5 Things to do in Berlin in winter

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Take a swim in the city’s oldest pool

When it comes to combining the best of both worlds, the historic Stadtbad Charlottenburg – Alte Halle certainly knows what it’s doing. For where else can you enjoy a swim in a beautiful and heated pool built in 1896/98? The Art Nouveau bath consist of a steel structure that is filled with brickwork.

As the pool is only 25 meters long, this pool is not for those focused on swimming. Instead it is perfect for those who want to enjoy their surroundings while getting in a little exercise.

Tropical nights on winter daysBotanical gardens in Berlin

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.

A summer residence for a winter visit

The Baroque-style Schönhausen Palace in Pankow is a must visit for history buffs. The same goes for the surrounding gardens, which exhibit about 300 years of garden history. German history has left its marks on no other Prussian residence so much so as they have here.

The palace used to be the summer residence of the Prussian kings. After World War Two the palace was the official residence of East Germany’s head of state, Wilhelm Pieck. Throughout 1989-1990 it was here that the reunification of Germany was discussed, specifically at the palace’s historic ‘Central Round Table’.

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.

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