In general, Berlin’s climate is relatively mild, but with some bitter cold spells in the winter (Dec-Feb) and some humid heat waves in the summer (June-Aug). June through September are the best months to visit in terms of weather, with temperatures generally fluctuating between 12°C and 18°C (53°F- 64°F). Spring can be slow to arrive, though sun-starved Berliners start sunbathing in the parks as early as April. September and early October often bring warm sunny days that keep the outdoor cafes open and busy. Winter tends to be gray and damp, sometimes with snow. Gray skies, with or without rain, are a possibility year-round. For current weather conditions in Berlin, visit www.berlin.de/wetter.
Berlin remains culturally vibrant throughout the year, but note that nearly all of Berlin’s museums are closed on Monday. Many museums and attractions are closed December 25 and 26, and January 1. You may want to time your visit to coincide with one of the city’s yearly festivals. The Berlin International Film Festival (www.berlinale.de) showcasing the work of international directors, starts the second week in February and lasts for a week. In June, Berlin plays host to one of the largest Gay Pride festivals (www.regenbogenfonds.de) in Europe, featuring parades, performances, and street fairs. The Berliner Festwochen (Berlin Festival; www.berlinerfestspiele.de), which lasts from September through mid-October, brings an international roster of performing artists to Berlin for opera, symphony, and theatrical presentations. The annual Jazz-Fest Berlin (www.berlinerfestspiele.de), featuring some of the world’s finest jazz artists, starts the first week in November. Berlin’s Christmas Market, with outdoor stalls selling food, hot drinks and craft items, begins in early December and lasts through Christmas. To locate cultural events in Berlin and to purchase tickets online, visit www.visitberlin.com.
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