Visiting Berlin in the spring or fall is a great way to see the city with fewer crowds. But it also means dealing with more variation in weather, which can pose a packing challenge. Spring and fall in Berlin can be warm and sunny or cold and rainy, so it’s best to come prepared. And you can almost always count on wind in spring or fall.
Berlin is a city of all types of people from businessmen in suits to hipsters in ironic t-shirts and people covered in tattoos sporting green hair. Because of this, I don’t feel like you need to dress in a certain style to fit in. In fact, one of the reasons I like Berlin so much is that I can simply be myself. So if you like wearing dresses, wear dresses, but if you’re a jeans and t-shirt girl, that’s fine too.
Dress in a way that makes you comfortable, and keep in mind what types of activities you want to do. Bring something appropriate for a club if you want to check out the nightlife, or pack a few nicer outfits if you want to explore the more posh side of town.
Always check the weather as it gets close to your departure date. If your trip to Berlin is in March or November, there’s always a chance it could end up snowing. Early spring and late fall can often feel like winter, especially if you’re used to warmer climates.
If you prefer dresses, pack one or two and consider reducing the number of t-shirts. In this case, I’d also pack a cardigan for layering and tights.
- 1-2 pairs of jeans
- 5 t-shirts
- 2 long-sleeved shirts
- 1 light-weight jacket, bonus points if it doubles as a rain jacket
- 1 warm scarf – depends on the exact time of your visit, but if it’s 45F and windy, you’ll be glad to have it
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 3-4 pairs of socks
- 2 bras
Layers are key here since the weather can be all over the place in spring and fall.
I can’t stress this enough. Just be yourself. This isn’t one of the European cities where you’ll be shunned for wearing sneakers. I wear sneakers everyday. If you want to walk around in 4 inch heels, just be aware of the cobblestones. You could probably walk around in fuzzy bunny slippers and no one would blink.
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- 1 pair of cute shoes like ballet flats or heels if your wardrobe requires them
- 1 pair of flip flops if you’re staying in a hostel
There really isn’t anything out of the ordinary here. Pack your normal toiletries and you should be fine. If you need something while you’re there, you can find it at almost any drug or grocery store.
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap/shower gel
- Lip balm
- Solid perfume
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair brush and hair ties
- Prescription medications
Accessories are an easy way to dress up an outfit without adding much to your luggage. What you bring will depend on how you like to dress.
- Jewelry – nothing expensive
- A fun scarf
- Sunglasses – just in case you get lucky and visit on a sunny day
- Umbrella – because really, it’s much more likely to rain
- Day pack or purse
I also suggest downloading the VBB app on your phone (free and works in English) or use the BVG website to can easily check transport routes. If you don’t have a data plan that works in Germany, plan your route while you’re on WiFi. The transport system is really extensive in Berlin.
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