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Things to do in December in Berlin

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December is a great time to visit Berlin. Even though the days are getting shorter and you need to bundle up, there are still plenty of things to do and many sights to see.

Early December can offer great deals on hotels or show/theatre tickets. December is also the month when you can indulge in the Holiday spirit of mulled wine, Christmas markets, lit-up trees and many more things this city has to offer.

We compiled our things to do during the month of December; with a focus on Christmas events as well as inside activities to keep your toes warm.


CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Christmas markets in Berlin

A visit to the Christmas market is a family-friendly and technically free thing to do in December. Berlin probably has more than a 100 big and small Christmas or winter markets of different types all over the city offering mulled wine, winter food like creamed mushrooms or kale and sausage stews. Depending on where you are staying, you’ll have the choice of which Christmas market in Berlin you might want to visit. If you are into exquisite sweets and craftsmanship, the beautiful market at Gendarmenmarkt might be your cup of tea. If you like action and enjoy roller coaster rides, the Christmas market near the Alexa shopping center near Alexanderplatz would be a great choice, just to name a few. You might even like to take a Christmas Markets walking tour (GetYourGuide).


Christmas Circus (December 14-January 6, 2019)

If you’ve ever been to a circus as a child, you can imagine the amazed eyes of the little and big guests, when the circus has a Christmas focus. Horses, artistic stunts and entertainment for the whole family during the holiday season. Circus at Tempodrom near Anhalter Bahnhof; tickets start at 28 euros. Another circus sets up at Olympiastadion; tickets start at 34 euros


Christmas Garden at the Botanical Garden

For a magical walk through a holiday lights-lit garden, check out the Christmas Garden at the Botanical Garden. Located at Königin Louise Str 6-8, near S-train stop Botanischer Garten (S1) or U-train station Breitenbachplatz (U2,U3). November 15 to January 6th, 2019. Open 4:30pm-10pm. Tickets start at 14 euros and are available online.


Christmas brunch and boat tour

Celebrate the advents season with a lovely brunch on a boat while exploring the waterways of Berlin. Tickets. Boats depart at the Treptow Harbor, Pushkinstrasse 15.


Go ice-skating

There are several ice skating rinks all over the city, with the most popular ones at the Neptunbrunnen (near Alexanderplatz) and Potsdamer Platz. Ice skates can be rented for 2.50 euros.


Rent a slide

Go sliding in the snow. Once the snows sticks around, find the nearest park with a nice hill. Volkspark Friedrichshain, Victoria Park and Teufelsberg are popular locations to take a slide ride. You can even rent a slide at several locations in Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, and Kreuzberg.


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INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Enjoy some oriental tea

Make yourself comfortable on your pillow with some spiced tea and listen to the stories and fairy tales at the Tajik Teehouse (Oranienburger Str. 27, 10117 Berlin – Mitte) weekdays 4-11pm, weekends 12-11pm, fairy tales (in German) on Mondays 7:30 pm, 9 euros during story time, otherwise free entry.


Turkish Bath

Pamper yourself at the Turkish Bath and Spa at Sultan Haman. There is nothing better than to enjoy a warm bath, sauna, a massage or peeling during the colder months. Located at Bülowstraße 56-57, 10783 Berlin. Opening hours mostly addressed to women; men’s day on Monday afternoons.


Movies at Cinestar Potsdamer Platz

This movie theatre in Berlin offers movies in English, so for the native-English speakers among you, this is your best chance of finding a movie in your mother tongue. Just look for the movies that are marked with OV (original version).


Take a local brewery tour

Why not take a Brewery tour of Berlin’s local brew. English language brewery tour reservations can be made via email only please: f.schroeder@radeberger-gruppe.de. The fee is 7 euros, Mon-Thu, 2 pm and 5:30 pm, Indira-Gandhi-Str. 66-69, 13053 Berlin.


Visit the Dussmann bookstore

If you are looking for a good read or just want to browse and warm up, the Dussmann bookstore offers a wide range of literature, books, CDs, and more over 3 levels. Bookworms will have a blast, and the best of all is, this store is open late (until midnight on weekdays, and 23:30 pm on Saturdays). A cozy coffee shop/ restaurant is attached. The store is located near S-train station Friedrichstrasse.


Take a Dance lesson

Dance classes and music concerts at Clärchen’s Ballroom. Location is at Auguststrasse 24, near Oranienburger Strasse.


Merry Markthalle

For the foodies among you, it’s worth checking out the Markthalle 9 during Christmas season. On Fridays and Saturdays in December, Merry Markthalle offers scrumptious and seasonal delights for your taste buds.


Duck and goose dinners

The roast goose seasons starts every year with Sankt Martin’s Day on November 11, when children walk through the evening streets with self-made lanterns singing carols. Goose season is a glorious time for carnivores – the roasted goose dishes come with red cabbage, kale, dumplings, and gravy. Several restaurants all over Berlin participate and offer their guests special goose menus. Our favourite places include the beer-hall style Prater Restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg, the Jules Vernes in Charlottenburg, or the Ratskeller Köpenick.


