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Things to do in December in Berlin

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December is a great time to visit Berlin. Even though the days are getting shorter and you need to bundle up, there are still plenty of things to do and many sights to see. Early December can offer great deals on hotels or show/theatre tickets. December is also the month when you can indulge in the Holiday spirit of mulled wine, Christmas markets, lit-up trees and many more things this city has to offer. We compiled our things to do during the month of December; with a focus on Christmas events as well as inside activities to keep your toes warm.

 

Christmas Activities
Indoor things to do
December Events and exhibits

 


CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES
 

Christmas markets in Berlin

A visit to the Christmas market is a family-friendly and technically free thing to do in December. Berlin probably has more than a 100 big and small Christmas or winter markets of different types all over the city offering mulled wine, winter food like creamed mushrooms or kale and sausage stews. Depending on where you are staying, you’ll have the choice of which Christmas market in Berlin you might want to visit. If you are into exquisite sweets and craftsmanship, the beautiful market at Gendarmenmarkt might be your cup of tea. If you like action and enjoy roller coaster rides, the Christmas market near the Alexa shopping center near Alexanderplatz would be a great choice, just to name a few. You might even like to take a Christmas Markets walking tour (GetYourGuide).


Christmas Circus (December 16-February)

If you’ve ever been to a circus as a child, you can imagine the amazed eyes of the little and big guests, when the circus has a Christmas focus. Horses, artistic stunts and entertainment for the whole family during the holiday season. At Tempodrom near Anhalter Bahnhof. Tickets start at 28 euros.


Christmas Garden at the Botanical Garden

For a magical walk through a holiday lights-lit garden, check out the Christmas Garden at the Botanical Garden. Located at Königin Louise Str 6-8, near S-train stop Botanischer Garten (S1) or U-train station Breitenbachplatz (U2,U3). Open 4pm-10pm. Tickets start at 17 euros and are available online.


Christmas brunch and boat tour

Celebrate the advents season with a lovely brunch on a boat while exploring the waterways of Berlin. Tickets are still available for December 3 and 17. Boats depart at the Treptow Harbor, Pushkinstrasse 15.


Go ice-skating

There are several ice skating rinks all over the city, with the most popular ones at the Neptunbrunnen (near Alexanderplatz) and Potsdamer Platz. Ice skates can be rented for 2.50 euros.


Rent a slide

Go sliding in the snow. Once the snows sticks around, find the nearest park with a nice hill. Volkspark Friedrichshain, Victoria Park and Teufelsberg are popular locations to take a slide ride. You can even rent a slide at several locations in Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, and Kreuzberg.

 


INDOOR ACTIVITIES
 

Enjoy some oriental tea

Make yourself comfortable on your pillow with some spiced tea and listen to the stories and fairy tales at the Tajik Teehouse (Oranienburger Str. 27, 10117 Berlin – Mitte) weekdays 4-11pm, weekends 12-11pm, fairy tales (in German) on Mondays 7:30 pm, 9 euros during story time, otherwise free entry.


Turkish Bath

Pamper yourself at the Turkish Bath and Spa at Sultan Haman. There is nothing better than to enjoy a warm bath, sauna, a massage or peeling during the colder months. Located at Bülowstraße 56-57, 10783 Berlin. Opening hours mostly addressed to women; men’s day on Monday afternoons.


Movies at Cinestar Potsdamer Platz

This movie theatre in Berlin offers movies in English, so for the native-English speakers among you, this is your best chance of finding a movie in your mother tongue. Just look for the movies that are marked with OV (original version).


Take a local brewery tour

Why not take a Brewery tour of Berlin’s local brew. English language brewery tour reservations can be made via email only please: f.schroeder@radeberger-gruppe.de. The fee is 7 euros, Mon-Thu, 2 pm and 5:30 pm, Indira-Gandhi-Str. 66-69, 13053 Berlin.


Visit the Dussmann bookstore

If you are looking for a good read or just want to browse and warm up, the Dussmann bookstore offers a wide range of literature, books, CDs, and more over 3 levels. Bookworms will have a blast, and the best of all is, this store is open late (until midnight on weekdays, and 23:30 pm on Saturdays). A cozy coffee shop/ restaurant is attached. The store is located near S-train station Friedrichstrasse.


