May in Berlin The best events in the merry month of May

Wombats © visitBerlin, Foto: visumate


In May, there is something for everyone again – whether it is relaxation, sport or music. The outdoor season has finally begun again and #berlinsummer is already almost at the door…

First of May

The first May-weekend is a long one – What a great entrance into the month! Lots of different events take place on Labor Day.

1 May, various locations

Maifeiertag in Kreuzberg ©

Maifeiertag in Kreuzberg ©


A slightly different spa experience can be had in the south of Berlin from May. At FINNFLOAT you can rent a sauna raft, take a sauna and go for a refreshing swim by jumping directly into Müggelsee. A perfect combination of everything that one needs to relax, in our view.

From May, Müggelsee Berlin




The sounds of jazz have returned! In April, XJAZZ was on tour in Turkey and is now back in Berlin. At the XJAZZ Festival, musical highlights will be presented throughout Kreuzberg. You can look forward to performances by Yussef Kamaal, The Swag, Dillon and many more.

3 to 7 May, various locations

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Theatre festival

At the 54th Theatertreffen you can again look forward to seeing the ten most notable theatre productions that can currently be found from German-speaking countries. The numerous performances fascinate hundreds of visitors every year. You can find this year’s programme here.

6 to 21 May, various locations

Theatertreffen © Chiussi/Agentur StandArt

Theatertreffen © Chiussi/Agentur StandArt

BIG 25 Berlin

Hurray for sport! If you feel like doing a 25 km sightseeing-jogging tour through Berlin, you should register for the BIG 25 Berlin. The route starts and ends in the Olympiastadion Berlin and goes past numerous monuments. If you don’t feel ready to do the entire route, you can also register for 10 km or a 5 × 5 km relay race.

14 May, Olympiastadion Berlin

BIG25 2015 © Camera4

BIG25 2015 © Camera4


As well on the second holiday there’s lots to do in Berlin. Here you can find out what to do.

25 May, various locations

Klunkerkranich © visumate

Klunkerkranich © visumate

German Protestant Church Assembly

This year, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In this regard, the Kirchentag 2017 constitutes a very special highlight. Numerous events on the subjects of faith, religion and churches will be held under the motto “You are the God who sees me” (Genesis 16:13).

24 to 28 May, at various venues in Berlin and Wittenberg

© Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag 2017

© Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag 2017

Badeschiff Session

Those who can’t wait for early summer festival-days, should drop by first Badeschiff Session. Look forward to a pool, cool music, nice people and hopefully food weather.

26 May, Badeschiff Berlin

German Football Association Cup Final

It’s that time of year again: THE annual highlight for football fans will take place at the end of the month in the Olympiastadtion Berlin. At the DFB Pokalfinale, the best of the best in German football meet.

27 May, Olympiastadion Berlin

DFB Pokal © camera 4

DFB Pokal © camera 4

PS: Are you still looking for a tip for Mother’s Day on 14 May? Then take a look here.

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About the Author

Juliane Wilkendorf

has lived her entire life in Berlin. Travel is her favourite hobby, but she only feels fully at home in the German capital. She has a fondness for good food in combination with a delicious glass of wine and is therefore passionate about trying new restaurants. She finds the many facets of Berlin particularly fascinating. Whether shopping, relaxing, or action, Berlin has something to offer for everyone.


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