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Berlin in the autumn

Why go?

As a rough estimate, there are about 440,000 reasons to visit Berlin during autumn – chiefly because that’s the number of trees you’ll find in the German capital. As the year’s most atmospheric season begins to be felt in the air and the streets, each of those trees (or the deciduous ones anyway) will be turning the parks and gardens of Berlin into a colourful pageant of burnt reds, bright yellows and warming orange. But it’s not just that the city looks particularly picturesque when autumn rolls around. The arty and easygoing vibe that makes Berlin such a great destination feels all the more inviting when the autumn light is at its brightest.

Early autumn's warmer temperatures makes for perfect patio weather

Early autumn's warmer temperatures makes for perfect patio weather

What about the weather?

Though it’s actually drier in autumn than the summer months in Berlin, you’ll still get a fair chance of rain. Having said that, the temperature can change quite dramatically. September can still be relatively warm, but the further you get into October, the more you’ll notice the chill. November sees another drop in temperature, with the days hovering just above freezing point and nights that can get frosty.

What should I pack?

An umbrella will ensure you’re protected from the rather unpredictable rain, and as the temperature will veer towards the cold a thick winter jacket will help keep you warm. You might be able to get away with lighter clothes for an early September trip, but taking a few clothes you can layer means you can adapt if the weather takes a turn for the worse – or, with any luck, the better!

If you enjoy classic jam doughnuts you'll love the Berliner Pfannkuchen

If you enjoy classic jam doughnuts you'll love the Berliner Pfannkuchen

What should I eat?

As the temperatures drop outside, you’ll definitely feel the need for something warming. Luckily, Berlin offers a few tasty specialities that make ideal autumn eating. For those who like things meaty, eisbein is a dish of pickled ham hock that you can find on many menus, and vegetarians aren’t left out when it comes to filling meals either. Kartoffelpuffer are a type of potato pancake than can be sweet or savoury – either way they’re delicious. Finish everything off with a Berliner Pfannkuchen, a slightly larger version of the classic jam doughnut.

Berlin Art Week is a must-do festival in September

Berlin Art Week is a must-do festival in September

What should I do?

Berlin’s bohemian and artistic side is at the forefront of many of its autumn festivals. The Berlin Art Week in September sees the city filled with galleries, installations and fairs where you can indulge your inner critic and even pick up a piece of art that’ll be the talking point of your living room. September also hosts another eye-catching arty festival, and it’s one that literally lights the streets up. The Berlin Lichterfest sees buildings illuminated in a riot of colours and patterns, and light-based performances throughout the city. When night falls, Berlin becomes a huge outdoor gallery that you’ll never tire of exploring.