Slowly spring turns into early summer and the season for swimming, cycling and sitting in the sun in a café begins. There are also numerous opportunities for relaxation: Open-air cinemas and fitness centres are allowed to reopen from 2 June. Hotels and restaurants are already there for you again.
Although the big street parties and festivals are cancelled this June, Berlin still has a lot of summer highlights to offer.
Because Berlin is more than you might think at first. The city offers you green places and little escapes from everyday life, unexpected adventures and exciting activities, water and forest.
Tip 1: Open-air cinema
On 2 June, the time has come: all film fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Berlin's open-air cinemas may open again. Enjoy a balmy evening under the open sky with one of the last blockbusters or a popular classic. Or check out what the cinemas start their program with.They are allowed to open from 30 June. With Berlin Alexanderplatz and Undine, two exciting Berlin films are waiting for you and will be starting soon.
Tip 2: Discover Berlin on a city tour
Get up and go on a discovery tour through Berlin. The providers have adapted their city tours to the circumstances. For example, videosightseeing offers the Babylon Berlin tour as a video tablet tour on foot, where you can explore the Berlin of the 1920s and take a look behind the scenes of the successful TV series.
Also the City-Circle Tours, the Top Tour Berlin and the Berlin City Tour have resumed the operation of city tours. The yellow and red buses are again rolling through the city along the most beautiful sights. So, get on a bus and let Berlin pass by you in a relaxed way.
Or you can visit architectural highlights and garden paradises with the tours of art:berlin and let yourself be taken on voyages of discovery through art, neighbourhood and architecture.
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Tip 3: Exhibition Umbo.Fotograf
Berlin in the 1920s can also be seen in the exhibition in the Berlinische Galerie. Umbo was a well-known photographer whose pictures have been printed in numerous magazines. Especially impressive are the pictures that capture the lifestyle of the time and the pictures taken with the sky camera, an experimental camera with a 360-degree lens.
Tip 4: Berlinale at We Are One: A Global Film Festival
21 international film festivals, including the Berlinale, have joined forces to form an online festival and show films as well as recordings of panel discussions, master classes and presentations on YouTube. From 29 May to 7 June you can visit the festival for free. The Berlinale contributes the film Bildnis einer Trinkerin by Ulrike Ottinger as well as the panel discussions by Claire Denis Dialog with Olivier Assayas and Ang Lee in Dialog with Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Tip 5: Operetta: Die Perlen der Kleopatra
Berlin's opera houses, theatres and orchestras have put numerous productions and concerts online so that you can continue to enjoy their performances. One highlight is the entertaining production of the operetta The Pearls of Cleopatra, which tells of the chaos of love at the Egyptian court with speed and Berlin humour.
When: Only until June 17
Tip 6: Go for a swim
The bathing season in Berlin is open. Open-air pools and lidos are allowed to open - of course under special hygiene conditions. Please note that you have to book your tickets online in advance. For sure it will be warm enough in June to go wild swimming in the Berlin lakes. Krummer Lanke, Schlachtensee, Wannsee, Müggelsee are just a few of the numerous lakes in Berlin that invite you to jump into the cool water. You can find a practical overview for download in our swimming map.
When: different opening hours
Tip 7: Museum für Film und Fernsehen
Stroll through German film history from early silent movies to current comedy. In the Museum for Film and Television you will not only have an exciting multimedia overview of the most important works, backgrounds and developments, but you can also marvel at the most beautiful costumes by Marlene Dietrich. And all of this is free of charge until 14 June.
Tip 8: Fête de la Musique - Singalong
Music unites: At the Fête de la Musique all of Berlin is swinging, bands are playing and making music all over the city. This year it can't take place like this, but you don't have to miss it. Join the online singalong on the Fête de la Musique homepage from 5 to 6 pm and sing the Ode to Joy and other songs from the songbook together with people from all over Europe.
When: 21 June
Tip 9: Hannah Arendt exhibition
With her theses on totalitarianism and the banality of evil, Hannah Arendt has had a lasting influence on our view of the 20th century. The exhibition at the German Historical Museum shows her work, which is still important today, and her ideas, opinions and judgments. It asks about the formation of the power of judgement, especially in our time, which is characterized by opinion making and the search for simple solutions.
When: until 18 October
Tip 10: Boat trips
Finally you can discover Berlin again from the deck of the ship. During the ship tours through the city you will cruise relaxed along the Museum Island, the government quarter and many other sights. With a trip out on the Wannsee or Müggelsee you can spend a decelerated day on the water and enjoy the blue symphony of water, wind and waves.
Tip 11: Potsdam Conference 1945 - Shaping the world
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference, you can go on a search for clues at Schloss Cecilienhof in Potsdam. The special exhibition is a multimedia journey through time to the conference that decided the future after the war. It not only shows the decisive figures Churchill, Stalin and Truman, but also gives a face to the "nameless" of history. Further contemporary witnesses of the end of the war in Berlin have their say in our app ABOUT BERLIN.
When: Until November.
- if necessary, reserve a ticket with a time slot online in advance.
- if necessary, wear a face mask.
- observe the hygiene measures and regulations of the individual providers.
For even more event tips in June you can always click through our calendar of events.