Spring is almost over and it’s time to get ready for the best possible time to be in Berlin: summertime. Berlin’s sun only shines 1625 hours a year (compared to Lisbon’s 2799), so Berliners lose no time in hitting the streets and doing everything the city has to offer in the sunny season. Check out 9 things students should do in Berlin in the summer.
1. Welcome summer at the Fête de la Musique
Every year on June 21, Berliners celebrate the beginning of summer and International Music Day with a free open air music festival, the Fête de la Musique. Musicians and bands play a wide variety of music genres in the streets and squares of Berlin. It’s been running every year in Berlin since 1995, and now there are over one hundred stages scattered throughout the city.
2. Do what Germany does best at the Berlin Beer Festival
Located as always on Karl-Marx-Allee, between Strausbergerplatz and Frankfurter Tor, the Biermeile, or Berlin Beer Festival, has become a major attraction. Every year on the first weekend in August (this year it falls on August 4-6), approximately 320 brewers from 86 countries are expected to serve about 2000 varieties of beer along the 2,2km street festival. Bottoms up!
3. Have a late night at a museum
This year marks the 20th edition of Lange Nacht der Museen, or Long Night of Museums. Some of Berlin’s museums, 77 to be exact, open up their doors in the middle of the night. This year, on August 19, take stroll through art galleries and ballrooms, and explore planetariums and hi-tech labs in the wee hours of the night.
4. Celebrate yesteryear’s Prussian glory
One summer night each year, the gardens, temples and palaces of Sanssouci in Potsdam come alive and open their doors for a glimpse into the pompous lifestyle of Frederick the Great and his former summer residence, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During Potsdam Palace Night, everything is brilliantly illuminated, ending with an erupting firework display at midnight.
5. Party at an open air club
If there’s a city that can seriously party, you know it’s Berlin. The wide variety of spaces in the city’s nightlife is particularly amazing. One of those unusual spots are open air clubs like IPSE, Chalet, and Else. Day or night, you’ll always find some where insanely cool to dance and have fun.
6. Bike along the Berlin Wall
Berlin is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world and there is a huge amount of bike tours to choose from. If you happen to be a history buff, there is a 13km bike route that traces the Berlin Wall, starting in Mauerpark and ending with a view of the River Spree and the Berlin skyline in Oberbaumbrücke. There are dozens of other routes to choose from!
7. Have Thai food in a park
For over twenty years, the Berlin Thai community has been coming together every weekend in Preußenpark in West Berlin, or Thai Park as it’s colloquially named now. People hang out, cook, eat, and celebrate Thai food culture. Pork noodle soup, tapioca dumplings, sticky rice with mango — all homemade!
8. Watch a movie outdoors
Open air is a thing in Berlin. Apart from clubs and concerts, there are also a few open air cinemas. You can bring your own food to Freiluftkino Friedrichshain; watch classics and current blockbusters in their original version with German subtitles in Berlin’s oldest open air cinema in Kreuzberg; and head to Rehberge, one of the largest, every Wednesday to Sunday to watch, cartoons, German films, and the latest from Hollywood.
9. Take a day trip to Grunewald
Throughout the year, the 3000-hectare large forest is perfect for a stroll. Cross over to the small Lindwerder island by ferry; climb up the Karlsberg and enjoy a wonderful view over the Havel and Wannsee from the Grunewaldturm; walk up Müggelbergen’s 115 meters; and check out Berlin’s oldest palace, the Renaissance hunting lodge Jagdschloss Grunewald.
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