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11 insider tips for the open-air season

A Berlin summer of a different kind

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

Psst: we’ve got a secret to share. How do you find pure bliss this summer in Berlin? Maybe at the beach or with open cabriolet at the drive-in? Here are our insider tips for a relaxing summer 2016.

Waterside and on the water

Cycling Tour to Spreearche

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. Even more tips for cycling tours in Berlin.

Drinking wine at sunset on the Capt’n Schillow

On the Landwehr Canal directly at Charlottenburger Tor stands the restaurant ship Capt’n Schillow: my favourite place for summer evenings. I can enjoy my wine on the lounge chairs on the fore deck and watch the sun as it slowly disappears behind the trees on the banks of the canal.

Boating and letting your spirits soar

As soon as I feel the first warm rays of the springtime sun, I’m ready to head out onto the water. Luckily the fact that I don’t own my boat doesn’t stop me and I don’t need to resort to paddling along on an air mattress. For example, I 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.

Canoe trip through Neu-Venedig

I’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!

Outdoor sports

Fitness Boot Camp in Gleisdreieck Park

Who wants to spend a summer’s evening in a stuffy gym? That’s not necessary here in Berlin. The fitness boot camp is a fresh air alternative for achieving your fitness goals. Participants are encouraged to push themselves all the way with a professionally led full-body workout in Gleisdreick park.

SUP Yoga in front of Arena Berlin

Yoga = relaxation. Yoga in the fresh air = relaxation times two. Yoga on a stand-up paddle board = relaxation times three? Whether you’re doing the downward dog or the sun salutation, doing yoga while standing on the river is definitely a question of balance for me. But in summer it can be very refreshing when you lose your balance and fall directly into the water.

Outside and in the dark

Dance the night away at Rummelsburger Bucht

Sitting by the dock of the bay... Summer at Rummelsburger Bucht is beautiful anyway you experience it. When the fairy lights begin to twinkle in the night and the smell of the barbie begins to take over, things get even better. This is when Club Rummels Bucht gets the party going for a warm summer’s night under the open sky.

Drive-in movies in Reinickendorf

Berlin is a world-class city. This means that Berlin is so large that there’s almost nothing that you can’t find here. For example, Berlin has a real drive-in cinema, idyllically situated on a huge parking lot in the forest and easily accessible via the motorway. The films primarily consist of popcorn-worthy blockbusters and the food is classic American with XL burgers, doughnuts, and chicken wings.

A night-time hike through the Grunewald

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.

Night climbing in Jungfernheide High Ropes Course

The shaky ropes go all the way up, high into tree tops. All that keeps me steady is my own strength and a reassuring safety rope. On courses at different levels of difficulty, I 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 my way, then it becomes a truly special summer’s night.

Finally, something truly special

Fräulein Brehm’s Tierleben at Naturpark Schöneberger Südgelände

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

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