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Things to Do in Berlin in April

Updated: March 18, 2024

This post provides a list of top things to do in Berlin in April, updated for 2024.

We include a variety of events and attractions that are either family-friendly, take place after dark, or are free to attend.


TOP 12 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN

In addition to this list, we also recommend reading the following posts for information about visiting this city in April and other things to do while you’re here.


1. Go to a Concert

There are some notable and popular musicians performing in Berlin in April.

With genres ranging from folk-rock to classical, there will be a great variety of music to enjoy in this city throughout the month.

Concerts

Music Festivals

Check here for even more concerts in Berlin in April.


2. Attend a Sporting Event

Berlin is home to two of the biggest football teams in Europe.

One of them will have a couple of games in April, and there will be a basketball game as well.

Football

It’s also worth noting that you can take tours of the historic Olympic Stadium (home of Hertha BSC) pretty much any time you want!

Basketball

Check here for even more sporting events in April in Berlin.


3. Discover the Best Food in Berlin

If you want some help finding the best things to eat in this city, consider taking a food tour to learn more about the culinary history of Berlin.

Secret Food Tours currently offers an excellent outing that includes a nice variety of dishes such as chicken shawarma, homemade schnitzel, German-style pizza, delicious Turkish treats, and more!

In addition to all the eats, they also supply drinks such as German wine or beer, and you can upgrade your tour to include even more beverages!

This tour includes 6 stops and groups are kept to a max of 10 per trip, ensuring you’ll receive more personal attention from your guide and there will always be plenty to eat on your journey.

Purchase tickets for Secret Food Tours: Berlin or learn more.


4. Take a Berlin Walking Tour

Spring is a fantastic time to walk around the city, and there will be plenty of great tours available during the month of April. 

No matter what you’re interested in learning about, chances are there will be an outing that covers your subject of choice.

Here are a few options you may want to consider:

Some of these tours are pay-what-you-wish, which means you can decide what the service was worth after your tour is complete.

There are also self-guided Berlin tours and GPS-enabled audio guides if you’d like to save even more money or you just want to explore the city at your own leisure.

It’s worth keeping in mind that Berlin tourist passes typically include multiple tours, so if you’re planning to use one of those services, you could easily save some money on this activity.


5. Enjoy An Opera Festival

The annual Opera Festival (Festtage) returns to the Berlin State Opera on March 27th and ends on April 1st.

The festival showcases world-class concerts and opera performances.

In addition to professional musicians, the members of the Opera Children's Orchestra will be making an appearance as well.

The concerts will be held at Staatsoper unter den Linden and at the Philharmonie. On April 1st, you can see Wagner's Götterdämmerung for free.

Tickets sell out quickly so be sure to purchase them soon.


6. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions or take more than one tour, chances are a Berlin Tourist Discount Attraction Pass will save you a lot of money off general admission prices.

Depending on which pass you choose, you should be able to save at least 20% - 50% or more.

In most cases, you’ll get the biggest discount by using these services for at least 4-5 activities per day.

Here are a few of the most popular locations and tours included with the Berlin Tourist Discount Passes:

  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum | €12.50
  • Hop on Hop off Bus Tour | €30
  • Olympic Stadium Tour | €8
  • Aquadom & Sea Life | €19
  • Berlin River Cruise | €15
  • Madame Tussauds | €25
  • Berlin Dungeon | €22.50
  • Panoramapunkt | €7.50
  • Berlin Bike Tour | €28
  • LEGOLAND | €19.50
  • And more!

While some passes focus more on museums and attractions, others are far better for visitors who want to take tours and learn about the city.

For more details, please read our post covering Berlin tourist attraction discount passes.

If you'd like to purchase a pass, you can do that here: EasyCityPass Berlin | Museumpass Berlin


7. Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival

April is the first full month of spring and it’s also when you'll find cherry blossoms in bloom.

During this time the annual cherry blossom festival will take place.

Viewing the beauty of flowers is called Hanami in Japanese, Japan being the country that donated thousands of cherry blossom trees to Berlin in honor of the reunification of Germany in 1990.

