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Top 11 exciting excursion tips

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Havelradweg in Spandau in Summer time
Havelradweg in Spandau in Summer time © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Visitors to Berlin and Berliners themselves love summer in Berlin. Because the warm season makes the streets vibrate, while at the same time a very relaxed atmosphere spreads over the city. As one of the greenest cities in Europe, the numerous parks invite you to take walks, sunbathe, or have a relaxed picnic. Berliners and their guests also meet at the waters of the city of Berlin for a white bier or a refreshing swim. Enjoy the many leisure activities and be inspired by our summer tips!

Tip 1: Biesdorf Castle in Marzahn

Schloss Biesdorf in Summer
Schloss Biesdorf in Summer © Fachbereich Kultur Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Foto Karin Scheel

The octagonal tower of the late classicist villa, which is surrounded by an idyllic park, can be seen from afar. It was designed in the style of English landscape gardens and leads you along curved paths alongside priceless, old trees to a small pond and the historic ice cellar. The manor house itself was built in 1868 and has an eventful history behind it. Today, freshly renovated, it is used as an exhibition venue.

Where: Alt-Biesdorf 55, Marzahn
When: Wednesday - Monday 10am - 6pm

More information about Schloss Biesdorf

Tip 2: Babelsberg Park on the waterfront in Potsdam

Babelsberg palace
Babelsberg Palace ©, Foto: picturedesigner
Take a short trip to the capital of Brandenburg and be enchanted by the park at the riverside. You will immediately notice why this place appealed to the royal couple so much - Babelsberg Castle in a romantic medieval style with its oriels and ogival windows has one of the most beautiful views of the entire region. Admire Potsdam's Havel landscape and take a stroll through the surrounding garden with its rose beds and water features designed by Prince von Pückler-Muskau and Peter-Joseph Lenné.

Where: Park Babelsberg 10, Potsdam
When: Park is open, the palace is closed dur to restaurantion works

More information about the Babelsberg park


Tip 3: Lake Tegel / Greenwich Promenade

Greenwichpromenade at lake Tegeler See in Berlin
Greenwichpromenade at lake Tegeler See © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The second largest lake in the metropolis attracts you to the north of the city. Lake Tegel has all kinds of entertaining activities for an excursion. Rent a pedal boat and sail over the gentle waves to one of the seven little islands or practice sailing and surfing. Swimming enthusiasts take over the lido on the western shore. If you would prefer to stay dry, it is best to get on one of the steamers and take a round trip. The Greenwich promenade is also a popular destination.

Where: Tegeler See, Reinickendorf

More information about lake Tegel

Tip 4: Teufelsberg

former US listening station Teufelsberg in Berlin
viewing platform of listening station Teufelsberg © visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer

A lookout point is rarely so closely linked to the history of the Cold War. On the infamous Teufelsberg, built of ruins, there was once a US listening station. Today, the remains of the building have fantastic views over the city and its sights such as the TV Tower. You can only visit the complex with guided tours through the area, where today you can admire artistic street art. This popular destination is in the Grunewald, where you can also discover other exciting highlights.

Where: Teufelsberg, Charlottenburg
When: Complex can only be visited with guided tours

More information about the Teufelsberg

Tip 5: Hiking in Berlin: The Havelhöhen Trail

River Havel in Berlin
River Havel © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

From Grunewald, you can go on a hike that is full of variety. The Havelhöhen Trail leads along the Havel, which has spots where you can cool off in beach areas and secluded hidden bays. So pack your swimsuit in your backpack! When you pass the brick Gothic style Grunewald Tower dating from 1899, you can take a break in the local beer garden or climb the steps to the viewing platform at a height of 36m. Passing the small Schwanenwerder, built with villas, you will reach the Wannsee at the end of the hike. You should definitely visit the lido Wannsee with its white beach!

