If you’re a good Christian soldier, no doubt you’ll be at Mass on March 31, but for all you heathens, there are plenty of ways to maximise your Easter (family) fun over the weekend with the annual events at various farms and castles in and around Berlin.
The Lübars Family Farm gets Easter celebrations going early on March 30 at 16:00, with a BBQ, drinks and music. The next morning on March 31, the farm sets the table for a family brunch on from 10-12:30 (entry free). After brunch, there’s an afternoon of activities: you can ride a pony, bake bread, and participate in the traditional egg painting and hunting. More hardcore egg-hunters should head to Schloß Diedersdorf to search a 55,000 sq. metre area for some 2000 eggs! And at Diedersdorf, there’s not just one Easter brunch, but three. The prices vary according to location: it’s €22 to eat in the forge (10-14:00) or the cowshed and €35 to eat in the country house (11-15:00), all with a chance to sample some special lamb dishes and the first asparagus of 2013.
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Work up the kids' appetite for all things Easter by visiting Domäne Dahlem between March 25 and 27, where children aged 6 and up can enjoy creative activities, like egg-marbling (with only eco-dyes, of course), weaving an Easter basket, making rabbit cookies and learning about different Easter customs. Entry €17, registration required. Email email@example.com. At Kloster Chorin near Eberswalde from March 30-April 1, you can visit a petting zoo filled with rabbits, Easter lambs and chickens, bake Easter bread, watch a puppet show. Entry €4 for adults, €2.50 for children. For the older generation's entertainment, there's a chapel concert on March 31 at 16:00.
Last, but not least, the German Ostern can’t go down without the traditional Easter Fire. Schloß Diedersdorf lights the match at 18:00 on Easter Sunday and Monday at 16:00. FEZ (Berlin’s youth and family centre) starts their fire for early birds at 15:00 on March 29 and 30. Happy Easter!