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11 tips to cool down for hot days

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Wannseeterrassen with sunset
Wannseeterrassen with sunset © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Experience the uniqueness of the Berlin summer: In the summer months, Berlin, the city with the largest green spaces in Germany, is in full bloom. With its canals and rivers, it offers countless places to enjoy the hot season.  With its canals and rivers, it offers countless places to enjoy the hot season. The banks of the rivers, the beer gardens and parks are perfect for a few relaxing hours of vacation.  Here are the top 11 summer locations in Berlin.

Tip 1: Badeschiff on the river Spree

Badeschiff Berlin
Badeschiff Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis
Badeschiff

In addition to many swimming opportunities in and around Berlin, the swimming ship is something very special. A former barge, once used for transporting all kinds of goods, is now firmly anchored in the eastern harbour and functions as a swimming pool. Whether you cool off in the 2m deep pool or enjoy a few drinks in the beach bar, the swimming ship has a unique panorama and is certainly one of the most extraordinary places in Berlin.

Badeschiff in Berlin

Tip 2: Fountain in front of Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Cathedral © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Berlin Cathedral

The Berlin Cathedral forms an impressive backdrop for visitors to the Lustgarten. This is an integral part of Berlin tradition for a perfect summer day for families. Berlin's oldest garden invites you to soak up the sun on the extensive green spaces or to refresh yourself in the fountain in front of the Berlin Cathedral. Where else in Berlin can you find a water playground with UNESCO World Heritage scenery?

Lustgarten in Berlin

Tip 3: Don't forget your ice cream!

tables in front of the "Café Tanne B" in Berlin
exterior view "Café Tanne B" © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
Ice cream parlour at Lausitzer Platz

Ice cream shops, ice cream cafés or, as is so common in Berlin: ice cream manufacturers - there is something for all ice cream lovers. The offer ranges from traditional ice creams to exotic ones and also vegan options. The Hokey Pokey in Stargarder Straße in Prenzlauer Berg is thought to sell the best ice cream in town and wins people over with an unusual and crazy selection of ice cream flavours that are just right for a hot summer day.

Our tips for the best ice cream

Tip 4: Berlin lake scenery

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

Water sports, swimming, beaches... all this is no problem in Berlin. Enjoy a summer holiday in the city. If you love summer action, you can surf on Lake Müggelsee or rent a variety of watercrafts, while at Schlachtensee you can rent an SUP board, swim as far as you want or simply watch the bathing fun from the beer garden of the Fischerhütte. It becomes a little more idyllic in the direction of Brandenburg, where there are not only swimming lakes but also beautiful nature to enjoy. Here, for example, the clear Liepnitzsee and the Groß Glienicker See with its isolated bays are recommended for private swimming fun.

Our favourite lakes

Tip 5: Eat right by the water

Restaurant Freischwimmer in Berlin
Restaurant Freischwimmer in Berlin © (c) visumate
Freischwimmer

Along the Spree and other rivers and canals that wind through the city, there is also plenty of water bodies in Berlin. As a result, there are countless restaurants right on the shore. Ankerklause on the border between Neukölln and Kreuzberg is one of these restaurants and also a popular trendy meeting place. Even closer to the water is the Freischwimmer, which was built directly above the tide ditch and has a unique atmosphere, especially in the dark.

Restaurants in Berlin

Tip 6: Shopping malls with air conditioning

Mall of Berlin
Mall of Berlin © (c) visumate
Mall of Berlin

Escape the scorching heat by taking a trip to one of the air-conditioned shopping malls in Berlin. There is something for every taste. In the Mall of Berlin you will find all the big chains, but also a few more noble boutiques and a large food court. Pure luxury can be found in the most famous department store in Germany, the KaDeWe, the department store of the West. The Bikini Berlin is the first Concept Mall in Berlin and is located directly at the Zoologischer Garten. Don't forget to make a detour to the roof terrace of the Monkey Bar!

Shopping in Berlin

Tip 7: Under a tree in the Prater beer garden

Prater beer garden
Prater beer garden © (c) visumate
Prater beer garden

Beer gardens are perfect for cooling off under shady trees and for cool drinks on hot summer days. Beer has been served in the Prater Beer Garden in the Prenzlauer Berg district since 1837, where you can sit together in a relaxed atmosphere. The beer garden is equally popular with Berliners and visitors to the city and is therefore one of the top summer locations in Berlin. Not least because of its traditional beer garden atmosphere on ale-benches under old trees.

Beer garden Prater

Tip 8: Berlin's museums

Exhibition in Berlin Pergamonmuseum
Statue with no face at Pergamon Museum © visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen
Pergamonmuseum Berlin

A visit to a museum is also a good way to keep the heat at bay for a few hours in summer.On the Museum Island in Berlin-Mitte you can discover art and culture from thousands of years of human history. Visit Nefertiti and the Golden Hat in darkened cool rooms in the Neues Museum, stroll through the sculpture collection in the Altes Museum and enjoy the quiet, cool atmosphere in the beautiful Rotunda.

Museums in Berlin

Tip 9: A waterfall in Kreuzberg

waterfall in Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg
Viktoriapark with waterfall © visumate, Foto: Sylvia matzkowiak
Wasserfall im Viktoriapark
Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg

A nature spectacle in the middle of Berlin - the waterfall in Victoria Park is modelled on the landscape in the Giant Mountains. Imagine strolling through Kreuzberg's streets and suddenly standing in front of a waterfall with a mountainous landscape. This contrast is always worth a visit. The waterfall will cool you down especially in summer. Viktoria Park with its legendary beer garden Golgatha invites you to take a break in the shade on hot days and is thus one of the top summer locations in Berlin.

Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg

Tip 10: Berlin's Unterwelten-Museum

Berlin's Unterwelten-Museum - an attraction in Berlin
Berliner Unterwelten © Berliner Unterwelten e.V., Foto: Dietmar Arnold

Dive into the Berlin underworlds. During the guided tours through historical bunkers, tunnels and old brewery cellars you will learn a lot about Berlin's history. In addition, you can see some historical features with your own eyes, such as the pneumatic tube system, the former GDR escape tunnels, ammunition finds and archaeological treasures. Not for the faint-hearted!

Berlin's Unterwelten-Museum

Tip 11: Cinema in Berlin

Illuminated Cinema Berlin
Illuminated Cinema Berlin © Zoo Palast, Foto: Jan Bitter
Cinema Zoo Palast

From 2 July the cinemas will also open again. And there are countless of these in Berlin. In the multiplex cinemas, the latest blockbusters are shown, while the smaller houses offer an alternative cinema programme. On warm summer evenings, there is also an excursion to the open-air cinema. The open-air cinemas also offer everything from Hollywood to alternative. Whether large cinemas with a nice ambience like the open-air cinema Friedrichshain or small backyard cinemas, the choice is huge.

Cinemas in Berlin

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