Vacation on the City Beachwww.freiluftrebellen.de/deck-5).
Shady Green Spotswww.koenigliche-gartenakademie.de).
And things are also both living and lively in the other Berlin parks. Younger visitors and residents are drawn by the parks in the happening districts, such as the Volkspark Friedrichshain or the Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg. On the weekend, it’s best to get there early in order to stake out one of the few spots on the meadow. Or else you can stroll around and be amazed – because on sunny days, Berlin’s parks are transformed into playing fields for some exotic kinds of sports: jugglers practice next to capoeira dancers, while slackliners balance on lines strung between the trees. And on the rocks in the Volkspark Friedrichshain, climbers regularly train their muscles. Particularly good conditions for leisure-time athletes are offered by the Tempelhof Airport, the runways of which were transformed into a giant park in 2010. Where airplanes once dropped from or hurtled into the sky, rollerbladers and bicyclists now make their rounds. In the spring, a Segway rental is also scheduled to open there. The spacious area is located on a hill, so a light breeze is always blowing. That makes it especially pleasant during the summer, and it also offers the ideal conditions for kite surfing or just plain old kite flying.
Outdoor Culture and Diningwww.lunettes-brillenagentur.de). And then be sure to keep the shade-covered eyes open for “Yo’Munchy”. The pistachio-colored ice cream truck set off a virtually feverish hunt among Berliners in the summer of 2010. Operator Matthias Schwach regularly reveals his location in the city on Facebook. Anyone who finds him can be served exquisite frozen yoghurt with a whole variety of fruits, cereals, and syrups (www.yomunchy.com). Probably the most exotic ice cream parlor is found in the Schöneberg district of Berlin. The owner of the Inka Café comes from Peru and specializes in Latin America ice cream. Instead of chocolate and vanilla, the flavors here are called algarrobina or chicha morada and taste like carob beans or blue corn (www.inka-eis.eu).
Food in general plays a big role in summertime Berlin. With the first rays of sunshine, the entire city is transformed into one big dining room, and the scent of barbecues wafts through the parks. Grilling is allowed in designated areas in many public spaces, such as in the Tiergarten, at Tempelhof Airport, or in Kreuzberg’s Viktoriapark. These are used not only by large extended families, but also by students who enjoy passing a relaxing day there with friends. Anyone who wants to enjoy dining al fresco but doesn’t want to haul a grill along can make use of the Picnic Service of the Jewish Museum in Kreuzberg. With an order in advance, the museum’s restaurant Liebermanns will lovingly put together picnic baskets that include hummus and pomegranate tabouleh. They can be consumed in the spacious gardens of the museum that was designed by Daniel Libeskind (www.liebermanns.de). When the heat lets up, residents and visitors to the city move into the city’s beer gardens and open air bars. The Pratergarten is a genuine classic – centrally located and yet hidden in a courtyard off of Kastanienallee. Berliner Weiße, the local hefeweizen, has been served here since as early as 1837 – accompanied by honky-tonk and march music. Today, the people from the cool scene mix with families from Prenzlauer Berg in the shade of the old chestnut trees (www.pratergarten.de). Not far from the Pratergarten lie two of the loveliest open air bars in all of Berlin: the Mädcheninternat and the Mauersegler, in an idyllic setting in the middle of the metropolis, overgrown with plants, at the edge of the Mauerpark.
Party under the Starswww.stadtstrandfluss.de . With the motto “Berlin, Beats & Boats”, the organizers have chartered boats as swimming dance floors that bring party guests to remote beaches along the Spree River. The meeting point is the arena area in Treptow, home to two of the finest outdoor locations: the Restaurant Freischwimmer and the Badeschiff swimming pool ship.
The highpoints of the outdoor party culture are the music festivals. Every year on June 21, the Fête de la Musique transforms the city’s squares into stages. Last year, some 750 bands and DJs played before 90,000 audience members. And of course, free of charge: www.fetedelamusique.de . June will also see the second edition of the “Berlin Summer Rave” in the hangars of Tempelhof Airport. Some of the groups that have already been announced include Westbam and the Berliner DJ Lützenkirchen, who wrote the Berlin hymn “Drei Tage wach” [“Up For Three Days”].
Open Air Eventswww.kudamm2011.de) . And the FIFA Soccer Women’s World Cup, which gets underway on June 26 in Berlin, is a welcome occasion for fan parties and for watching games in public on the big screen.
No matter whether it’s culture or sports, with Berlin’s summer events the motto “outdoors and free” usually holds true. For example, the Street Theater Festival “Berlin lacht” [“Berlin Laughs”] take place around the Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg in June and the Alexanderplatz in August (http://berlin-lacht.com). And with the summer concerts in the English Garden (in the Tiergarten), entrance is traditionally free. Last year, a total of fifty bands and ensembles appeared over nine weekends. The program spans the spectrum from funk and jazz to klezmer and the sounds of the Balkans (www.konzertsommer.info). A good opportunity to get to know the new cool scene district of Neukölln in all its artistic facets is offered by the festival “48 Stunden Neukölln” [“48 Hours Neukölln”]. For 2011, the organizers have issued the motto “Luxus Neukölln” [“Luxury Neukölln”] – an incentive for artists to have a critical look at the gentrification in their district (June 17-19, 2011). Visitors can follow different routes to discover installations, projects, and performances – some of which may be found in hidden courtyards or private homes (www.48-stunden-neukoelln.de).
Built on the Waterwww.strandbadwannsee.de).
Another way to cool off is tours on the water. Numerous excursion boots sail over the Spree River and the Landwehrkanal. They often provide delightful perspectives, such as of the architecture in the Government District or of houseboats that lie at anchor in the side canals. Anyone looking for something just a little different can rent a “grill boat”. On the circular electric boats complete with an umbrella and a grill, those on an excursion can sail over the water and grill their own meal at the same time. The orange-colored boots are moored at the Müggelsee, the Wannsee, and on the Spree River in Treptow (www.grill-boot.de). Or else all gazes will be drawn to those who rent a raft and leisurely float around the Spree River just like Huckleberry Finn (www.spreefloss.de).
Seeing the City by bicycle
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