Take a Dance lesson

Dance classes and music concerts at Clärchen’s Ballroom. Location is at Auguststrasse 24, near Oranienburger Strasse.

 


DECEMBER EVENTS AND EXHIBITS
 

Art of Banksy Exhibit (until Dec.30th)

If you are into street art, the name Banksy is no mystery to you. This anonymous British street artist who is known for his satire work that’s critical of politics and social norms has spread his work all over the city and the world. His work is not for sale, but you can visit the exhibition until the end of the year at the Felix/Adlon, Behrenstrasse 72, near Brandenburg Gate. 13 Euros. You can purchase your tickets, here. You might also be interested in our self-guided Berlin Graffiti and Street Art tour.


Harlem Gospel Choir

What better and more spiritual way than to welcome the Christmas season by rhythmically snapping your fingers, hum along with a song, clap your hands and enjoying a wonderful Gospel performance of the Harlem Gospel Choir. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at the Apostel Paulus Church near U-train station Eisenacher Str. (U7 train). Tickets are available for purchase here.


“Swing in den Advent” mit Brass Band Berlin

Another catchy music performance during Advent season is the Swing into the Advent Brassband concert at the Philharmonie concert hall, near Potsdamer Platz. They only perform one day, on December 2nd. Some tickets are still available.


Baroch Christmas Gala

For more classical music fans of Vivaldi and Bach, the beautiful French Dome on Gendarmenmarkt host the Baroch Christmas Gala concert. December 2 and 16. Tickets are 40 euros and up.

Visiting the DDR Museum in Berlin

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This guide will help you make the most of your visit, including how to get to the DDR Museum, ticket prices and how long to spend at the museum. The DDR Museum in Berlin is one of the most recommended museums to explore. If you’re from the States, you might be confused. No, it’s not about Dance Dance Revolution! The Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) is the German version of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) or rather, East Germany.  Purchase skip the line tickets here.

TIP: The DDR Museum is included either for free or at a discount with both the Berlin Welcome Card and the City Tour Card.

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Berlin Pass, WelcomeCard, Museum Pass oder City Tour Card?

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Dieser Beitrag vergleicht Touristentickets für Berlin und hilft Ihnen bei der Auswahl. Ist eine Touristen-Rabattkarte die Kosten wert? Und wenn ja, welches? Im Allgemeinen ist ein Pass wert zu kaufen, wenn Sie zu zwei oder mehr Museen gehen und mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln reisen. Um Ihnen bei der Auswahl zu helfen, haben wir die Touristentickets und was diese bieten, verglichen. 

Wer Berlin entdecken möchte, hat die Qual der Wahl: Mit mehr als 175 Museen, historischen Gebäuden und Plätzen, Veranstaltungen, Attraktionen, Touren, Clubs und vielem mehr, kann jeder Tourist sein Berlinprogramm je nach Interesse zusammenstellen. Angebote für spezielle Touristen- und Kombitickets helfen bei der Planung und und bieten vor allem preisliche Vorteile.  Touristenkarten umfassen Tickets für öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, Rabatte auf Museumseintritte, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Attraktionen, Bars und Clubs. Wir haben in diesem Blogpost die wichtigsten Optionen für Sie zusammengetragen.

Lohnt sich ein Pass überhaupt? Und wenn ja, welcher für wen? Generell gilt: Ein Pass lohnt sich, wenn man zwei oder mehr Museen besuchen will und sich mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln fortbewegt.

 


Berlin WelcomeCard

City Tour Card: für Hipsters und junge Leute

City Pass oder gar kein Pass

 

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Tours of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

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This post compares and reviews the various options to visit and tour the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, located just to the north of Berlin. The tale of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp is not for the feint of heart. Many terrible things happened at this location, and it might be difficult for a lot of visitors to experience some of those atrocities and see where they took place. With that said, the history behind this site is undeniably important to remember. Thankfully, several tour companies offer trips to the camp in order to tell the difficult stories and make sure that we never forget what happened.

These tours typically last between 4 – 6 hours and require a lot of walking. Some of the outings are open to the public, but there are also tours devoted specifically to private audiences. Ticket prices for public tours are fairly reasonable at an average cost of €12 – €20 per person. Private excursions will typically cost at least €100, but you’ll have more of an opportunity to ask questions and get answers. Whichever option you choose, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes for these walking tours.

