February is the best of times and the worst of times to visit Berlin. The weather can be downright nasty and 'tis the season that the service staff put on their best scowls. On the other had, the city's sights seem deserted, and you'll often have whole museum halls to yourself. Bars and cafés are buzzing, it's a delight to visit the cinemas – and there are perhaps even more interesting events than in summer. The highlight for this season is the annual Berlinale film festival, held from 11-21 February, but it's easy to grab tickets for a great opera, classical or rock concert. See our events overview for our recommendations. Another huge event this season is the ITB tourism fair, where the world meets to present tourism opportunities, explore exotic destinations and talk travel. It's a fascinating day out - see our feature for more details.
Whatever you do this winter, wrap up warm and let us know your tips and comments at email@example.com.
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Berlin is regularly mentioned as Europe's party capital, and there are dozens of great clubs - from techno to indie - that attract thousands of partygoers each weekend. To make sense of the multitude of options, visit our (German-language) partner website www.theclubmap.com, which has photos, reviews and other information about Berlin's vibrant nightlife scene.