Things to Do in Autumn
October and November are part of the shoulder season between the busy summer holidays and the vibrantly busy Christmas season. However, you’ll still find plenty of things to do in Berlin throughout the autumn season, you can easily enjoy your extended stay in Berlin. Take a look at these fabulous events and attractions:
Day of German Unity – Every year 3rd October: A national holiday celebrating the 1990 reunification of Germany, the Day of German Unity sees all sorts of events take place throughout the capital. Celebrations here are especially meaningful, given the powerful symbolism of the Berlin Wall’s fall and what that meant for Berlin culture.
Festival of Lights - 7-16 October: The longer autumn evenings provide the perfect setting for the spectacular light and video projections that illuminate the city’s most famous sights and monuments during the festival. Highlights include the Berlin Cathedral, the Bode Museum, the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, and Potsdamer Platz.
Zeughausmesse Decorative Arts Fair - 13-16 October: Meet artists and designers, see their wares, and shop to your heart’s content at one of the world’s leading fairs for applied contemporary art.
Spreewiesn Oktoberfest - Until 29 October: What’s Berlin in October without an Oktoberfest celebration? Head to the Spreewiesn party tent at Postbahnhof for beer, eisbein, pretzels, music, and more.
Jazzfest Berlin - 3-6 November: Enjoy diverse styles of the genre at Berlin’s well-established clubs.
Theater der Dinge - 1-7 November: The International Festival of Contemporary Puppet and Object Theatre gives you the chance to see theatrical projects in shows, performances, and exhibitions at Schaubude Berlin.
Berlin Winter Park - From 11 November: Enjoy a carnival atmosphere and funfair rides at a new folk festival that aims to inject light and colour into Berlin culture in the long evenings. A perfect outing in autumn in Berlin.
Interfilm Berlin International Short Film Festival - 15-20 November: Choose from approximately 500 short- and medium-length films from all over the world. Screenings at numerous participating cinemas around the city.
Christmas in Tierpark - From 18 November: Take a two-kilometre circular walk around Europe’s largest zoo and admire more than 30 light sculptures. You’ll also find a range of traditional festive season treats available.
See the view from the Reichstag: This neo-Baroque building that is home to the German Parliament is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Fill in the online form at least three working days before you plan to visit and see the view from the top.
Explore Sanssouci: Located in Potsdam, a short S-Bahn ride away from central Berlin, the famous palace and its stunning grounds invite exploration.
Outdoor Activities to Do in Autumn
Although autumn in Berlin can be cold, there’s still plenty to do outdoors. Take a look at these suggestions:
Go on a bike tour of the city: Berlin is flat and has many clear routes, canal parks, and paths, making the city perfect for exploring by bicycle. If you’re brave enough to do it alone, go for it – although you will need to exercise caution and, preferably, wear a helmet. The safer option is to join one of the many bike tours available.
Hike around the famous Brandenburg Lakes: Brandenburg, the north-eastern state that surrounds the city, is known as the Land of 3,000 Lakes. There are plenty of hiking trails you can follow and immerse yourself in the autumnal beauty of the area surrounding Berlin in October. Five amazing trails include Sperenberger Gipsbrüche, Herrensee, Straussee and Liepnitzsee,
Watch a football match: Football plays an important role in Berlin culture, so why not soak up the sporting atmosphere and take in a game or two while you’re in the city?