How to Celebrate Easter in Berlin

Pysanka, or painted eggs, are an important element of Ukrainian Easter celebrations
Pysanka, or painted eggs, are an important element of Ukrainian Easter celebrations | Tim Mossholder / Unsplash
Alice Dundon

Easter in Berlin has a characteristic mix of traditional German festivities and food, with a twist of Berlin parties, carnivals and bonfires. The holiday weekend brings a unique offering of family-friendly or adult-only fun for locals and visitors to enjoy. Here’s how to celebrate Easter in Berlin.

Spring Carnival and annual Easter festivities

Easter in Berlin sees a range of events, carnivals and festivals coming to the city. Leading into and during Easter, Berlin hosts its annual Spring Festival. The carnival-like fun fair offers over 70 rides, plenty of traditional German food and a celebratory atmosphere. Citadel Spandau also invites guests to enjoy its annual Easter Ritterfest, a medieval Easter festival. Here, you can delight in knights’ tournaments, fire shows and an other-timely atmosphere. While history buffs can dive into the Germanic origins of the Easter bunny, and explore many other Easter-related questions, with a special guided tour on Good Friday at the German History Museum. By Easter Sunday, it’s time for Berliners to get glamorous, dressing up for the opening the city’s racing season at the Hoppegarten horse track.

Easter markets and an exciting bonfire

The fun doesn’t stop there, as Berlin also hosts two large Easter markets. One in the city centre at Alexanderplatz brings a spring-like atmosphere with an array of wine stands and a welcoming beer garden. There are also numerous live performances and a petting zoo to provide entertainment for the little ones. Alternatively, for a more traditional ambience, head over to the Easter market on Kurfürstendamm, where giant Easter eggs decorate the square, charming carousel twirls and there is a full program of live entertainment fit for the whole family.

On Easter Eve, the highlight of Berlin’s festive program is a large bonfire in Spandau’s Gatow neighbourhood. Over in the Britz section of Neukölln, the lush green park, Britzer Garten, offers live music, rich hearty German food and a warming community vibe.

The unconventional Easter Berlin event

It wouldn’t be a holiday in Berlin without some unconventional, adult-only fun. Easter Berlin is the biggest leather and fetish event in Europe. Taking place each year over Easter, the meeting is organised by members of the BLF (Berlin Leather Fetish) club. Each year, thousands of leather, rubber, sportswear, skin and kinky-wear lovers from across the globe come together at Nollendorfplatz, to celebrate and explore their fetish in a safe and inclusive environment. There is the annual wild party, Snax Club, an all-male fetish party at Lab.oratory on Easter Saturday.

Discover German Easter Traditions

Embrace the chance to delve into Germany’s rich Easter customs and folklore. The Osterhase (Easter Bunny) is a prominent figure during this time, and you might find bunny-themed decorations and treats everywhere you go. Experience the enchantment of the Osterbaum (Easter tree), where tree branches are adorned with painted eggs and colorful ribbons. Try your hand at egg painting and learn about the symbolism behind different egg designs. Embracing these traditions will deepen your understanding of German culture and make your Easter celebration in Berlin even more meaningful.

Easter Crafts and Workshops

Berlin’s artistic soul comes to life during Easter with various workshops and crafting events. Get hands-on experience in decorating your Easter eggs using the traditional “wax-resist” method known as “Pysanky.” Alternatively, attend crafting sessions to create intricate paper-cuttings or design your own Easter-themed candles. Participating in these workshops not only lets you bring home a unique souvenir but also provides an opportunity to connect with local artisans and learn about their creative processes.

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