This post provides a list of top things to do in Berlin in April, updated for 2023.
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.
- Free Berlin Walking Tours
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
- Berlin Boat Tours & Cruises
- Reichstag Dome Tickets & Tours
- How is the Weather in April?
1. Go to a Concert
There are some notable and popular musicians performing in Berlin in April.
Here are a few of the best-known artists appearing this month:
With genres ranging from folk-rock to classical, there will be a great variety of music to enjoy in this city throughout the month.
That said, if you’re looking for even more great options, check out this list of concerts in Berlin.
2. Attend a Sporting Event
Berlin is home to two of the biggest football teams in Europe.
Both of them will have home games this month, and there will be a basketball game as well.
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!
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.
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.
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 in April.
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.
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 |
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tour |
- Olympic Stadium Tour |
- Aquadom & Sea Life |
- Berlin River Cruise |
- Madame Tussauds |
- Berlin Dungeon |
- Panoramapunkt |
- Berlin Bike Tour |
- LEGOLAND |
- 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.
7. Attend the Cherry Blossom Festival
April is the first full month of spring and it’s also when the cherry blossoms start to bloom.
Although this activity first gained notoriety in Japanese culture, it is becoming far more popular all over the world as well.
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.
There is also usually a cosplayer competition, so you can expect to see some notable figures from pop culture as well!
In Berlin, this event will take place at the Gardens of the World. Dates haven't been released as of January but should be soon.
Tickets for the garden are quite affordable, but you can get them at a discount by using one of the Berlin tourist passes.
8. Celebrate Easter
If you plan to visit Berlin during this international holiday, there are plenty of fun things to do while you’re here.
While the Spring Festival is sure to be one of the biggest draws at the time, there will also be wonderful Easter markets at Alexanderplatz and Kurfürstendamm.
Alternatively, you can also take the kids to Trabrennbahn Karlshorst for a traditional Easter egg search.
Another excellent idea is to go on a cruise in celebration of Easter and see some of the most significant religious structures in the city from the water.
Check this list of Easter activities in Berlin for more ideas.
9. 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 22nd, 2023.
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 19th-26th, 2023. For more details, please visit the official Achtung Berlin website.
11. Participate in the Spring Festival
Kurt-Schumacher-Damm will be hosting a wonderful festival in honor of spring from March 24th- May 1st, 2023, giving you plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season.
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 at 22:00 (10:00 pm), 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!
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 absolutely 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!
13. Celebrate Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnact) takes place each April 30th. 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.