A guest post from oh-berlin.com

Berlin is a great Holiday destination at any time of the year. There is something a little bit extra-special, though, about Berlin in winter and here you have just a few of the reasons why.

1. Eat!

One of the best things to do in Berlin at Christmas time is to enjoy the food and drink.

You certainly can’t pass on the mulled wine and the perfect complement is some German stollen – a spiced fruit loaf of raisins, nuts and citrus.

And if in the city on Christmas Day, you must try a full German Christmas dinner. The most common is a plate of goose, dumplings and, of course, all the trimmings!

2. Christmas Markets

The Berlin Christmas Markets are quite an experience, to say the least. You could pass hours strolling through the markets with all the delicious food on offer, the warm drinks, the crafts and gifts and even in some markets the rides.

The Berliner Weihnachtszeit market outside The City Hall is one of the best if visiting with children. There are all sorts of fun fairground rides, topped off by a Ferris Wheel. There is also a Winter Wonderland checking out at Potsdamer Platz, where they have the largest mobile toboggan run in Europe.


3. The Tiergarten 

The Tiergarten is Berlin’s largest park and is one of the largest in all of Europe. This is perfect on a nice summer’s day, but just as – if not more – special when it becomes its own little winter wonderland.

When the trees and grassy areas are covered in snow, this is the ideal place to go to get into the winter and Christmas sprit. You can wrap up warm and put on your gloves to go for a nice relaxing walk. Then warm back up again afterwards with some of that mulled wine we mentioned above!

And if staying in one of Oh-Berlin’s holiday apartments near Tiergarten you will always be nearby to this beautiful winter landscape.

4. See Some Museums

Berlin is a museum city and that means they are worth seeing, even in winter – it’s at least one way to escape the cold!

The Museumsinsel is the perfect place to go to visit museums as there are five on the one island.

Also know that most museums open late on Thursdays so you should try to go on this day if you want to be able to spend a decent amount of time in all five of them.

5. Silvesterlauf 

This is an annual cross-country run that takes place on New Year’s Eve and if in the city at the time, you won’t want to give it a miss.

It is sometimes referred to as the “Doughnut Run.”  Don’t get your hopes up though, as there is not a doughnut in sight during the race. The name came about from the fact that doughnuts are a common New Year’s Eve treat in Berlin. So enjoy some after your run – or during if you bring your own!