Stunning Historic Photos of Snow-Covered Berlin

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We can’t quite get over how amazing Berlin looks right now all covered in snow. This has been really uplifting in the last days, especially when the sun threw itself in the mix. We really needed that. It made us realize how long it has been since Berlin was covered in snow like that. I certainly don’t remember when the last time was it feels like ages.

But if we go way way back, we’ll find that snow in Berlin used to be more common. Scrolling through historic photos we found quite a lot of beautifully captured moments of Berliners in the snow. As you know we love to also include Berlin’s history on the blog, may it be about the divided city in 1981, Berlin’s naughty nightlife in the 1920s, or this very iconic colorized post-war video. There’s something about having an eye on the past that lets you appreciate the present that much more as well as look forward to a possible future of our beloved city.

With scenes of snowmen building, sled riding, snow shoveling and just frolicking through the beautiful white wonderland we feel all giddy to get out there and capture as much fun as we can have. We all know it can melt away at any moment. Enjoy the snow!


Snow on Potsdamer Platz, ca. 1924-27:

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At the horse racecourse in Mariendorf, 1926:

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A snowy view of Siegesallee in Tiergarten, 1930:

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These student-athletes are staying fit at 6°C in Spandau, 1931:

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Snow family built by taxi drivers in Berlin in 1931:

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Some tough female boxers training in the snow in Spandau, 1931:

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Victory column and a snow-covered Tiergarten in 1933:

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Shoveling snow at Hallesches Tor, ca. 1933:

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Attempts at a snowman, ca. 1946.

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The fairytale fountain at Friedrichshain park, ca. 1952:

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Snow-covered cars on Karl-Marx-Allee in 1962:

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A beautiful aerial shot of Karl-Marx-Allee in 1963:

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Two ladies walking through a Winter wonderland on Karl-Marx-Allee in 1965:

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Sleds and fun in Volkspark Friedrichshain in 1968:

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Do you recognize the trunk of the TV tower in the back? Alexanderplatz, 1978.

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Busy Alexanderplatz in a little snowstorm in 1978:

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Looks like the snow was pretty high here on Alexanderplatz in 1979:

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This looks so magical, hard to believe it was on Alexanderplatz in 1980:

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The Köpenick castle covered in snow in 1981:

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The dreamy snow-covered shore of the river Spree in Friedrichshagen, 1983:

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A snowy S-Bahn Schönhauser Allee, 1991:

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Frank is the founder and editor-in-chief of iHeartBerlin. He takes photos, makes videos, and writes texts mostly about what's going on in Berlin. His vision and interests have shaped iHeartBerlin since its conception back in 2007 - and he hopes to continue bringing you the best of Berlin for many years to come.