At the festival, you can expect both a celebration of the cherry blossoms and stage performances from a variety of artists.

Visitors are welcome to picnic under the trees, take a walk around the garden, or even purchase treats from a variety of vendors. 

In Berlin, this event will take place at the Gardens of the World.

Dates haven't been released as of January but it usually falls between late March and mid-April.

Tickets for the garden are quite affordable, but you can get them at a discount by using one of the Berlin tourist passes.


8. Take Part in Record Store Day

In the past few years, Record Store Day has become much more of an event in Berlin and around the world, making this an excellent opportunity to score some great new albums.

Aside from hosting small musical performances and other activities, you can expect local record stores to offer a variety of discounts and celebrate the holiday in many other significant ways as well.

One of the big reasons to join in on the fun is that there are typically Record Store Day exclusive releases that have limited print runs, which means you can only get them during this event!

If you’re a music fan and you own a turntable, consider heading out to one of the many independent record stores in Berlin to celebrate this holiday on April 20th, 2024.


10. Go to the Achtung Berlin Film Festival

Film buffs will be happy to hear that there will be a film festival held in Berlin this April which includes a variety of feature-length movies, documentaries, as well as medium and short films.

Although you won’t be able to vote on your favorite flicks, you can attend some of the screenings for as little as €7.50 per person.

No matter what type of movies you enjoy the most, chances are there will be at least a few films you’ll want to see during the Achtung Berlin Film Festival.

The screenings will take place between April 10th-17th, 2024. For more details, please visit the official Achtung Berlin website.


11. Participate in the Spring Festival

Kurt-Schumacher-Damm will be hosting the 52nd Frühlingsfest a festal that honors spring.

Festivities will include a variety of amusement rides including roller coasters, Ferris wheels, fun houses, and more.

There will also be plenty of great food to eat including candy floss, bratwursts, and roasted almonds.

On Saturdays they will light up the night sky with a fireworks display, making this both an excellent family activity and something fun to do after dark.

As if that weren’t good enough, this festival is also entirely free to attend – although you’ll probably want to bring some money for the rides and food!

The festival runs from March 30th- May 13th, 2024. For more information, please read this guide to the Berlin Spring Festival.


12. Drink the Best Beer in Berlin

No trip to Berlin is complete without at least one authentic German beer, but there are so many to choose from that it might be difficult to pick one that you’ll adore.

If you want some help finding the best drinks in the city, consider taking the Secret Beer Tour.

This outing includes tastings of 9 different beers or a total of four pints. 

In addition to all the samples, you’ll also visit a small local brewery and learn all about the process of making beer from the brewers themselves!

Although there will be a pretzel at one of the stops on this tour, it is recommended that you eat something before going out, because you will be drinking a lot of alcohol over the course of this 3-hour journey!

Purchase tickets for the Secret Beer Tour or learn more.


13. Celebrate Walpurgis Night

Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnact) takes place on April 30th each year. It's a celebration of the coming spring, and many parts of Europe celebrate it.

The name comes from Saint Walpurga, who lived in the 8th century, and May 1st is the day of her canonization.

However, the event is mainly a pre-Christian pagan festival.

Much like Halloween, there are myths of witches on broomsticks and evil spirits.

Bonfires are lit, strawmen are burned, people dress in costume and pranks take place in some places.

In Berlin, people head to Maurepark for a family-friendly celebration.


14. Experience Other Events and Festivals in Berlin

There are plenty of other things to do in April in Berlin. A few of them are listed below.


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About The Author

Anne Wittig

Anne was born in East Berlin and came of age in the unified city. She has an intimate relationship with her city of birth and still calls Berlin home. For the past 10 years, she has managed and written Free Tours by Foot's Berlin blog, detailing the best places to go, where to stay, and what to do in her hometown. This blog has been featured on Berlin's official website, mainstream press like Berlingske, and local blogs like Berlinforallthefamily.com. Over 14,000 visitors to Berlin have taken a tour from Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: March 18th, 2024
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