It's been hot for some time now, but soon will finally be the official start of summer. Finally the days are long, we can walk in the evening in a T-shirt through the city, the sun already shines when we have to get up early in the morning - oh, Berlin, you are so wonderful in summer! Get the best out of the Berlin summer with our 11 tips.
Tip 1: Celebrate summer
The official start of summer in Berlin wants to be celebrated properly - on June 21, as every year, the Fête de la Musique takes place in Berlin and many other cities around the world. That means: free concerts throughout the city on the longest night of the year. Celebrate the summer solstice together with the rest of the world!
But that's not all about the summer festivals on Berlin's streets: There are also Christopher Street Day, the Bergmannstraßenfest and many more going on.
Tip 2: Enjoy the summer on the rooftops of Berlin
Let your eyes wander over summery Berlin and enjoy the sunset from above - that's definitely part of summer. On Berlin's roof terraces you can escape the hustle and bustle and unwind. From Deck5 in Prenzlauer Berg to the Klunkerkranich in Neukölln you will surely find your favourite roof terrace.
Tip 3: Relax with cocktails and beer
But it's just as easy to relax on the ground of Berlin. The beer gardens are ideal for the after-work beer with friends or a relaxing night. In the beach bars you can sip cocktails in deck chairs and feel like at the sea.
Tip 4: Spend the summer outside and in parks
Out, out, out - that's the most important thing in the Berlin summer before it's over again. Even if it is sometimes hard to believe, but Berlin is so green and has countless parks. Grab your book and blanket and lie down in your favorite park.
Tip 5: Being at, in and on the water
Ever tried Stand Up Paddling? No? Then maybe this summer. You can paddle over the Spree, Schlachtensee or Wannsee. But also raft trips, boat trips and canoe tours are wonderfully relaxing. But the best thing - we think - is the jump into one of the incredibly clear lakes in and around Berlin. With our Berlin swimming map you will find the fastest way to the most beautiful lakes.
Tip 6: Watching movies under the sky
Berlin's open-air cinemas have also reopened and show you blockbusters and independent films under the starry sky. Grab your friends and popcorn and off to the nearest open air cinema. No excuses - as every year, the season is over far too quickly and you haven't made it back to the cinema.
Tip 7: Try as much ice cream as possible
That is definitely our goal this summer. In Berlin there are numerous ice cream parlours, ice cream shops, ice cream cafés and ice cream factories. Whether you like the classics chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and stracciatella or the wicked varieties like asparagus, capi, brownies or vegan ice cream, now is the chance to eat you through the Berlin ice cream parlours. We already know where to start:
Tip 8: Explore new corners by bike
An old cliché says that Berliners never leave their neighbourhood - time to contradict that. Grab your bike and ride to unknown corners of Berlin. With the wind in your hair and the sun on your skin you get to know the city better. If you need inspiration - we have put together the best 11 bike tours in Berlin in summer with insider tips.
Tip 9: Buy fresh, regional fruit and vegetables at the market
In summer, fresh fruit and vegetables are finally available again directly from the fields around the city. So visiting Berlin's weekly markets is twice as much fun. Browse and try the regional delicacies. Or better yet, pick your strawberries, blueberries, etc. yourself.
Tipp 10: Go for a picnick or a BBQ in the park
Eating out is also part of the perfect summer. Tempelhofer Feld, Insel der Jugend, Mauerpark, Viktoriapark, Tiergarten - Berlin has so many beautiful places for picnics and barbecues. Friends, a picnic blanket and everyone brings something to eat - and the perfect picnic for a mild summer evening. Don't miss this summer!
Tip 11: Beyond the borders of Berlin: Day trips to Brandenburg
Summer is the best time to leave Berlin. Yes, you heard right: Even if Berlin is the greatest city in the world, it is also worth exploring the surrounding area. Brandenburg has many places to visit: great restaurants, Gothic monasteries and crystal-clear lakes. A train or a bike will take you there comfortably.