Summer uncovers the most exciting and beautiful aspects of Berlin. So, when the warmer weather hits, Berliners reclaim their city with most of their favourite past times happening outside. From lazing at the lakes to dancing all day at an open-air, there’s plenty happening over the summer. We’ve selected some of the best things to see and do in Berlin during the warmer months.
Beers by the Spree
After a long, cold winter there is nothing Berliners love more than enjoying the first few days of the sun by the River Spree. Pick up some beers from a nearby Späti and head to the water to enjoy a lazy afternoon with some friends.
Head to a hidden pool
Cool off in style at a hidden swimming pool in Friedrichshain. Located just a stone’s throw from Urban Spree, Haubentaucher is the stylish swimming pool housed within the walls of a former railway station. Visitors can spend the day lounging in the sun, swimming in the infinity pool and sipping cocktails with Berlin’s coolest locals.
Enjoy a boat trip down the canal
During the Berlin summer, waterside is the place to be, and what better way to enjoy it than floating down a canal? A lot of locals opt for buying their own inflatable boats to cruise down the Spree or one of the smaller canals, but visitors can also get in on the fun and enjoy on one of the city’s many tourist cruises.
Head to a rooftop bar
Spend an afternoon sipping cocktails, basking in the warm weather and dancing at Berlin‘s best rooftop bar, Klunkerkranich. This Neukölln gem offers cheap drinks, a tasty lunch menu, urban gardens, cool DJs and great vibes at its indoor bar and outside patio area.
Picnic in the park
Once summer hits, everyone wants to be outdoors, and what’s better than a BBQ in the sun? Grab a few friends and get bold with an open flame in one of Berlin’s many lush, green spaces. And enjoy a feast of delicious food, good beer and even better company.
Venture to the lakes
Hit up the beer gardens
Check out the open-airs
Summer is the time for open-airs. Whether it’s a cultural feast, outdoor cinema, music event or a wild party, Berlin’s summer calendar is packed with open-air events. Some not to be missed annual open-airs and festivals include the wild music-centric party Fête de la Musique and the explosive cultural celebration, Karneval der Kulturen. Each year these electric events deliver day-to-night parties and an unrivalled energy.
Enjoy a summer street food market
Berlin’s street food culture has really come into its own in the past few years. All year round the awesome Street Food Thursday at Markthalle Neun provides the goods, but in the warmer months hit up Bite Club on Friday evenings. Located by the Spree, visitors can enjoy a huge selection of street food and drinks, while being serenaded by disco DJs.
Stake out your local Späti
If you’re looking for a cheap night out, it doesn’t get much better than heading to your local Späti. With 80-cent beers, a local atmosphere and outside seating, it’s a great way to spend a night out on the cheap.
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