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Things to Do in Berlin in May

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This post provides a list of top things to do in Berlin in May, a variety of events and attractions that are either family-friendly, take place after dark, or are free to attend. We have updated this post for 2022.


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN THIS MAY

This list gives you a great starting place for planning your trip to Berlin. We also recommend reading the following posts for information about visiting this city in May (or throughout the year):


1) Go to a Concert

Now that the weather is getting nicer, you’ll start to see a lot more notable and popular musicians performing in Berlin.

Here are a few of the best concerts available during the month of May:

For all the options available this month, 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, and both of them will have home games this month.

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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!

You can find all sporting event tickets here.


3) Discover the Best Food in Berlin

If you want some help finding the best things to eat in Berlin, consider taking a food tour to learn more about the culinary history of the area as well as scouting out the best restaurants.

Secret Food Tours currently offers an excellent tour which includes a nice variety of dishes such as chicken shawarma, homemade schnitzel, German-style pizza, delicious Turkish treats.

While you're filling up on various delicious cuisines, there will also be beverage samples of beer and wine. You can even upgrade the experience for more options. 

There are 6 stops on the tour, and you'll get plenty of quality interaction with your guide since groups are limited to 10 people. 

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


4) Take a Walking Tour

May brings with it more pleasant weather, which means it's the perfect time to see the city on foot.

Whether you want an overview of the city centre, to see some street art and local culture, or are interested in diving into specific historical topics, there is a tour for you!

Here are a few of the most interesting options you may want to consider:

Several tours in the list are pay-what-you-like, which means you can decide what the walk was worth after the 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 on your own time.

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


5) 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.

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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 or attractions per day.

Here are a few of the most popular tickets included with various 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

We suggest deciding what you want to do before deciding on a pass. Some passes are best for museums, while others are best for tours and exploring.

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


6) 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 just one.

Thankfully, there are several great beer tours and pub crawls you can take which will give you a taste of the best brews in this city and where to find them.

Here are a few of the best options:

NOTE: The Berlin Welcome Card includes discounts at several pubs and restaurants. This could be a good way to save money on drinks!


7) Celebrate Mother's Day

If you're visiting Berlin with one of the mothers in your life, consider celebrating this holiday on May 8th with an activity they will enjoy.

One fun idea is to go on a dinner cruise down the Spree river, as the weather will most likely be warm enough for that activity. Another idea is to spend the day at Potsdam and walk through the Sanssouci Gardens.

If you're looking for a good restaurant for Mother's Day, it will be important to make reservations ahead of time. Keep in mind that some great restaurants offer discounts for Berlin Welcome Card holders.


8) Admire the Classic Cars at Classic Days Berlin

Petrol-heads (or gear-heads, if you prefer) all over Europe will enjoy the classic vehicles from the 1900s through the 1980s displayed at Classic Days Berlin. 

The car show runs from May 18th - 19th, 2022 and covers 2km of space, which is all the better for displaying all the cars!

You can expect presentations, a wide range of food options including champagne lounges, VIP options, and over 2,000 classic automobiles. 

Find more information here


9) Punk and Disorderly 

Punk music fans won’t want to miss this 3-day festival in Berlin. From May 20th - 22nd, 2022, the stage will feature the biggest punk bands, including Conflict, Angelic Upstarts, Klasse Kriminale, No Heads, and Bishops Green. 

As the festival gets closer, there will be a release of the full lineup, from local bands to internationally-touring groups. Here are some of the biggest musical artists currently planning to perform at this festival:

  • Mad Sin
  • The Boys
  • Die Dorks
  • Rezurex
  • No-Heads
  • Arch Rivals
  • Klasse Kriminale
  • Angelic Upstart
  • And more!

Find more information and tickets here


10) See the City From Above

Chances are there will be a lot of sunny days during the month of May, so this might be one of the best times to visit one of the many observation decks in Berlin.

The two most popular locations are the Berlin TV Tower and Panoramapunkt. Each site requires a ticket to enter, but prices are typically very affordable. These observation towers are also usually included with at least one major Berlin tourist pass.

If you're looking for a more affordable option, you can also visit the Reichstag Dome for free. This dome is only 47 meters high, but it still offers some of the best views in the city.

For details on all these options, check our post covering all the major Berlin observation decks.


CANCELLED: See the Carnival of Cultures

Carnival of Cultures happens every year at Pentecost time, and brings with it one of the largest open-air festivals of the year. During this event, you can celebrate Berlin’s diversity with cultural performances, a parade, and delicious street food. 

There’s almost no end to the fun, since the festival boasts over 4,000 actors, dancers, artists, and other performers to form the parade and some of the showcases. 

Find more information about the free festival here.  

NOTE: This event has been cancelled for May 2022.


RESCHEDULED: Go to the Boylesque Drag Festival

This festival is coming back to Berlin for the second year in a row, featuring the best drag queens and burlesque entertainers around. 

During this event, there are two separate venues where you’ll find entertaining performances. 

Unfortunately, this event has been rescheduled for July 22nd and 23rd, 2022. While we still recommend going to the Boylesque Drag Festival if you're still in town at that time, you won't be able to enjoy this activity in May.

Find more information here


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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 17th, 2022
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