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Berlin’s parks, lakes & spas

Skater in the forest Grunewald in Berlin
Skater in the forest Grunewald © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

Taking a break from the big city

Sightseeing, shopping, museums – with so much on the programme you’ve earned some relaxation time too. Berlin offers many calm places by the water or in the parks.

Or you can travel outside town. Several spas, hamams and thermal baths ensure rest and relaxation right in the centre of the city. 

Sports on offer in Berlin

If sport helps you to relax, you can indulge in this both in the spectator stands at a top-level match and by taking part in leisure sports.

You can find the best sports events on Berlin’s largest event calendar on from the Berlin Marathon to the ISTAF track and field event.

And we’ll show you the best jogging routes through Berlin on our visitBerlin blog.

Berlin is also a bicycle-friendly city – you can unite fitness and sightseeing on one of our recommended guided bike tours or on your own individual ride.   

Riding by bike at Glienicker Brücke

Berlin by bicycle

Discover the city by bike

  • Guided tours
  • Bike tour suggestions
  • Tickets for bike tours

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It’s clear that Berlin is a large city, with a lot of hustle and bustle. Yet Berlin is not only loud, it can also be very quiet: in the parks and gardens or by the water. 

You’re sure to do a lot of things during your trip to Berlin: from sightseeing and exhibitions to bus tours and shopping. But don’t worry, we have compiled tips and recommendations for you so that you can also switch off sometimes.

Berlin is a green city: there are many parks and gardens in every district. And even though Berlin is not located by the sea, you can find numerous lakes with crystal clear water in and around the city.

If the weather is less than inviting for spending time outdoors, you can always visit an indoor swimming pool or a spa. We’ve compiled a list of all the most important addresses for you. 

Our 11 favourite places in Berlin at the waterfront

Berlins Baths and Lakes
Müggelsee in Berlin
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Freibad Müggelsee

The “east’s counterpart” to the Wannsee, with lido, beach volleyball, covered beach chairs, playground, and well suited for kids, as there is an additional shallow zone. In summer, the open-air swimming area counts as one of the most popular excursion destinations of Berlin.

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Known fontain in the "Weißen See"
© visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Strandbad Weißensee

The Weißer See (White Lake) with its characteristic centre fountain, surrounded by a park consisting of meadows and natural beauty spots, is guaranteed to provide that feel-good atmosphere for young and old alike – relaxing under palm trees on the beach, going swimming, having a barbeque and dancing. For the kids, there’s not only the fine, white sand for digging in and building sand-castles, but also a large climbing frame to clamber on as well as lots of games to play.

Like being in the Caribbean

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Lake Tegeler See in Berlin
© BA Reinickendorf

Tegeler See

Situated in the north of Berlin, with a surface area of 4.6 square-kilometres, is Berlin’s second largest lake—and one of the most beautiful: the Tegeler See.

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Evening mood at Badeschiff
© visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Badeschiff an der Arena

The Badeschiff is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand.

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Indoor pool Oderberger Straße In Berlin
© Martin Kunz

Stadtbad Oderberger Straße

After 30 years of standstill, the public pool in Kastanienallee was reopened in 2016 after extensive renovations. The new pool in the old design now beams with great charm. You can glide through the water for 20 metres at a comfortable 27 degrees Celsius. The swimming pool is located in the hotel of the same name.

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Sport in Berlin

From top-level sport to being active yourself – you can do it all in Berlin. We’ll introduce you to Berlin’s top clubs. Why not go to a match and cheer on the Hertha, Alba or Union team from the stands. 

Would you prefer to do some sport yourself? We have compiled a list of lots of tips and recommendations in Berlin, from the Berlin Marathon to jogging, bike rides and leisure sports activities. Let the fun begin! 

Beelitz Heilstätten treetop path

Day trips

In and around Berlin

  • Visit Prussian palaces in Potsdam
  • Go hiking in and around Berlin
  • Explore excursion destinations around Berlin: From the woods to the lakes

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Our guests’ most popular tickets

Get recommendations about the best events from other visitors. Here you’ll find the most popular tickets among visitors to Berlin. 

Our travel service for a stress-free holiday in Berlin: You can buy tickets for boat rides, the Olympia Stadium, the Berlin Zoo and Tierpark easily and conveniently online.

This is how you can get the right ticket in 3 minutes. 

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