By Inbar Dekel
Weather you’ve already been to wunderbar Berlin or not, this article is definitely one you’d want to keep! Berlin in the summertime, when it really comes alive and magical, is truly amazing – the best time to visit is April through September when it offers tons to do, see and experience. So, how bout some tips for local hangout spots? Yes please! you’ll thank us later…
One of the best things about Berlin is that it’s not just for hard partying at infamous clubs like Berghain or KitKat , it’s so much more diverse and has many excellent chillout venues spread across it. If you’re into nature and fresh air it can’t get any better than Berlin’s old airport turned mega park and recreational space – Tempelhofer Feld (Field). It’s completely flat and preserved just like back when it was still active as an airport. The plane runways are perfect for bike riding, rollerblading, skateboarding, kite land-boarding or whatever type of boarding you fancy. You can also enjoy special BBQ areas, beautiful little garden patches (groomed by locals) to sit or walk in, you can even let your dog run free in the large fenced off special dog areas. There’s always something happening at Tempelhofer Field: open air concerts, art exhibitions or refugee activities, this park is an ultimate summer spot in Berlin.
From chill to chiller – Club Der Visionäre is one of the hottest open-air venues in Berlin at the moment. Designed like a raft/boat-house, on the Berlin Spree river, this unique venue is best known for its laid-back atmosphere and the chill crowed of both locals and tourists coming together to celebrate under the huge Willow tree and disco balls decorating the club. Endless lists of talented DJ’s from all across the world who come to play their sets from dusk till dawn will make sure you have the time of your life. Bouncers can be mean so make sure you arrive early enough, before the queue starts. Entry is between 5 to 7 Euros.
More of the same chill vibe places are the Rummels Bucht and The Klunkerkranich. The Klunkerkranich is located on top of the Neukölln Arcaden Shopping Mall and offers a breath-taking view of Berlin’s gorges skyline, an amazing place for sunset drinks with friends. The Rummels Bucht is a “fairyland” like venue that leis at the foot of the Rummelsburger Lake. There you’ll find to all sorts of fun and games: live music by different bands every Wednesday, open grill for the meat lovers, oven-pizza and a huge Tennis-Table (Germans are big on those!). No bouncers here, all are welcome, and you also get to decide how much you pay to get in, that’s right.. usually between 4 and 8 Euros.
Lets talk about live music for a moment, if you’re a true Jazz and Blues lover at heart you won’t want to miss out Tuesday nights at the multi-purpose venue Das Edelweiss. Located in the cool yet somewhat controversial – Görlitzer Park, Das Edelweiss offers a large terrace with easy chairs to enjoy a cold beer and street musicians playing in the park, an indoor restaurant with a local German cuisine, and the cheery on (the) top (floor) – live jam sessions by great Jazz and Blues musicians every Tuesday night. It gets smoky and crowded pretty fast so best arrive before 10 pm. Entry is usually 5 Euros. Good time guaranteed.
Last but not least, we didn’t forget about those of you who appreciate a good party and some awesome Techno/Electro bits. Salon – Zur wilden Renate club is a fantastic choice for sweaty non-constant nights of wild dancing. It has amazingly big outdoor areas – the front is filled with beach sand and places to relax, the back is smaller but really charming. Inside are no less than 3 dance-floors! each one features A-list DJ’s and a great atmosphere. Again, bouncers tend to be rough here so all that’s left to do is try your luck and give it a chance. Entry is about 10 to 12 Euros per person.
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