11 Awesome Outdoor Locations in Berlin


photo: Haubentaucher

The season of skulking through the dark nightclubs and dirty bars of Berlin is over, guys! It’s time to go outside and enjoy the sun. Well, we might not have a very long and intense summer here in Berlin (sadly). But those golden days that we get, we like to use as much as we can. And where do we like to go? Every where we can have a drink without a roof over a head. Preferably something with a view, or inside the green, or at the water. Well, luckily we have plenty of places in Berlin that fulfill these criteria and we’ve selected 10 of our favorite ones including some old classics and some brand new hotspots. Enjoy our list of awesome outdoor locations!


If you like to enjoy the sun in Berlin with a great view over the entire city than the Klunkerkranich is your kind of place. Located on the rooftop park deck of the Neukölln Arcaden the place is an alternative project combining gastronomy with urban farming and party life. You can have a coffee or snacks in the afternoon, a beer in the evening of even dance in the night, always being surrounded with the skyline of Berlin. There are also special events such as open air screenings and seasonal markets. To enter you have to take the elevator near the post office into the 5th floor and walk up the remaining park decks until your reach the top.

Neukölln Arcaden, Karl-Marx-Str. 66, 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

Open Fri 17-01:30, Sat-Sun 12-01:30h

photo: Klunkerkranich


Right at the intersection of the Landwehrkanal and the Spree, behind the popular Chalet club you find a new place called Birgit&Bier that opened in the summer of 2015 and already made a name for itself. It’s a beer garden during the day and evening and turns into an open air club at nights. The style of the place reminds us a lot of clubs like Kater Holzig, Renate, Else and Ypse, so it’s a bit like an improvised wooden shack squeezed into some forgotten corner of Berlin. But this is totally what Berlin does: use any last piece of wasteland to grow something new and create a sanctuary for Berlin’s youth and nightlife culture.

Schleusenufer 3, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg

photo: Viktor Strasse / Birgit&Bier

Jackie O

The Jackie O Bar is a magical little place located at a former public bathing spot at the Rummelsburger Bucht. It’s a bit outside of the center, but actually not that far from Ostkreuz. The popular Sisyphos club is right across from it, but Jackie is far more under the radar for the young and wild party goers as they are mostly keeping a low profile with their events to maintain a more private and familiar atmosphere. We have had some truly enchanting evenings here, so we can’t possible leave this place out. They don’t have a public website or Facebook page, so you have to keep an eye out for their events in our event guide.

Zur alten Flussbadeanstalt 1, D–10317 Berlin-Rummelsburg

photo: iHeartBerlin

Holzmarkt / Pampa

If you prefer the river over the view of the city we recommend you the Holzmarkt Pampa. Holzmarkt is a project for alternative lifestyle and pretty much a big contrast to the otherwise very commercial developments of the area around the spree commonly referred to as the Mediaspree. Here you find several different institutions such as a restaurant called Fame, a nightclub called Kater Blau, a gallery called Silber & Salz, a theater called Ding-Dong-Dom, an urban farming garden called Mörchenpark and so on. There is a big communal space called Pampa that has a couple of bars and food stalls that is great to hang out on and enjoy the sunset. They even have open air yoga sessions on a ship that’s parked in front of it every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9-10 a.m. The same space was formerly the legendary Bar25 one of the most talked about open air nightclubs in the recent history of Berlin. The Holzmarkt is a project by some of the previous founders of the Bar25.

Holzmarktstr. 25, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Open Fri-Sun 14-22h


photo: iHeartBerlin


The Haubentaucher is a new space with a big outdoor pool on the RAW grounds in Friedrichshain at Revaler Straße that opened in 2015. It’s in a good neighborhood being surrounded by so many other awesome places such as the Urban Spree gallery, the Astra concert house,  and several other bars and nightclubs. The obvious benefit of this place is the huge pool, but even if you are not a fan of swimming you can still enjoy the loungy atmosphere (or the party if there happens to be one) around the pool. They also have open air yoga sessions at the pool.

Note that in high season this place has a crazy long line to get in and it has a bit of a club-like door policy turning some down people at the entrance.

