10 Things To Do in Berlin in Spring
Berlin is one of those cities where you can do the conventional tourist sightseeing trips, or you can explore entirely differently. As the weather picks up in spring, Berliners spend a lot of time outside, eating, drinking, filling up the park, celebrating music and culture. With advice from new friends, other online tips and observing the city in general, I have found many unique and quirky things to do in Berlin which are often free, or cost little money.
10 things to do in Berlin in spring
Below are some things which I think are nice to do when the weather is nice. The weather can reach comfortable mid 20s, there are lots of people around doing the same thing – benefitting from the weather.
1. Visit a lake
Surrounding Berlin are many lakes which have man-made beaches, areas to play sports and also bars. There are always open-minded and friendly people here, including families or locals who live nearby. Some are FKK (Frei-Körper-Kultur) areas which mean there will be lots of naked older men swimming past your in the lake. It’s normal.
Take your pick of lakes within Berlin and on the outskirts:
– Krumme Lanke
2. Go to an open air
I recently went to Strandbad Grünau, Jungfernheide, Gesundbrunnen, Viktoriapark and some places in the middle of nowhere to enjoy music, food, dancing in the ‘wild’. The best bet is to check Facebook open air groups. Lots of people organise them.
3. Get an ice cream
Germans love ice cream. I have never seen queues to get ice cream as much as I have in Berlin in spring. No wonder really, with the italians, new pop-ups and family-run businesses who are focusing of fresh fruit, yoghurt-based ice creams (without E-numbers) paving the way for a new demand in higher quality ice creams. Fraulein Frost is fresh, creamy, generous and has a cute outdoor area. They do great coffee, fresh fruit ice cream with strange flavours including prosecco, pomegranite sorbet, Appel-grieß. Try the mango / chocolate / raspberry.
Vanilla Marilla is equally as good, homegrown from Berlin and they have lots of stores all around the city. They have super cute designs and there seem to be queues out the door here, too. Now they are even doing Ben & Jerry style pots ‘Zum Mitnehmen’. Perfect to bring to a picnic. I like the way the honey-vanilla ice cream includes honey originating from Kreuzberg.
4. Go to a market
Each Kiez has its own food market, with fresh local produce being served as well as hot food to taste, a glass of wine to sip and watch the world go by. A popular market for antiques is Boxhagener Platz, Tiergarten – Bellevue, or Mauerpark (a lot bigger) – even if you just end up buying pomegranite juice and watching some of the local musicians, its a nice Sunday out in the sun. They used to have ‘Sonntagskareoke’ at 2pm on Sundays run by an irish guy; it is highly entertaining and the crowd are sympathetic.
My personal favourite has to be the food hall market in Kreuzberg, near Görlitzer Bahnhof. Markthalle 9 has something for everyone from fresh grocery baskets overflowing with fruit and vegetables, fine wines and italian antipasti. I met a really nice Italian man who let me taste a selection of the antipasti cured meats he had, he even recommended a restaurant to me and advised me on good wines to get for a birthday. Super friendly.
There are even food parks such as the Thai Park in Wilmersdorf which celebrate thai food in a relaxed setting.
5. Go to an open air cinema
Going to the cinema tends to be a winter thing, especially with the weather getting up to minus 15 Celcius during those months. Independent cinemas such a Yorck Kinos, Rollberg, Babylon, Zoo Palast and Cinema Paris offer a charming, more intimate experience; I love the red chairs and cosy atmosphere. They tend to primarily show independent films which is very popular amongst those interested in more thought-provoking films. Between 5th May and 3rd September there are a collection of Freiluftkinos which are brilliant for warm summer evenings.