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Berlins Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in sunset
Berlins Brandenburg Gate in sunset © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

10 tips for the perfect summer in Berlin

A vibrant street life, lots of events, and a relaxed flair in summer in Berlin

The capital shows its cheerful side in summer. The warm temperatures attract people to the spacious parks, and street cafés, beer gardens and beach bars everywhere invite you to relax and sit outside. Look forward to sunny months with numerous open-air events such as concerts, film evenings, and colourful parades. Swimming fun is guaranteed at the Berlin lakes on hot days.

Tip 1: Relax in one of the many beer gardens

Beer garden Schoenbrunn in Friedrichshain at Summer time
Beer garden Schoenbrunn at Volkspark Friedrichshain © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

2018 is the year of the World Cup, and since the summer fairytale of 2006 public screenings have become more popular than ever. Not only Berliners and visitors from all parts of the country, but also many people from other countries cheer for their team in the capital. For example, you can watch the games with family and friends on large screens in the 11 Freunde WM quarter, in the open air club Haubentaucher, or in the beer garden on Pfefferberg and enjoy barbecue dishes while cheering. But even when the World Cup is over, beer gardens are the best place to relax, meet friends or have an after-work drink.

Beer gardens in Berlin

Tip 2: Stick your feet in the sand: beach bars in Berlin

Beach bar at Müggelsee in Berlin
Beach bar at Müggelsee © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

It doesn't always have to be the Mediterranean or the Caribbean: the German capital has some fantastic beaches. Bury your feet in the warm sand while sitting in a deck chair sipping refreshing drinks. The mother of all beach clubs in Berlin is Strandbar Mitte. Real palm trees provide shade there. On its legendary tango nights you can even dance with a view of the Spree. At Charlie's Beach at Checkpoint Charlie you can relax with cool drinks, grilled sausages, and fries in the midst of the urban flair.

Beach bars in Berlin

Tip 3: Watch films under the starry sky

Open-air cinema Friedrichshain in Berlin
Open-air cinema Friedrichshain © Pfiffl Medien GmbH, Foto: Kay Siegert

The open-air cinemas in Berlin are in season during the summer months. Adventure films unfold with a very special atmosphere in the open air, with horror films you can really get a good scare under the dark night sky, and with a romantic film you can snuggle up close to your sweetheart under a picnic blanket. One of the oldest open-air cinemas in the capital is the Kreuzberg open-air cinema. Classics, cult films, and current Hollywood blockbusters are shown there in the original version with subtitles. The Friedrichshain open-air cinema has a total of 1500 seats. This includes tables with chairs, comfortable benches, and spacious sunbathing areas.

Berlin's open air cinemas

Tip 4: The Berlin lakes - fun in the cool water everywhere

Beach and swimming area Wannsee in Berlin
Beach and swimming area Wannsee © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Berlin has many swimming lakes in the city and its surrounding area. Köpenick's largest water body, Lake Müggelsee, is a popular destination for active people. You can find beaches, beach volleyball courts, and boat rentals here. You can look forward to peace and relaxation at Liepnitzsee, which is about 8km north of the city limits. A perfect summer in the Berlin district of Weißensee can also be experienced at the lido of the lake of the same name. The most popular destination for a bathing excursion in Berlin is probably Wannsee. In the open-air swimming pool there you can relax in wicker beach chairs. Football and beach volleyball are also on the programme, while the little ones can play in playgrounds.

Lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg

Tip 5: Tempelhofer Feld: play sports or just lie in the grass?

Tempelhof field in Berlin
Tempelhof Field © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Tempelhofer Feld is a huge open space on the grounds of the former Tempelhof Airport. Since 2010, the area has been used for public purposes and is a popular local recreation area. On a 6 km long jogging, cycling, and skating track you can do sports to your heart's content. Families with children can also fly kites, play ball, or have a picnic on the grass.

Tempelhofer Feld

Tip 6: Barbecues in the countryside - eat together and enjoy the summer

people in a maedow in the Mauerpark
Mauerpark Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

The warm summer days in Berlin invite you to have a sociable barbecue. Popular places for this are the wonderful parks in the capital with their designated barbecue areas as well as special areas on the banks of the Spree. You will also often find barbecue areas around the swimming lakes, where you can make yourself comfortable. You have an incomparable view at a picnic on the Drachenberg in Charlottenburg. The atmosphere is also truly harmonious in Herzberge Landscape Park, where you can enjoy your delicacies between fall fruit meadows and romantic woods.

Barbecue areas in Berlin

Tip 7: Vegetables fresh from the garden, in the middle of the city

Urban gardening project Prinzessinnengärten in Berlin
Prinzessinnengärten © (c) visumate

It doesn't get more local than eating right in a vegetable garden! This is possible in various urban gardening projects. Nature lovers can dig, water, and harvest there in the middle of Berlin. Some of these joint projects now also serve food. For example, the Prinzessinnengärten (Princess Gardens) in Berlin-Kreuzberg. You pick the herbs from the garden for your tea here and taste freshly prepared vegetarian dishes. There is also a garden café in the Himmelbeet in Wedding, where coffee, cake, and other snacks are offered at reasonable prices.

Prinzessinnengärten (Princess Gardens)

Tip 8: Restaurants with a view of the water

Restaurant Freischwimmer in Berlin
Restaurant Freischwimmer in Berlin © (c) visumate

What could be nicer than having a good meal with friends and enjoying the view over the river or lake? There is a wide choice of restaurants and cafés by the water: whether delicious fish dishes in the log cabin restaurant SpreeArche right on the river, curry sausage or flamee cake in the beach club Gestrandet Mitte, or a cup of coffee in the former summer villa of artist Max Liebermann at Wannsee - Berlin offers something for every taste.

Restaurants in Berlin

Tip 9: Eating crazy sorts of ice cream

exteroir view of th Aldemir ice cream parlour in Berlin
exterior viwe "Aldemir ice cream parlour" © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Summer in Berlin tastes of ice cream. But today at the countless ice cream parlours in the metropolis you will no longer only find chocolate or vanilla: soft ice cream with toasted marshmallows and gelato brioches - hot and crispy on the outside, cold and creamy on the inside - served at Paul Möhring in Oranienburger Straße in Mitte, for example. The innovative Hokey Pokey in Prenzlauer Berg and the outstanding Caffé e Gelato in Potsdamer Platz Arkaden also attract a real rush of visitors.

Ice cream parlours in Berlin

Tip 10: Berlin street festivals and summer events

Fête de la Musique, Lustgarten
Fête de la Musique, Lustgarten © Copyright: AKUD / Lars Reimann

The summer season is the time of open-air events. The Bergmannstraßenfest in Kreuzberg can look back on a long tradition. Everything revolves around music here, especially jazz, as well as culture. Classical fans, on the other hand, will get their money's worth at the Classic Open Air. The Weinbrunnen on Rüdesheimer Platz is also a popular place to visit in summer. The vineyard is the counterpart to the Bavarian beer garden. The annual Christopher Street Day invites you to celebrate and demonstrate under the sign of the rainbow.

Street festivals in Berlin

Extra sport tip: Fever on the fan mile & European Championships in Athletics

Berlino looking forward to the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships
Berlino looking forward to the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships © Camera4

Probably the best-known meeting place for public viewing at football world championships is the Fan Mile, which stretches from the Brandenburg Gate to the Great Cross Avenue of the Tiergarten. You can watch the games on huge video screens here and keep your fingers crossed for your team. Another major sporting event is the European Championships in Athletics, which will take place in August this year in Berlin. Those who do not make it to the stadium can follow the competitions on the "European Mile" at Breitscheidplatz.