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.
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. The museum also offers other underground tours through old anti-aircraft bunkers, mountains of rubble, underground tunnels, or brewery cellars, to name a few.
Wahere: Unterwelten, Brunnenstr. 105, Mitte
When: open daily
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 then take a break at the café afterwards.
Where: Magic Mountain Kletterhallen, Böttgerstr. 20-26, Mitte
When: Mon, Wed, Fri 12 noon - 12 midnight, Tue/Thu 10 am - 12 midnight, Sat/Sun 10 am - 11 pm
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.
Neues Museum, Bodestr. 3, Mitte
Where: 10 am - 6 pm (Thu until 8 pm; closed Tue)
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: Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str. 42-50, Charlottenburg
When: Mon – Sat 10 am– 8 pm
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: Rausch Schokoladenhaush, Charlottenstr. 60, Mitte
When: Mon – Sat 10 am – 8 pm, Sun 11 am – 8 pm
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.
Where: Paint your Style, Bleibtreustraße 46, Charlottenburg
When: Mon-Sat 12 noon – 9 pm. Novermber/ December: Mon-Fri 12 noon – 9 pm, Sat-Sun 11 am – 9 pm
Tip 8: Going for a swim: Liquidrom or Vabali
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.
Where: Liquidrom, Möckernstr. 10, Kreuzberg
When: Sun-Thu 10 am– 12 midnight, Fri/Sat 10 am – 1 am
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: Der Schirmmacher, Transvaalstr. 46, Mitte
When: Mon-Thu 10 am - 6 pm
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. 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.
Where: Fernsehturm, Panoramastr. 1 a, Mitte
When: daily 9 am – 12 midnight