The sun is burning, the crickets are chirping, legs are getting tanned and we’re sweating – it’s finally summer time! Berlin shows is definitely at its best in summer: relaxed, colourful, loud, green and unbelievably happy. Today, we’ll share our five favourite activities for Berlin’s summer with you. Enjoy reading.
During especially hot summer days in Berlin, the only thing you’re going to want is to cool down and refresh. There are various lakes and open air pools where you can fulfil this desire. For instance, the “Sommerbad Kreuzberg” on Prinzessinenstraße offers numerous swimming pools and a huge sunbathing area while the “Badeschiff” on the Spree River has a glamorous open air bar and a small urban sand beach. If you prefer to get your swimsuits and go off to the famous lake “Wannsee” – do it J. Other nice lakes are “Schlachtensee” and “Krumme Lanke”, where it’s normally not as crowdy as on other lakes. If you want to get active, you can get yourself a boat. Taking the S-Bahn, you reach “Treptower Park” within 10 minutes and from there it’s a lovely walk to “Insel der Jugend” (=island of youth) where you can rent pedal boats or rafts and enjoy chilling on the water.
Dancing until sunrise – that’s really easy to do in Berlin. As the sun already rises at 5 am in summer, you don’t even have to stay up that long to experience the sunrise after a crazy party night. The best thing to do in a heat like that t is to join one of the numerous open air festivals in Berlin. The facebook page “Open Airs Berlin” regularly posts tips for big and small open air festivals and numerous clubs with open air areas. For instance, the Chalet, about blank, Grießmühle or Sisyphos open their summer gardens and magic forests to chill, dance and enjoy the sun. If you danced and drank enough for one night, it’s perfect to round of the Berlin party experience by chilling at the Spree River or any other water in Berlin. For more infos about open air festivals in Berlin, check out our recent blog entry.
What’s better than a summer day in the park with picnic, barbeque, cool drinks and friends? Not much, for sure. In Berlin, there are many parks where barbeques are officially allowed – so, bring along your sausages, salads and beers! In only 15 minutes walking distance, you’ll find “Görlitzer Park” where you can have a barbeque while sitting under a shady tree and digest your food by sliding down a huge slide (also for adults). A bit further away, you’ll find the legendary “Tempelhofer Feld” which invites you to skate, cycle, garden or grill your meat and veggies – just make sure you stay on the marked barbeque areas.
four: OPEN AIR CINEMA!
Who wants to stay home inside when it’s warm, even at night? Isn’t it much nicer to get cosy in front of a huge screen, watch a movie and cuddle into a blanket with a glass of wine? In our blog article “Open Air Cinemas in Berlin” (Link zu http://ip-hostel.com/en/2013/10/open-air-cinemas-berlin/), we introduce several open air cinemas to you. Especially nice and especially close to the hostel is the open air cinema of the “Kunstquartier Bethanien” in Kreuzberg. There, you can bring your own food and drinks, rent sun chairs and blankets and choose a place of your choice. The cinema screens current movies but also classics and independent films. If you are up for open air cinema 60es style, you should check out the drive-in cinema of Berlin. It’s quite close to Tegel airport and promises comfort, food in the car and a great sound.
five: ICE CREAM!
Of course, a hot summer day needs a yummy ice cream. Fortunately, there are a lot of food ice cream shops near our hostel. We can recommend the ice cream parlour “Der Eisbärliner” on Gärtnerstraße 11 in Friedrichshain, where you get yummy ice cups, cakes and even vegan ice. On the party street Simon-Dach-Straße, you’ll find “Eis Manufaktur” which das delicious home-made ice cream with very special flavours. If you’re in Kreuzberg on the other side of the Spree River, you should definitely check out the popular shop “Aidemir Eis” on Falckensteinstraße where you’ll probably see a cue in summer. Waiting for this ice is worth it as they have as awesome flavours as “roasted almonds”, “choco-chilli” or “red currant and peppermint”, yummy yumm.
Well, I would say that summer can come. Let’s get some ice cream, steak, cinema tickets, swimming suits and a party outfit!
Enjoy the summer!
Blogger at Industriepalast hostel
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.