Best time to visit Berlin

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Best time of year to visit Berlin

A warm and mostly sunny period from May to September is considered to be the best time to visit Berlin as the outdoor activities are at their finest and promenading in the city brings real satisfaction. However, summertime is also full of tourists making their way for Fête de la Musique or Classic Open Air, so book your hotel well in advance. October brings lower prices and beautiful autumn foliage. Despite the chill, another overlooked season is November–December when the Christmas Markets cheer the city up. Winter may be piercing, but if your point is to save a couple of euros on accommodation, come from January through March. And you'll never know what will warm you better—Berlinale or warm layers you've packed.


Urban Gardening at Prinzessinnengärten

May–October • nature

Can you imagine vegetable fields in the middle of a big city? In Berlin, you can find such a peaceful and cosy place


April–late June • food

This traditional German vegetable is on the menu everywhere when in season

Badeschiff Bathing Season

May–September • activity

One of the best recreation areas during hot summers close to the center of Berlin

May Day

May 01 • event

The city celebrates workers', sexual, and political rights with rallies and demonstrations


Carnival of Cultures

June 07–10, 2019 • event

See the Berlin streets come to life while the colorful kaleidoscope swirls you in a bright wild dance!

Berlin Festival of Lights

October 05–14, 2018 • event

Witness one of the most spectacular events in Berlin and immerse yourself in the magnificent light art!

Fête de la Musique

June 21 • event

The beginning of summer is a great time to be in Berlin, celebrated by Berliners with an open-air music festival, the Fête de la Musique. You can listen to countless live music performances in the streets of Berlin for free

Berlin Biennale

June 09–September 09, 2018 • event

Every other year numerous Berlin venues turn into contemporary art galleries

Christmas Markets

late November–December • activity

Berlin is a true capital of famous German Christmas markets. So much to wander around and enjoy!

Berlin Art Week

September 26–30, 2018 • event

An excellent opportunity for art fans to discover and discuss the works of German and international artists displayed in hundreds of galleries

New Year's Eve or Silvester

December 31–January 01 • event

Berlin is one of the best destinations in Europe for celebrating New Year's Eve

Berlinale—Berlin International Film Festival

February 07–17, 2019 • event

The Berlinale is the city's most glamorous film event. With more than 400 films shown, it attracts the film industry elite as well as one of the biggest audiences of the world film festivals

Long Night of Museums

August 25, 2018 • event

Hop between Berlin's most popular museums until late night

Day of German Unity

October 03 • event

Berliners celebrate the national holiday with a festival around Brandenburg Gate

Classic Open Air

July 05–09, 2018 • event

Indulge yourself with high-quality musical performances

BMW Berlin Marathon

September 16, 2018 • event

Berlin, the city of runners, hosts one of the most popular marathons in the world

Pyronale Fireworks World Championship

August 31–September 01, 2018 • event

Witness a great fireworks competition where international teams try to get recognition of the jury and support from the spectators with their breathtaking pyrotechnic displays

CSD Berlin or Berlin Pride

July 28, 2018 • event

Berlin Pride, referred to as “Christopher Street Day” (CSD in short) features two major events—the CSD Demo March and CSD Finale, a big final rally

Velothon Berlin

May 13, 2018 • event

Participate in or watch the second largest bicycle race of its kind in Europe