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11 tips for the summer in Berlin

How to enjoy the summer days

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Oberbaumbrücke_Schiff_Sommer © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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

Fête de la Musique, Lustgarten
Fête de la Musique, Lustgarten © Copyright: AKUD / Lars Reimann
Fête de la Musique in the Lustgarten

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.

Our 11 top events in summer

Tip 2: Enjoy the summer on the rooftops of Berlin

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

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.

Roof terraces in Berlin

Tip 3: Relax with cocktails and beer

Beer garden BRLO Brwhouse at Parc Gleisdreieck in Berlin
Beer garden BRLO Brwhouse © Ulf Saupe/Done Studios Berlin/Design by NOVONO
BRLO Beer garden at Gleisdreieck

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.

Our top 11 beer gardens 

Beach bars in Berlin

Tip 4: Spend the summer outside and in parks 

Chill out with music at Berlin Mauerpark
Chill out with music at Berlin Mauerpark © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel
Summer in the Mauerpark

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.

Parks & gardens in Berlin

Tip 5: Being at, in and on the water      

Restaurant Hafenkante at Rummelsburger See: Family sitting at the waterfront in Berlin
Restaurant Hafenkante at Rummelsburger See: Family sitting at the waterfront in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
At the Rummelsburger Bucht

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.

Berlin at the waterfront 

Tip 6: Watching movies under the sky

Open-air cinema Friedrichshain in Berlin
Open-air cinema Friedrichshain © Pfiffl Medien GmbH, Foto: Kay Siegert
Open air cinema Friedrichshain

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.

Open air cinemas in Berlin

Tip 7: Try as much ice cream as possible

Icecream in Berlin
© Getty Images, Foto: Alpaksoy
Eating ice cream

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:

Our top 11 ice cream parlours in Berlin

Tip 8: Explore new corners by bike

Bikes on a rail of a bridge of the Teltowkanal
Bikes on a bridge in Teltow © (c) visumate
Bike tour at Teltowkanal

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.   

Our 11 most beautiful bike tours in summer

Tip 9: Buy fresh, regional fruit and vegetables at the market

weekly market Winterfeldplatz
weekly market Winterfeldplatz © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Market on the Winterfeldtplatz

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.

Markets in Berlin

Tipp 10: Go for a picnick or a BBQ in the park

Picknick and bicycle tour in Berlin
Picknick and bicycle tour © iStock.com/MarkSwallow
Picknick 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!

Picnick in Berlin

BBQs in Berlin

Tip 11: Beyond the borders of Berlin: Day trips to Brandenburg

Berlins Baths and Lakes
Berlins Baths and Lakes © iStock.com/alvarez
Going swimming in the clear lakes of 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.

Day trips to Berlin and Brandenburg

Verena: visitBerlin Blogger for visitBerlin.de/blog

Verena

lived already in Kiel, Düsseldorf, San Francisco and Gothenburg, but she was always sure she would return to her hometown Berlin. And she is going to stay a while. For the blog she is exploring the food scene of Berlin and looking for the best hummus in town (besides her own homemade hummus).

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