Where to See Fall Foliage in Berlin (and Potsdam)

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Discover the best places to see fall foliage in Berlin and Potsdam

Fall foliage in Berlin and Potsdam: what a treat! This is already my 5th autumn in Berlin! No wait, it’s actually my 6th. Time flies! And while I am the biggest fan of spring – and cherry blossom season in Berlin – there’s something about the leaves changing colour that makes me almost as giddy.

So giddy, in fact, that what was originally meant to be the topic of a Berlin & Around newsletter became a full-on blog post! Hence, without further ado, I’ll be sharing my take on where to see fall foliage in Berlin and in the surrounding area; notably Potsdam. You will love these 12 places, I’m sure. Grab your camera and let’s go!

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Where to see fall foliage in Berlin


If you’re looking to see fall foliage in Berlin pretty much at the heart of the city, head to Karl-Marx-Allee in Friedrichshain. This famous communist-era avenue is the perfect spot for a sunny Sunday stroll amidst rows of golden foliage. And if it’s time to refuel, you’ll have plenty of cafes and restaurants only steps away.

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Fall Foliage in Berlin even occurs at the heart of the action, along Karl-Marx-Allee.

The Streets of Karlshorst

Not only is Karlshorst home to some pretty significant historical sights, but also to century-old maples. As such, the streets and squares of this Berlin neighbourhood gain golden tint as the weather cools down.

The best way to experience Karlshorst’s colours is to go for a walk, perhaps combined with a visit to the German Russian Museum. My absolute favourite spots for some autumn snaps are:

  • The square around the Protestant Church (Weseler Str. 6)
  • All along Rheinsteinstraße, leading up to the German Russian Museum
  • The square at the corner of Köpenicker and Rheinsteinstraße
If you want to see beautiful fall foliage in Berlin, you have to visit Karlshorst.
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Best place to end a jog and get your fall foliage fix in Berlin is in front of the Protestant Church at Weseler Str. 6.

Pfarrhaus Der Petrigemeinde

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The historic Pfarrhaus der Petrigemeinde, covered in autumn ivy.

I discovered this spot quite by accident on my lunch break a couple of years ago. The beautiful, ivy-covered building faces the Kupfergraben Canal and is the sole property on its street to have survived WWII bombings. It also clad with some of the most spectacular fall foliage in Berlin!

This original 1886 construction is only a few minutes’ walk from the Spittelmarkt U-Bahn station. The exact address is Friedrichsgracht 53-55, but the best pictures of the building are to be had from the opposite bank.

S-Cafe Friedenau

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S-Cafe Friedenau. Can’t get over how charming this little corner of Berlin is!

An S-bahn stop, really? Yes, really! The gorgeous neighbourhood of Friedenau has many ivy-clad homes, and there’s no better place for a break amidst the falling leaves than at the lovely cafe outside the train station, itself covered in fiery ivy.

Friedenau is only a 15-minute train ride from Mitte, but you would think you’ve left the city. (The neighbourhood features prominently in my blog post on the most instagrammable places in Berlin).

8 thoughts on “Where to See Fall Foliage in Berlin (and Potsdam)

  1. I used to live in Zehlendorf and enjoyed going for October walks around the Krumme Lanke. There are so many beautiful places to enjoy the fall colors in Berlin. Then…come all the amazing Christmas markets. I used to eat and drink my way from one end to the other and back again. Good memories!

  2. I’ve never been up the Victory Column before, but I think I’ll wait until the leaves have changed. What a good idea! I’m sure the view during autumn is gorgeous.

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