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Beer garden Wannseeterrassen in Berlin
Beer garden Wannseeterrassen © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Top 15 restaurants on the waterfront in Berlin

For everyone who loves a beautiful view while dining

Everyone should experience a summer in Berlin! A dip in the cool waters of the idyllic Berlin lakes, relaxing in the park, or enjoying an ice cream in the most beautiful cafés - there are numerous activities in the capital that sweeten the summer. If you want to connect everything, we have the best tips here for dining right by the water. Spend the summer in the most beautiful restaurants with a view of a lake or river!

Alte Liebe restaurant ship

River Havel in Berlin
River Havel © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

In Alte Liebe, a restaurant ship on the Lower Havel, you can enjoy delicious fish dishes right on the water. This restaurant was established in 1912. In 2015,the Alte Liebe was turned 90 degrees so that every table has a fabulous view of the water.

Where: Havelchaussee 107, Charlottenburg

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Freischwimmer in Kreuzberg

Club der Visionäre in Berlin
Club der Visionäre © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

The Kreuzberg Freischwimmer offers hearty cuisine in a rustic atmosphere at Flutgraben. Lovingly furnished with lots of wood, you will feel completely at home here. In summer there is a large sundeck outside and on cooler days you can get cosy in front of the crackling fireplace. If you would like to have breakfast by the water, you can also have a tasty brunch here on Sunday!

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Rio Grande in Kreuzberg

Restaurant Rio Grande
© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Gäste im Restaurant Rio Grande am Spreeufer

The Rio Grande in Kreuzberg shows its elegant side. There is a wide selection of culinary delights - from pasta and escalopes to goulash, you will find everything your stomach desires. While dining, you have a direct view of the Spree and the imposing Oberbaum Bridge - probably Berlin's most beautiful bridge.

Where: May-Ayim-Ufer 9, Kreuzberg

Bootshaus Stella by lake Lietzensee

Lietzenseepark
Lietzenseepark mit Blick auf das Wasser © Runze & Casper, Foto: Martin Beikirch

Der Lietzensee ist ein innerstädtischer See im Berliner Ortsteil Charlottenburg des Bezirks Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. Der sichelförmige See hat eine Fläche von 6,6 Hektar und ist drei bis vier Meter tief. Die umliegenden Parkanlagen des Lietzenseeparks sind weitere 10,1 Hektar groß. Der Park wurde 1918–1920 von Gartendirektor Erwin Barth angelegt.

In Bootshaus Stella, you can make yourself comfortable in the cosy wooden building by Lietzensee or outside on the terrace. Tasty snacks that are self-service with a view of the lake, and once you are replenished you can take a walk around the lake.

Where: Witzlebenplatz 1A, Charlottenburg

The floating SpreeArche

Spreearche on lake Müggelsee in Berlin
Spreearche on lake Müggelsee © Frank Cotte

With the SpreeArche, a very special restaurant opened its doors in Berlin in 2001. Located in the middle of the Spree, not far from Müggelsee, it can only be reached by the in-house raft ferry. The ark floats in the middle of the river with no land connection and welcomes you after the idyllic crossing, for which the visit alone is worthwhile. Inside you will be served fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes in a rustic atmosphere.

Where: Müggelschlößchenweg, Köpenick

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Hafenküche at Rummelsburger Bucht

Restraunt Hafenküche at lake Rummelsburg in Berlin
Hafenküche at Rummelsburger Bucht © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

In Hafenküche at Rummelsburger Bucht, you sit right by the Rummelsburger See - a branch of the Spree - and are served delicious meals. Breakfast is served here in the morning, followed by a special lunch offer and an extra menu for children with dishes that are particularly popular with the little ones. There is also a play corner. Outside there is also a covered beer garden with self-service and a view of the marina.

Where: Zur alten Flussbadeanstalt 5, Lichtenberg

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Summer garden on the Island of Youth

Pärchen im Treptower Park
Zwei Frauen sitzen am Wasser in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

Frauenpärchen, LGBT, Lesbisches Frauenpaar

This idyllic summer garden is located in the middle of the Spree on the Island of Youth. It is the perfect place to take your family, as there is a children's playground, a sunbathing lawn, and a canoe rental in addition to smaller snacks and homemade ice cream. Now nothing's in the way of having a relaxed summer day!

