Bringing the family to Berlin for a winter visit and wondering what to pack? Don’t overthink it, we’re here to help! Since we live in Berlin, we can give you the scoop on what people wear everyday and what we would pack if we were just coming to see the sites for a few days.
Whenever we travel as a family, we try to keep our luggage down to carry-ons only. It makes managing six people a heck of a lot easier! We usually opt to stay in an Airbnb if we are going somewhere for longer than two days. We highly recommend apartment stays over hotels for families. You can wash your clothes, enjoy more space, and eat in when everyone is too tired to be out any longer. Everyone wins!
Like any major city, you see people dressed in every sort of style here in Berlin. If you want to look like more of a local, though, stick with muted and dark colors. Wear proper footwear (no Uggs, please) and a good coat. Last winter, I only had wool coats. It’s not that people don’t wear wool coats, but it can be very damp here and I felt I needed a coat that was better suited to the weather. The one in the picture below is the one I own and wear regularly. Likewise, the Men’s coat pictured is the one Ben owns.
As for children, any colors go. Pictured are clothing in the style our children wear. I should definitely mention that you’ll see a lot of children wearing snow pants over their clothes, as well as heavy snow boots, even when there’s no snow. You could follow suit, but I personally know my children would be way too hot and uncomfortable. I definitely think it’s too much for the typical day-to-day weather. It only snowed a handful of times last year, and for those times our children wore extra clothes. However, it’s most likely that a family visiting for a few days would be staying near downtown and not trekking through snowy neighborhoods for long periods of time. That’s my opinion and this is how our children dress, but I’m sure many Berliners would disagree!
When we travel somewhere in Europe, it’s usually for around four or five days. I plan on getting two wears out of each pair of trousers, bring a top for each day, and something dressier for a nice dinner out. As I said before, we usually stay in an apartment, so I wash a load of laundry during our stay. I plan the same trend for everyone else. Here’s what that would look like for us (save socks, under garments, and pajamas).