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Summer in Berlin

Hot tips for long summer days

Romantic break of two cyclists at Lake Rummelsburg in Berlin
Lake Rummelsburg promenade © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

When does summer arrive?

Every year at the same time: the summer uncovers the most beautiful aspects of Berlin! We have selected the best tips for you: from street food to ice cream, bathing to beach bars. With sand in your shoes in the street café around the corner – when the Berlin summer becomes the greatest pastime in the world, you will find the Berliners outside: in cafés, beer gardens, beach bars or at street food stalls at the old Berlin market halls. Find more thingst to do in our event calendar.

Where to go in those sunny summer days?

Discovering all corners of Berlin on your own – it’s possible. And certainly with our bicycle tours through the city’s neighbourhoods. Alternatively, you can go on a guided tour. Or you can head off to one of the most beautiful destinations in Berlin and the surrounding area and actively explore Berlin on different ways..

Would you prefer to enjoy the day in an even more relaxed way? Make yourself comfortable in one of our ice cream cafés or at a beer garden. You can also have a picnic in the Berlin parks and BBQ in designated areas.

Highlights during the Summer

What's going on in Berlin this summer? We've listed all of the main highlights for you: from new festivals to environmental events, from sporting highlights to unique concerts.


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Everything about football summer!

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Plunge into the water: bathing lakes and boat trips

Spree and Landwehr Canal, Müggelsee and Wannsee: Berlin is a green city with many lakes and rivers. This is why Berliners love being near the water above all else. The best way to get to know the Berlin lake landscape is on a boat trip. Or you can sail along directly past the tourist attractions. And even though Berlin is only a stone’s throw away from the sea, you can pack up your bathing suit and travel to one of the many lakes in and around Berlin. Our bathing map will show you the shortest routes to the most beautiful lakes.

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Ship Ahoy! Boat trips

  • Spree cruises along the most famous sights
  • Bridge tours incl. the Museum Island
  • Explore the most famous sights by boat

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The taste of summer

In summer, life in Berlin happens outdoors – with the first rays of sunshine, the cafés and restaurants set up their tables and chairs on pavements and plazas. Take a seat to relax in the shade of a tree in a Berlin beer garden. Enjoy a spectacular view across the city from the roof decks on summer evenings or spend the evening on the water front.

Add your voice to the calls of “Berlin ahoy!” in the beach bars, your toes in the sand and the Spree at your fingertips. The ice cream parlours offer the most delicious new creations for every new summer season.

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Berlin summer evenings

Bury your feet in the sand and cast your eyes over the Spree: relish the typical Berlin combination of city life and holiday in the Berlin beach bars. Climb up high in the clubs and restaurants on the roof terraces of the city. And let’s not forget the open-air stages which await you in the summer months.

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Our favourite places

Which places are particularly beautiful in Berlin during summer? We have compiled our very own list of favourite places for you. From the hip beach bar to the comfortable beer garden, from the famous open-air cinema to the cool roof terrace. As well as places where you get a particularly good view when the sun slowly sets over Berlin. 

The most beautiful summer places

Our tips for the summer

Beach and swimming Strandbad Wannsee in Berlin
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The roof terrace Klunkerkranich with a view over Berlin-Neukööln
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Club, garden and beach bar: the Klunkerkranich (German for wattled crane) in Neukölln is many things, but first and foremost it is the latest hotspot of the Berlin clubbing scene. Party-goers meet between the flower boxes on the roof terrace of the Neukölln Arcaden shopping centre to listen to the DJ’s tunes and watch the sun setting over the rooftops of Berlin. Spanish-inspired fusion cuisine is served in the restaurant.

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Bootsverleih am Plötzensee
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Freibad Plötzensee

Surrounded by the Berlin juvenile detention centre, the Plötzensee Memorial to the victims of National Socialism, and a large cemetery complex, the beach at Plötzensee may not be the first place one thinks of when planning a summer's day out.

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