What's the weather like in Berlin in December
Even though the temperatures are cold and the days are very short, December can still be a great time to visit Berlin, especially around the Christmas season. Thanks to the mix of architectural styles from the long history of different groups and cultures in the city, the buildings become almost magical in the dark days of winter.
Snow is a possibility this time of the year in this part of Germany and when the white powder covers the older buildings, it adds to the wonder and magic of the city.
Nearly 51mm of precipitation falls this month, coming over 16 days in the month. Expect to contend with a mix of rain and snow during your visit this month and be prepared with both an umbrella and the proper winter gear. You'll want a winter coat or jacket, gloves, hat and scarf to keep you warm while you're out and about exploring the city. The chance of rain or snow on any given day is 40 percent and there's plenty of cloud-cover this month as well.
With only two hours of daylight on average this month, you're in for dark days during your visit. Thankfully, you'll find plenty to do indoors, from exploring a local museum to sipping on your favorite German beer in a local bar. Along with winter gear, you'll want plenty of warm layers, as the average daily temperature only hits 1°C (about 34°F). Surprisingly, the city stays warmer than the nearby town of Lubars, thanks to the insulating effects of the urban environment.
The lows during the evening and overnight hours drop down to below freezing, getting all the way down to -1°C (around 30°F). In the warmest parts of the day, the highs don't get much better, reaching up to only 3°C (about 37°F).
Berlin Hotels for December
Hotel Adlon Kempinski
With its classic red awning and traditional architecture, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski is a luxurious place to stay in Berlin in December. No matter your needs or group size, the hotel has 13 different room configurations to fit singles, couples and families traveling together. Other hotel amenities include 24-hour concierge services, two swanky bars, three restaurants and beautiful spa and fitness center to relax and rejuvenate.
25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin
For a super cool vibe, you have to check out 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, a hip and cosmopolitan hotel for the young and the young at heart. It appeals to the active crowd, with lots of amenities. With lots of glass and metal accents, the hotel provides views of the Berlin Zoo next door and the rest of the capital city. Head up to the rooftop terrace and enjoy German beer and wine and delicious snacks and meals with panoramic views.
Made up completely of suites, the Mandala Suites in central Berlin offers guests plenty of space to spread out. Each of the 80 studios and suites come with free Wi-Fi, walk-in closets, kitchenettes and luxurious bathrooms. Other hotel amenities include workout facilities, laundry services and full-service concierge.
Bars and Restaurants
At Ristorante Peperoncino, you'll be treated to southern Italian cooking. The restaurant is just off a main road in Berlin, tucked away on a quiet street. The antipasto platter is a must-have and large enough to share with the whole table. Other menu items include pasta, gnocchi, soups and salads, and don't miss the wine and drink menu. Each table gets fresh bread to enjoy as you wait for your meal to come.
For something different, check out Villa Rodizio, a Mexican and Argentinian steakhouse. The restaurant is all-you-can-eat so come hungry and be prepared to leave stuffed. At this authentic churrascaria, you have your choice of a wide variety of meats, including chicken, beef, pork and sausage. The large buffet includes numerous sides, like salads, potatoes, vegetables and more that all complement the meat.
La Tia Rica
Offering up South American flair, La Tia Rica mixes Latin, Chilean and Spanish flavors on its menu. Entrée choices include everything from fish to beef to pork, with unique dishes like the caramelized sweet corn casserole with minced beef. The extensive wine list includes many choices right from Chile in red, white and rose varieties. Be sure to save room for dessert with choices like passion fruit mousse and tiramisu.
Things to do in Berlin in December
Experience the magic of the holiday season and get in the holiday spirit in December at one of Berlin's Christmas Markets. Despite the cold, the traditional Christmas markets are a joyful experience and great opportunity to buy some unique and quirky Christmas presents for your loved ones back home. Along with shopping, you'll enjoy delicious food from food trucks and area restaurants, as well as music and entertainment.
Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the German President, is a white neoclassical palace that was built in 1786. It was first built as a private residence for Friedrich the Great's youngest brother Prince Ferdinand of Prussia. It has undergone many renovations and transformations over the years, depending on who has called the palace home. A palace tour can be arranged for interested tourists and visitors who want to learn about the history of the palace and the role it played in Germany's history.
Classic Remise Berlin
Even if you aren't a car buff, it's still worth a visit to see the vehicles at the Classic Remise Berlin. The collection is housed in a former tram depot and features different repair garages, services and dealers. You can shop for classic car spare parts, view hundreds of different classic and model cars and even find accessories and memorabilia. During your visit, be sure to check out the on-site restaurant.