Blooming Wonderful – Berlin’s Spring Festivals
As the sun’s rays begin to signal that spring is just around the corner, it’s time to head outside and enjoy all that Berlin’s spring festivals have to offer.
The Berlin festival season kicked off this year on March 24th with the 47th Berliner Frühlingsfest (Berlin Spring Festival) at the central festival grounds on Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. Until 17th April, around 60 carnies bring their rides for a great bit of fun. This year you can ride the Wild Mouse, XXL Kraken, the Happy Family Funhouse and the Amore Ferris Wheel. For the little ones, there are scooter car rides as well as various children’s carousels.
Festival treats include freshly grilled specialties, the popular half-metre bratwurst, crêpes, roasted almonds, cotton candy and candied fruits. There is also a festival tent inviting festival-goers to spend time dining, drinking, partying or just hanging out.
Two of the major highlights are the fireworks shows, at 10pm on Saturday 25th March and Saturday 15th April, where the night sky is lit up over the central festival grounds.
Britz Tree Blossom Festival
The Britzer Baumblüte is a traditional spring celebration, held this year between 29th March to 17th April 2017. Taking place in Gutspark Britz, near the Parchimer Allee, over 40 fairground rides have been set up for the whole family to enjoy. A beer garden also offers plenty of space for relaxing and to enjoy an original Thuringian grilled sausage.
For the 9th time, a Giant Easter Egg Painting Competition is taking place, while there are also numerous live bands in addition to the casting show “Britz sucht Supertalent”. The Easter bunny will also be making an appearance on both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, where he will be handing out Easter eggs to children and making time for family photos.
International Garden Festival
On April 13, the first International Garden Exhibition (IGA) will be opened in Berlin’s Marzahn-Hellersdorf district. The development of a new 100-hectare park landscape at the International Garden Exhibition 2017 site reflects the relationship between the city, suburbs and urban periphery against the background of the fast-growing city of Berlin. The exhibition runs until October 2017.
Berlin-Dahlem Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum
Located in Lichterfelde in the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, the Dahlem Botanical Garden and Museum has an area of 43 hectares and around 22,000 different plant species. Visitors can take part in a “spring trail” this April which proceeds through the gardens and greenhouses, taking in somee truly beautiful plants and flowers on the way.
For more helpful tips on things to see and do this spring, checkout www.visitberlin.de