Berlin has a continental climate (hot in summer and cold in winter), and culture all year round – whatever the weather.
In January and February Berlin often ices over. Spring begins in late March/April. May and June are the most beautiful months.
Berlin hosts an impressive portfolio of themed events, cultural extravaganzas and colourful carnivals. In summer, the city buzzes with open-air concert programmes, autumn brings major trade fairs Popkomm and the Art Forum Berlin, and at Christmas, ice-skating rinks and seasonal markets spring up all over. The Berlin International Film Festival glitzes up the dark month of February, and the city welcomes in Spring with the annual rite of the May Day riots, before the nights start to lengthen again and it's time for the summer festivals.
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On public holidays (Feiertagen) it can be difficult to get things done in Berlin. However, most cafés, bars and restaurants stay open – except on the evening of 24 December, when almost everything closes.
New Year's Day 1 Jan
Good Friday Mar/Apr
Easter Monday Mar/Apr
May/Labour Day 1 May
Ascension Day May/June (ten days before Whitsun/Pentecost, the 7th Sun after Easter)
Whitsun/Pentecost Mon May/June
Day of German Unity 3 Oct
Day of Prayer and National Repentance 3rd Wed in Nov
Christmas Eve 24 Dec
Christmas Day 25 Dec
Boxing Day 26 Dec
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