The best way to get a feel for Berlin in winter is on foot. At night time, Tiergarten turns into an enchanted forest, with its desolate woods blanketed by fog. For a more social affair, the Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden hosts winter-themed events. If you’re planning a trip here, make sure you’re layered up (or down) – the Main Tropical Greenhouse is warm and humid, even in winter, allowing exotic plants to bloom all year round.
If you’d simply like to take your camera on a walk, there’s plenty to see and snap around Christmas time. Unter den Linden boulevard is lined with 220 illuminated trees you won’t need a flash for. Running between the City Palace and Brandenburg Gate, this glittering stretch puts you right within reach of the city’s best sights.
Top Tip: If you’re searching for that festive feeling, head over to Köpenick’s football club on December 23rd, and join the crowds of Christmas carollers. This is an annual event that gets more magical every year, and the numbers can rise into the thousands. If you’d rather not sing along, you can simply go to watch, or even just spend the evening drinking mulled wine and eating German biscuits.