Wondering whether a visit to Berlin is worth breaking your winter hibernation? Yehes! Totally. Berlin possesses an irresistible appeal year round and is a popular winter destination like no other. Sure, you have to pack a scarf and a hat but we have some very good reasons to visit Berlin in winter. So let’s get started and give you warm fuzzy feelings about the cold season ahead. You’ll soon find out winter is one of the BEST times to visit Berlin.
HOLIDAY SEASON MAGIC
Experience the magic of the holiday season with twinkling lights, seasonal decorations and with a bit of luck; a city covered in snow. The Germans know how to celebrate Christmas with their Christmas Markets. So get warmed up with a glass of glühwein and a curry wurst while wandering and shopping at one of Berlin’s picturesque Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte)! Our favourite markets are the ones supporting local artists, but you can also go for the more kitsch ones around Alexanderplatz or the scenic ones near Charlottenburg.
Put those winter-phobic feelings aside. Smart bargain hunters and those travelling on a budget all visit Berlin between November and February! Cheaps are ridiculously cheap, you’ll get HUGE discounts on your stay as well as food and shopping. Especially November, January and February are at a fraction of the normal prices. Same museums, same clubs, same galleries, same bed, same restaurants. Only a lot cheaper to visit Berlin in winter!
Berlin is a down to earth city but every six months a dash of fashion and style lands in Berlin in January and July with Fashion Week coming to town. International designers, fashion journalists and models come to share their latest collections and spice the town up. You can be part of it!
WARM UP WITH A LOCAL
Learn how to make the best glühwein. Go on an Asian food tour in Prenzlauer Berg. Enjoy a cosy evening meal at the fireplace with a local. Taste beer in one of Berlin’s small breweries. With the Go Local app, your off the beaten track Berlin experience is covered! Pick something that suits your mood and the temperature best and have a one in a million experience!
Berlin’s night scene is legendary and all the popular clubs like Berghain are still open in winter. The queues are just a whole lot shorter and you’re more likely to get in! And those steamy dance floors will keep you toasty on a cold winter’s night!
What’s a winter without some proper snow and ice fun? Eisstadium Neukölln is a favorite among locals. It’s a nice skating rank without a roof so you get into the full winter mood. Check the happy hour as you half price.
The Berlin The Teufelsberg is a hill of 120 m and has the steepest slope in Berlin when covered in snow. It’s a stiff 15 minute climb but you are rewarded with a magnificent view and the fastest sled ride down in the whole of Berlin!
The highlight of any Berlin Winter is Berlinale Film Festival. And for movie fans especially. It’s one of the world’s leading film festivals with up to 400 movies screened. Actors and talents are flown in from all corners of the world to promote their latest project. This year’s Berlinale will take place 15-24 February 2018 and tickets are available online.
BERLIN CULTURE – without the crowds
With hundreds of galleries and museums, Berlin’s art and culture scene has a favorite for everyone. Let the masterpieces inside the museum warm you up and enjoy the fact that there was no long queue when entering the museum or gallery! For instance, go see over 100 artworks by street artist Banksy, open until end of November 2017.
Go for a real winter treat and visit the Deutsche Oper. The Bauhaus style architecture of the building is magnificent and the performances are magical. Whether you go to a family performance or on a romantic date, you’re about to find out why the Deutche Oper Berlin ranks among the most outstanding musical ensembles in Europe!
Berlin’s reputation as best party spot on the planet, makes it the very best place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Music stages, food stalls, a brilliant fireworks show and party tents make you forget your freezing toes instantly. Be quick to book your place to stay in Berlin for New Year’s Eve though as good hostels tend to fill up quickly during these days.
So, see y’all soon! Check out our cheap rates for a visit to Berlin in winter! And shhhh. Don’t tell the tourist hordes that are saving up twice as much to be able to visit Berlin in summer ^_*)
xoxo Amstel House staff