The Best Berlin Summer Hangouts

Summer in Berlin is a wonderful time: the city lights up, the sun goes down late, people are out till all hours and you are sure to find some outdoor event, exhibition, screening or body of water calling your name. For the best summer hangouts in 2018 look no further.


Berlin Beaches!

Naturally, we have to start with the beach! Well, the lake. And it’s good to know that in German the word for lake is ‘See’ (pronounced “ze”) and it’s not exactly the ‘sea’, but simply a lake. You might not think the capital city of Germany is laden with swimmable lakes but it’s true! There are heaps of lakes to cool off in. Many people spend entire days lazing on the sand…..or grass in some cases, before leisurely making their way home. So the best ones, in no particular order, are……


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Berliner Allee 174, 13088

A very popular beach hangout, but on the small side, so when it’s full, it feels absolutely PACKED! Its only 20 minutes from Alexanderplatz by car or train.


Am Liepnitzsee, 16348

A real little island, this lake is gorgeous and great for those who are happy to travel a bit further out. From Alexanderplatz, it takes about 45 minutes with a car or about 90 minutes with the train.


Nordufer 26, 13351

Nice and close, but on the other side of the city, this sandy beach is really handy, very popular, and easy to get to. It takes just 20 minutes by car from Alexanderplatz or up top 45 minutes by public transport. It even has a play park for the kiddies.


Fürstenwalder Damm 12589

Müggelsee is the biggest See in Berlin and is a great spot as it has two secluded areas: a big one and a little one, take your pick. If you are lucky you’ll see the MZ Schatzinsel, a sausage stall, sailing on the lake, swim to your sausage! 40 minutes by car from Alexanderplatz, or 1 hour of public transport.


Strandbad Tegeler See
Bernauer Strasse, 13355

The nest biggest See in Berlin is this one! Also has an FKK (nudist) section and a lovely promenade. Hire a boat or just laze about. From Alexanderplatz, it’s 40 minutes by car, and just a little more by public transport.


Kiekebusch See
Kiekebusch See, 12529

Pebbles lakes and sand dunes in a forest setting? Yes, please! A popular venue for music events by the water, this lake takes 45 minutes by car from Alexanderplatz or 90 minutes by public transport.


Swimming Pools!

Ok, keeping with the water let’s discover some pools in the city of Berlin to cool you down. First off, best for family fun……


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Bad am Spreewald
Wiener Strasse 59H, 10999

Indoor pool, water slides, shooting water cannons, heaps of fun and a nice 28-degree water.


Sommerbad Kreuzberg
Prinzenstraße 113-119, 10969

Outdoor fun and frivolity for all the family! Paved areas, grassy areas, and a kiddie pool with a great atmosphere.


Schwimm und Springhalle im Eurosportpark
Paul-Heyse-Strasse 26, 10407

Large indoor swim center with separate areas for swimmers, kids, and toddlers.


Stadtbad Schöneberg
Hauptstrasse 39, 10827

Large indoor pool with a great big slide for the more brave, and a smaller slide for the smaller amongst us, the kids will love this one.


Sommerbad Pankow
Wolfshagener Str. 91-93, 13187

Outdoor and LOTS of green areas to plonk yourself. Many pools of different sizes, great for families who also want to laze in the sun.


Klein Schwimmhalle Wuhlheide
 An der Wuhlheide 161, 12459

Indoor family pool with separate baby pool, this pool is located in the same park at FEZ kids play center, spend the entire day here and take the kids home tired.


Now some POOLS for the adults amongst us…


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Stadtbad Charlottenburg
Krumme Strasse 10, 10585

The oldest swimming pool in Berlin, this place is gorgeous. Take a leisurely dip within the Art Nouveau building and relax.


Stadtbad Neukölln
Ganghoferstrasse 3, 12043

Another historic and refurbished pool and bath. Gaze at the beautiful mosaics ceilings, walk in the garden or take in a romantic swim on Saturday and Sunday evenings with underwater music and low lighting.


Eichenstraße 4 Berlin, 12435 

A pool in the water! That’s right, this pool is embedded into the river Spree, an awesome place to hang out with mates, enjoy the view of Berlin, grab a drink, listen to some music and chillax. A very popular spot, so get in early.


Revaler Str. 99, 10245

This awesome pool for grownups in the RAW Gelände building complex is very cool. It also hosts parties and events, so grab a drink and listen to some tunes whilst you chill in the sun.


Berlin Beer Gardens!

Oh, the list could go on. Beer gardens in Berlin are absolutely the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Beers, sun, food, and friends, what more could you ask for? All these beer gardens in Berlin are top notch and serve great big beers and most likely a sausage or two, if not an even greater selection of food and drink. Beer gardens are also family friendly in the daylight hours. No reservations are necessary, just a relaxed attitude and a big thirst. Our favourites……

Image with thanks from Café am Neuen See


Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435


Strandbar Mitte
Monbijoustraße 3B, 10117


14a, Müller-Breslau-Straße, 10623


Café am Neuen See
2, Lichtensteinallee, 10787


Triftstraße 67, 13353 Berlin


Elisabeth-Abegg-Straße 1, 10557


Outdoor events 2018


Image with thanks from the English Gardens Summer Concert Series


Waldbuhne im Olympiapark

Built for the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, The Waldbühne (forest stage) has been used as a concert stage since 1962. This awesome open-air stage hosts numerous music concerts from rock and pop to classical and kids shows. Check out what’s on and pick something!

Citadel Music Festival (Zitadelle Spandau)

17 June – 24 Aug 2018

Want to see some live music events in a preserved renaissance military fortress? Zitadelle Spandau is the place for you! Hosting a number of live music acts and events this summer, this is a very special outdoor venue. (Ps. It also holds a museum)


Botanic Nights 2018 (Botanische Nacht)

20 & 21st July 2018

The Berlin Dahlem Botanic Gardens and Museum host this wonderful outdoor summer event every year. Enjoy the gardens at night with illuminations over the buildings and plants, plus live music concerts. 43 hectares of gardens and greenhouses, and fireworks!


English Gardens Summer Concert Series

1 July – 2 September 2018

Jazz, pop, rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, this open-air concert series has something for everyone. Every Sunday you can enjoy some live music whilst enjoying the English Gardens surrounding the English Teahouse in Tiergarten. It’s their 20-year anniversary this year, so it’s going to be a big one!


Berlin has so much to offer in summer, so get out there and make the most this beautiful weather!

Contributed by Charmaine.

Charmaine Gorman is an Australian writer and actress living in Berlin with her family. As a content writer and editor, she works for many clients around the world, and along with her husband, is the founder and content manager of the online travel guide My Guide Berlin.