Christmas Party on boat

For a special treat of comedy, DJ, and samba music, and a 3 course meal, check out the Christmas Party on the river Spree at Puschkinallee 15A, at Treptow Harbor. December 1, 7 and 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets start at 32 euros.


Christmas Film Festival

This 4-day film festival features independent international films in one of the oldest movie theatres in Germany, the Movimiento Kino at Kottbusser Damm 22, Berlin-Kreuzberg. December 21-24.


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DECEMBER EVENTS

Musical Concerts

  • The impressive Berlin Dom hosts several evening concerts during the Christmas holiday season. Ticket prices vary by concert and start at 12 Euros and can be purchased online via the city of Berlin. For dates and tickets click link.
  • The French Dome at Gendarmenmarkt offers another beautiful location for Christmas holiday concerts in the evening. Tickets start at 27 Euros. After the concert you can take another stroll through the Gendarmenmarket Christmas market.
  • For an unique holiday experience, consider attending a Harlem Gospel Night concert at the Apostel-Paulus-Church in Schöneberg. Tickets start at 20 Euros.
  • Celebrate the Christmas season in one of the oldest churches in Berlin at the Marienkirche at Alexanderplatz.  There will be free (donations welcome) organ concert on December 24 at 9pm. Other dates listed here..
  • If you are looking for a family-friendly Sunday afternoon concert, consider the trompete ensembles at Britzer Garten on December 2,9, 16, 23 at 1:30pm. Dress up warmly – there will be mulled hot wine and hot cocoa as well. Fee is 2 Euros.
  • At the Zitadelle Spandau, one of the most well preserved renaissance fortresses in Europe, hosts Monday late afternoon christmas concerts. Tickets  for December 10 and 17, at 5pm start at 25 Euros.
  • For a special experience, witness the Russian male choir Bolschoi Don Cossacks with songs and dance at the Marienkirche at Alexanderplatz. December 15 and 25, at 3pm. Tickets start at 15 Euros.

Church Services – Dom

On Christmas Eve, December 24, there are several church services at several churches all over Berlin. Here are the most centrally located services.

  • Berliner Dome at 8pm.
  • Christ’s Vesper at Marienkirche at Alexanderplatz at 6pm.
  • Main train station (Hauptbahnhof- south entrance) at 10pm Christ’s vesper.

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Best Travel Deals for Black Friday 2018

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This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!Name Your Own Price Walking Tours

Keep in mind that our name your own price walking tours are always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!

In addition to great savings on Black Friday, we’ll offer some Small Business Saturday savings to support local vendors we love, and keep an eye out through until next week for what some people are calling Travel Deal Tuesdays!

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Things to Do in Berlin in October

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Although it may be getting a bit colder outside, there are still quite a few fun activities to enjoy in this historic city. With that in mind, this post will provide several different ideas for things to do in Berlin during the month of October. In addition to our top 10 list, we will also include sections which focus on family-friendly attractions, things to do at night, and free events to attend.

Top 10
Free Things to Do
Things to Do at Night
Family-Friendly Activities
Free Tours By Foot

 

 


Top 10

This section will provide a list of 10 popular activities you can do in Berlin throughout the month of October. Whenever possible, we will make sure to note when any of the following ideas are also great for families, fun after dark or free for everyone.

For tips on the most popular activities in Berlin, check out our schedule of walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

Several of the items below are already included for free or at a discount with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

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How to Take a Tour of Olympic Stadium in Berlin

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This post will give you an introduction to Berlin’s historic 1930s-era Olympic Stadium or ‘Olympiastadion.’ We will also include recommendations on tickets and how to plan your visit, along with some details about what you can expect to see on a tour of the stadium.

 

 


Overview

The original plans for the Olympic Stadium were spurred by Germany’s winning of the license to host the 1916 Olympic Games, thus ensuring plans would be set for a stadium in Charlottenburg, nestled within the area’s Grunewald Forest.

However the games were canceled due to WWI, and thus the foundations of a ‘German Sports Forum’ on the eventual building site were left untouched for years.
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How to Visit the East Side Gallery in Berlin

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This post will help you plan your visit to the East Side Gallery, an outdoor section of the Berlin Wall covered with murals by world artists. We include directions, the best times to visit, what to expect and more.  

 

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

The East Side Gallery is not an actual art gallery, rather it is a 1.3 km (.8 mile) section of what remains of the Berlin Wall. This outdoor ‘art gallery’ runs along Mühlenstraße and the Ostbahnhof, very close to the River Spree

When a divided Berlin was unified in 1990, artists from all over the world came to paint murals on this segment of the Wall. (For a brief history of the East Side Gallery, see the section below). 

