7 Fantastic things to do on a city break to Berlin this winter

Things to do in Berlin - Cover - Brandenburg

Berlin, the modern capital of Germany, is one of Europe’s most popular cities.

Once divided, Berlin is now great for exploring and there are plenty of landmarks and attractions where you can learn about the city’s history and most importantly, enjoy your holiday and experience the best of the German capital during the Winter months.

Here are 7 fantastic things to do in Winter when visiting Berlin.

Updated – October 2019!

1. Visit the Icon

Things to do in Berlin - Brandenburg Gate

Once kidnapped by Napoleon, former Emperor of the French Empire, the noble horse and carriage statues fixed to the top of the iconic Brandenburg Gate look spectacular in the Winter months, particularly when sprinkled by just the right (not buried!) amount of snow.

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the great landmarks around the world and famously where the party started after the fall of the dividing Berlin Wall.

During the festive season, the gate shares the spotlight with a rather large Christmas Tree that is beautifully decorated.

We recommend stopping by and taking the opportunity to grab a great holiday snap or two to add to your collection.

Related Holiday – Berlin Christmas Markets

2. Take in a spot of culture

Things to do in Berlin - Museum Island


To learn more about the history and culture of the city, be sure to allocate some time on holiday for a visit to Museum Island.

Here, you can stop by a fantastic range of museums.

Comprising of five museums in total, visitors can handily purchase a ticket that covers entrance to all of them.

A fantastic example of a Neoclassical building, the Old Museum, completed in the early 19th century, is arguably the grandest museum in the city.

Showcasing art from around Europe dating back thousands of years, this museum is a must stop on your tour of the city.

Reopened to the public after renovations in 2009, the New Museum has a fantastic collection of Egyptian art, prehistoric pieces and historic artefacts.

Close to the river, The Bode-Museum houses some fantastic sculptures and also has an exhibition on Byzantine Art.

One of the city’s most popular, the Pergamon Museum features some impressive Archaelogical structures, including the famous Market Gate of Miletus.

Related Holiday – Berlin Christmas Markets

3. Stop by a historic landmark

Things to do in Berlin - Berlin Cathedral

Continuing with the historic theme, catching a sight of Berlin’s famous cathedral during the winter months can be breath-taking.

During sunset, around 4 o’clock local time, in December, the sun can often be found hiding just behind this magnificent building.

With a prominent green dome that features a golden cross, the cathedral, dating back to the start of the city’s eventful 20th century, is a fantastic Berlin landmark.

Related Holiday – Berlin Christmas Markets

4. Stop by an old border

Things to do in Berlin - Oberbaum Bridge

During the Cold War, the Oberbaum Bridge was a crossing point between the East and the West.

Today, it is much more welcoming, offering visitors to the city the perfect opportunity to work on their photography skills.

Related Holiday – Berlin Christmas Markets

5. Get into the festive spirit!

Things to do in Berlin - Festive Markets 1

During the festive season, Berlin really gets into the festive spirit.

A fantastic selection of markets are available to visitors, offering the chance to slowly ease yourself into festive mode before returning to the madness back home.

Fantastic local festive-themed food awaits.

Tackle the famous Bratwurst or sample something a little sweeter in the form or candied almonds known locally as Gebrannte Mandeln.

Below are just some of the Christmas Markets taking place in Berlin in 2019.

Postdamer Platz

Found in the heart of the city, Potsdamer Platz offers a wide selection of restaurants and shops.


A historic square, here you will also find a statue of one of Germany’s most famous poets, Friedrich Schiller.

Berliner Weihnachtszeit

Here, visitors can stop by Berlin’s Town Hall.

Things to do in Berlin - Festive Markets 2

Gedächtniskirche in Charlottenburg

Located close to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, this is arguably the city’s most popular festive market.

Related Holiday – Berlin Christmas Markets

6. Take to the skies

Things to do in Berlin - TV Tower

Centrally located, the Berlin TV Tower is one of the city’s key landmarks.

Built by the former German Democratic Republic, the tower was opened in 1969.

In contrast to its surroundings, the tower, today, still looks rather alien-like.

Similar to the Brandenbrug Gate, the TV Tower now represents modern Berlin.

With queue-skipping tickets available, visitors can ascend the tower by lift to the observation deck and even stop by for a fantastic lunch or admire the city’s night skyline in the evening.

The restaurant revolves around the tower, meaning that after each course, you will have a new view to take in and discuss as you wine and dine the night away.

Related Holiday – Berlin Christmas Markets

7. Get Political!

Things to do in Berlin - Reichstag

The famous Reichstag Building, wonderfully restored in the 1990’s, the Reichstag has had some more additions added to the original building, designed by architect Norman Foster.

A large glass dome is the most prominent of these additions.

Allowing for 360 degree views, visitors can actually walk around the dome that looks down onto the main parliament floor.

Visitors can also walk around the roof terrace and admire the city’s winter skyline from outside.

Guided tours are available of the building that is at the heart of German and global politics.

Visit Berlin this winter

Experience Berlin this winter on a holiday departing from across the UK including Edinburgh and Glasgow with our trusted partner here.

Been to Berlin?

Visited the German capital in Winter? Let us know via either facebook or email.

Similar Features

Get in the festive spirit with these 9 magical European Christmas Market breaks

Packed with festive spirit – Visiting Ljubljana in Winter

Jingle all the way – Edinburgh at Christmas

Follow us on Facebook or on Instagram @DCThomsonTravel. Got a travel suggestion or story you want to share, email us at holidayenquiries@dcttravel.co.uk.