Where: Alt-Treptow 6, Treptow

Inselgarten

Café am Neuen See in the Tiergarten

Café am Neuen See: Beer garden in Berlin
Beer garden Café am Neuen See © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

The Café am Neuen See is one of the long-established restaurants on the waterfront. The long-established beer garden attracts many guests every summer - both tourists and Berliners. Situated in the middle of the Tiergarten by  Neuen See, you can sit here idyllically in the green and eat pizza, breakfast, or a crisp pretzel.

Where: Lichtensteinallee 2, Tiergarten

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Café Max in the Liebermann-Villa

Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Liebermann-Villa in der Colomierstraße am Wannsee

Liebermann Museum by Wannsee houses Café Max, which is only open to museum guests. But a visit to the Liebermann Museum is definitely worthwhile. On the terrace of the café, guests can enjoy the idyllic view of the Wannsee. The cake comes from Mother Fourage's farm café.

Where: Colomierstraße 3, Zehlendorf

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Café am Engelbecken

"Café am Engelbecken" in Berlin with a terace
terace "Café am Engelbecken" © (c) visumate

Sip cocktails, eat a fresh salad, have a relaxed breakfast with friends and enjoy a coffee - you can do all this in the sunny Café am Engelsbecken. On summer evenings, you can enjoy the wonderful view of the water basin at Luisenstadt Canal. During the day you can sunbathe on the spacious terrace.

Where: Michaelkirchplatz, Kreuzberg

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Fischerhütte at Schlachtensee

Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee
Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee © Fridolin Freudenfett (CC BY-SA 3.0) by wikimedia commons

You can easily combine a visit to Fischerhütte with a swim, because the restaurant is located directly by the picturesque Schlachtensee. Southern German and Austrian dishes are served on the sun terrace and brunch is served on Sundays. In the self-service beer garden area you sit directly by the water. There is also a small swimming area right next to it. 

Where: Fischerhüttenstraße 136, Zehlendorf

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Wannseeterrassen

Wannseeterrassen with sunset
Wannseeterrassen with sunset © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

You can dine at the popular Wannseeterrassen with a view of the Wannsee. The restaurant serves German cuisine with a French influences, delicious coffee specialities, and homemade cakes. Anyone planning a bike tour to the idyllic Wannsee will find the perfect place for refreshments. Or you can board one of the excursion boats.

Where: Wannseebadweg 35, Zehlendorf

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Klubrestaurant Spindler & Klatt

The Spindler & Klatt is one of the more upscale restaurants on the waterfront in Berlin. You can dine on pan-Asian specialities in a chic atmosphere right by the Spree. If you are lucky, you might even meet some celebrities here. Spindler & Klatt is incidentally not only a restaurant, but also has a club area. It usually opens its doors at 11pm on weekends.

Where: In der Heeresbäckerei, Köpenicker Straße 16-17, Kreuzberg

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Ankerklause at Landwehrkanal

Kreuzberg, Neukoelln, Landwehrkanal
Die Ankerklause am Landwehrkanal © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

In the rustic Ankerklause, the people of Kreuzberg meet for a beer in the evening, chat, and take in the view of the road and Landwehrkanal. The pubs on Kottbusser Damm always turn into a club on Thursdays. From midnight at the latest, people dance their hearts out.

Wo: Kottbusser Damm 104, Kreuzberg

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Mutter Lustig in Köpenick

Rathaus (town hall) Köpenick as landmark of Köpenicker Altstadt
town hall Köpenick behind trees © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Blick über die Dahme und den Frauentog auf das Schloss- und Altstadt Köpenick

Mutter Lustig in Köpenick serves you delicious cakes and snacks. You look directly at the Dahme from the large sun terrace. When it gets colder, you can also get cosy inside with floor-deep windows. After a visit to a restaurant, you can hire pedal boats from the hotel's own jetty and take a tour of the Dahme past Köpenick Castle.

Where: Müggelheimer Str aße 1, Köpenick

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