Easter 2014 in Berlin
Many of us use the Easter holidays as an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Why don’t you visit Berlin over Easter for a change? There’s definitely a lot to see and experience in Berlin during the weekend from 19th to 21st April. Today, we’ll tell you what to do in Berlin during the Easter holidays.
If the weather stays as nice as it is now, we can look forward to a sunny and quite warm Easter weekend. The best thing to do on a sunny Easter weekend is to go outside and stroll around Easter markets. If you like loud and vibrant markets or if you are in Berlin with your kids, you’ll especially like the two big Easter markets at Alexanderplatz and at Breitscheidtplatz in the City West. From 11th to 27th April, a colorful market takes place at Alexanderplatz where you are spoiled with wine, music, food, fruit trees, all kinds of stalls and a small children’s zoo. Another cool attraction is the “Easter egg house” with about 6000 handmade woolen Easter eggs outside and inside the house. From the hostel, it’s just 10 minutes to Alexanderplatz if you take the S-train from Warschauerstraße.
In Berlin’s City West, you can spot a huge Easter egg near the zoo which marks the Easter market at Breitscheidtplatz. From horse riding and a children’s zoo over live music to sweets and barbeque – here, you find everything your Easterly heart desires. From Warschauer Straße, it’s only about 20 minutes to the S-Bahn stop “Zoologischer Garten” where you’ll find the Easter market.
Apart from that, there is a more alternative market along a canal in Neukölln: the Nowkoellner Flowmarkt at Maybachufer. If you like creative and self-hade stuff rather than the huzzle and buzze of the city center, this place is perfect for you. Here, people negotiate with second-hand clothes and pieces of art, live music creates a relaxed atmosphere and a big variety of food satisfies your appetite. You can walk to this market from our hostel, it’s only about 20 minutes and you’ll pass by the beautiful Oberbaum Brücke, the lively Görlitzer Park and finally get to the canal “Landwehrkanal” along which the market is taking place.
In Germany, we celebrate a nice old tradition of lighting Easter fires during the Easter weekend. Many of us remember the times when we were sitting around a warming Easter Fire as a child, roasting delicious bread on a stick. Even in Berlin, several Easter fires are lightened. If you want to combine a cozy bonfire with a crazy party night, you can warm up at the Easter fire at Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg on Easter Sunday. The Kulturbrauerei is a very hip location for all sorts of cultural events in Berlin. Every weekend, there are big parties, theatre plays and concerts taking place at this complex as well as dancing lessons for all kinds of dancing styles (e.g. salsa, African dance, flamenco). Here, you can spend an awesome Easter Sunday by first chilling at the comfy Easter fire and then later partying with 15 DJs on 7 floors until dawn. To get there, just take the tram M10 right in front of our door to “Eberswalder Straße” and then it’s only a few minutes by foot until you reach the Kulturbrauerei.
Another quieter option for an Easter fire is organized at Britzer Garten in the district of Neukölln. In this very natural and big garden, there’ll be a huge Easter fire with live music on Saturday, 19th April from 6 to 9 pm. On Easter Sunday, the small ones can go crazy at an Easter egg hunt around the park. Also, you can taste delicious Easter specialties at the parks café or just lie in the sun and be lazy. If you’re together with your family, the Britzer Garten is a great address anyways.
Easter for families and children
Besides the many children friendly Easter markets and the Easter egg hunt in Britzer Garten, there’s a special event around Brandenburg Gate for kids during the Easter weekend. Berlin is celebrating the international children festival “23 Nisan” (= 23rd April in Turkish) which was brought to Berlin by the Turkish community.
Also, Berlin’s zoo is organizing an exciting Easter rally around the zoo for kids as well as a special guided walk around the zoo on Easter Sunday.
Easter isn’t Easter without a big feast. As we already described in our blog article, Berlin has a rich culinary culture – from traditional German food over Arabic specialties to Asian and African cuisine. So, if you want to go wild feasting your way through Berlin during Easter you won’t have any problem finding the right place to eat.
For your Easter feast, we recommend you to go to the Spanish restaurant “Faro” just five minutes walking away from our hostel. There, you’ll be treated with yummy Spanish lamb specialties and exquisite wine from Spain. On Easter Sunday, Luis from Valencia prepares a big pan of paella for everybody from 1 pm on. Also, there will be live flamenco music playing on Thursday 17th April from 9pm on. For more information about the restaurant, check out our hostel blog.
As you can see, Berlin is doing its best to create an Easter mood amongst locals and tourists. We hope that we’ll see each other soon at Industriepalast, so that you can experience Berlin in this festive and spring-like atmosphere.
See you soon!
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