Have a Wunderbar Winter in Germany with Airberlin
Germany is hot this winter with airberlin’s Winter Wonderland free ticket giveaway. So get ready to discover all the fun things to do in Germany this fall and winter season: From Berlin’s Festival of Lights, to Cologne’s Christmas Markets- and everything in between!
By Max Milano
Germans will tell you to avoid their country during the winter season. During my visit to Berlin last summer, I lost count of how many locals complained about Berlin’s cold winters. So there’s no wonder why so many of them head south to Spain the minute the snowflakes begin to fall! But what these German snowbirds fail to grasp is that when coupled with the cheap hotel and airfare deals available, the smaller crowds, and colorful Christmas Markets, Germany’s winter wonderlands become an attractive and affordable getaway. Are you ready to discover Germany’s wunderbar winters?
Germany Winter Wonderlands
Ok, Oktoberfest is not celebrated in the winter; it doesn’t even begin in October! But Oktoberfest is undoubtedly the official end of summer, and the beginning of winter festivities. This year Munich’s famous Oktoberfest begins on Sep 26th and will run until October 7th. All large breweries in the city set out massive tents, to serve their best beers and traditional Bavarian food. You can book a table directly on a brewery website, or just walk around and join in with friendly locals. Take advantage of airberlin’s hot winter deals from the USA to Germany, and find out what all the Oktoberfest fuzz is all about (Lederhosen not included).
Prost! Let the festivities begin
2-Berlin’s Festival of Lights
Berlin has been described as “a grey, unbeautiful city crammed with history and ghosts”, and this can be more evident in the winter. But for history and art lovers, there is no better time to explore this city’s world class museums and trendy art galleries. The city itself is an open air museum, with the remnants of the Berlin wall, the restored Reichstag, the iconic Brandenburg gate and the socialist chic Fernsehturm Tower; all telling a chapter of the city’s sometimes painful past. This year’s Berlin Festival of Lights will bathe the city’s historical landmarks in colorful lights and will feature neon sculptures, ‘light boats’ and rickshaws.
Get well lit! Berlin's Festival of Lights
Austria and Switzerland may have the most famous German speaking ski resorts, but the Bavarian Alps offer world class skiing, smaller crowds and better prices than their Austrian counterparts on the other side of the mountains. Head over to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, located at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak. This resort is the jewel of the Bavarian Alps, with world class skiing, pristine landscapes, and culinary delights to ensure the best après ski experience in the German Alps.
4-Germany’s Christmas Markets
Germany’s Christmas Markets are a wonderful tradition and a great way to experience how the locals get into the Christmas spirit. Berlin, Cologne, Nuremberg, Munich and Dresden all have world famous Christmas Markets, offering everything from hot Glühwein mulled wine, to hand carved nutcracker dolls. Don’t miss the traditional Christmas cakes and freshly baked cookies.
Traditional German Christmas Market
5-Berlin’s Museum Hop
Berlin is a city of museums, there is even a museum dedicated to the city’s favorite food (the Currywurst). Winter offers the perfect opportunity to be indoors, admiring all the history and art that Berlin can throw at you. Start at the German Historical Museum, then on to the Neues museum (ancient art), one of the five large museums on Berlin’s Museum Island. Hop over to the Reichstag’s ultra modern viewing platform, and then on to the DDR museum for displays of everyday life in the former East Germany. Berlin is also a city of Art Galleries, the hippest ones located in the Mitte district. This former run down area of East Berlin is now home to the trendiest, shabby chic art galleries in Germany. Visit Gallerie Zink, for the hottest new artists in Europe.
Not the wurst museum in Berlin!
Max Milano is a world traveler, travel blogger and published author.