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11 places where you can enjoy the last rays of the sun

Our top tips for beautiful late summer days

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

The summer is slowly coming to an end. It was a beautiful time with days full of sunshine and long warm summer nights. But before we go for a walk in the rustling leaves or lie down on the sofa with a book in autumn, we have put together 11 tips for places where you can enjoy the last rays of the sun and late summer moments with all your heart.

Tip 1: View from Müggelturm

Restaurant at the Müggelturm in Berlin-Köpenick
Müggelturm in Köpenick © Berliner Müggelturm UG, Foto: Swen Bernitz

If the leaves in Berlin's forests are colourful, it is especially worthwhile to take a long look at them. From the Müggelturm in Köpenick you have a fantastic view over the Müggelsee and the Müggelberge mountains to the city centre of Berlin and far out to Brandenburg.

Where: Müggelturm, Straße zum Müggelturm 1, Köpenick

More information about the Müggelturm

Tip 2: A walk through the Grunewald

Trip to the Grunewald Tower
View from Grunewald Tower © (c) visumate

Take a deep breath and smell the forest before it gets wet and cold again: During a walk in the Grunewald you can experience the summer once more. There you can also climb the Grunewaldturm, the counterpart to the Müggelturm, and enjoy the view over the surrondings and river Havel.

Where: Grunewald, Charlottenburg / Zehlendorf

More information about the Grunewald

Tip 3: Swimming in lake Schlachtensee

With the rowing boat on the Schlachtensee in Berlin
At Lake Schlachtensee in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Every Berliner has his favourite lake. Now it is time to say goodbye to the bathing pleasure. As long as the sun is still warm, you can blink one last time in the sun, jump into your favourite lake and enjoy the cool water. Bathing in the Schlachtensee is wonderful, when the trees all around are slowly changing colour.

Where: Schlachtensee, Fischerhüttenstraße 136, Zehlendorf

You can find more information about lakes in and around Berlin in our swimming map

Tip 4: Savignyplatz  

Restaurant am Savignyplatz
Restaurant am Savignyplatz © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Would you rather show your chic sunglasses for the last time in town? Then sit down in one of the cafés or restaurants on Savignyplatz near Kurfürstendamm. The square is one of the most beautiful in town and a popular place to go out - perfect for a summer aperitif. At the square there are several restaurants with Italian, Spanish or Asian cuisine to choose from. Or you can dine hearty Berlinish in the restaurant Zwiebelfisch or Dicke Wirtin and enjoy the hustle and bustle on the square.

Where: Savignyplatz, Charlottenburg

More information about the Savignyplatz

Tip 5: Sundowner on the roof terrace

The roof terrace Klunkerkranich with a view over Berlin-Neukööln
The roof terrace Klunkerkranich in Neukölln © (c) visumate

Hold the aperitif in the setting sun and look over the roofs of the city, while the sun slowly disappears: This summer the roof terraces were especially popular to start the evening. You can enjoy a fantastic view over the City West in the trendy Grace Rooftop Bar on Kurfürstendamm. Just around the corner - near the zoo - you will find the Monkey Bar with a terrace and delicious drinks. If you like it more casual, then you have that typical cool and relaxed Berlin feeling - and a breathtaking view in the Klunkerkranich in Neukölln. You also have a great view from Deck 5, a chic beach club on the roof of a parking garage.

More tips for roof terraces in berlin

Tip 6:  RIVO - Spreeterrassen

Boats on the Spree at the Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin Kreuzberg
Oberbaumbrücke in Berlin Kreuzberg © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The restaurant terrace of the RIVO - Spreeterrassen lies directly on the shore, so that you can almost dangle with your feet in the water. And at the same time you have a fantastic view of Berlin's most beautiful bridge, the Oberbaumbrücke, and the river Spree, while you sunbathe again with coffee and cake or a delicious lunch.

Where: RIVA - Spreeterrassen, May-Ayim-Ufer 9, Kreuzberg

More information about the RiVo Spreeterrassen

Tip 7: Park of palace Babelsberg

Babelsberg palace
Babelsberg Palace ©, Foto: picturedesigner

You have the most beautiful view of the Havellandschaft between Berlin and Potsdam from the park of Babelsberg Palace. So, go to Potsdam and enjoy the view of the water, Potsdam and the gentle hills as well as the magical atmosphere in the gardens of Prince Pückler.

Babelsberg Castle is currently closed. However, a visit to the park is still worthwhile.

Where: Schloss und Park Babelsberg, Park Babelsberg 10, Potsdam

More information about park and palace Babelsberg

Tip 8: Walk along the Rummelsburger Bucht

Rummelsburger See
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

On a walk along the shore of the bay Rummelsburger Bucht you can take another deep breath and let your gaze wander. You can choose between the northern route to the port or the southern route along the Stralau peninsula, where you can walk along the water all the time.
And for all movie fans: Visit the Paul-und-Paula-Ufer and sit on the bench.

More about the Stralau peninsula

Tip 9: Naturpark Südgelände

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

Wild nature instead of an industrial area: The rails in the ground and the old locomotive hall bear witness to the past as a marshalling yard, otherwise nature has reconquered the area and transformed it into an enchanted place. The Naturpark Südgelände is particularly beautiful in late summer, when the shadows are already longer and mild sunrays fall through the colourful leaves.

Where: Naturpark Südgelände, Prellerweg 47-49, Schöneberg

More information about Naturpark Südgelände

Tip 10: Restaurant boats

Restaurant ship Spreeblick in the Hansa quarter
Hansa quarter in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Lukas Larsson

On Berlin's restaurant ships you can relax and enjoy your meal while the boat rocks quietly and you have a wonderful view of the water. Alte Liebe on the Havel looks back on a proud tradition. The best way to combine a visit to the restaurant ship with a bike tour or a bathing excursion to the Wannsee.

Where: Alte Liebe, Havelchaussee 107, Charlottenburg

More information about restaurants on the waterfront

Tip 11: Auguststraße

Clärchens Ballhaus
© (c) visumate

Berlin Art Week takes place in September, so you can discover the latest art trends everywhere. On a stroll through Auguststraße and the surrounding streets you can browse through the galleries and be inspired by well-known and still to be discovered artists.

Afterwards we recommend a breather in the garden of Clärchens Ballhaus to sit under rustic trees and enjoy the sun. If you want to discover more contemporary art in Berlin, check out our article on galleries and exhibition spaces in Berlin.

Where: Auguststraße, Mitte



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does not smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face the rich cultural life of Berlin - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog. All posts