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What to Do in Berlin in February

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In this post, we provide a list of fun and entertaining things to do in Berlin during the month of February, updated for 2023.

We cover a variety of different activities, attractions, events, festivals, and more.


TOP 10+ THINGS TO DO IN FEBRUARY

This top 10 list will help you find the best concerts, events, and attractions to see during February.

You can find even more ideas on our other popular Berlin posts:

Be sure to check out our master post on activities at any time of year.

We even have a post on the weather in February.


1. Go to a Concert

No matter what time of year it is, Berlin always seems to attract some of the best musical performers in the world.

Find all the concerts in Berlin here


2. Attend a Football Match or Hockey Game

February in Berlin sees both of their football (soccer) clubs playing home games.

If you're a fan of either Hertha BSC or FC Union, there will be a few opportunities to see live games this month.

Football

Basketball

You can find all the sporting events in Berlin here.


3. Go to the Theatre

When it's cold outside, you might choose to be inside enjoying a show.

In February, the following shows are in Berlin:

Theatre

Opera


4. Take a Walking Tour

Berlin is a fascinating city, with so much history, architecture, and culture to explore.

February is a great time to take a walking tour to learn more about Germany's capital city.

Here are some of the most popular tour options available:

Most of the tours are pay-what-you-like, which means you don't need to pay upfront. After the tour, simply decide how much it was worth to you.

We also offer completely free self-guided tours, such as the Jewish Berlin Tour and East Berlin tour.


5. See a Variety Show

Although there won't be any major musicals in Berlin this month, there are a lot of interesting variety shows you'll have an opportunity to see, each including live music and theatrical performances.

Here are some of the best options for February 2023:


6. Celebrate Valentine's Day

If you're looking for some romantic activities to enjoy with your partner on Valentine's Day, there are several great ideas you might want to consider.

Here are a few fun activities that you can enjoy with your significant other:

In addition to these options, you should plan ahead and make your dinner reservations at least a few weeks before Valentine's Day.


7. Do Some Sightseeing

February can be a bit chilly, so why not see the city from inside a warm bus, like with the hop-on hop-off tour with live commentary?

You'll get convenient transportation right to the most popular sights in Berlin.

To get a great view of the city, you can get a fast pass ticket to a window seat in the restaurant at the top of the Berlin TV Tower.

And if you want some evening entertainment, you can meet new friends and find the best nightlife venues during a pub crawl.


8. See a Limited Museum Exhibition

There are several limited exhibits in Berlin this month and this is your chance to see them.

What better way to escape the cold and rain than by visiting one of these fine museums?

Neue Nationalgalerie

James Simon Gallery

Museum of Photography

Museumsinsel Berlin

Note that some museums in Berlin appear on discount travel cards.


9. Attend a Film Festival

The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale, takes place February 16th - 26th, 2023.

If you attend, you'll have 400+ movies to choose from, so you can be sure to find some quality films.

This festival boasts the largest film festival attendance in the world and draws some of the biggest names in the business.

Speaking of big names, Steven Speilberg will be reciving the Honoroary Golden Bear award in 2023.

There's also the Berlin Independent Film Festival which takes place February 16th - 26th, 2023 at Babylon (30 Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße).

This festival screens low-budget indie films, hosting various events around them, and awards multiple jury prizes.


10. Save with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

If you’re planning to enjoy several popular activities in Berlin this February, you may want to consider using a tourist pass to save a few euros.

The all-inclusive pass is one of the most popular options in Berlin, and it provides admission to dozens of different attractions over a specific number of days.

The main advantage of a discount card is that it includes a lot of sites and tours that aren’t available on any other pass.

Here are some of the most popular destinations included with Berlin tourist passes:

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Natural History Museum
  • Aquadom & Sea Life
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Berlin River Cruise
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Berlin TV Tower

No matter which pass you choose, you should be able to save between 20% – 50% off general admission prices.

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

Or, you can purchase the The Berlin Museum Pass or the EasyCityPass here.


11. Visit a Museum

As Berlin is home to over 150 museums you'll have no end of fascinating things to do inside over the cold of winter.

Whether your interest is in WW2, Egyptian history, science, computers, food, art or just about anything else, you can likely find an exhibit in Berlin.

On Museum Island you can find five museums in one location including the Nuenes Museum and the Pergamon Museum.

There is the Anne Frank Centre, the German Resistance Memorial Center, and German Spy Museum.

For something a little bit off beat, there is Madam Tussauds and the Disgusting Foods Museum.

You could spend a lifetime of visits and not see it all!

Just a reminder that some museums appear on Berlin tourist passes.


12. Experience Transmediale  

This annual festival for art and digital culture has exhibitions, discussions, and shows that place at venues throughout the city.

It has for over 30 years brought together "international artists, researchers, thinkers, and activists, working on art, digital culture, and socio-political transformation".

In 2023 the festival takes place from February 1st-5th.

Tickets and additional information can be found here.


13. Attend the Tanzolymp International Dance Festival

This annual festival brings in dance artists from around the world for competitions, classes and workshops. 

Thousands of young people attive in Berlin to share their talents and love for dance.

Just some of the types of dance you'll find are, Character Dance, Folk Dance, Tap Dance, Classical Dance, Neoclassical Dance and more.

Competition winners earn prizes, scholarships, contracts, and more.

The festival takes place February 14th-20th, 2023

For more information, visit the Tanzolymp website.


14. CTM Festival

This annual music and visual arts festival, now in it's 24th year, comes to Berlin January 27th - February 5th, 2023.

With a focus elecronic and experimental music and a acting as a bridge to the art world, it is truly a feast for the senses.

A number of venues across Berlin host concerts, panels, special events, installations, and exhibitions.

The festival fits well with sister festival Transmeidale.

Information can be found on the CTM Festival website.


15. Go Ice Skating

There are several ice skating rinks across Berlin, with the most popular ones at the Neptunbrunnen (near Alexanderplatz) and Potsdamer Platz.

Depending on which location you visit, you can expect to pay anywhere from €2.50-€5 to rent some ice skates.

Here are a few more locations you can visit to enjoy some ice skating with the kids:

This is just one of the fun activities you can enjoy with the family in Berlin this December. 

For more ideas, take a look at our section on  family-friendly activities.


16. ISTAF Berlin

This annual track and field event, taking place since 1921, takes place at Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin.

More than 50,000 spectators come to cheer on some of the world's top athletes.

This takes place on February 10th, 2023.

Tickets start at EUR 17.60 and run to EUR 45.60. Visit their website to purchase.


16. POSTPONED UNTIL 2024: Wine Fair Berlin 

Come to the Berlin Wine Fair to see over 300 wineries and retailers bring their best and most interesting products to taste test, compare, and buy.

There will be an estimated 2,500 different wines will be in the building.

  • Berlin ExpoCenter
  • €17 per attendee
  • Find more info here.
  • This event has been postponed until 2023.

NOTE: Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.


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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: January 24th, 2023
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