Beautiful Berlin in Winter - In Photos

Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by in Destinations, Europe Travel, Germany, Photo Posts

When one thinks of winter in Germany, one of the first things to come to mind is, naturally, the Christmas Markets.

What’s not to like? Warm glühwein, delicious guilt-free treats, festive decor and music, and endless shopping possibilities.

But coming from a Nordic country myself, I was glad I got to experience Berlin under (and, well, during) a brand new layer of snow, and feel a bit closer to my home, if only for a few days. In fact, I’m quite a big fan of exploring new cities during a snowstorm.

Even though that snow meant I had one of the worst flights of my life flying in the city, and that my feet were wet for most of my time there, I didn’t mind - the spectacle was too gorgeous to complain about anything.

The deserted East Side Gallery

Lonely bike in West Berlin

In an attempt to get an opinion for myself on the old West vs East Berlin debate, I walked around quite a bit in both areas, explored many of their hidden corners. And I have come to a conclusion.

I prefer East Berlin.

While West Berlin is by far much prettier, it felt too sanitized, too picture-perfect for my taste. And also, I probably was the only person NOT way ahead in their 60s. I liked the energy of the East, the quirky shops and the funky cafés. I look forward to seeing more of it in the future.

Cross!

Terrace and Christmas tree shopping.

Remains of the Berlin Wall

What to do when it snows in Berlin?

I decided to indulge my inner tourist and buy a ticket for these hop-on/hop-off tours. I don’t usually go for them because I find them restrictive and generally quite boring, but in this weather? It was the best option. I was warm, I was dry, I was entertained in my own language, and because, there wasn’t anybody but me in there, I got the best seat (aka that much coveted front seat on the upper deck!)

Berliner Dom in the storm

Tiergarten

Not a good weather for motorcycles.

One of my favorite neighborhoods in the city is Prenzauler Berg - or, from what I observed, Preggo Town. It seemed as though every woman I walked past by was either holding a baby or expecting one. Not that I minded - it was actually really cute to see these adorable red-cheeked little creatures all bundled up in heavy winter gear, unable to move arms or legs.

And the local scenery was quite lovely too, in fact.

berlin in winter

Lovely Prenzlauer Berg

Have you been to Berlin in winter? What were your favorite things to do, other than admire the snow?

Many thanks to Visit Berlin for hosting me during my stay. As always, all opinions are my own.

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20 Responses to “Beautiful Berlin in Winter - In Photos”

  1. A Lady in London

    01. Feb, 2013

    I went to Berlin in February once, but there was no snow. It was nice to walk around without any tourist crowds!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Feb, 2013

      Indeed - almost no tourists in sight, only me and the snow.

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  2. Haha ‘Preggo Town’.

    Great shots, really like your photography.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Feb, 2013

      I read that on Foursquare I think, and I found it very fitting! And thanks!

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  3. Erica

    01. Feb, 2013

    EEEEEEEE It looks so beautiful!

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  4. This is my favorite time of year to go! I get the deepest discounts on lodging and getting there AND I get the tourist attractions mostly to myself AND the great January sales!

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  5. Kyle

    02. Feb, 2013

    Berlin is awesome in the winter, I am very glad you had a great trip. However, you have a glaring typo in the opening sentence. Additionally, I cannot believe that you call yourself a travel writer and you took the touristy double decker bus! The 100 or 200 bus line covers similar loops sans the humiliation and cost. The transit in Berlin is a dream come true and I cannot believe you could not figure it out to get around easily. Lastly, you are minimizing the atrocities and devastation that occurred during the Third Reich and the GDR by incorrectly identifying the “old debate” between the two sides of Berlin. This blog post is garbage, but you took some great photos!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      03. Feb, 2013

      My “old debate” wasn’t related to politics at all - much like London’s South or North Banks, Paris’ Droite or Gauche, etc - I didn’t mean to offend anyone by minimizing anything.

      Also, re: tourist bus. It was a huge snowstorm, and my feet were soaking wet. Walking around wasn’t an option ;-)

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  6. Adam

    03. Feb, 2013

    Nice to see your photos of my adopted home! I do love when it’s snowy here.

    Everyone loves to make fun of all the strollers and new (or soon-to-be) moms in Prenzlauer Berg, but I still really love the neighborhood. I’ve now lived in a bunch of different areas of Berlin (from both the old East and West), and it’s still one of my favorites!

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  7. Jennifer

    04. Feb, 2013

    Great photos! I’m visiting Berlin for the first time next month and can’t wait!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      13. Feb, 2013

      I hope it’s still snowy - you’ll see, it’s so pretty!

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  8. JoAnna

    07. Feb, 2013

    Lovely! I love how life goes on, even when the world is covered by snow.

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  9. Turtle

    09. Feb, 2013

    Beautiful photos! I’ve always loved the idea of Europe in winter… but not necessarily wanted to actually be there for it. The snow looks pretty but just ends up being cold and wet and dirty and uncomfortable!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      13. Feb, 2013

      Thanks Michael! I really, really love Berlin in the winter - as long as I have the right gear ;)

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  10. Richard Bradshaw

    19. Dec, 2013

    I am a huge fan of Berlin. This was a delight to revisit through your photographs and a very enjoyable read.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      02. Jan, 2014

      Thank you so much Richard! Glad to hear :-) Berlin in fabulous in the wintertime!

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