Summer in Berlin: 10 Essential Experiences

Mauerpark Karaoke, Berlin
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After its notoriously long and dark winters, Berlin transforms into a city bursting with life and energy in the summertime. Having been cooped up indoors hiding away from the cold for far too long, when the weather warms up, Berliners make the most of it! Many travellers flood into Germany’s capital during the summer months, making it the most popular time to visit. If you’re travelling to Berlin this summer, make sure you do it right with 10 of the best summer experiences.

10 Essential Summer Experiences in Berlin:

1. Soak up the sun in one of Berlin’s many parks

Berlin is an incredibly green city, with almost a fifth of the city covered in trees. There are over 2,500 parks and gardens spread across the city and, when the sun is shining, every one is packed full of locals and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine.

Park, Berlin

Favourites: Weinbersweg (above), Görlitzer Park, Friedrichshain Park

2. Go swimming

Have you ever been swimming inside a shipping container inside a river? If not, try it in Berlin! The Badeschiff in Kreuzberg is one of the most unique swimming pools in all of Germany. With panoramic views of the river Spree, the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and the waterfront, relaxing in the Badeschiff is a uniquely Berlin experience. The surrounding area is filled with sand, replicating a beach bar and international DJs play into the night.

Badeschiff, Berlin

Price: € 4. 00

Opening hours: Open May – September, 8am to midnight

3. Biergarten bliss

Enjoying an ice-cold beer in one of Berlin’s beautiful old Biergartens on a warm summer afternoon is an essential summertime experience. Be sure to order a pretzel or a wurst too!

Biergarten, Berlin

Favourites: Prater (Berlin’s oldest Biergarten) and Café am Neuen See (above)

4. Sip on a drink at a canal bar

Little bars line the many canals snaking their way through most of the city. Sip a cocktail on a wooden terrace under the shade of a willow tree and gaze out over the water.

Canal Bar, Berlin

Favourites: Club der Visionaere (above) and Anklerklause

5. Search for Berlin’s best ice cream

Berliners are a little obsessed with ice cream so there’s no shortage of it around the city! Go on a mission to find the best in town.

Ice Cream, Berlin

Favourite: Die Eismacher in Kreuzberg (above)

6. Watch a movie at the Freiluftkino

One of the most popular summertime evening activities is watching a film at one of Berlin’s open-air cinemas. There are a bunch around town, many of which screen original English versions of films. Alcoholic drinks and snacks are available to enjoy and make sure you arrive before sundown to secure a deckchair!

Freiluftkino, Berlin


Favourite: Freiluftkino Kreuzberg

7. Sing your heart out at Karaoke in Mauerpark

Karaoke in the bearpit of Mauerpark on a Sunday afternoon is the ultimate Berlin experience in the summer. This outdoor amphitheater is crammed to capacity on warm summer days and the party lasts all afternoon! Simply raise your hand if you’d like to sing and the chances are pretty high that Joe (the host) will have your song! The crowd is hugely supportive of anybody who takes the stage, with energetic rounds of applause and singalongs common. Go for it!

Mauerpark Karaoke, Berlin

Opening hours: Sundays in summer from 3pm and only in good weather

8. Bite Club

This outdoor street food market is only open during the warmer weather and is one of the best places to grab some food with friends on a balmy evening. The food trucks and makeshift stalls here serve street food from all over the world: think pork tacos, arancini and bao burgers. Located right on the banks of the river Spree, there’s probably no better place to be on a Friday night than Bite Club.

Bite Club, Berlin source

Opening hours: Every fortnight in summer, 4pm to midnight

9. Get active at Tempelhofer Feld

Berlin’s giant former airport, Tempelhof, has been transformed into the city’s largest public park and Berliners love to get active on its wide, open spaces. Grab your bike or skateboard and get on that runway!

Tempelhof, Berlin

10. Party it up at a street festival

With the arrival of summer so does the party atmosphere. A tonne of street festivals are held in Berlin over summer and each year there seems to be more and more planned!

Berlin street festival

Favourites: Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures, above), Bergmannstraßenfest (jazz festival), Internationales Berliner Bierfestival (beer festival)

It’s your turn! What are your favourite summertime experiences in Berlin?

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    August 9, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Great blog post! These look like some great tips! Thanks for sharing

    July 23, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I am going to Berlin next week and can’t wait to search for the best ice cream

    July 14, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I have never been here but these photos look inspiring, thanks for sharing

    July 12, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    I just arrived and I definetly love walking on Treptower park and an around an old ex-amusement park! Its just so relaxing and beautiful

    June 28, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    I love Berlin in the summer! Well, pretty much around the year. And besides badeschiff I love the fact that you can go to the beach almost in the center of the city, or then just jump on a train and go to Wannsee and its white sands.

    Jason Crowther
    June 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I plan on going to Germany next summer with my family. I hope that I am able to spend a day in Berlin. Thanks for the info.

    June 16, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Loved this post! Now I definitely want to go to Berlin!

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    June 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    The Lange Nacht der Museen is my favorite. I think it’s in May this year! All the museums are open through the night and are available for one all-inclusive ticket price . They have special tour routes, and cool light shows, etc to commemorate the occasion..or at least they did in 2013!

    June 13, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Wow! This makes me want to travel to Berlin even more! I love your suggestions! Thanks for such a great post!

    Backpack Babe
    June 12, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Beautiful!! Definitely gotta go out here, Berlin looks like such an interesting city! xx Definitely wanna check out the open air cinema.. oh and ice cream of course

    Sarah Anton
    June 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I’m heading there this summer – woohoo! Can’t wait to try it all 🙂

    Prasanthi Purusothaman
    June 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

    In Berlin for 2 weeks in July. This is a wonderful little little list, I love off the beaten track activities and sites so thank you for sharing. I am super keen to check out the canal bars & Tempelhofer Feld especially. Cheers!

    June 12, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Fantastic list, would have been better last week when I was in Berlin, but I still managed to tick a few of these off

    June 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    You forgot the German must – a barbecue in the park! Tempelhofer Feld is actually perfect for that!

    June 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I love Berlin and the differences inside this artistic city!! It must be amazing during summer, I would definitely go back to participate at the street festival! big fan of those!! Thanks for the suggestions!

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    June 11, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Love these suggestions, especially the hunt for the perfect ice cream cone 😉 I’ll be in Berlin at the end of the summer, and I’m so excited to see the city!

    June 11, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Great article Rachel! Thanks for all the wicked tips! Can hopefully check of a Berlin-ese summer this year and put them to good use! Love the look of the open air cinema- reminds me of the Drive ins back home!