Can you feel that? It’s Berlin’s snow melting away and welcoming warmer weather, and the city’s terraces and decks filling up. From a climbing challenge to a sunset on a rooftop, here are 10 things students should do in Berlin in the spring. Enjoy!
1. Go to a concert in Cassiopeia
Very close to the Warschauer Strasse underground exit is one of those places that has to be posted on your Instagram. It’s a huge space with an industrial air where abandoned factories have become a meeting place for young people and culture. Take advantage now that the season of outdoor concerts is beginning!
2. Climb an old bunker with Der Kegel
A few meters from Cassiopeia you can find this outdoor climbing wall where the bravest ones take advantage of the sunshine hours to climb the tubular walls of this old bunker. If that’s not enough for you, step inside the warehouse and find a true paradise for climbers.
3. Drink and relax at Café am Neuen See
Bavarian beers and sights to a beautiful lake with boats in Tiergarten Park. Café am Neuen See is the perfect — and slightly posh — place to relax with a good beer mug in hand while you plan your route to explore what to see in Berlin.
4. Enjoy the views at Klunkerkranich rooftop
In the Neukölln neighbourhood, hidden from tourists’ prying eyes, is a rooftop garden. Take the subway to Rathaus Neukölln (U7) and walk to the Neukölln Arkaden mall. Behind the elevator doors lies an amazing bar above the car park with live music and one of the most fabulous views over Berlin. Nope, winter is definitely not coming.
5. Do sports at Tempelhofer Feld
Tempelhof Airport was built in the 1920s and reconstructed in the 1930s by the Nazi government. It ceased operating in 2008, and the 386-hectare open space is now a park used mostly for practicing sports like running, cycling, skating, as well as dog walking, sunbathing, and barbecues. Sounds like an amazing spring plan, right?
6. Markthalle 9
This historic market reopened a few years ago. Kreuzberg’s lovely market “Number 9” is once again bustling with activity. Thursday is when it gets busier with the weekly Street Food Thursday. Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, sellers of agricultural products open their booths — it’s the ideal time to see the market filled with colour with seasonal fruit. Go and try it!
7. Travel the world in four days
The Karneval der Kulturen, or Carnival of Cultures, is a multi-day street festival bursting with colour on Blücherplatz. On June 2-5, try culinary delicacies and dance to sounds from all over the world, or buy clothing and hand-made craft from over 400 stands.
8. Do a little vintage shopping
The Berliner Antikmarkt is open six days a week under the arches of the Riedrichstraße S-Bahn railway station. Perfect for lovers of nostalgia or those of you who don’t just settle for the “made in China” souvenirs. If you prefer an open air market, try Mauerpark (it’s huge!) for secondhand clothes, vintage bags and jewellery, or the Trödel- und Kunstmarkt, the oldest flea market in Berlin.
9. Discover Berlin by boat
A very good way to get to know the German capital is to float on its rivers. As March begins, boat season does too. If Berlin isn’t enough for you, you can also navigate from the centre to the lakes of Wannsee or Müggelsee.
10. Take a walk in Viktoriapark
To the south of the city, in the monument at the top of Kreuzberg hill, in Viktoriapark, lies the highest natural point of Berlin. Is there anything more idyllic to start the spring than to spend the evening with a couple of beers while listening to the waterfall crashing against the rocks?
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Which is your favorite place in Berlin? Anything else that’s worth doing in the German capital in the spring? Let us know in the comments. And remember: if you need student accommodation, you’ll find the perfect student home on Uniplaces.