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Top 11 Outdoor Activities in Berlin

Skating, biking, gardening - tips for your outdoor activities in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate with Quadriga
Autumnal sunset at Brandenburg Gate © iStock.com, Foto: sborisov

Before the nights get shorter and colder, you should enjoy the weather once again. So, let's go outside! Here are our best tips for outdoor activities in Berlin.

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

Herbstlicher Ausflug an Tegeler See und Greenwichpromenade
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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: Relaxing 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, through playgrounds and to the open-air laboratory, which has a permanent exhibition on flora and fauna. Of course the world-famous Tiergarten - the green lung in the middle of the city - is 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. Most boat and canoe rentals are still open. Put on something warm and there should be no reason not to discover Berlin's beautiful lakes, rivers and canals. The best thing to do before you go on such a tour is to ask the respective boat rental company or supplier.

More information about Berlin at the waterfront

Tip 4: Hiking in and around Berlin

Hiking in Berlin
Hiking in Berlin © iStock.com/duncan1890

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 Recreational sports

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 Excursions

Tip 6: Skating on the Tempelhofer Feld

Tempelhofer Feld
© visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach

Put your boards under your arm and off to the Tempelhof field! Skating is definitely one of the top outdoor activities in Berlin! On the former runways the skaters glide along until well into autumn. On the halfpipes of the Tempelhof field you can prove your skills and get tips from the other skaters.
Tip: If you want to get off to a good start before the winter break, you can train at "Berlintrainiertdraussen" (Berlin trains outdoors). The training is suitable for every fitness level and is offered every 2nd Saturday until the end of October. All you need to bring along is a mat and something to drink.

More information about Tempelhofer Feld

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.

Recreational sports in Berlin

Tip 8: Climbing on the high ropes course

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

If you love to exercise and balance high up in the air, you shouldn't miss a visit to a high ropes course! The gardens are open until mid October. Secured with a harness, you will find your way over narrow beams or rope bridges, past exciting obstacles.

In Berlin there are several high ropes courses to choose from: These include the centrally located MountMitte park near Chausseestraße and the Jungfernheide forest high ropes course, which is set in the countryside. The BergWerk indoor park in Hellersdorf is open all year round. The best thing to do before your visit is to ask the provider for more information.

More informatio aout Jungfernheide High Ropes

Tip 9: Outing with your dog

Jagdschloss Grunewald
© 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: Kite flying on the Teufelsberg

Drachenberg, Grunewald
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The Drachenberg next to the former spy station Teufelsberg is a place that is simply ideal for kite flying. Although the journey and ascent to the top of the hill is a little difficult, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view. The whole of Berlin is at your feet, and there is always a good breeze blowing on the 99 metres of the artificially raised hill. Ideal conditions for kite professionals and amateurs to spend a wonderful day

More information about Teufelsberg

Tip 11: Discover Berlin's history

The visitBerlin app ABOUT BERLIN
The visitBerlin app ABOUT BERLIN © visitBerlin, Foto: Yan Revazov/ideenmanufaktur

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. On this thematic bicycle tour you learn more about the end of the war in Berlin and the historic date of 8 May 1945. You will pass numerous historical sites and memorials in the city centre. Afterwards, the route takes you along the "Königsweg" bike-expressway through Grunewald to the Haus der Wannsee Conference. You can find directions and background stories in the ABOUT BERLIN app.

More about the story app ABOUT BERLIN

Further tips for the late summer can be found in our calendar calender of events and here is some important information about your visit to Berlin.

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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