It’s a warm summer night, the sun has its last beams go gently over the gloomy red panorama; there are cold drinks, good friends – how should an unforgettable day in Berlin end but with the perfect sundown? To make that happen, you need to know the best places first. And that is why we introduce you to the most beautiful spots for a breathtaking sunset in the capital:
It is good to be on top, especially when you want to get a good view, so why not climb Germany’s tallest building – the TV Tower? On the observation deck on more than 200 m you find a matchless lookout and thanks to the long opening hours until midnight you can even marvel at the sparkling city lights afterwards. Just keep in mind that on a beautiful day you might have to wait in line for up to 90 minutes downstairs, so make sure to arrive early – or the sun might go down without you. Also, you will of course not see the city’s most famous building from the top: the TV Tower.
A more affordable and less crowded option is the Radio Tower on ICC Exhibition Grounds. Except for Mondays the tower is open to the public every night until 11 pm and makes for a fantastic lookout over the majestic Grunewald forest and the glistening Havel river. Not to mention the fantastic panorama photos of Siegessäule and TV Tower in the warm evening light that you can shoot here.
The Green Options
Berlin is a city of green and therefore full of amazing parks. If you feel like escaping the hurly-burly city right in the city for a relaxed sunset under the open sky, you should dare climbing the Kreuzberg in Viktoriapark. The many trees block some of the view, but night for night both locals and visitors come here to enjoy the reflection of the sun on the roofs of Berlin with a cold beer in hand at the old monument.
Maybe even more spectacular is the sundown on the Neukölln side of Tempelhofer Feld. In front of you is the endless vastness of the abandoned landing strips, in the far distance the silhouette of the monumental hangars, and countless kite boarders make their circles. Also, the trendy bars and restaurants of Neukölln are right around the corner.
Bridging the Gap With the Locals
Who knows the best sunset spots in Berlin? Easy – Berliners do! And many favour two very special bridges in the east of the city. On Elsenbrücke between Friedrichshain and Treptow you find what is probably the best photo scene of a Berlin sunset. Traffic is dense on the bridge, so it is not the most cozy place, but the view, that includes Oberbambrücke, the TV Tower, Red City Hall and the famous Molecule Man right over Spree River, is simply singular. And in the open-air club Else outside famous club Zur Wilden Renate you can afterwards dance the summer night away if you feel like like it.
Maybe it is because of its proximity to the bars and clubs around RAW area, maybe it is the peculiar industry-and-railroad charme. Whatever it is, Modersohnbrücke in Friedrichshain has gained a reputation as the one-and-only sundown hangout spot for the cool kids of the capital. A construction site fence has been installed for safety reasons, there are countless empty beer bottles around and there is always someone having a kebab with extra garlic, still – or precisely because of that – this is the spot for the most authentic sunset in Berlin.
From Industriepalast Hostel it is not even a three minute stroll down the street to what is most likely Berlin’s prettiest bridge: Oberbaumbrücke. There are always street musicians sweetening your moment here, countless snack options are close at hand and the cruise vessels are drifting into the evening sun behind the TV Tower. And whether or not you collapse happily into your soft hostel bed afterwards or a long night in the bars of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain is waiting for you, is up to you.
Can’t wait to meet you for the sunset in Berlin,
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.