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Top 11 Outdoor Activities in Berlin

Get active outdoors!

married couple on a cycling tour
a cycling tour in the nature © Getty Images, Foto: kzenon

The days are getting longer, the evenings warmer: so let's get out into the fresh air. Enjoy the spring in Berlin. Here are our best tips for outdoor activities where you can really work out or relax in times like these! Tip: Many things are open again in Berlin, such as the beaches and outdoor pools or the Klettergarten Jungfernheide. Please remember to book a ticket with time slot reservation and bring proof of a negative antigen Covid19-test.

Please show responsibility, wear your masks and follow the hygiene rules of the organizers. Don't be shy, but show your love for Berlin with d i s t a n c e - in support of everyones safety.

Tip 1: Cycling tours through Berlin

Fahrradtour
Fahrradtour © Tourismusverein Berlin Treptow-Köpenick e.V. (www.tkt-berlin.de)

Getting back on your bike in late summer and exploring the city and surrounding area is definitely one of the top outdoor activities in Berlin! In Berlin there are varied or romantic routes, along the Panke, the Tegeler See, through the Grunewald forest or the zoo and of course along the former Berlin Wall. Or you can start a discovery tour on the traces of Berlin's industrial culture, visiting backyard sites and former factory buildings.

More information about Berlin by bike

Tip 2: Relax during a walk in th park

Dahlia at Britzer Garten Berlin
Dahlia Fire at Britzer Garten © @FrankSperling

Berlin has so many beautiful parks to offer that it is difficult to choose the best one. The Britzer Garten, currently featuring a colourful dahlia show, is definitely one of the highlights! On 100 hectares you can stroll through the lake district, theme gardens such as the famous rose garden or the witch garden.The little ones enjoy the beautiful play areas. Of course, the Botanical Garden in Steglitz or the Tiergarten - the green lung in the middle of the city - are always worth a visit.

More information about Parks & Gardens

Tip 3: On the water

Wannsee_Canoe tour Berlin
Wannsee Canoe tour © Wirtschaftsförderung Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Foto: Steven Ritzer

Why not spend a day on the water? Even in late summer this is still possible. Many boat and canoe rentals are still open. Despite the spring sun, put on something warm and stick to the distance and hygiene rules - and discover Berlin's beautiful lakes, rivers and canals. Please always check also with the boat rental company or provider directly before you go on such a tour.

More information about boat rentals

Tip 4: Hiking in and around Berlin

Havelradweg Spandau
Havelradweg Spandau © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Hiking in the big city might sound like a crazy plan at first, but this year you've seen that Berlin has some beautiful corners that are well worth exploring! For example, take a walk along the Wuhletal hiking trail, which winds its way south from Eichepark at Ahrensfelde S-Bahn station with the valley of the Wuhle River to Köpenick S-Bahn station.  Besides the species-rich, idyllic river valley, you will encounter numerous parks and meadows along the way. The route also runs along the IGA grounds, which invite you to take a short detour with a cable car ride.

More information about hikes in and around Berlin

Tip 5: Excursions to Brandenburg

Schloss Rheinsberg
© Yorck Maeck

Why not take a trip to neighbouring Brandenburg? In the Spreewald biosphere reserve, about an hour south of Berlin, you can enjoy the landscape on a boat trip along dreamy thatched cottages. Rheinsberg Castle in north-west Brandenburg is also worth a visit. The rococo castle is located directly on the Grienericksee lake.

More information about Brandenburg

Tip 6: Go Skating 

junge Leute mit Skateboards
Skateboarder © Getty Images, Bild: Hinterhaus Productions

Put your boards under your arm and head out onto the asphalt! Skating is definitely one of the top outdoor activities in Berlin! You can meet on the asphalt surfaces at the Kulturforum, on the halfpipes in Gleisdreieckpark or try kite-surfing on the former runways of Tempelhofer Feld. Here we have put together some more great skate routes for you.

The 11 most beautiful skate tracks in Berlin

Tip 7: Discovery tours through the city

Spreebogen im Regierungsviertel
Spreebogen im Regierungsviertel © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

During a walk through the city you can always discover something new. The government district and the banks of the Spree also attract inline skaters and joggers, in Dahlem you can walk along green paths and from Tempelhof you can cycle or hike along the Teltow Canal to Steglitz.

A trip to the Bavarian Quarter is also historically interesting. Numerous commemorative plaques await you, which remind you of the gradual discrimination and disenfranchisement of Berlin's Jews. Incidentally, Albert Einstein also lived here in Haberlandstraße between 1917 and 1932. There is a project website about the new Einstein-Stela with quotations and a lot more information about the famous physicist.

And for all those interested in art, we also have put together 11 beautiful Berlin walks.

11 Berlin walks for art lovers

Tip 8: Discover 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

The whole of Berlin is a gigantic outdoor gallery. You'll find great works of art and murals all over the city, ranging from the mosaics of GDR times to the East Side Gallery and modern street art works. Street art icons from all over the world like Jadore Tong, Shepard Fairey, Jim Avignon, Herakut or blu have left their mark. We have compiled the 18 best places to discover street art in Berlin for you here.

Urban Art in Berlin

Tip 9: Outing with your dog

Grunewald hunting lodge: view over the lake
Grunewald hunting lodge: view over the lake © Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

A trip to Grunewald is particularly suitable for dog lovers. The sandy shore of Grunewaldsee (Lake Grunewald) is a popular meeting place: here your four-legged friends can really let off steam and take their first refreshing bath of the year. By the way, the pretty Jagdschloss Grunewald (Grunewald hunting lodge) is located very close by. You can find more great destinations for outings with your dog here:

Berlin with dog

Tip 10: Viewpoints in Berlin's neighbourhoods

Ehemalige US Abhörstation auf der Teufelsberg
Die Abhörstation auf dem Teufelsberg © visitBerlin, Foto: Sarah Lindemann

Teufelsberg is the highest elevation in Berlin. For this reason, the Americans chose this heap of rubble as the site of their former spy station. Although the journey and climb up the hill are somewhat arduous, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. The whole of Berlin is at your feet, and there's always a good breeze blowing on the 99 metres of the artificially raised hill. We have put together a list of other beautiful vantage points in Berlin's neighbourhoods.

12 beautiful viewpoints in the neighbourhoods

Tip 11: Discover Berlin's history

Young woman uses street art highlight of the ABOUT BERLIN app.
Young woman uses street art highlight of the ABOUT BERLIN app. © Foto: placeit

If you are interested in the history of Berlin, our story app ABOUT BERLIN is perfect for you. Download tours and highlights, audiobooks and anything else you need to discover the stories behind Berlin's sights and hidden places. Discover the historical district around Moritzplatz and learn more about the Kreuzberg amusement businesses of the 1920s.  Go on Berlin's "Path of Freedom" or take a bike tour in the footsteps of "Jewish Berlin". Currently, you can find many background stories on urban artists and street art in the app.

More about the story app ABOUT BERLIN

Here you can find more tips for things to do in Berlin that are currently possible.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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