Berlin Top 10 Summer Activities
Summer is Berlin’s best season. The wild profusion of colors, the warmth, and the happy atmosphere of the city is delightfully hypnotizing. If you have any plans of visiting Berlin, you have to make it a summer adventure. And make sure to include our Berlin top 10 summer activities in your travel plan.
1. open air parties
Berliner sure know how to party! And summer is the season for open-air parties and concerts. Summer in Berlin is all about picnics, music, festivals, gigs, dancing, food, beer, and open-air partying. Make sure to include as much party events you can into your Berlin top 10 to do.
2. Dine by the river at the CapRivi
CapRivi is the ultimate beer garden destination if you want to experience Berlin at its summer best. Relax by the river, soak in the sun, and have a beer! The popular beer garden is located right on the banks of Spree. You can wave and holler to the people on the passing boats! CapRivi is festive by day and captivating at night.
3. take a dip in the badeschiff
Badeschiff is a pool in a river! The floating swimming pool is a converted cargo container. Keep your cool even in the warmest time of the year by taking a dip or two in Badeschiff. You can also enjoy the views, lie in the sand, grab a drink, and just laze around in one of the sun chairs. After dark, the pool is illuminated for night swimming, partying, and shows.
4. Have a Picnic at the Insel Jer Jugend
Insel Jer Jugend or the Island of Youth is located in the Treptow district, away from the city’s flurry, yet near enough for a day trip. The Spree river island features a mock castle, picnic grooves, and an open air cinema. A day in the island will take away all city fatigue. Stroll around the island, paddle, enjoy the show, or just have a lazy afternoon with food and beer amongst century-old majestic trees. You can access the island through the Abbey Bridge or hire a paddle boat to take you there.
5. Charlottenburg Palace Tour
Charlottenburg Palace was built towards the end of the 17th century and shows the architectural influences of the era. It is Berlin’s largest palace that includes an enormous formal garden, a mausoleum, a belvedere, a pavilion, and a theater. You cannot visit Berlin and not tour the Charlottenburg Palace and its gardens! The palace is a historical landmark. Extensive reconstruction work was needed to repair the damages of WWII and restore the palace its splendor.
6. Discover Zollpackhof
Zollpackhof should be in your Berlin top 10 destinations. Dining under century-old chestnut trees while enjoying the sights of the Spree is an experience you cannot pass up. Zollpackhof serves the best of German cuisine including the popular pretzels, wiener sausages, onion tart, Weißwurst and fried leberkäse. And of course, all the beer you can guzzle.
7. Cruise the Spree
A Spree river cruise is another must entry in your Berlin top 10 summer things to do. The Spree runs through the heart of Berlin. A leisurely cruise will give travelers the best views of the city! A river tour can be as short as an hour from one end of the city to the other, or you can extend your leisurely trip to include the seven lakes. A boat excursion will be a memorable experience, or you can step up your tour by cruising the Spree on a yacht!
8. Chill at the Urban Spree
Urban Spree is the ultimate free-spirit alternative hideaway in Berlin. Every inch of its 1,700 sqm of space is dedicated to art – its appreciation, expression, and celebration. Artistic galleries, concerts, and displays come from a wide spectrum of artists and genre. And while you enjoy the arts, music, and books, you can also chill in the beer garden, where you can imbibe on local craft beers, coffee, a wide variety of street food from Algerian couscous to German barbeques and burgers.
9. Bum around the Spreepark Berlin
Take advantage of the warm days to wander and re-discover the abandoned and derelict Spreepark. Located on the northern side of Planterwald and right along the river Spree, the 30-hectare amusement park was completed and opened in 1969 and started to fall apart in the late 1990s. A Ferris wheel, roller coaster tunnel, swan boats, and dinosaur installations can be seen – damaged and frozen in time. The eerie, derelict, silent and poignant atmosphere of the park is spine-chilling, creepy, and exciting! Go with a friend and be sure to bring your camera.
10. Canoeing across the City
Despite being a landlocked city, Berlin has its fair share of rivers, waterways, lakes, beaches, and swim resorts. Your Berlin top 10 activities should include a leisurely canoe ride across the city. Canoes are available for hire in many points along the river Spree. Guided canoe tours are also offered. Spend a day on a canoe trip from one end of the city to another. Exploring the Wannsee or the Müggelsee lakes on a canoe will be an unforgettable experience.