Cloudy skies? 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.
Enjoy your city - whatever the weather! Tip: With the Berlin WelcomeBackCard you get up to 50 percent discount at many attractions for only 2,50 Euro per day.
Tip 1: Mysterious museums: Museum Magicum and Deutsches Spionagemuseum
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 Deutsches Spionagemuseum, 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.
Tip 2: Get to the bottom of things: Unterwelten
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. Here you can also book other underground tours: e.g. from the flak tower to the mountain of debris and through dark worlds. Just have a look at the website to see which tours are currently available.
Where: Brunnenstraße 105, Mitte
Tip 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 than you could go to the café and relax. Please also register with time slots on the website.
Where: Böttgerstraße 20-26, Wedding
Tip 4: The classic: Visit Nefertiti
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.
Wo: Bodestraße 3, Mitte
Tip 5: Shopping in the Bikini Berlin
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.
Where:Budapester Straße 42-50, Charlottenburg
Tip 6: Chocolate!
Weather got you down? Chocolate's guaranteed to help! Fans love checking out Rausch Schokoladenhaus 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.
Where: Charlottenstraße 60, Mitte
Tip 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 shop 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.
Tip 8: Relax: Vabali
If you are looking for peace, relaxation and experience, Vabali is the right place for you. Here you can forget the dull rainy weather a little more. On 20,000 square metres in the middle of Berlin, you can immerse yourself in a Far Eastern world where exotic scents, tropical plants and noble architecture radiate a feeling of homely remoteness. In addition, there are numerous other hamams, saunas and day spas with various wellness offers.
Where: Seydlitzstraße 6, Mitte
Tip 9: Try some real good coffee
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.
Tip 10: Visit an umbrella store
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.
Where: Kieler Straße 6, Steglitz
Tip 11: Closer to the clouds at the TV Tower
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. There you can drink coffee, eat and see the city from a 360° perspective. Please book your ticket online.
Where: Panoramastraße 1 a, Mitte
So that you can enjoy a nice day in Berlin even when it rains
- keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m
- observes the hygiene measures and regulations of the individual suppliers.
Even more Berlin tips can be found under visitBerlin.
And remember: With the Berlin WelcomeBackCard, the special edition for Berliners* and day guests, you will receive up to 50 percent discount at many attractions for only 2.50 Euro per day.