Best Things to See & Do in Berlin in Summer
When planning a European summer getaway, most people think of hotels on the beach or sipping cocktails by the pool, not a city break to Germany’s capital. Yet Berlin truly is an amazing city to visit in the summer, even just for a weekend.
This city is incredible and offers something for all types of travellers, from culture, outdoor spots to nightlife.
There are so many events and things to do in Berlin during summer, here are some of my top recommendations and places to check out...
1. Walk Along the River Spree
If you are fortunate to have good sunny weather, I would recommend a walk along the Spree, Berlin’s beautiful river. In the summer there are deckchairs positioned along the edge of the river, which is the perfect place to sample some local beers, so it is a good idea to keep your passport with you for ID when purchasing drinks.
2. River Cruise
Another way to experience the beautiful river Spree is to go on a river cruise, which is an incredibly relaxing way to watch the sunset and enjoy some German beer. There are so many great places to enjoy food in Berlin, with foods from different cultures available across the city.
3. Wander the City Centre & Get Wonderfully Lost
When walking around the streets of Berlin you will have ample opportunities to see Ampelmännchen, the green and red traffic light men, which are beloved symbol in Eastern Germany. It is illegal to cross German pedestrian crossings when the red pedestrian light is shown, so make sure you check out the local laws and customs of Germany before arriving to make sure you don’t break any laws.
4. Marvel at the Architecture
The architecture and history on offer in Berlin is truly incredible, with the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate within a short distance from each other.
5. Hire a Bike & See the Sights
You can hire a bike, which is a great way to experience the beauty of the city, but make sure you’ve not had too much to drink as there can be serious consequences!
7. Charlottenburg Palace
A little bit outside of the city is Charlottenburg Palace, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lake. You can pay an admission fee to explore some of the interior of the palace, but wandering around the grounds is free of charge!
Mauerpark in the summer is simply a must do! Located in the north of Berlin not far from the Gesundbrunnen station, Mauerpark offers a truly alternative Sunday experience. There is an amazing market set up there, which is the perfect place to buy gifts, souvenirs and try some really tasty food.
It gets pretty busy there on a Sunday as it has become such a popular place for residents and visitors alike, so make sure to keep your belongings close. Bearpit Karaoke, started almost 10 years ago by Joe Hatchiban, draws thousands of people in to sing and watch for the day, and is such a fun way to spend the afternoon, and maybe even start your singing career!
By Lucy Stretch
Before departing, book your flights, and prepare to have an über amazing trip! The following websites are recommended:
- Germany tours
- Useful German Phrases for Tourists
- Hamburg Weekend Itinerary
- Where to Stay in Berlin
- Gap year in Germany
- Volunteer in Germany