Summer is great. The trees are green, the sky is blue, the sun is shining. The only downside is that, with temperatures in the city quickly climbing past the 30°C/86°F mark, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. Fortunately, Berlin and the surrounding area offer plenty of cool places to escape to when the heat is on. Read on for our top 4 spots to swim and chill.
Ah, summer in Berlin. If I needed one reason (as if I didn’t have enough reasons already) to stay for longer than a year, it would be because I wouldn’t want to miss the Berlin summer. Last year was almost magical: drinking beer on the city’s beaches, having barbecue after barbecue in Volkspark Friedrichshain, dancing until the sun was high up in the sky again and most of all: a sheer endless amount of sunshine. Coming from Holland, I wasn’t used to that. But there was also the heat, which rose to 40 degrees Celsius in August. To prepare for it, I took some cooling-down suggestions from the GDR. Here’s how Central Berlin kept it cool 50 years ago – and still does.
Summer in Berlin. Image courtesy of Daphne Damiaans.
Now I’d like to think that my friends simply miss me a lot and would do anything to be near me, but something tells me that I wouldn’t have to change the sheets of our sleeping couch so often if we’d moved to, say, Duisburg. You can divide the Dutch into two groups: those who are madly in love with Berlin and those who have never been there ‘but have always wanted to go’. Both of those groups know we have a guest room in one of the most central parts of the city. And they want to use it.
Taking a photo at a Photoautomat – always a good idea