Where: Havelhöhenwanderweg, Zehlendorf und Charlottenburg

Mehr Informationen über den Wannsee

Tip 6: Peacock Island

Pfaueninsel Palace in Berlin
Pfaueninsel Palace © SPSG, Foto: Michael Lüder
Schloss Pfaueninsel, Pfaueninsel

The historic line 218 buses take you on idyllic paths from the S-Bahn station Messe Nord/ICC on Messedamm to Peacock Island - a romantic gem that is even a UNESCO heritage site! Take the ferry to this gem and stroll through the artistically landscaped garden, where you can discover the old dairy, the small temple of Luisen, and the neo-Gothic cavalier's house. The most striking eye-catcher of the island is of course the white summer castle from the 18th century. It was built as an artificial ruin. Look out for the magnificent peacocks or one of the four water buffalo grazing here in summer.

Where: Peacock Island, Nikolskoer Weg, Zehlendorf
When: Ferry schedule March - August: Monday - Sunday: 9am -  8pm

More information about Peacock Island

Tip 7: Boat trips on the Wannsee

Ausflug zum Wannsee
Ausflug zum Wannsee mit Kindern © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Fhrradausflug mit der Familie

It is not only steam boats that make their rounds on the Wannsee, a special excursion tip in Berlin is also the BVG ferries. On these line 10 ships you can reach the rural district Alt-Kladow at the normal BVG rate, where you can sit comfortably in the sun in beer gardens and enjoy Berlin specialities such as boulette and curry sausage before a ferry takes you back to the starting point in about 15 minutes. If you want to be active yourself, just rent a pedal boat or kayak and row across the picturesque lake. If you would like to spend fun hours with friends, charter a barbecue boat!

More information and Tickets for boat trips

Tip 8: Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide

Forest rope garden Jungfernheide Berlin
Forest rope garden Jungfernheide © Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide

High up to a height of 17m between the treetops of the Jungfernheide high ropes course in the forest - don't try this if you're prone to vertigo. The varied course with its swinging features is quite challenging. Daredevils can even try a Tarzan jump or a base jump. After so much action you can relax in the summer café at the historic water tower.

Where: Heckerdamm 260, Charlottenburg
When: Monday - Friday 11am - 7pm, Saturday - Sunday 9am - 8pm

More information about Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide

Tip 9: Stralau Peninsula

riverside path on the Stralau peninsula
riverside path on the Stralau peninsula © visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach

Once a small fishing village in the Friedrichshain district, today the island is a luxurious residential area where you might encounter celebrities. The lakeside path has numerous secluded spots for a picnic with great views of Treptower harbour and Rummelsburg bay. On weekends, the peninsula becomes an Eldorado for joggers. Sailors also like to dock here.

Where: Peninsula Stralau, Friedrichshain

More information about peninsula Stralau

Tip 10: Köpenick: discover the old town and the Müggelsee region

Rathaus (town hall) Köpenick as landmark of Köpenicker Altstadt
town hall Köpenick behind trees © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The singer Romano made Köpenick famous with his catchy tune, but the district has always been a good excursion option for Berlin. The old town with its numerous restaurants and café is picturesquely situated on the waterfront. A perfect place for a cosy breakfast before you visit the baroque Köpenick Castle and then set off for Lake Müggelsee with its magnificent water sports facilities. If you'd rather stay ashore, you can hike through the Müggelberge. There you will meet the newly opened Müggel Tower, once a landmark of East Berlin. An insider tip is the romantic settlement of Neu-Venice with its bridges and canals.

More information about Köpenick

Tip 11: Bürgerpark Pankow

Bürgerpark Pankow Berlin
Bürgerpark Pankow © Runze & Casper, Foto: Camay Sungu

Italian flair awaits you in Bürgerpark Pankow. The public park, built in the style of a Renaissance garden, has a historic gate at the entrance. You can have a picnic on the banks of the Panke or go looking for the aviary with its peacocks and pheasants.

Where: Wilhelm-Kuhr-Straße 9, Pankow

More information about Bürgerpark Pankow

Maxi: visitBerlin Blogger for


Kentucky, Paris, Lisbon. These are just a few stops on this globetrotter's journey, but only one city has been able to conquer her heart fully: Berlin, of course, because nowhere else can you cycle along a canal in the evening sun and swing over the rooftops where the Iron Curtain once divided the city. Exploring the city with open eyes: that's her mission for the blog.


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