Sterni and Chill: The Best Outdoor Spots to Relax

Café am Neuen See
Café am Neuen See | © Jan Erik Gulliksen/Flickr
Lily Cichanowicz

When summer’s in full swing, it’s a good idea to soak up the sun as much as possible before the winter gloom returns. Berlin’s many waterside spots and green spaces make it easy to do so. In fact, it can be hard to choose where to go first. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are eight hip outdoor spots to relax in the city.

1. Club der Visionaere

Bar, Nightclub, Cafe, Pizzeria, German

1. Club der Visionaere
© Nacho Pintos / Flickr
There is no place better for unwinding after a long week of demanding work at your startup job than Club der Visionaere (CDV). Perched at the edge of a tributary canal connected to the river Spree, CDV is one of the hippest nightlife destinations in Berlin. Before things get too busy, it’s possible to snag a spot on the wooden terrace right at the water’s edge. DJs play live sets just about every day of the week, and the surrounding greenery is illuminated in colorful lights, which only adds to the vibrant atmosphere. Grabbing a drink at CDV is a wonderful start to the weekend, or to its end – they’re well known for Sunday afternoon parties.

2. Café am Neuen See

Cafe, Restaurant, German, Austrian

Located in Tiergarten, Café am Neuen See is another wonderful café and beer garden located on the western side of town. As its name suggests, the café is situated right on the lake, Neuer See. It is possible to enjoy a beer on the elegant terrace poised at the lake’s edge, and there are rowboats available for rent. Café am Neuen See also has a restaurant specializing in wood-fired pizzas and other regional German dishes. This is the ideal spot for a romantic date or even a solo night out. And because the place is so crowded with so many happy people, it’s easy to make new friends.

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