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What to Do in Berlin in January

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In this post, we provide a list of fun and entertaining things to do in Berlin during the month of January, updated for 2022. We will cover a variety of different activities, attractions, events, festivals and more.


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY

This top 10 list will help you narrow down your options in Berlin for the best concerts, events, and attractions to see and participate in during January.

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

Be sure to check out our tours in Berlin post for activities at any time of year.


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.

This month will bring one of the most historic and beloved rock artists of the last 50 years: Ozzy Osbourne. Fans of hard rock are no doubt well aware of his contributions to the genre.

Ozzy will be performing at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on January 26th, 2022.

Purchase tickets or learn more here.

This is the only major concert taking place in Berlin throughout the month, but there might be a few other options available on this list of all the concerts in Berlin here


2) Attend a Football Match or Hockey Game

January in Berlin sees both of their football (soccer) clubs, as well as their ice hockey team, playing home games.

Football

You can find all the sporting events in Berlin here.


3) See a Variety Show

If you're in the mood to see a theatrical performance, there will be a few great variety shows to see in Berlin this January.

One of the biggest shows is called Arise, and it features hundreds of different performers. This variety show is hosted at the beautiful Friedrichstadt-Palast theatre.

The following variety shows at the Wintergarten Theatre are also excellent options that will be available throughout the month:


4) Go on a Walking Tour

After the New Year's Eve crowds thin out, Berlin will be much calmer. This means January is the perfect time to go on a walking tour - groups will be smaller and more enjoyable.

Here are some of the most popular tour options available:

Some of these tours are pay-what-you-like, so they’re very affordable. We also offer multiple self-guided tours you may want to consider which won’t cost you a thing to enjoy:


5) Experience the Digital Kitchen

Whether it be the mushrooms Mario uses or the meals that Link creates in the latest Legend of Zelda title, food has always played a major role in how we play video games.

The Computerspeilmuseum currently has an exhibition entitled The Digital Kitchen which is dedicated to the history of food in gaming.

This exhibit is limited and it won't be available all year, so you might want to consider visiting the museum to see this attraction while you can.

Best of all, tickets are very reasonably priced at just €9, and if you have a Berlin Welcome Card you can save 25% off general admission!


6) See a Limited Museum Exhibition

The Neue Nationalgalerie will be hosting two limited exhibits this month, one which is ending in January and another that will leave in February.

Rosa Barba: In a Perpetual Now features important works that the artist created from 2009-2021. In addition to other cinematic pieces she has created, this exhibit includes an entirely new film made for the show.

Alexander Calder: Minimal/Maximal focuses on the American modernist's work, including the return of his sculpture Têtes et Queue, which has long been a part of the museum's collection.

The James Simon Gallery will also be hosting Iran: Five Millennia of Art and Culture, which includes over 350 pieces from collections all over the world, with some items that have never been displayed before.


7)  CTM Festival for Music and Art 

The CTM Festival centers around music and art from January 19th - February 6th, 2022. There will be live music at multiple venues, as well as networking, collaboration labs, panels, and visual arts on display.

This festival is for those who appreciate innovative and independent music and art.

For 2022, the festival will be a hybrid event, which means it will be both in-person and digital to avoid any issues that may arise due to the pandemic.

Find tickets and information here


8)  International Green Week

International Green Week is a massive convention, trade show, and celebration of local traditions. 

You’ll find trade booths and vendors for produce, wine, beer, and other culinary products. There will also be kitchen, farming, and cooking demonstrations and panels.


9) New Year’s Day

New Year's Day is a public holiday, so most of the shops will be closed on New Year's Day as everyone recovers from the New Year's Eve celebrations, parties, and fireworks.

The partying will last into the early hours of January 1, 2022, before the city goes to bed.

That doesn't mean you'll be stuck without things to do for the rest of New Year's Day, however. You can still visit plenty of activities and attractions, such as the zoo, bus tours, and various museums, even if they open a bit late.

You can find museums and attractions that are included on a Berlin tourist pass.

If you get out early enough in the day, you can also take advantage of the various brunch specials offered at area restaurants.


10) Save Money with a Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

In order to maximize your time in Berlin and see as many attractions as possible, you can purchase a discount pass for one low price that gives you access to fun activities and points of interest.

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
  • Panoramapunkt
  • Berlin Dungeon
  • LEGOLAND

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.


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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: November 24th, 2021
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