Public Walking Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Third Reich Tours

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Which Berlin Overview Tour Should You Take?

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This post is an overview of the various introduction to Berlin tours available to you. With so many different options, it can be difficult to choose just one tour. With that in mind, we’ve decided to offer you a comparison of each major Berlin Overview Tour available. Each of these trips is a wonderful way to discover the city, but some of them can be more physically demanding than others. We highly recommend choosing the tour you will find the most comfortable. Prices typically range from €10-€30 per ticket, but you will also find a few pay-what-you-wish opportunities as well.  (en español)

Walking Tours
Bike Tours
Hop On Hop Off Bus
Third Reich Sights Tours
Self-Guided Tour
Deal and Discounts

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How is the weather in Berlin in June?

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June in Berlin is pleasantly warm but can be a bit on the wet side. Early in June morning lows are mostly in the low to mid 50s F (11-12C) while afternoons tend to be in the lower 70s F (21-22C).  A couple of the cooler mornings can see temperatures dipping to the mid-40s F (7-8C) or less. By the end of June, mornings tend to be in the mid to upper 50s F (13-14C) while afternoons tend to average in the mid-70s F (24-25C).  A few of the warmer afternoons will see temperatures reaching into the mid-80s F (29C) or more.

June has the longest days offering ample time to explore the city as daylight hours average just over 16.5 hours.  You can expect, on average, about 9 days throughout June to be sunny or at least partly sunny with some rainfall on about 14 days with 3 or 4 of those days having a thunderstorm.

What to wear outside in Berlin during June

During June a light jacket, windbreaker or sweater may be needed during the morning or evening hours, especially early in the month while summer wear works well for most other times. If would be a good idea to bring along an umbrella for the rainy days and don’t forget some good walking shoes.

What to do in Berlin in June and year-round

June will feature several events including the International German Gymnastics Festival, the Open Air Gallery and the German-French Fair

Year-round you can visit the city’s many museums, tour the Reichstag, walk through the Holocaust Memorial and see remnants of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s famous street art

While you are in Berlin, please also check out Free Tours by Foot Pay-What-You-Wish walking tours and really get to know this city with one of our very knowledgeable tour guides.

 

Fred Pickhardt

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A Tour of Nazi Berlin and World War 2 Sights

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This post is a tour of Third Reich sights in Berlin.  In addition to the self-guided tour below, we also list several companies offering both pre-paid and pay-what-you-like guided Third Reich tours in Berlin. In the early 1920’s, Berlin was a culturally diverse metropolis– presenting a fertile area for ideas and development. Despite being scarred by the First World War, Berlin under the Weimar Republic was prospering, the film and media industry as well as residential construction were booming, and the transportation system was being modernized. The Jewish community thrived and legends like black American singer Josephine Baker performed in Berlin.  The city was a refuge for many of Europe’s artist, writers, and political thinkers, who were persecuted elsewhere.

 

Guided Walking Tours

Self-Guided Tour

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

 

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How is the weather in Berlin in May?

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The month of May in Berlin can be very pleasant with generally mild spring-like weather prevailing. You can expect to enjoy your outdoor time although there are plenty of great things to do indoors as well in Berlin. 

During early May morning temperatures will tend to be in the mid-40s F (6-8C) with afternoon highs in the mid-60s F (18-20C).  A couple of the cooler mornings can dip down to near 40F (3-5C).  By the end of May morning temperatures will more likely be in the low to mid 50s F (11-13C) while afternoon highs will usually reach into the lower 70s F (21-23C) with a few days possibly reaching up into the lower 80s F (26-28C).

Daylight becomes noticeably longer this month increasing from about 15 hours around May 1st to nearly 16.5 hours by the 31st which offers more time for sightseeing.  You can usually expect about 8-9 days with clear or at least partly sunny skies while about 14-15 days will see some rain. Thunderstorms can also occur this month with about 3 days, on average, reporting them.

What to wear outside in Berlin during May

During early May a light jacket, windbreaker or sweater will be needed for most days. By month’s end, however, a windbreaker or sweater may only be needed  during the morning or evening hours.  You might want to bring an umbrella in case of rain and as always… never forget good walking shoes!

