When is the best time to travel to Berlin?

Visitors must check the weather before traveling to certain cities and ensure they have a bag packed with suitable clothing. Fancy Montreal in winter? You’ll need a heavy, durable winter coat. Athens in the summer? Remember to stay hydrated and dress in loose-fitting clothing. Dublin in the fall? Have an umbrella handy.

Berlin benefits from a relatively mild climate that should not cause you too much concern. Summers tend to be reasonably warm and sunny without reaching the sweltering heat and humidity levels typical in more southernEuropean countries. The winters can be biting, but never perilously cold. Broadly speaking, you can expect moderate temperatures ranging between 2°C (29°F) and 25°C (77°F).  

“But what is your favorite time of year in Berlin?” you may ask. Each season has its pros and cons, and the experiences available to you in Berlin will vary greatly depending on when you travel. Join Walk With Us Tours as we explore Berlin across the seasons so that you can pick the best time for you!

Have you already booked your travel to Berlin and fancy enjoying a unique tour of the city’s culinary world? Join us on one of our Berlin food tours

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Spring in Berlin

Thinking of journeying to Berlin during the spring? You can expect mostly pleasant weather. Those of you who really enjoy the sunshine will probably want to avoid March travel when it can still be a tad cold and rainy, and instead aim to arrive in April or May. 

The average spring temperature in Berlin is about 14°C (57°F), though you’ll want to ensure you bring a light rainproof jacket or umbrella as you can still expect showers. Spring weather is ideal for getting outside and doing plenty of exploring. 

Things to do in Berlin during the spring…

With the mild weather varying between cool and warm, you’ll want to plan a mix of outdoor and indoor activities. Get to know Berlin’s extensive range of parks and green spaces, and consider renting a bicycle.

We recommend the Berlin Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum if you’re looking for a quiet, meditative time in nature.  You may also wish to visit some of the city and surrounding area’s charming castles – a great way to explore local history, enjoy time outside, and have the opportunity to keep dry if it rains.

Two great choices would be Glienicke Palace (part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin”) and Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace), a 17th-century Baroque masterpiece. 

Summer in Berlin

Summertime in Berlin is all about beer gardens (Biergarten), street food, green spaces, markets, and simply appreciating the beauty of the place while it’s bathed in sunlight. 

In Berlin, summer runs from late June to late September. You can expect pleasantly warm weather hovering around 25°C (77°F) and minimal rain. Although the city is magnificent for museums (more on them later), we recommend taking advantage of Berlin’s summertime sun by mostly pursuing outdoor activities. 

Things to do in Berlin during the summer…

Berlin is home to a staggering 2,500 parks and gardens (more than any other European city)! So, whether you’re in town for the first time or have visited previously, you will find an array of charming parks to explore. 

Walk the many pathways of Britzer Garten and enjoy an oasis in the heart of Neukölln. If you need to stretch your legs, visit Grunewald forest, the city’s largest green space.

Though located a little further out, Grunewald is easily accessible by S-Bahn – do some hiking, see Berlin’s oldest palace, then savor a refreshing beer!

Finally, consider the Tiergarten, which is conveniently situated close to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag – a good choice when you need a break from sightseeing. 

Elsewhere, you can check local listings to keep up to date with Berlin’s summer street parties or spend a warm summer evening watching great cinema outdoors at the Freiluftkino Kreuzberg.

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Autumn in Berlin

Okay, so we’re always sad to say goodbye to summer, but the fall has charms uniquely its own. The orange, gold, maroon, and amber leaves of the autumnal months make the season more than just a stop-gap between summer and winter. 

Autumn runs from September to December, though it’s October and November when you’ll appreciate that unmistakable fall atmosphere. All the parks listed above are great options for taking in the colors of the autumn months, but with more rain and lower temperatures, you may want to consider more indoor activities. 

And if you’re looking to meet like-minded individuals while you discover Berlin, why not consider our Berlin Supper Club – enjoy homemade, seasonal German dishes in an intimate, welcoming setting. 

Things to do in Berlin during the autumn…

Take part in a famous German tradition? Consider making Oktoberfest a part of your plans. Yes, the Bavarian festival is larger, but Oktoberfest in Berlin still offers beer lovers the opportunity to imbibe tankards of world-beating beer! 

Any hop heads among you should check out our Berlin Craft Beer Tour with Food. We’ll sample handcrafted beers from three different microbreweries and brewpubs, from classic German lagers to more experimental modern innovations. We’ll also pair the beers with delicious, homemade foods. 

If food is your passion, you could go foraging for mushrooms (just be sure to join a tour if you aren’t experienced picking mushrooms).

Finally, autumn is the perfect time to dive into Berlin’s extraordinary museums! The treasures of Berlin’s museums can rival those of any other city worldwide. 

Even if you visit Berlin regularly or decide to move here, there’s no exhausting the marvels that await you within the capital city’s historic collections. Personal must-see recommendations would include the bust of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum and the Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum

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Winter in Berlin

As you are in northern Europe, you can expect the winter weather in Berlin to be at least bracing. Winters in Germany can feel long and shorter days present a day kind of holiday. You should arrive expecting low temperatures and perhaps snow.

But if you feel like us, snow only makes winter all the more festive! Berlin blanketed in snow is quite a sight, and with myriad indoor activities to be found across town, you certainly won’t be left feeling stuck for ways to enjoy your wintertime vacation. 

Things to do in Berlin during the winter…

Our first recommendation is to visit Berlin’s Christmas markets. There’s no better way to get into the season’s spirit and enjoy the holidays’ bustle. It’s also an ideal way to sample lots of local and national foods and drink some warming alcoholic beverages!

The winter nights are perfect for dining out and exploring Berlin’s fantastic restaurant scene. The shorter winter days mean you have less time to take in the tourist sights during the day, so treat yourself to a hearty dinner in a cozy environment. 

Finally, an option for those who love the arts: attend a play, musical, or concert in one of the city’s legendary venues. The theaters are thrumming with life during the winter months, and you’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice – check listings for sites such as the Admiralspalast, Theater des Westens, and the Friedrichstadt-Palast for an idea of what’s happening. 

This brings to a close our discussion of when it’s best to visit Berlin. As you can see, every time of year offers something unique. If you have any questions at all, please get in touch

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