With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, Berlin in spring is the perfect time for taking a walking or cycling tour of the city and exploring the city’s many parks and gardens. It’s also the time of year when Berliners send off the winter with a number of festivals and events.
The main spring holiday is Easter and although a number of family-friendly events are held over the Easter weekend, the main custom is gifting chocolate eggs and bunnies. Next up, the Berlin Night of Theatres and Operas is held annually in April, with over 50 of Berlin’s cultural venues and concert halls opening their doors from 7pm until 1am and offering back to back showings of short operatic and theatrical performances.
The Berlin Carnival of Cultures is the city’s main springtime event, held annually at the end of May. Inspired by London’s vibrant Notting Hill Carnival, the four-day street festival celebrates the multicultural spirit of Berlin, with a range of ethnic street food, open-air concerts, crafts stalls and parties taking place in the Blücherplatz. The glorious finale of the festival is the Multi-Kulti Parade, with almost 5000 participants from the around the world taking to the streets of downtown Berlin. Expect colorful costumes, glittering masks, traditional dancing, marching bands and dozens of elaborate floats.