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Top 11 Tips for rainy days in Berlin

Brandenburger Tor
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Brandenburger Tor nach dem Regen

Cloudy skies? The barometer's falling and there's rain in the air? No need to despair, because in Berlin there is no bad weather, just unfortunate places to be caught without an umbrella. We present the most beautiful places for a rainy day in the capital.

1. Mysterious museums: Museum Magicum and Spy Museum

Spy Museum Berlin
© Spy Museum Berlin

Spy Museum Berlin Berlins erstes Spionagemuseum Im Sommer 2014 eröffnet das Spy Museum am Leipziger Platz. Der Besucher begibt sich auf eine Zeitreise in das Schattenreich von Spionage und Geheimdiensten vom Kalten Krieg bis hinein in die Gegenwart. Ausgestellt werden auch kuriose Exponate wie Geruchskonserven, Infrarot-Aktenkoffer oder Mantelkameras.

If you're looking for rain or a spell of high pressure, then you might be in luck at Große Hamburger Straße 17, home to Museum Magicum, covering pretty much everything between abracadabra and magic potions. A whole other sort of secret is revealed at the recently opened Spy Museum, which features wonderfully curious exhibits from the history of espionage. Multi-media presentations reveal the details behind undercover operations, spy stories, and the latest whistle blower and NSA revelations. Berlin Magic Museum, Große Hamburger Str. 17 (Mitte), open  daily: 10 am- 8 pm Spy Museum Berlin, Leipziger Platz 9, (Mitte), open daily: 10 am- 8 pm


2. Get to the bottom of things: Unterwelten

Berliner Unterwelten
Berliner Unterwelten © Berliner Unterwelten e.V., Foto: Dietmar Arnold

When it's too wet up above, then just head down under at Berliner Unterwelten. This museum is located in a historic air raid shelter from the Second World War near the Gesundbrunnen station. The museum also offers other underground tours through old anti-aircraft bunkers, mountains of rubble, underground tunnels, or brewery cellars, to name a few. Unterwelten, Brunnenstr. 105 (Mitte), open daily  

3. Climb every mountain (but stay out of the rain): Magic Mountain

Rain storms can be dangerous for those hiking in the mountains, but there's no reason to worry about that here in flat Berlin: Magic Mountain in Wedding is worth a visit in any weather, provided you're not afraid of heights. This mountain is all about climbing with parcourses with different levels of difficulty for climbing, while newbies can practise scrambling and then take a break at the café afterwards. Magic Mountain Kletterhallen, Böttgerstr. 20-26 (Mitte), Mon, Wed, Fri 12 noon - 12 midnight, Tue/Thu 10 am - 12 midnight, Sat/Sun 10 am - 11 pm

4. The classic: Visit Nefertiti

Nefertiti in the New Museum in Berlin
Nefertiti in the New Museum © visitBerlin, Foto: Frank Nürnberger

The likeness of Queen Nefertiti, the 3,000-year-old wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, resides on Museum Island and she especially welcomes visitors on rainy days. The bust is in one of Berlin's most interesting museum buildings, the Neues Museum, the architecture of which is worth checking out on its merits. Neues Museum, Bodestr. 3 (Mitte), 10 am - 6 pm (Thu until 8 pm; closed Tue)

5. Shopping in a Bikini

Bikinihaus and Memorial church at Kurfürstendamm in Berlin
Bikinihaus and Memorial church at Kurfürstendamm © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Charlottenburg, Shopping, Bikini Haus, Gedaechtniskirche, Breitscheidplatz

Not that kind of bikini! Instead, the Bikini Berlin, a truly unique shopping experience offering an original shop concept, Berlin originals, and a gallery with rotating art exhibitions and installations. Then you can climb the Monkey Bar or go to Neni restaurant on the roof of the 25hours Hotel and watch the rain fall from the panoramic windows. Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str. 42-50 (Charlottenburg), Mon – Sat 10 am– 8 pm

6. Chocolate!

Rausch Schokoladenhaus
Rausch Schokoladenhaus © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Weather got you down? Chocolate's guaranteed to help! Fans love checking out Fassbender & Rausch on Gendarmenmarkt, where you can see the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate modelled in chocolate. The chocolate café needs to be experienced to be believed, with specialities including the almond nut caramel tarte to hot chocolate with chilli peppers and milk foam. Fassbender & Rausch, Charlottenstr. 60 (Mitte), Mon – Sat 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 11 am – 8 pm

7. Painting your own ceramics

If it's storming outside, you probably want to warm up with a hot drink. But why not check out a place where you cannot only drink a nice cup of coffee, but also paint your own mug. The Paint Your Style shops are cosy spots that make it possible to paint pottery in your own style. And we promise: even those who think they're no good at painting will find their creative side here because the staff here offers great tips and easy instructions to ensure fine-looking finished products. Paint your Style, (Charlottenburg/ Friedrichshain/ Kreuzberg/ Prenzlauer Berg/ Potsdam), Mon-Sat 12 noon – 9 pm. Novermber/ December: Mon-Fri 12 noon – 9 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am – 9 pm

8. Going for a swim: Liquidrom or Vabali

vabali spa Berlin
© vabali spa Berlin

Das vabali spa ist die Sauna-Oase in Berlin. Genießen Sie elf Saunen, Ruheräume, Kaminzimmer, Restaurant sowie Pools und Sonnendecks auf 20.000qm.

Seeking peace, relaxation, and maybe a bit of adventure? Head to the Liquidrom, centrally located near Anhalter Bahnhof. There you can expect to find a liquid concert hall with floating pool, a warm salt-water pool, and underwater music. If you'd rather forget the cloudy rainy weather, you can book a flight to Bali, or more conveniently, head over to Vabali. Dive into a tropical paradise covering 20,000 square meters full of exotic fragrances, fantastic plants, and noble architecture. Liquidrom, Möckernstr. 10 (Kreuzberg), Sun-Thu 10 am– 12 midnight, Fri/Sat 10 am – 1 am Vabali, Seydlitzstr. 6 (Tiergarten), daily. 10 am  – 12 midnight

9. Try some real good coffee

Cappuccino Berlin
Cappuccino © Getty Images, Foto: Pyrosky

Pure coffee, hand filtered, well-tried: In Berlin there are quite some cafés, which celebrate the art of making coffee, experimenting with flavours and beans to fulfill just one noble goal: Get all the flavours such as toffee or black fruits to unfold their power and richness so we can taste every nuance of it. Luckily rainy weather offers the perfect opportunity to test this Berlin Slow-Coffee-Trend.

10. Visit an umbrella store

Am Brandenburger Tor
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Tourismus am Brandenburger Tor

Surely there's no better time to buy a new umbrella than when it's raining. But why not get a proper one? One of the last umbrella shops in Berlin is located on Transvaalstraße in Wedding: Der Schirmmacher. Der Schirmmacher, Transvaalstr. 46 (Mitte), Mon-Thu 10 am - 6 pm

11. Closer to the clouds at the TV Tower

Berliner Fernsehturm
Berliner Fernsehturm © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

If you want to stay on top of things, set your sights high, in good weather and bad. The highest you can get in Berlin without flying is 207 metres above ground at the Sphere Restaurant atop Berlin's famous TV Tower on Alexanderplatz. Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal as you enjoy the views over the city as the restaurant does a full 360° rotation. Fernsehturm,  Panoramastr. 1 a (Mitte), daily 9 am – 12 midnight



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