In Berlin the Christmas markets are the start of winter, and while they should definitely be on your to visit list, there are plenty of other fun things to do in the winter season as well.
Visit Christmas markets
Berlin is home to a great variety of Christmas markets every year, with over 70 markets set up across the city during the final months of the year. Every district and neighbourhood in Berlin has its own Christmas market and each has its own draw, some are nostalgic others modern, some are indoors others outdoors, some are especially for children others have historical themes.
Some of the best and most popular Christmas markets are those on Alexanderplatz and besides Charlottenburg Palace. The first is a mix between market, fairground and party, while the second has possibly the most romantic atmosphere with the illuminated palace in the background. You can read more about Berlin’s Christmas markets in our dedicated blog.
Tropical nights on winter days
Berlin’s Botanic Garden has a collection of 20.000 plant species, which makes it one of the world’s most diverse gardens. When the weather turns colder after the holidays, the Botanic Garden opens its door to celebrate Tropical Nights.
Two nights a week, visitors can escape the wintry cold to enjoy music and cocktails under the palm trees in the Tropical Greenhouse. And for those who are looking for a daytime visit, the garden has created a suggested route that will take you past the plants that are in bloom in winter.
Cocktails in Neukölln
If you are feeling a little under the weather (not counting corona symptoms), you might try a cocktail with healing qualities at Herr Lindemann at Richardplatz. Here they focus on herbalism and tasty tinctures, and of course a good time. The herbs used are said to have medicinal qualities and go very well with hard liquors like gin and rum.
The menu itself is a joy to behold, reminiscent more of a plant encyclopaedia than a drinks list, with drawings of herbs and the healing effects of each drink. Here you are sure to find a unique drink to bolster yourself against the winter weather.
Berlin is home to many fun attractions and museums that are great for a wintry visit. You can explore the human body, and even some animal bodies, at Körperwelten, or spend a couple of hours with your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds. Discover miniature versions of Berlin made out of LEGO bricks at LEGOLAND, or interact with a miniature Berlin in Little BIG City.
AquaDom & SEA LIFE take you underwater, to follow the Spree all the way to the Atlantic Ocean and discover the life that lives there. For a fun look at the dark history of Berlin, visit the Berlin Dungeon. And to learn more about espionage and how Berlin was once the spy capital of the world, head to the German Spy Museum.
Escape the city
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and are looking for an adventure, you might want to drive to the east bank of the Werbellinsee. Here you can step an board of a sauna raft. Yes, a floating sauna from which you will be able to jump straight into the water.
Visiting a sauna in winter is highly recommended as it is great for your health, both physical and mental. So why not combine the heat from the sauna with the beauty of the Werbellinsee? Whether the ground is covered in snow or not, this is an excellent escape from the city.