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11 Insider Tips for the Open-Air Season

A Berlin summer of a Different Kind

Landwehrkanal in Berlin
Summer at the Landwehrkanal © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Psst - we'll tell you something: our personal portion of summer happiness - and where to find it in Berlin. On the beach or deep in the forest, for example. These are our insider tips for a relaxed summer in Berlin. There are of course many more hidden places you can discover in Berlin.

Tip 1: Cycling Tour to Spreearche

Spreearche on lake Müggelsee in Berlin
Spreearche on lake Müggelsee © Frank Cotte

Time to get out there for an expedition! For example to the Spreearche, the floating restaurant located where the Müggelspree flows into the Müggelsee. The houseboat with a sunny terrace and delicious food is only accessible by raft, but a nod to the ferryman should be enough to have him let you bring your bike and other kit and caboodle with you. The Spreearche is an ideal destination for a bike ride, providing the perfect repast of fresh fish and vegetarian food and great views to boot.

More information about bicycle tours in Berlin

Tiup 2: Drinking wine at sunset on the Capt’n Schillow

Kreuzberg, Landwehrkanal
Landwehrkanal im Sonnenuntergang © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Kreuzberg, Landwehrkanal, Planufer

On the Landwehr Canal directly at Charlottenburger Tor stands the restaurant ship Capt’n Schillow: a wonderful place for summer evenings where you can enjoy your glas of  wine on the lounge chairs and watch the sun as it slowly disappears behind the trees on the banks of the canal.

More information about restaurants at the waterside

Tip 3: Boating and letting your spirits soar

Insel der Jugend
Insel der Jugend © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

As soon as Berliners feel the first warm rays of the springtime sun, they're ready to head out onto the water. Luckily the fact that most people don’t own a boat doesn’t stop them. For example, you can hire a retro pedal boat on the banks of Insel der Jugend or a “proper” boat, with a motor, picnic basket and Lotus grill.

More information about boat rental in Berlin

Tip 4: Canoe trip through Neu-Venedig

New Venice in Berlin
New Venice in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

We've found a little piece of Italy in the Berlin district of Köpenick:  Neu-Venedig  or “New Venice” in English. It’s located between the Dämeritzsee and Müggelsee and is home to beautiful canals. Climb into a canoe and explore the idyllic waterways to your heart’s content. Your muscles will be sore the next day, but the experience is well worth it!

More information about Neu-Venedig

Tip 5: Fitness in Gleisdreieck Park

Beach volleyball in the park
Beach volleyball in the park © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Who wants to spend a summer’s evening in a stuffy gym? That’s not necessary here in Berlin. The Gleisdreieck Park offers you the fresh air alternative on your way to a bikini figure. Here you can let off steam and train - of course you can just sit on the meadow and blink in the sun.

More information about Gleisdreieck Park

Tip 6: Stand-up paddling in the city centre

Stand up paddling at sunset
Stand Up Paddling at the Spree in Berlin © Getty Images, Foto: Felix Kayser/EyeEm
Stand up Paddling auf der Spree in Treptow

Entspannung: Frische Luft. Entspannung hoch zwei: Bewegung an der frischen Luft. Entspannung hoch drei: Bewegung auf dem Wasser an der frischen Luft. Stand Up Paddling ist gerade die angesagte Sportart in Berlin - und das mitten in der Stadt.

More information about Berlin at the waterside

Tip 7:A night-time hike through the Grunewald

Drachenberg im Grunewald Berlin
Drachenberg im Grunewald © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The undergrowth creaks, there’s rustling in the bushes! Hiking through the forest at night gives me the heebie-jeebies, to be honest, but there’s so much to discover. Together with the Grunewald forestry school, you can “hunt” fox, tawny owls, and bats.

More information about Grunewald

Tip 7: Picnic at Landschaftspark Herzberge

Picknick in the park
Picknick in the park © Wavebreakmedia

The summer in Berlin is beautiful anyway. It is even more beautiful with a hamper and a blanket. In the landscape park Herzberge in Lichtenberg you can spend a relaxed day and on the way there you can maybe explore new corners of Berlin.

More information about picnic places in Berlin

By the way: Fee Matthew, Guest Relations Supervisor at the Hotel am Steinplatz, revealed even more tips for special favourite places and perfect summer days in an interview with us.

Tip 8: Take the gondola to the gardens of the world

Kienberg with cable car & natural bob run
Kienberg with cable car & natural bob run © Foto: Ole Bader/

From the viewing platform Wolkenhain on the Kienberg you have a beautiful view of the for East Berlin so striking prefabricated buildings and the rest of the city. And already the ascent is a small adventure: take the cable car up to the Kienberg and float  
For the way into the valley we recommend the natural bob run. At 40 km/h you can race 500 down into the valley. Pure thrills guaranteed!
Afterwards you can visit the gardens of the world and relax in the green.

More information about the Gardens of the World

Tip 10: Night climbing in Jungfernheide High Ropes Course

Forest rope garden Jungfernheide Berlin
Forest rope garden Jungfernheide © Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide

The shaky ropes go all the way up, high into tree tops. All that keeps you steady is the own strength and a reassuring safety rope. On courses at different levels of difficulty, you swing like a monkey through Jungfernheide forest. A rather relaxing way to spend an afternoon. But throw in a few spotlights and just the moonlight to find your way, then it becomes a truly special summer’s night.

More information about the Jungfernheide High Ropes Course

Tip 11: Fräulein Brehm’s Tierleben at Naturpark Schöneberger Südgelände

Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände in Berlin
Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände © Grün Berlin GmbH

Species-appropriate entertainment: that’s the motto for Fräulein Brehm’s theatrical performances where she brings humans and animals closer together. So if you want to get to know wolf and wildcat, nightingale and bees, head to Schöneberger Südgelände this summer.

More information about Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände

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