Berlin, the capital of Germany, the former divided city that attracts thousands of people each year for its culture, arts and history. In winter the city is blanketed in snow and temperatures drop freezingly low. In summer, the city is a vibrant and bubbling contrast.
University has broken for the summer and the city is full of holidays students and creative and families and well everyone. Summer lasts until almost October, especially for those living outside of the US who don’t have to return to school in September. There’s still time to visit Berlin during summertime and here are some reasons why you should go:
Berliners make the most of the warm weather and hold countless outdoor festivals and concerts in the summer. Called ‘Open Airs’ there are an assortment from organized and advertised events to small underground events that in abandoned buildings. Alternatively simply go to any park in the city and you will see local bands and musicians jamming and playing together.
Refresh in a lake
It may be the Aussie in me but I find nothing more novel than swimming in a lake! Cool off from the summer heat and jump on a bicycle and discover one of the many lakes that are on the outskirts of Berlin. Here you can cool off, laze in the sun and people watch.
It wouldn’t be Germany without a good German beer and summer is the perfect time to down a stein. Head to one of the many beer gardens and sit outside in the ambience. Or for something more relaxing grab a beer, a blanket and have a picnic next to one of the many lakes and rivers in the city just like the locals do.
Want to take in the sites instead of walking? Consider hiring a pedal boat and take to the many rivers that run through the city. The Spree River is a great one to travel along with grassy tree lined banks on one side. Pedal out to the Molecule Man statue, a famous thirty meter high three man statue that is situated in the Spree River.
Enjoy sightseeing in the sun
There is something much more enjoyable about walking around Berlin along the tourist trail in the summer. The sun is shining, and you can stop and take as long as you want to look and take in the many sites. Even just taking a stroll around the city to look at all of the street art and street side cafes is enjoyable. Without the harsh winter winds and rain you can take copious stops to sit and rest in parks and watch the many street performers before wandering off to check out the Brandenburg Gate from all angels.
Have you been to Berlin in the summer? What was your favorite thing do to there?