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A perfect summer in Berlin

When the sun shines in Berlin

Summer beer garden on the Pfefferberg with lanterns
Summery Pfefferberg Beer Garden Berlin © (c) visumate

It is always much too short, the summer in Berlin. There is so much to do, to discover and to try that it would last for a whole year. We have packed 11 highlights for the perfect Berlin summer into one sunny day. Make this summer the best summer ever - at least!

Tip 1: Enjoy ice cream for breakfast

tables in front of the "Café Tanne B" in Berlin
exterior view "Café Tanne B" © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Whether white chocolate pistachio caramel, strawberry basil or chocolate ginger, in Berlin's ice cream parlors you'll find the right flavor for every breakfast taste. Definitely a coffee ice cream, too, and vegan options anyway. If you prefer it classic, get an iced coffee. And in most ice cream parlors you'll also get steaming hot variations of the caffeinated wake-up drink.

The top 11 ice cream parlors in Berlin

Tip 2: Paddle on the SUP board towards the sun

Nalani Sup Surving at Oderbaumbrücke in Berlin
Nalani Sup Surving at Oderbaumbrücke ©

And after breakfast? There is nothing better than getting out on the water, of course - and then always towards the sun. Stand-up paddling is a relaxing way to discover Berlin from the water, or you can get some exercise. Most rental shops offer introductory courses and SUP yoga classes. With a team board you can paddle together on the Spree or Havel. If you want to do a little Berlin sightseeing, you start at the Funkhaus, past Plänterwald and to the Rummelsburger Bucht. At a stop at the "Insel der Jugend" you can take a refreshing break in the beer garden for a morning pint.

SUP in Berlin

Tip 3: Take pictures of street art

Street Art in Berlin: Elephant with world balloon by Jadore Tong
Street Art in Berlin: Elephant with world balloon by Jadore Tong © visitBerlin, Foto: Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Maybe you have already seen one or the other mural from the SUP board. In our selection of the "Most Instagrammable Street Art" in Berlin, we have put together the most beautiful street art murals for you. Here you're sure to find a great background to set the scene for your perfect summer day colorful for Instagram. How about a trip to Artpark Tegel, Berlin's largest open-air gallery. Here, street art celebrities like Jim Avignon, The London Police, Fintan Magee or Bustart have sprayed their artworks on the huge skyscraper surfaces. Right next door, the Tegeler invites you to swim and take a walk.

Tip: Details about the individual murals in the Artpart Tegel, as well as other exciting street art tours can be found in our story app ABOUT BERLIN, our free digital city guide for Berlin fans. 

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Tip 4: Go for a swim!

Children jumping into a lake
Children jumping into a lake © Getty Images, Foto: FatCamera

Speaking of lakes: There is probably no other big city, where you can find as many beautiful bathing lakes as in Berlin. In addition to the big famous lidos at Wannsee, Müggelsee, or Weißensee, there are many other beautiful swimming spots and outdoor pools where you can escape the midday heat and refresh yourself. You can find a great overview on our bathing map for Berlin.

The Berlin Swimming Map 

Tip 5: Pack a good book

© Getty Images, Foto: Alexander Spatari

What would a perfect summer day at the lake be without a good book? If you're still looking for the perfect summer read, then take a look at our list of favorite books. Here you'll find historical, light-hearted and exciting books. As different as the novels are, they all have one thing in common: they are set in Berlin.

Top 11 novels set in Berlin

Tip 6: Have a picnic

Barbecue with friends in Berlin
Barbecue with friends © Getty Images, Bild: DisobeyArt

And what is missing - besides a good book - for the perfect day at the lake. Exactly! A perfect picnic. Where you can find the most delicious specialties for your picnic basket in Berlin, you can read in our blog. We have also compiled the most beautiful picnic spots for you.

Top 11 picnic spots

Tip 7: Discover Berlin as an open-air museum

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

After the delicious picnic, we recommend an art walk. It is unique, what treasures you can discover in Berlin in public space. And it's completely free! We will guide you to the sculptures by Keith Haring, Richard Serra or Henry Moore. Admire the bronze statues from the imperial era, stroll along the controversial sculpture boulevard from the 80s, and discover the wall mosaics from GDR times. From ancient works to contemporary art, we've rounded up the most important pieces you can discover in Berlin.

More about the sculpture capital Berlin

Tip 8: Open air events in summer

Theatre sports at the Shakespear Theater Globe Berlin
Globe Berlin: Theatre sports © Foto: Norbert Lienig

Now you're in the mood for even more culture. No problem! Whether concert, cinema, theater, museum workshop, discussion event or family cultural program: In summer, Berlin's event organizers move outdoors. The entire city becomes an event space. Experience open air theatre and cinema, or a live concert at the Waldbühne. Apart from the big rock and classical concerts, many events are either very affordable or even free.

Top 11 open air events in summer

Tip 9: Enjoy the blue hour in a beach bar

Strandbad am Plötzensee
© Tamai Jebsen

Now you've earned another sunny break! Berlin's beaches and beach bars invite sunbathers with soft sand (or grass) and a cozy lounge atmosphere. Here you can start the evening with a tasty drink. There are, after all, plenty of other ways to continue the perfect summer day in Berlin with an unforgettable night. 

More beach bars in Berlin

Tip 10: Have dinner on a rooftop terrace

Hedwig Terrace im Hotel de Rome
© Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

Now we almost forgot about dinner. There is such a wide range of options in Berlin. How about dining with a view over the city at the end of your perfect summer day in Berlin. We have compiled the most beautiful roof terraces for you. The new "Hedwig Terrace" at the Hotel de Rome offers a particularly beautiful view. 

More roof terraces

Tip 11: Watch the sunset

Sunset Tempelhofer Feld
Sunset Tempelhofer Feld © visumate

Before we finally say goodbye and send you off into the Berlin night, we want to show you the most beautiful places to watch the sunset. How else could this perfect summer day in Berlin end?

Top 11 places to watch the sunset in Berlin

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


is originally from Munich and started out her career at one of Germanys largest daily news papers. Before finding her home in Berlin, she also reported as a correspondent and trend scout from the US. Today she is cruising Berlin's neighbourhoods, always on the lookout for good stories - with a focus on culture, music and ideas for the future of an innovative Berlin. All posts