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Top 11 Outdoor Activities in Berlin

How to be active outdoors!

Reinickendorf, Tegeler See
visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The days are still pleasant to spend the hours in the fresh air with or without activities. Here are our tips for the loveliest outdoor and indoor activities where you can really work out or relax! Enjoy the autumn in Berlin!

Tip 1: Cycling tours through Berlin

Cycling in Berlin
Cycling in Berlin visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Getting back on your bike in spring 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.

Tip: If you prefer guided bike tours, check out Berlin on Bike.

In the cycling episode of our podcast Berlin Unboxed you'll find lots more inspiration for exciting cycling tours through Berlin.

More information about Berlin by bike

Tip 2: Relax during a walk in the park

Tiergarten in Berlin
Tiergarten (c) visumate

Berlin has so many beautiful parks to offer that it is difficult to choose the best one. The Britzer Garten,  featuring blossoms in spring and a colourful dahlia show in the fall, 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: Nordic Walking

Rund um den Tegeler See
Nordic Walking Tegler See visitberlin, Foto: Chris Martin Scholl

Nordic walking is a great way to exercise and enjoy nature at the same time. Especially in autumn, when it starts to get cold, it is important to do sport that keeps you warm. By being able to regulate your own speed, you determine how intense your training will be. You can walk anywhere you want - and combine your Nordic walking tour with sightseeing.

More information about the nature in Berlin

Tip 4: Hiking in and around Berlin

Wood path through the Tegeler Fliess
Wandern Tegeler Fließ 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: Kite Flying

Berlin Reinickendorf, Freizeitpark Lübars
Kite Flying visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

A well-known tip for young and old that should not be missing from any autumn list is kite flying. This can also be done in the city. Teufelsberg in Grunewald and Tempelhofer Feld are among the popular places to fly kites in the autumn wind.

Top 11 best places for kite flying

Tip 7: Discovery tours through the city

Regierungsviertel Berlin-Mitte
Regierungsviertel Berlin-Mitte visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

During a walk through the city you can always discover something new. The whole of Berlin is a gigantic outdoor museum. Here you can stroll through the neighbourhoods and see numerous sculptures and works of art by famous artists such as Henry Moore or Keith Haring, and all for freeThe 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

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Tip 9: Geo-Caching

Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten
Beelitz-Sanatoriums Baum & Zeit

If you're looking for a challenge, geocaching is definitely the right choice. With the help of a free app, you can solve puzzles, follow tips and find treasures. It's not unusual for you to have to go to places that are new even to experienced Berliners.

Start Geo-Caching here

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. Thee journey and climb up the hill takes about 30 minutes, 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: Climbing and bouldering

Boulder hall
Boulder hall Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

A little below the former spy station on Teufelsberg you will also find a climbing tower that is even suitable for top rope, which means you can attach your climbing ropes to the top and belay each other. You can also climb and boulder outdoors at the "Kegel" on the RAW site. Many bouldering halls like Bright Side open their outdoor climbing gardens in summer. And in the Jungfernheide forest high ropes course, completely new challenges await you.

Bouldern in Berlin 

Here you can find more tips for activities in Berlin: things to do and explore.

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.