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Winter walks in Berlin: Take a stroll under the city’s twinkling lights

Over Christmas and Sylvester, restaurants, bars and living rooms across the city can start to feel a little overcrowded. We’ve rounded up 11 walks in Berlin that are particularly beautiful at this time of year.

Ambling along the Ku’damm

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While Ku’damm isn’t quite as classy today as it was in its earlier West Berlin era, it’s still a glamorous backdrop for an evening stroll. It’s a more old-European glam side to Berlin than we typically see, so window-shop to your heart’s content and enjoy the crisp winter air.

A lap around the Lietzensee

Photo: Imago/Stefan Zeitz

Few lakes in Berlin are as accessible and central as the Lietzensee. With its large green spaces, cafés and restaurants, there’s plenty of good people-watching to be done. The many weeping willow trees dotted around the lake make for one picturesque winter excursion.

Take a turn Unter den Linden

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Unter den Linden is one of Berlin’s most famous thoroughfares. Linking the Berlin Cathedral and Brandenburg Gate, it’s practically a tourist highway. Dotted with monuments and historic buildings, like the equestrian statue of “Alter Fritz”, the Deutsches Historische Museum, the Berlin State Opera and more. While it might not be the most peaceful walk on our list, the sites are certainly worth the crowds. 

Exploring Neukölln‘s little village of Rixdorf

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For a taste of old Bohemian Europe, take an amble through the cobblestone streets of Neukölln’s Rixdorferkiez. Just a hop, skip and a jump from bustling Hermannplatz, you can explore this historic neighbourhood. It’s a peaceful and charming little kiez, and the perfect place for a winter stroll.

Walking from Admiralbrücke to Maybachufer

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It’s no secret that in summer Kreuzberg is loud during the day and even louder at night. In winter, however, the neighbourhood quiets down a bit, making it ideal for a relaxing stroll along the canal.

A meander through Alt-Stralau

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If you’re set on staying in the Friedrichshain-area, this one’s for you. Stroll along Alt-Stralau – a peninsula with the Spree on one side and Rummelsburg Bay on the other. The peninsula is home to a historic village church from the 15th century and an even older cemetery.

A tour of Museum Island

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On Museum Island, Berlin feels less like, well, Berlin and more like Paris or Rome. Impressive Neo-Classical buildings and atmospheric street lamps make Museum Island a charming spot for a winter stroll. Explore the Island’s grand bridges and arches and visit the bronze sculptures in the colonnade courtyard that connects the National Gallery, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon.

Cross the Oberbaum Bridge to Friedrichshain

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The Oberbaumbrücke is one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks. It towers over the Spree, connecting Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. It’s usually a thoroughfare for partygoers, but at this time it’s an unusually calm spot where you can get a great view of the Spree. From there, you can cross over to the East Side Gallery where you can admire the historic murals (with a few less tourists crowding up the street).

Walking from Mariannenplatz to Engelbecken

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Mariannenplatz is one of the more spacious green spaces in Kreuzberg. Here you can also stroll through the well-lit park on wide footpaths in the evening. You walk to the Engelbecken past the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Stroll along the Spree through the government district

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It’s more interesting than it sounds. Stunning modern architecture makes this part of the Spree a unique spot for a Christmas stroll. A walk through the government district is worthwhile, especially because of the interesting architecture, which has a special effect in the evening – especially since there is not much going on here at Christmas.

Take a turn along Sredzkistraße to Kollwitzplatz

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As soon as it is dark (and you certainly don’t have to wait all evening for that), old street lights shine in warm colours along the popular Sredzkistraße in Prenzlauerberg. Turn right when you reach the corner of Kollwitzstraße and amble along the almost traffic-free lane.