On June 21st is the beginning of summer and so the summer solstice is approaching again. Specifically, this means: Today is the longest day of the year, which in Scandinavia, but also in the Baltic States, is traditionally celebrated with the “Midsommar”. In Berlin, the sun will rise at 4:44 a.m. and the sunset will not start until 9:31 p.m. – so we are almost exactly rewarded with 16 hours and 47 minutes of daylight.
If that’s no reason to make the most of the day and experience one or the other adventure, right? We have 11 tips for you on how you can best enjoy the longest day of the year and maybe even a little festive – from early in the morning until late in the evening. Happy Midsummer Festival!
Go up to the Drachenberg at sunrise
The Drachenberg and the associated view cut a really good figure in virtually all situations, but the view from so far above is simply too unobstructed and perfect. Nevertheless, there is one time of day when we like the Drachenberg the most: at sunrise. Our tip: Make yourself a nice pot of coffee, pack a snack and start very early in the morning so that you are up shortly before sunrise. There you are almost undisturbed, alone with the sun, the crows and the beautiful Berlin that lies ahead of you. Terribly beautiful and really infinitely romantic.
Jog through the nature park Schöneberger Südgelände
In Schöneberg you can choose between three great parks that just scream for a short or long jog. If you prefer to have things tidy and modern, the best way to walk is through the park at Gleisdreieck. For those who prefer a little more nature and less Potsdamer Platz scenery, we recommend the Volkspark Schöneberg. For the really wild, the southern area offers the perfect running route. Cyclists and dogs are not allowed on the site, but graffiti artists and all those who need a break and want to get lost in the jungle-like natural landscape.
Eat breakfast dirty egg sandwiches at 44 Brekkie
Pretty eggciting what’s being served on Rykestrasse. Friends of breakfast sandwiches get their money’s worth at 44 Brekkie . In the middle of two toasted slices of bread from the Bekarei there is fluffy scrambled eggs, which can be paired with salmon, ham or avocado. On top comes a spicy mayo, which gives the sandwich an Asian touch. The creations come from Gonca and Muhsin, who opened a cozy breakfast spot with the new shop. Fresh orange juice, coffee from roasting coffee cherry in Kreuzberg and delicious cakes make but each * n happy, right?
Jump from the 5-meter springboard in the Neukölln summer pool
Go upstairs, briefly enjoy the view over the overcrowded bathroom, the tower of the nearby mosque and the Tempelhofer Feld, look down into the blue pool, shrug your shoulders, think briefly about your school days and quickly climb down the stairs again.
Climbing in the Jungfernheide forest high ropes course
You should be able to stand and be firm at height for a visit to the climbing garden in Jungfernheide. The garden is so big that you can shimmy through trees for half a day. When you’ve climbed enough, you can relax a bit in the garden by the water tower.
Munch on the water in the fisherman’s hut on Schlachtensee
If you want to get out of the city and into the countryside, a walk around the Schlachtensee followed by lunch in the fisherman’s hut is ideal . In summer the idyllic beer garden is bursting at the seams, when it gets colder, you can sip your soup and cappuccino in the cozy restaurant. On Sunday, the Villa am See invites you to brunch and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can find everything your hungry heart desires.
Walk along the Krummen Lanke and then go for a swim
Drive to the lake quickly after work and jump into the water, that’s very possible on the Krumme Lanke. There are plenty of small, hidden swimming spots where you can relax. And there’s even a song about the lake by Fredy Sieg! “And then I sat on the bench with Emma, below us the Krumme Lanke” – if that is not a hit. As long as it is still too cold, the walk is “only” worthwhile, here there is a lot of nature and peace to relax.
Barbecue in the Volkspark Friedrichshain
The Volkspark Friedrichshain invites you to linger and have a picnic, especially around the fairy tale fountain. In fact, you can have a barbecue at Café Neuer Hain near the volleyball fields. There you can borrow grills for a deposit. Attention, grilling is only allowed with prior online reservation and a grill badge from Café Neuer Hain . Then nothing can stop you from turning the eastern part of the Volkspark into a small smokehouse in summer.
After a walk, toast the day at the Modersohn Bridge
The Modersohn Bridge is, let’s be honest, not that beautiful at all. Still, it is legendary. Because a whole bunch of people gathers here every day to toast the evening and watch the wonderful sunsets. The Modersohn Bridge is the perfect destination after an evening stroll over the nearby RAW site in Friedrichshain or a walk along the promenade of the Media Spree, which is not far away. By the way, at the perfect sunset, one guy usually puts on electronic music on his iPad. Everything is improvised, but it still has charm.
Drinks and pizza on the banks of the Spree in the global economy
Behind the Chancellery is the imposing House of World Cultures, which not only invites you to look at art, but also to eat and drink. The adjacent global economy is a roof terrace, beer garden, pavilion and restaurant in one and offers everything from pizza to draft beer, coffee and cake to drinks to take away, everything you need for a nice sundowner or a stop on a stroll along the banks of the water. The grandiose view of the television tower is on top!
End the day in the Rehberge open-air cinema
The old open-air stage in Volkspark Rehberge has been revamped and shows you a film every day that is sometimes classic, sometimes new, sometimes Hollywood, sometimes independent.