This is one of the most special places in Berlin, and watching a sunset here has a kind of vast, otherworldly quality to it. Tempelhof is the defunct airport of the GDR. Today, its former landing strips provide a unique track for joggers, cyclists and skaters. In summer the huge area, which includes a permaculture and community garden, is transformed into a festival-like affair, as friends gather with music, food and beer and give thanks to the last light of the setting sun.
This gorgeous, grassy banked canal draws hoards of people to its edge during the closing hours of the day. Watching the light turn the water into dreamy pinks and oranges is something special, and the collective atmosphere, of when the sunset hits your face, is tangible. There are a few options to choose from along the riverside; Admiralbrücke tends to draw a lot of people playing the guitar, while the Hobrechtbrücke or Glogauer Brücke offer great sundowner respite, and you can always trust in the Späti round the corner when you need a refill.
Klunkerkranich is an amazing rooftop restaurant and events space that sits on top of the Neukölln Arcade. It boasts incredible views over the city, and having a beer among the quirky, up-cycled decor and furniture and plants is a perfect way to end a day watching the sunset. They also host live concerts and bring in some of Berlin’s best DJs. Usually, a small donation that goes towards their efforts will get you inside.
The Radio Tower on the ICC Exhibition Grounds in Grünwald is open to the public every night until 11 pm except for Mondays. Here you are treated to majestic views over the forest and Havel river, and panoramic views of the Siegessäule and the TV Tower. It’s a pretty heavenly place to usher in the evening.
This beautiful, historic bridge offers sun seekers spectacular views of the Spree river and Berlin’s skyline. There are always street musicians adding more atmosphere to the moment while boats cruise along the river and into the sunset – it’s pure romance.
This one’s going to cost you a little more in money and patience and you navigate the long queue, but once you get there golden light will be streaming into your view from the tallest building in Berlin. The viewing deck is around 200 square meters, and open until midnight. Make sure to arrive early – or the sun might go down without you.