Best time to go to Berlin

May Day 2020

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

May Day in Berlin 2019 - Best Time
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Amir Farshad Ebrahimi

Berlin has quite a history of fighting between the police and various socialist or anarchist groups. On the 1st of May, one can observe peaceful marches campaigning for workers' rights as well as some rather violent rallies that often occur in the Berlin-Kreuzberg neighbourhood and attracts many political activists.

May Day in Berlin - Best Season 2019

In 1987 a massive fight with police occurred in Kreuzberg on May Day. Since then extreme-left groups, socialists, and anti-fascist groups have been organising so-called 'Revolutionary 1st of May Demonstrations' almost every year. Be careful since there can be some unrests during these events in Berlin.

Best time for May Day in Berlin 2019

Otherwise, May 1st is a public holiday and banks, post offices, and many businesses close their doors. Nearly all stores close on this day, although there might be a few open ones in tourist areas. Traffic may be disrupted in town centres where parades are held.

Revolutionary May 1 Demonstration 2006 Oranienstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg, undeclared spontaneous demonstration 2019
Revolutionary May 1 Demonstration 2006 Oranienstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg, undeclared spontaneous demonstration