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11 reasons why you've got to love the Berlin summer

Get to know and love the capital from its summer side

asiatischer markt fotoshooting mit modellen
Ice cream in front of the Brandenburg Gate © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Sunshine and blue skies bring the capital to life. Berliners walk through the city with a smile, the ice cream parlours open their doors, and the parks are green. If you've never experienced a summer in Berlin, you should definitely make up for this, because once you've spent the warm season in the capital you'll be reluctant to spend it anywhere else. Don't believe it? Here are our 11 best reasons why you will love summer in Berlin!

Tip 1: Cooling off in Berlin's swimming lakes

Strandbad Wannsee
Strandbad Wannsee © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Because the way to the next lake is never far! No matter where in Berlin you live or go on holiday, not much is stopping you from jumping into cool water. On your bike or by subway, you can be at Schlachtensee, Tegel See, Müggelsee, Plötzensee, or one of the other lakes in Berlin in no time. Once there, you can make yourself comfortable among the other guests, enjoy the sun and nature, and cool off whenever you want!

All swimming lakes and how to get there can be found on our swimming map.

Swimming map

Tip 2: Pure nature in the most beautiful parks in the city

Volkspark Friedrichshain Berlin im Sommer
Volkspark Friedrichshain © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Because Berlin is green! Relax in one of the numerous parks of the capital, because you can also enjoy nature in the big city! Take a walk through the idyllic Volkspark Friedrichshain or take a picnic with you. If you're with family and like animals, you can make an excursion to the Volkspark Rehberge in Wedding. You can watch deer and wild boar in game enclosures there and walk along the nature trail.

Parks & Gardens

Tip 3: Enjoy the sun with a big ice cream in your hand

Friends eating ice cream
Friends eating ice cream © GettyImages, Foto: RyanJLane

Because the ice cream tastes best in Berlin! If you haven't tried passion fruit raspberry cardamom ice cream yet, you should make up for it this summer. You can find such unusual types of ice cream everywhere in Berlin! Make yourselves comfortable, eat your ice cream, and enjoy the explosion of taste in your mouth! Our tips for particularly delicious ice cream parlours in the capital:The Mos Eisley in Neukölln, the Annamaria in Prenzlauer Berg and the Vanille & Marille, which can be found eight times in Berlin. All the more reason to love summer!

Ice cream stores

Tip 4: Outdoor theatre

Open-Air Konzert in der Arena Berlin
Open-Air Concert at the Arena Berlin © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Festivals under the stars, street parties and parades with colourful programmes, open-air cinema and dance events in the heart of the city. With countless large squares, parks and boulevards, with stadiums and arenas, the city is one open-air stage.

Open Air Events

Tip 5: Watch great films at open-air cinemas

Open-air cinema at the Kulturforum © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Because you can watch films in the best locations at open-air cinemas! Some go to the cinema in summer to cool off, others prefer to watch films outside under the stars instead. You can do this for example in Kreuzberg at Mariannenplatz. A different film is shown here every day from May to September. You can also enjoy the original version with subtitles here. Just sit back and watch the film!

Open Air Cinemas

Tip 6: Enjoy a cocktail in trendy locations

Hotel AMANO roof top
Hotel AMANO roof top © Antonio Monsalve

Because in Berlin's beach bars, roof terraces, and beer gardens, it feels like you're on holiday! Order a delicious cocktail, sit back, and enjoy the nice weather. You can find the most beautiful locations for this in Berlin - a holiday atmosphere is guaranteed. If you would like to enjoy the capital from above, visit Klunkerkranich in Neukölln. The bar on the multi-storey car park of the Neukölln Arcaden has a unique view of the capital and exudes Berlin charm with its improvised wooden pedestals.

Roof terraces

Tip 7:  A good mood in the sun

junge Mädchen auf Musikfestival
© Getty Images, Foto: PeopleImages

Because Berliners are friendlier in the sunshine! When you stroll through the city in good weather, you will encounter many smiling faces. So why not take advantage of the bright sun for a tour through the city centre, discover the sights of the capital, and be inspired by the good mood of Berliners!

Summer in Berlin

Tip 8:  Cycling through Berlin

Cycling at the Müggelsee in Berlin
Cycling at the Müggelsee in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Because you can explore the capital by bike! Riding from A to B in the stuffy subway is not the best way. Better to get on your bike and explore Berlin by bike! This means you can discover corners that would otherwise have remained hidden to you and enjoy the fresh air while cycling. Why don't you pack your swimsuits and take a trip to the lake? Once you arrive, you can put the bike aside and jump right into the cool water.

Top 11 beautiful bike routes in summer

Tip 9: Berliner Weiße - the summer classic

Berlin beer Berliner Weisse
Berliner Weisse © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Because the Berliner Weiße tastes particularly good in summer! When you're out and about in the bright sunshine in Berlin, you should definitely try this cult drink! Berliner Weiße is a light wheat beer that is often drunk with a dash of raspberry or Waldmeister syrup. Super tasty and refreshing!

Beer gardens

Tip 10: Forget the big city around you

Erholung im Körnerpark
Recreation in the Körnerpark © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Because in the park you can simply forget the hustle and bustle of the big city! Pack your badminton rackets or a frisbee and get out into the parks! Play a game with your friends and forget the world around you for a few minutes. Or pack a delicious picnic and spend the whole day in the park under the sun. A good book, too, is a perfect companion for a relaxed summer-sun day!

Day trips

Tip 11: Enjoy the view of the water

Club der Visionäre
Club der Visionäre © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

ecause you can sit in the sun and watch the water! Either from on board a ship or on the banks of the Spree. If you love the gentle rocking of a boat, you should definitely take a boat tour through Berlin. Sit back and be enchanted by the view of the water and the passing shore. If you prefer to stay on land, you can also relax on the banks of the Spree and wave to the boats passing by.

Tickets for boat tours in Berlin