Autumn is one of the nicest times to be in Berlin. The weather isn’t too hot or too cold, the leaves are changing, and there are fewer tourists, which means the big sights aren’t as crowded. If you’re wondering if you should visit Berlin in the shoulder season, the answer is yes! There are plenty of things to do in Berlin in autumn, and it’s an enjoyable time to come here.
Where to stay in Berlin
Berlin has lots of great neighborhoods for you to stay in and explore. If you’re visiting Berlin for the first time, it might be best for you stay somewhere central. Many of the attractions are in Mitte or easily connected to Mitte by transport, so you should stay somewhere in that region. Here are a few hotels we recommend.
For a more detailed look at the different neighborhoods and our recommendations, check out our guide to where to stay in Berlin.
What is the weather in Berlin in autumn?
The autumn weather in Berlin changes drastically from the beginning to the end of the season. Late September, when autumn starts, can sometimes still feel like summer. At the end of fall, in early to mid December, the temperatures have dropped, and it very much feels like winter.
Let’s take a look at the month-by-month weather in Berlin in autumn so you know how to prepare.
Weather in Berlin in September
Towards the end of September, temperatures drop a little and fall begins. It might even still feel a bit like summer.
The average temperature in Berlin in late September is in the high 50s to low 60s (about 14-18C).
A little less than 50% of the days in September could have rain, so add a rain jacket or umbrella to your Berlin packing list.
Since there is some variation in temperatures, it’s best to bring clothes you can layer. That way you can wear short sleeves during the day when it’s warmer and a light jacket at night when it’s cooler. And you’ll be prepared for an unseasonably warm or cold day in Berlin September.
Weather in Berlin in October
In October, the weather in Berlin starts to officially feel like fall. There are more cloudy days than sunny ones, and the temperatures are a bit lower than September.
The average temperature in Berlin in October is in the 50s (about 10-15C), and the average even dips down into the high 40s (7-10C) towards the end of the month.
A little less than 50% of the days in October could have rain, so a rain jacket or umbrella is a good idea.
Layers are still good for October since the weather can occasionally be on the warm side, but it will be colder at night.
Weather in Berlin in November
November in Berlin can already start to feel like winter. The days are shorter, the sun is going down early, and the temperatures continue dropping.
The average temperature in Berlin in November is in the 40s (about 4-10C) and could even dip into the 30s (0-9C), especially towards the end of the month.
You’ll have many cloudy days in Berlin in November unfortunately. Roughly 50% of the days in November could have rain, so you should bring a rain jacket or umbrella.
Dress warm in November in Berlin. It’s not as cold as it gets in the winter, but it’s definitely not warm.
Weather in Berlin in December
Berlin weather in December gets rather cold as autumn runs through its final days. The calendar might say autumn, but the weather and the Christmas markets are already embracing winter. The days are very short, and the sun goes down by 4pm.
The average temperature in Berlin in early December is in the 30s to low 40s (about -2 to 7C). It can be quite windy in December in Berlin too, so it might feel even colder. This is definitely a month for winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves.
December in Berlin brings many cloudy days. Roughly 50% of the days in December could have rain, so come with a rain jacket or umbrella.
What to do in Berlin in Autumn
As the heat of summer fades into fall, Berlin offers plenty of things to do and plenty of ways to enjoy the city. The crisp autumn air and gorgeous fall colors are magical. Here are some great things to do in Berlin in autumn.
Enjoy the fall foliage
Berlin has so many great green spaces and parks, so there are trees all around that will start to change colors in the fall. You’d have to try to NOT see beautiful fall leaves here. But there are a few places that are especially worth seeking out to really enjoy the autumn Berlin colors.
Lustgarten is the park in front of the Berliner Dom on Museum Island. Start there and see the city’s most famous church and its most important museums while enjoying the colorful leaves.
The Charlottenburg Palace and surrounding gardens are stunning any time of year. But Berlin in autumn means gorgeous colorful leaves, and what better place to enjoy them than a palace? The gardens and park are a free thing to do in Berlin, so go for a stroll.
Right in the middle of the city is one of Berlin’s largest and most beloved parks, called Tiergarten. It’s a tree-filled park, and a fantastic place to see fall foliage in Berlin. You might even forget you’re in a city.
This park is home to Berlin’s highest natural point and its only waterfall. Even though that waterfall is artificial, it’s still really pretty, and the view from above or below is especially beautiful in the fall.
