When is the best time to visit?
Berlin is a popular tourist destination and there are plenty of cheap flights to Berlin available all year round. The months of July and August are the wettest, but also warmest months when temperatures can reach the mid-20s Celsius. September and October are the most pleasant months of the year, highlighted by the autumn foliage. The cold and damp winter is from November to March and is marked with overcast skies and temperatures that often drop below freezing. December to February are the coldest months. In May and June the trees are in bloom and the outdoor café season starts.
Berlin is interesting to visit any time of year, with the most visitors taking flights to Berlin between May and September. Major holidays and events pack the city, such as Easter, Christmas with its Christmas Markets, New Year celebrations, Green Week in January, Berlinale in February and the Love Parade in July. Throughout the year Berlin also hosts trade shows which can fill the hotels.
Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale, is a great cultural event and one of the most significant film festivals in Europe. For two weeks in February, the city goes film-mad with screenings taking place throughout Berlin but predominantly on the Potsdamer Strasse. More than 300,000 tickets have been sold in previous years, with visitors flying in from all over the world.
Hosted in June, Carnival of Culture is a celebration of the ethnic diversity within Berlin. Representatives from over 70 cultures dress in colourful clothes and dance along the streets during the street fair and parade, whilst there are also performances on purpose-built stages. This event, which takes place in early June, attracts approximately one million people, so expect lots of crowds.
March to May and October to early November have pleasant weather and fewer tourists. The fewest visitors are here between November and March; lines are shorter, and you can focus on cultural events. There is also the chance to pick up cheap flights to Berlin.
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Nowhere is this better represented than at Potsdamer Platz. This was no-man's land, divided by the Wall, after the Second World War. Now, with lots of shiny new buildings, it is a lively commercial and entertainment quarter. It is close to the important symbols of "old" Berlin - the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (the original parliament of the German Empire) and the 630-acre Tiergarten Park.
Berlin marks its once terrible history with several monuments. The Jüdisches Museum tells the story of the Jewish people in Germany and the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe, unveiled in 2005, is a field of 2,700 undulating concrete slabs near the Brandenburg Gate.
With around 170 museums, it’s well worth visiting Berlin just to experience the staggering amount of art, culture and history. Museum Island on the Spree River has five, including the impressive Pergamon Museum. There are plenty of walking tours around the city that can help you take in all the sights, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall.
The adventurous should not miss out on Berlin’s wild nightlife, featuring infamous clubs such as Berghain and Kitkatclub, and countless trendy bars and restaurants, some of which are built around ruined buildings like Café Zapata in Mitte.