3 weeks in Berlin in December. Bad idea or what?

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1. Posted by zdon (Budding Member 6 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Im thinking of visiting Berlin for a few weeks in December to attend a German language school. I know December isn't the ideal time of year to visit Germany, but is it reasonable? How cold, how much snow, etc? Would it be much warmer or drier in Munich?

2. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Cold, it will be; snowy I'm not sure about (hum... ever read the thread speak like Yoda in this thread, you must? Must have rubbed off on me).

The weather in Munich will be better, but then again, 3 weeks in Munich?! I'd go for Berlin and take an extra coat :)

have fun,

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

As you will be staying 3 weeks, accomodation will be a concern for you. A short-term rent on a flat for one month will be cheaper and easier to find in Berlin. As long as you are connected to public transport, it won't really matter where you stay in Berlin. (Unlike Munich.)

So for sheer practical reasons I would stay 3 weeks in Berlin rather than in Munich no matter what time of the year. I'll admit that Munich would be better situated if you wanted to see Nurnberg Christmas market or have some snow on the weekend. But Berlin has Christmas markets too and the lack of snow can be easily compensated by a trip to the Czech Republic from Berlin after your language course.

Weather in Germany pre-Christmas is usually like the weather in New York around this time. It won't be too cold overall, but it is likely that Berlin will get some dry and very cold air from Northern Russia for a few days while you are there.

4. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

It can be cold, but not like the North Pole and there probably won't be much snow, yet. And there are many lovely Christmas markets to choose from. I think that this might be a very good time for language lessons as there will be fewer tempting "lovely summer days" to lure you away from the Hausaufgaben.

Based on my experience, the only regret you might have is how fast three weeks go by.

But one has to work with the time and financing that one has, that was true for me as well.

Wishing you viel Erfolg with your lessons,


[ Edit: Edited at Sep 22, 2006 4:21 AM by pfeiffer ]

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hello zdon

I would choose Berlin. It will be cold in both Berlin and Munich. But I think Berlin is a much more fun place to visit. People there are also open minded and friendly to foreigners.
I wish i could explain my opinion about the cities more, but it is something i have experienced from living in Germany. Berlin is just a nicer place, to be.


6. Posted by HeikoJT (Budding Member 12 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi Zdon,
don't believe Mel! He must have been unfortunate in Munich, as ist is a nicer place to stay than Berlin, though a little bit more expensive.

Public transport is better than in Berlin. And the distances are much shorter.:)

Nightlife is better in Berlin.

Winter time: The Alps a near !! In December there's usually more snow in Munich than in Berlin.

Who tells you that: I'm born in Berlin and live in Munich.


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7. Posted by jerseyguy (Budding Member 2 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Germany is a great country to travel. You can explore beautiful landscapes and lots of history. Its really very astonishing that there are buildings that are 5, 6, 700 years old that are still in great shape. An absolute must would be the capital of Germany, which is Berlin. It's a very great city especially after the wall came down. A lot of work has been done there. You see a lot of history, great museums, artwork, its really a great place to go. Another good city is Munich. Its close to the alps. You can see mountains.


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