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The 11 Best Open-Air Tips

The classic Berlin summer

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

In Summer it's the most beautiful time of the year in Berlin: everything seems to move outdoors. From spring to early autumn, you can cycle through the streets, dip your feet into the water, and feast on picnics in the park. And we already know what you’re going to be doing this summer. Because we’ve put together the most delicious, refreshing, and beautiful open-air tips for summer in Berlin just for you.

Food and drink in the open air

Beer gardens

Beer garden at Schlachtensee in Berlin
Restaurant Fischerhütte at Schlachtensee visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The sun peaks through the shady treetops as I relish the sips of cold beer: isn’t that the epitome of summer? Where can you get this feeling in Berlin? Almost anywhere, in any of the many beautiful Berliner beer gardens - whether waterside, in the courtyard of a former brewery, or out among the fairy lights strung up in the garden of an old dance hall.


Cocktails with a view: rooftop terraces

Hedwig Terrace im Hotel de Rome
Hedwig Terrace at Hotel de Rome Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

Get close to heaven over Berlin. With a cocktail in the hand, I’m sitting on the terrace, looking over the rooftops of the city, and enjoying the magical blue of twilight as the sky slowly turns dark. We’ve put together an overview of Berlin’s most beautiful roof terraces on


Eating ice cream

Ice cream shop in Berlin
Ice cream shops visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

My favourite thing about summer is certain: there’s simply nothing quite like the pleasure offered by peanut butter ice cream. Whether you prefer the classic combo of vanilla and chocolate or rather unusual varieties like caipirinha, Berlin’s 500+ ice cream shops have enough flavours to keep you going all summer long! The cool ice cream refreshes the body and senses and makes exploring Berlin twice as fun! These are our Top 11 ice cream shops – And yours?


Street Food

Many visitors in the Markthalle Neun at Streetfood Thursday
Streetfood Thursday at Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Thursday nights have become a Berlin institution: Street Food Thursday at Markthalle Neun. Here I can nosh my way around the world, starting with Allgäu cheese noodles, following up by couscous from Morocco, and ending with a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Delicious! And an increasing number of food festivals and markets have been added in recent years. Bon appetit!


Music and film on warm summer nights

Classic Open Air on Gendarmenmarkt

Classic Open Air in Berlin
Classic Open Air in Berlin

A spectacular setting, warm summer nights, and the most beautiful classical melodies paired with influences from jazz, pop and rock music: these are the ingredients for the annual Classic Open Air on the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin’s historic Mitte district for the past 25 years. An Berlin has even more true open-air classics to offer.


Street fairs and festivals

Bergmannstraßenfest – Kreuzberg jazzt
Bergmannstraßenfest visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

In Sommer Berliners and visitors are once again given ample opportunities to dance and party outside as the season of open air concerts and street festivals begins. At the Spandauer Altstadtfest I pass colorful market stands as I satisfy my hunger with some multicultural treats. Tip: Getting there early is worthwhile: the festivals are always busy and seats get taken quickly!


Summer concerts in the open air

Teehaus at Englischer Garten Berlin
Teehaus at Englischer Garten Berlin Bianca Schönemann

A concert in the open air: is there anything better for a warm summer evening? When it’s free, of course! From June to August a different band takes the stage at Neukölln’s Körnerpark, every Sunday at 6 pm. Be there for some jazz, world music, Latin, or a wild mix of everything. The Teehaus im Englischen Garten is also a fine spot for a summer concert surrounded by green (the concerts will happen again in 2022).


Open-Air Cinema

Open-air cinema Sommerkino Kulturforum in Berlin
Open-air cinema Sommerkino Kulturforum visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

It’s not just concerts that fill the air on summer nights in Berlin. I take a folding chair and popcorn and settle in at any of Berlin’s open air cinemas, sometimes in Friedrichshain, sometimes in Friedrichshagen. Behind and above the stars on the big screen are the real stars overhead.


 Berlin as Open-Air Museum

Berlin, Capital of Sculptures

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

On a walk through Berlin, you'll stroll past works by famous artists such as Henry Moore, Keith Haring or Richard Serra. I'm always surprised at how much art and culture there is to discover around every corner in the capital. So that you can go on a discovery tour yourself, we have put together an overview of historical and contemporary sculptures and works of art in the urban space.


Street Art

15-Min-Stadt-Hotel Oderberger streetart
15-Min-Stadt-Hotel Oderberger streetart visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

Berlin is full of colors. No matter where you happen to be, you'll come across painted facades, walls and building fences. Since Ben Wagin painted his famous World Tree at the Tiergarten in 1975, hundreds of murals have been created in Berlin. We have put together a great beginner's tour for street art fans in our ABOUT BERLIN app. It takes you along the East Side Wall along the Spree to numerous iconic works in Friedrichshain. On our Berlin Street Art Map we also present the top three murals at 18 urban art hubs.

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Out on the water


Cafe am Neuen See in Berlin: rent a boat
Café am Neuen See: rent a boat visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Berlin is a city of water, which is great, because the views of the glittering surface of a lake are enough to soothe and provide a good mood. It’s especially nice when you can just float on the water. Either on one of the countless steamers that ply Berlin’s waterways or in a small rowboat. For example, in the Tiergarten, you can hire a small boat on the Neuer See, a popular option with Berlin’s lovers and romantics for years.


Swimming on a boat or in a lake?

Evening mood at Badeschiff
Evening mood at Badeschiff visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

I marked the Ascension Day holiday by taking a dip in the Müggelsee. Granted, only to the knees. But it won’t be long when Berlin’s lakes reach refreshing, comfortable temperature. You can find the most beautiful lake closest to you by taking a look at our swimming map. And if you want to stay close to the centre, you can jump into one of Berlin’s turquoise-coloured pools, like that on the legendary Badeschiff.


Dancing through the summer

Dancing open air

Tango dancing at the museum island
Tango night in Berlin - a couple dancing visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

May I have this dance? Probably the most beautiful place for a slow tango, a wild swing, or a hot salsa is the Theater an der Museumsinsel, romantically located directly on the Spree overlooking the Museum Island. Every night starts with dance lessons and then the music starts for a night of dancing under the stars. And when the lanterns light up and the first pair take to the floor, even the most reluctant dancer will feel moved onto his or her own feet.


Clubs open under the open sky

Restaurant Freischwimmer at Flutgraben Alt-Treptow
Club der Visionäre visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Berlin's clubs invite you to dance under the open sky. Due to COVID-19, the indoor areas are still closed, but there is a colourful programme in the outdoor areas. Look forward to music, DJs, concerts, readings and more. Don't forget: You must be tested, vaccinated or recovered.


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