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Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Wannsee
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Top 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. Many of our favourite restaurants on the waterfront are open again, in compliance with the regulations. In many cases a reservation is necessary before your visit to guarantee the minimum distance between guests. This can be done by telephone or on the restaurants' websites. 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

Restaurant Freischwimmer at Flutgraben Alt-Treptow
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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RIVO Spreeterrassen

Restaurant Rio Grande in Kreuzberg
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The RIVO Spreeterrassen in Kreuzberg shows its elegant side. There is a wide selection of culinary delights - from pasta and escalopes to burger, 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

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Bootshaus Stella by lake Lietzensee

Restaurant Bootshaus Stella by lake Lietzensee
Lietzenseepark mit Blick auf das Wasser © Runze & Casper, Foto: Martin Beikirch

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

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Hafenküche at Rummelsburger Bucht

Restaurant Hafenküche at the Rummelsburger Bucht
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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Brasserie Ganymed

Ganymede Brasserie in Berlin
Ganymede Brasserie in Berlin © Selina Schrader

At Brasserie Ganymed, located directly on the Spree, you can enjoy French delicacies and a French attitude to life - in the middle of the capital on the water. Treat yourself to a Goumet-class bouillabaisse and let the Spree flow by....

Where: Schiffbauerdamm 5, Mitte

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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

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

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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 at Wannsee in Berlin
The Liebermann Villa and its garden © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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

Restaurant Fischerhütte at 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 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

Club restaurant Spindler & Klatt in Berlin
Spindler & Klatt in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

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

Restaurant Ankerklause at the Landwehrkanal
Die Ankerklause am Landwehrkanal © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

In the rustic Ankerklause, the people of Neukölln 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, Neukölln

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