Things to do in May

All times of the year, Berlin has so much to do from visiting its many museums on Museum Island, going to historic sites such as the the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, remnants of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s famous street art.

In May 2017, you can experience International Museum Day  on May 21st.  Many museums open their doors for special tours and activities in order to raise awareness of museums’ contributions to society and culture. 

For a general list of Berlin museums, see our post Gundula’s 5 Favorite Museums in Berlin!

While you are in Berlin, check out our Pay-What-You-Wish Walking Tours and really get to know this city with one of our very knowledgeable tour guides.

 

Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

Berlin Weather

How is the weather in Berlin in April?

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The month of April in Berlin is a month that offers changeable spring weather and tends to be cool and sometimes wet. Here is a breakdown of weather conditions:

Temperatures

Temperatures early in the month mostly range from the upper 30s F (3-4C) in the morning to the mid-50s F (12-13C) during the afternoon. A couple of the colder mornings will see temperatures dipping to the lower 30s (-1 to +1C).  Towards the end of the month, however, more spring-like temperatures prevail when morning lows tend to be in the mid-40s F (6-8C) with afternoons a more pleasant mid-60s F (17-19C). A few afternoons during the latter part of April could even see the mid-70s F (22-24C).

Conditions 

During April, skies will be clear or partly sunny on about 7-8 days with some rainfall expected on about 15 days. The risk for snow is very low this month, about 5% during the first week falling to nearly zero by the month’s end.

What to wear outside in Berlin during April

A medium-weight coat or jacket is required for the cooler days during early April but a windbreaker or sweater may be all you need for the warmer afternoons towards the end of the month. It is best to pack an umbrella for the rainy days and don’t forget some good walking shoes.

Things to do in Berlin in April 

All times of the year, Berlin has so much to do from visiting its many museums on Museum Island, going to historic sites such as the the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, remnants of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s famous street art.

In April, there are some special events going on.

Festival Days Berlin (Festtage)  7 – 16 April 2017

This is an opera festival with the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera. It is held at the Schiller Theater.

Gallery Weekend 28 – 30 April 2017

For two days and nights more dozens of art galleries open their doors.  Artists who are included focus on contemporary art.  Also, many new and experimental working galleries participate in the event. 

Achtung Berlin! – New Berlin Film Award  19 – 26 April 2017

This week-long festival only shows films that have been made in Berlin and Brandenburg. Both famous and young directors are showcased.

While you are in Berlin, check out our Pay-What-You-Wish Walking Tours and really get to know this city with one of our very knowledgeable tour guides.

 

Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

Berlin’s Best Pub Crawls and Night Tours

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Berlin is known for its nightlife and there’s no shortage of things to do after sunset. Taking a night tour or joining a pub crawl are great ways to see another side of Berlin while easing you into the city’s bustling night vibe. (Check out our Things to Do at Night in Berlin.) (en español)

Of course, we hope you will join us on our pay-what-you-wish Classic Berlin night tour, but if you are looking for other types of tours, here’s information, along with our analysis of reviews so you can choose what tour, if any, is right for you. Note that most of these tours require that you have an AB Transport card since you will move from locations throughout the city. See our post on using public transportation in Berlin — it’s quite easy once you know how!

Pub Crawls

Craft Beer Tours

Seasonal Night Bus Tours

 


PUB CRAWLS

 

Berlin Pub Crawl

This 5-hour pub crawl begins at 8 p.m. in a central Berlin location. Your guide is there to take you to four different bars, each with a different scene – cocktail lounges, bars, pubs, and clubs. Your guide will facilitate mingling and mixing with other guests. Drinks, however, are not included in the price. You will get a free welcome shot at each stop and drink specials all evening.  This company tends to attract the backpacker crowd.

Reviews are mixed  – overall they have a review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (see the reviews). Comments range broadly from “Don’t bother” to “This is a must do in Berlin!!!” Depending on what kind of night you are looking for, this may suit your needs. The emphasis appears to be on drinking and dancing and more drinking – but it is a pub crawl after all!

  • When: Monday – Sunday at 20:00
  • Meeting Point:  on the steps of the entrance to Oranienburger Strasse S-Bahn station
  • Cost: €12  per person and includes 4 shots, drink specials at each stop and VIP entry to the Matrix night club.
  • You will need an AB transport ticket
  • More information or to book

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