Cooling Down Like the East Berliners

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.

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