There are over 100 murals created by artists from 21 countries, reflecting the political changes in Germany and the world at that time. The murals are painted in a wide range of styles, from New York-style graffiti to classic Japanese paintings. Here are just a few murals you may see.

 

TIP: If you are interested in the Berlin Wall, its construction, political implications and history, then we recommend also visiting the Berlin Wall Memorial.

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Panoramapunkt Berlin Tickets

Panoramapunkt Berlin Observation Deck

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Providing one of the best views in the city, Panoramapunkt is one of the most popular attractions in Berlin. This post will help you plan out a trip, including ticket prices, the best times to come, what to expect and more. 

 

 


PLAN YOUR VISIT

The following section will include all of the details you should consider before visiting Panoramapunkt. In addition to information such as operational hours, we will also give you information about how to find the observation deck, what to expect and some of the best times to visit.


What is Panoramapunkt?

Panoramapunkt is an outdoor viewing platform which gives you a 360° perspective of Potsdamer Platz. You’ll find this observation deck at the top of Kollhoff Tower, roughly 100 meters (328 ft) above the city streets. From the top, you’ll have the opportunity to see famous sites such as the TV Tower, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island and more. Read more »

Things to Do in Berlin in September

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Even though the summer is over, there are still a lot of fun events happening. This post will provide several different ideas for things to do in Berlin during the month of September. We’ll start off with our top 10 list and move on from there to include free attractions, things to do at night and family-friendly activities.

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER

The following section will provide a list of our top ten activities you can enjoy in Berlin during the month of September. Whenever possible, we will make a note of attractions that are either family-friendly, fun at night or free for everyone.

Several of the items below are already included for free or at a discount with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.


1) Take a Walking Tour

a Free Tours by Foot walking tour

No matter what time of year it is, our pay-what-you-wish walking tours are always a great option. We offer a few different tours per day which cover a variety of different topics and locations in Berlin.

Classic Berlin – On this tour, you’ll see sites such as Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, and Brandenburg Gate. We usually offer this tour twice per day.

Alternative Berlin – Rather than seeing the typical sites, this tour will reveal some of the more noteworthy street art and graffiti in the city. You’ll also see landmarks of rock, reggae, punk and electronic music.

If you’re looking for something different, we also offer tours focusing on the Third Reich, the Cold War and more. Check our Berlin walking tours post for more information. Read more »

Tempelhof Airport Tours Berlin

Tempelhof Airport Tours

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This post covers how to visit Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, including guided tours and a tour highlights section. We also include ideas for things to do before and after your visit. 

 

 


HISTORY AND OVERVIEW

Tempelhof Airport is a retired airport (closed in 2008) that lies close to Berlin’s city center. Today, the airport is recreation center and its terminal and offices are used for offices, event space, guided tours and as housing for refugees.

Tempelhof derives its name from the Knights Templar, who owned the land claimed by the airport today. The Prussian kings and eventually the German Kaisers used the land as military parade grounds, something the Nazis had planned on also doing. Read more »

Berlin Wall Memorial Guide

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This post is a guide to the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer), with tips on how to get here, planning your visit, as well as a self-guided tour of this large memorial. 

 

 

WHY VISIT?

Stretching over 1.4 kilometers (roughly 1 mile) of the Berlin Wall’s foundations, this entirely free memorial is the first stop anyone interested in Berlin’s separated past should visit, boasting a variety of fascinating exhibitions along with an opportunity to experience the Wall as it would have felt from those living on both sides of Bernauer Strasse (and Berlin).

This moving memorial honors the victims of the GDR regime. It also explains the many ways that its citizens tried to escape, including tunnels, and particularly for Bernauer Strasse, jumping from windows and roofs.

The memorial also explains the varied methods that the GDR regime cruelly used to keep its citizens from escaping. Read more »

Things to Do in Berlin in August

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This post lists the top things to do in August in Berlin, including a top 10 list, free things to do, family-friendly activities as well as things to do at night. 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST

This section will focus on the biggest and best Berlin has to offer, whilst noting those which are nocturnal, free or family-friendly (there are also individual sections for these types of attractions, which can be easily accessed from the top of the page).

For tips on the most popular activities in Berlin, check out our schedule of walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

Several of the items below are already included for free or at a discount with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

 


(1) See The Berlin Wall

August 13th is the 67th anniversary of the day that the East Germans began erecting a wall which cut Berlin in half. Tens of thousands of families were torn apart for decades. Some were stuck in Communist East Berlin while others were lucky enough to be on the better side of the wall in Democratic West Berlin.

In 1991, Berlin was reunified and most of the wall was torn down.

 

 
 

No trip to Berlin is complete with visiting the remaining sections of this historic wall. The two best points to visit are the Berlin Wall Memorial, which gives a deep insight into the wall’s history, and the East Side Gallery, which presents the longest surviving strip of the wall, adorned with modern art.

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