It’s a beautiful day in Berlin but you just can’t decide what to do. Germany’s capital city often suffers from long cold winters and recent rainy summers so when the sun shines you may be left wondering what you can do in Berlin to make the most of it. These 20 sun-soaked activities will have your summer plans buzzing.
A boat that has been transformed into a swimming pool, perched in the River Spree and surrounded by a bar, sand and live music. The ultimate beach party in Berlin, and the ‘coolest’ thing to do on a hot day. Just make sure you get there early to secure a spot and avoid the queues to get in. You can party until the sun goes down in a beautiful setting wearing nothing but your swimwear and a grin.
A fairy-tale castle on a beautiful protected island in the south of Berlin. Pfaueninsel castle was built in the late 1700’s as a secret rendezvous spot for the King of Prussia and his mistress. The island is home to many peacocks which makes it even more beautiful and unusual to explore. Hop on the train to Wannsee then get a bus and a ferry across and enjoy a sunny day on the island.
3.Walk around Schloss Charlottenburg
Even if pretty castles are not your thing, Schloss Charlottenburg boasts stunning gardens and a beautiful lake to admire. It’s clean, well looked after and civilized, bring a picnic and some friends and enjoy the sun in style. Can’t sit still? The grounds also make for a beautiful bike ride.
4.Have a BBQ at Treptower Park
Cost: Beers and food
Sit on the River Spree and watch the boats go by or sit on the grass with hundreds of others soaking up the sun. The park has food and drink kiosks or you can bring your own picnic or BBQ. The area is huge and always has a really good vibe during the summer months. Bored of sitting down? Check out the grand Russian War Memorial located also in the park.
5.Go to an open air
Cost: Beers and food
Open airs are held all summer long in Berlin, consisting of live music, good food and drink and of course, like-minded people. You just need to know where they are – keep an eye on Facebook for event information and locations. From large sponsored open airs in Mauer Park to more chilled riverside grass sessions in Spandau there is something for all ages and musical tastes.
6.Visit a lake
Cost: Mostly free, some lakes charge an entry fee of €5
Berlin is surrounded by lakes, some busier than others in the summer months but each just as beautiful. For a beach feel head to Plötzensee in Wedding, for a large body of water visit Müggelsee. With all the lakes that exist in Berlin and the surrounding areas, you will have a new one for each weekend of the summer!
7.Klunkerkranich Rooftop Bar
Cost: €4 entry fee after 4pm
A rooftop bar situated on top of a car park with stunning views of Berlin. Get there early to avoid the entrance fee and to get a spot for sunset. This quirky bar offers live music, a Photo Booth and a cute garden for you to look around. Families are welcome, with a large sandpit for children to play in. Read more here.
8.Head to Templehofer Feld
Grab your bike, roller skates or skateboard and head to Templehofer Feld. A huge airfield with plenty of tarmac for you to go crazy on. If that’s not your thing then kick back with a beer and watch the others skin their knees. Don’t miss the community garden, a pretty collection of plants situated in an allotment, tended to by the neighbourhood.
9.Hire a boat
Cost: Dependant on hire
Splash out (no pun intended) and hire a boat with some friends. You can have a BBQ and drinks while you float along the river Spree and admire the sights from the water. Boats of all sizes can be hired, with staff or without. If you can’t afford to hire a boat, homemade rafts have also been seen floating along the river in the summer months.
It sounds weird but outdoor clubs such as Else and Sysiphus (and even Berghain) are the perfect day clubs for sunny weather. With plenty of outdoor space, fun ideas such as a massage section, photobooths and fire pits for when it gets cold. If the weather turns bad there are always parts that are under shelter.
Cost: €8 entry
This abandoned NSA spy base is now one of the biggest graffiti galleries in Europe. The site consists of several floors as well as a rooftop area with views of the city. You can even climb up into the globe and listen to the unusual reverb up there. The perfect sunny day activity, full of history and fun for everyone.
12.Gärten der Welt
Grün Berlin owns a delightful collection of gardens around Berlin, Garten Der Welt is my particular favourite along with Spree Park (also owned by the same organisation). Take a ride in the cable cars above the gardens, step into a Moroccan dream or just enjoy the general beauty of the gardens. You could easily spend a whole day in the sun here, perfect for that holiday feeling at home.
13.Paint Your First Graffiti
A graffiti class held by Sylvain, a Parisian artist at Mauer Park, Paint Your First Graffiti makes for a really cool and very ‘Berlin’ day out. The class lasts for three hours and starts with learning the basic skills, a few great stories from Sylvain and then you get to go nuts on a wall outside, oh and it’s completely legal.
14.Chill at a beach bar
Yes, Berlin has several beach bars for you to choose from! Get that real holiday feeling and head to Strand Bar or Capital Beach to relax in the sun. Some beach bars to open air dance classes, others offer deck chairs on the water. Whichever one you choose you will definitely get that summer feeling while sipping a cocktail in the sun.
15.Visit one of two zoos
Cost: Tierpark – €14, Zoo €15,50
Berlin is home to two zoos, the East zoo (Tierpark) and the West zoo (Zoo Berlin). Both are great and have a different selection of animals, you will see giraffes, bears and elephants at both, however, only Zoo Berlin is home to polar bears and tigers. Can’t decide? You can always try both on different days and see which one you like better.
A very cheap and enjoyable day out in the sun, the botanical gardens offer indoor and outdoor gardens to enjoy. This makes it great for both sunny and rainy days, but be prepared for the sauna that is the greenhouse if you go when the weather is very hot! There is a cafe too so you just need to bring yourself and enjoy the beauty.
Grab an ice cream and walk around admiring this magnificent cathedral in the center of Berlin. It looks pretty different from each angle and in summer has a beautiful fountain in front of it. If you have time and can manage the 270 steps up there, it’s worth walking to the top for beautiful views of the city.
Cost: Free – €24
A popular way to see the city during the summer months, either join a proper tour group or just map yourself out a trip with the many hire bikes available. You will discover many cool nooks and crannies that you would otherwise miss on the train. It’s also a great way to keep healthy and catch some rays!
19.Hop on a Boat Trip Tour
Cost: €15- €26
Liked the idea of hiring a boat but just don’t have the funds or the friends? Not to worry, you can also choose from various boat tours on the River Spree in and around the city. Choose from a city tour, a trip to Schloss Charlottenburg and many more. Relax on the rooftop and catch some sun with a beer in hand. Grab an umbrella from the front of the boat to avoid looking like a lobster!
A stunning palace and gardens located an hour from Berlin in the city of Potsdam. This makes for a stunning day out with family or friends. The gardens are huge so even if it’s busy the area still has plenty of space. There are several attractions to admire such as the Chinese teahouse, the main palace and the University of Potsdam. See more here.
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