Your Summer in Berlin. Sorted.

A curated guide of 18 things to do in Berlin, recommended by locals


Spend a weekend drinking great coffee, discovering the arts, brushing up on the city's complex history, eating real German grub, and hanging out in local bars. Get stuck into the epic summer vibes - they come in droves in Berlin.

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  • Wake up and smell the beans at Father Carpenter

    Coffee Shop
    open

    This cafe is a little hidden gem in Mitte. Enter through a beautiful backyard and follow the smell of fresh coffee. You will find some nice outdoor seating in front of the small cafe. Stay for breakfast, or lunch, and eat the cakes too.


  • Wander through the Schlosspark Gardens

    Garden

    This beautiful park in Charlottenberg comes complete with swathes of colorful flowers and a nice little lake. Take in the fairytale charm and wander around in the sunshine.


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    Discover former East Germany at DDR Museum

    History Museum
    open

    The centrally located DDR Museum documents life in the eastern sector. Born a few years before the wall came down, the space transports you back to genuine relics, like an old Berlin living room.


  • Indulge at Cookies & Co

    Dessert Shop
    open
    $$$$

    It's the weekend, it's summer, and you deserve cookies. These guys bake them soft, American style. It may be one of the priciest cookies in Berlin, but totally worth it.


  • Unwind at Die Wohlfühler

    Spa
    open

    It's time to free your mind and soul from the City. Enjoy relaxing and vitalizing massages in the beautiful Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. As well as beauty treatments and therapies, Die Wohlfühler has fitness facilities and wellness activities like yoga and pilates.


  • Dive into subculture at Eschschloraque Rümschrümp

    Art Gallery
    open

    A hidden gem of historical Berlin in the middle of gentrified Mitte. This art gallery is a subculture survivor and hosts concerts, parties and performance art - as well as resident artists. Check out Alessandro Cemolin and his amazing painted cities.


  • Chill out at Lohmühlenplatz

    Park

    The ultimate summertime chill spot. Grab some food at Sonnenallee and hang out there before walking along Maybachufer to Kreuzberg. You will get the local vibes.


  • Brave real German grub at Berliner Republik

    Beer Bar
    open

    Berliner Republik may be on the tourist trail, but the food is great (the pork knuckle is humongous, enough for two), and a wide selection of beers on tap. It's like a beer stock market, so prices fluctuate every 10 minutes or so. Wait for the crash.


  • Snag a pre-loved treasure at Made in Berlin

    Thrift / Vintage Store

    Made in Berlin is a gorgeous second-hand shop filled with a mighty selection of one-of-a-kinds spanning the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.


  • Check out the flea market a Mauerpark

    Flea Market
    open

    A colorful flea market with a diverse range of things to buy! You'll always find some great and surprising treasures here.


  • Hunt for techno records at Hard Wax

    Record Shop
    open

    Das Hard Wax is a record store for electronic music, reggae and dub. Located in Kreuzberg, it's one of the most famous and oldest record stores in the city. If you are into techno this place is a treasure.


  • Head to the Boxhagener Platz market on Sunday

    Flea Market

    On Sundays, this square becomes one of the best second-hand bazaars in Berlin. Known for its retro furniture, find amazing pieces for bargain prices.


  • Visit the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park

    Historic Site

    Hidden in the woods, this memorial commemorates 7,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle of Berlin in April–May 1945.


  • Take a delicious dip at Badeschiff

    Pool
    open

    A swimming pool that floats on the water? Yours, all summer long in Berlin. Try to catch a yoga class there in the morning.


  • Watch the sunset at Oberbaumbrücke

    Bridge

    Take a stroll over the bridge that used to mark the border between East and West. Watch the sun set over the Spree before hitting the clubs and bars of Friedrichshain or Kreuzberg. Now, on summer evenings the bridge becomes a stage for many street musicians and artists.


  • Catch a flick at Hackesche Höfe Kino

    Indie Movie Theater
    open

    A great cinema in the center of Berlin. To reach it you have to pass through Hackesche Höfe, a space full of street art! Both German and English movies are shown here and the chairs are really comfortable to sit in.


  • Wine and dine at Sorsi e Morsi

    Wine Bar
    closed

    Great wine and pinchos in Prenzlauer Berg! This local hangout has become more touristy over the years, but it's the place to be if you like loud and crowded bars.


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    Drink at Klunkerkranich

    Beer Garden
    closed

    Neukölln's Klunkerkranich is an alternative bar and beer garden above a shopping mall with great views across the city. It's a local secret that has gained popularity more recently.

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