Above the city
Seeing the leaves around the city from above is a great perspective. Two of the best places for this are the Victory Column and the TV Tower, which happen to also be two of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks.
Climb the Victory Column, and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view of Berlin from above that includes the colorful leaves in Tiergarten.
You can also get a great view of Tiergarten and the Victory Column, plus so many other places in Berlin, from the TV Tower viewing platform.
Drink a beer at a beer garden
Beer gardens in Berlin are very much a summer thing, so when the weather starts cooling off, they start to close. But don’t fear, they will still be open in the earlier part of autumn.
So go grab a brew and soak up the crisp air while you still can. The beer gardens are likely to be less crowded in the fall too.
Visit a museums
Autumn in Berlin means colder days, but it can also mean more rainy days. Berlin on a rainy day is the perfect time to visit a museum.
Supposedly there are more museums than rainy days (which just means there are lots and lots of museums!) so you’ll never run out of museums. Whether you’re interested in art, history, technology, or something quirky, there’s bound to be a museum or two to fit your interests.
Consider a museum pass if you plan on visiting multiple museums.
The Museum Island Welcome Card gives you a 72 hour transport pass, free entry to all museums and collections on Berlin’s Museum Island (Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum, Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Neues Museum), and discounts at many other museums and attractions.
Another option is the normal Welcome Card that does not include free entrance to the museums on Museum Island. It gives you a transport pass that you can choose either 48 hours, 72 hours, 4 day, 5 day, or 6 day, plus discounts at many museums and other attractions.
Go to Oktoberfest
Ok let’s make this clear: Oktoberfest is a Munich thing, not a Berlin thing. But there are still some small festivities in Berlin in late September and early October. You’ll find an Oktoberfest celebration at Alexanderplatz as well as a few other places around the city.
Get illuminated at the Festival of Lights
Usually in October, the Festival of Lights is when Berlin’s famous monuments and buildings are lit up with artistic light shows. It’s an interesting time to see the sights while also experiencing unique and creative art.
It usually lasts about one week. Dates change every year, so check ahead.
Celebrate Reunification Day
Reunification Day celebrates the day when East and West Germany became one country again in 1990. After being divided for decades, piecing the country back together was a big deal.
Berlin especially celebrates this day, and each year there are special events throughout the city. Reunification Day is October 3rd.
Remember the fall of the Berlin Wall
November 9th is another important day in German history that is especially significant in Berlin. On this is the day in 1989, an announcement was made that the residents of East Berlin would be able to cross the border to the West. This triggered a rush of people to the crossing points, and eventually they started tearing pieces of the Wall down.
Events vary from year to year, but this day is also celebrated in Berlin.
Eat seasonal food
Germany loves their seasonal produce, and it shows in German cuisine. Berlin in autumn means certain foods are more available.
You’ll see more apples, which means pies and cakes. There are lots of pumpkins and other squash, so expect pumpkin soup among other things. Potatoes, though available all year, really stand out in the fall, and you’ll see lots of potato soup on menus.
Certain types of mushrooms are in season this time of year, so keep an eye out for that. And if you’re looking for more soups, lentil soup and goulash are popular in autumn, too.
Even beer can be seasonal in Berlin. Check out one of Berlin’s craft beer bars, and you’re almost guaranteed to find an autumn themed beer on tap.
Be merry at the Christmas Markets
In late November, Berlin’s Christmas markets get started, so even though it’s still technically autumn in Berlin, you can start enjoying some Christmas cheer. You won’t have any trouble finding a festive Christmas market where you can start your Christmas shopping and sip on some warm Glühwein during the last week or so of the month.
Read my full guide to Berlin Christmas markets to find out which are the best ones to go to.
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Berlin Travel Resources
I want you to have the best trip to Berlin, and hopefully this list of things to do in Berlin in autumn is helpful. But there are lots more tips on the site!
Check out this detailed list of the best things to do in Berlin. It’s full of activities, attractions, and more. If you love castles, here are some castles in and near Berlin. And for those of you spending more than a few days in Berlin, consider taking a day trip.
Here’s what you should know before coming to Berlin. From practical tips to quirky facts about the city, it’s all in there.
Read this helpful packing list for Berlin so you know what to bring and what to wear.
You’re probably going to be using public transport to get around Berlin. Read this handy guide to Berlin’s public transport system and how to get around Berlin.
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