The summer is officially here and the days are getting longer. I have put together a Top 5 most exciting and fun things to do in Berlin this summer. But what is one to do with all of their extra time? Make sure that you get the most out this summer in Berlin.
Raft floating on the Havel
Berlin is surrounded by a lot of lakes. Rent yourself a swimming beach to party, grill, swim or chill out. Last Saturday we packed our swimsuits, jumped on a raft and floated on the Havel. The raft is equipped with a big barbecue grill, so we had a great dinner on the boat while enjoying one or two sundowners.
Salsa at Monbijou Park
If you‘re looking for something removed from techno clubs, this beach bar hosts every Thursday evening tango, salsa and cha-cha nights. Beginners of all ages are welcome. While enjoying a delicious drink you can have a beautiful overlook of Museum Island. During summer they also run a theater, which has played in the Monbijoupark on the river Spree in Berlin’s historical centre since 1999.
Monbijoustraße 3, 10117 Berlin (Mitte),
Station: S1, S2, S25 Oranienburger Straße
Summer in Berlin is here! Now, you want to spend as much time outside as possible, so why not watch a movie at an open-air cinema? The Freiluftkino Hasenheide is arranged like an amphitheatre and located in the midst of a little forest in the Hasenheide Volkspark.
Volkspark Hasenheide, 10178 Berlin (Kreuzberg), www.freiluftkino-hasenheide.de
Station: U7, U8 Hermannplatz, Season: May-Sep
KiezWalk in Berlin
I love to wonder around Berlin and explore the small shops and hidden places of the city. On a neighborhood tour you can get to know your neighborhood. I also organize KiezWalks to help others discovering Berlin: Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Prenzlauer Berg.
Or you walk with me through
Up for a race? Did you know that Berlin has historic horse track? In 1829 Berlin became the second German city to stage thoroughbred racing. Hoppegarten soon became the centre of German racing, similar to Newmarket, Chantilly or The Curragh. All classic races, with the exception of the German Derby, were run at Hoppegarten. Until today you can visit Hoppegarten and have a great day trip that feels like some vacation.
Rennbahn Hoppegarten, Goetheallee 1, 15366 Hoppegarten, www.hoppegarten.com
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