval der Kulturen above, May 1st celebrations are a weekend long affair with food and dance with a political agenda to complement the whole thing. May 1 st is both the time when Nazis walk down in Berlin and when the Anti-Nazis create a huge party to draw all the attention away from the haters.

photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy (CC BY-SA 2.0) cropped, calibrated, blurred

5

Karneval der Kulturen

Food stands are aplenty, music is ubiquitous and the streets are gorged with every sub-culture from Punk to Bohemian. It sounds like a German World cup victory, but it is none other than Berlin’s Karnaval Der Kulturen that happens during May (it moves around from year to year). Various ethnic groups let it all out for a weekend long feast that leaves everyone with a few extra pounds and the memory of a virtual journey around the world.

photo by abbilder (CC BY 2.0) cropped, calibrated, blurred

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