The summer in Berlin is when you can experience the city of your birth at its most relaxed. While Berlin is among Europe’s top urban experiences full of history, culture, amazing clubs, incredible bars, and top-of-the-line restaurants, it’s also a city of green spaces and water, shaded beer gardens, and more ice cream stores than you could ever imagine. Summer in Berlin is a time to be outdoors on the canal, at any of Berlin’s numerous open-air spots, or explore nearby forests, lakes, and countryside.
The selections are taken from our DIY Berlin Guide – which you can access inside The Circus Houses. The best part is that they are all worth visiting as a whole. However, some can take you to areas of Berlin that most tourists do not get to see.
These insider tips were collected from The Circus Team and illustrated by the fantastic Nina Hupen-Bestendonk.
Canals, lakes, and rivers… Summer is the best time to explore Berlin’s stunning waterways. Drink a drink and find an area at the grassy embankment along the Landwehr canal. You can also stroll to the Admiralbrucke, a popular gathering place during hot summer evenings to enjoy Ice cream and the music of street performers. Whatever you choose, it will be one of the best experiences you’ve ever had.
Recommended by Maja, The Circus Hostel
It’s summer…it has been hot. It is time to drink. Berliner Weisse – a hoppy and sour beer mixed with various fruity syrups- is the most popular drink for locals, and the most sought-after flavor is either woodruff or raspberries (don’t inquire!). When you receive your drink in a glass shaped like a bowl, you’ll know it’s summer and you’re in Berlin. Try it! It’s available in every excellent beer garden. The Prater is the oldest in Berlin and is only a short hike to the top of the hill away from The Circus.
Recommended by Katrin, CEO of The Circus
It is possible to escape the hustle and bustle of Berlin’s bustling streets without leaving the city’s limits. Go to the mountains and the tower south of Muggelsee Lake. It provides more than a beautiful panorama of the city. You can also stroll through the forest, exercise in the Muggelsee, and visit the beer gardens along the lake. Discover Berlin’s green soul. It’s stunning!
Recommended by Richie, The Circus Apartments
1936 Olympics are most famous because of Jesse Owens mocking Hitler’s race-mastery ideals when he took home four gold medals at the Olympic Stadium. Just a little from the west and built to accommodate all the needs of athletes, the Olympic Village had cinemas, swimming pools, and 38 eating halls, and to catch a local train and take a walk; however, it’s well worth it to visit this abandoned place that is full of historical significance!
Recommended by Jim, COO of The Circus
In the city’s center and at the mouth of the river Spree, The unique spot is best described as greenery, an urban backyard, and a beachy bar/cafe. It makes you feel like you’ve escaped the city without traveling far. It has a great atmosphere, delicious food, great drinks, and fantastic photos.
Recommended by Victoria, Communications Manager of The Circus