Revaler Str. 99 / Warschauer Str., 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain

Open Mon-Thu 10-01h, Fri-Sun 10-03h

photo: Haubentaucher


If you want a space that totally makes you forget that you are in Berlin or in any other big city for that matter the Balinese spa and sauna Vabali is definitely worth looking into. The space is really amazing looking and has a huge outdoor area with a beautiful pool and several different saunas. The gardens outside full of bamboo trees really create the illusion that you are somewhere far away on an island. They also have a nice Asian restaurant and offer several spa treatments. Be warned though, I know especially foreigners are not used to this, but the place is a no-textile spa, so no bikinis or swim trunks, in the saunas and pools it’s nudy time ;)

Seydlitzstraße 6, 10557 Berlin-Moabit

Open daily 10-24h

photo: Vabali


The Badeschiff, an old containership transformed into a pool that’s swimming at the shore of the Spree, is an old but good classic perfect to get a splash of water on a hot day. It might get a little busy on really warm and sunny days, but the more the merrier you could say. In the evenings they also have music playing and the occasional parties happening there.

Eichenstr. 4, 12435 Berlin-Treprow

Open daily from 8-24h

photo: Badeschiff

Wilder Hase im Nirgendwo

Wilder Hase is a pretty new beer garden and cafe at the mysterious location called Nirgendwo that’s located right next to Berghain. The gardens around the old storage building (called the dark tower) are decorated a little bit like Hobbit land which makes this a pretty big contrast to the triste outdoor area of Berghain right next door. The special thing about this new beer garden is that it’s completely vegan. They offer a vegan Döner and a lot of vegan cakes and bakery goods. Their opening in May was mistaken for a Sunday after hour and overrun by party folks, but soon it will become a place for tranquility as it set out to be.

Helsingforser Str. 11-13 (to the right of Berghain), 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain

photo: Wilder Hase

Cafe am Neuen See

If you are looking for a lovely outdoor location further in the old West of Berlin we recommend the Cafe am Neuen See. It’s a slightly traditional but lovely beer garden and restaurant right in the middle of the green oasis that is the Tiergarten. It’s located directly at a little lake where you can rent boats. Charming!

Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin-Tiergarten

Open daily 9-23h

photo: Cafe am neuen See


Embedded between all the old and new buildings surrounding Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg you will find one green oasis that is the urban farming space and beer garden Prinzessinnengarten. It’s a lovely and peaceful place bringing together people from different ages, cultural backgrounds and districts who grow their herbs and vegetables here. In the middle of a small green forrest there is the cafe and beer garden. Sometimes they host special events, concerts, markets and workshops about urban farming.

Moritzplatz, Prinzesinnenstrasse 15, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Open daily 10-20h (the cafe opens at 12h)

photo: iHeartBerlin


The Hafenküche is lovely cafe and restaurant a bit outside of the center of Berlin at the Spree. You have a great view of the river over to Spreepark and Treptower Park and you can even rent little boats with picknick baskets to have a little tour on the water. They offer all meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner and their kitchen is a mix of popular international dishes and typical German style cooking with a lot of meat.

Zur Alten Flussbadeanstalt 5, 10317 Berlin-Lichtenberg

photo: Hafenküche

Do you know any other great outdoor locations, restaurants, cafes and bars that we should know about? Please use the comments below to add them to out list!

Frank by Frank
on May 12th, 2015
updated on April 8th, 2016
in Bars, Cafés, Clubs, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Restaurants, Tiergarten

15 Responses to “11 Awesome Outdoor Locations in Berlin”

  1. Robert Says:


  2. Oha Bitat Says:


  3. Sofia Says:

    The Bar at the 25hour Hotel and the Restaurant
    there called neni- great!!!

  4. Kerstin Says:

    Der Grunewaldsee – Refugium für Hund und Herrchen- (hier darf Hund noch! ins Wasser) ..und offensichtlich auch für Nichthundebesitzer ein großartiges Erlebnis. Lest den folgenden Beitrag.

    “(..) It was a very enjoyable experience , and one of the highlights of my visit to Berlin, which this piece of writing depicts exactly! Thank you Ladies.” Dorothy Grieves


    If you go down in the woods today…
    by Penny Croucher | Aug 16, 2014 | Out and About | 4 comments
    This week’s blog was originally written in German by Dorothea Lehmann and was inspired by a recent visit to the Grunewaldsee, a beautiful forest lake and one of my favourite places to go walking in Berlin. I have given my version of her text in English, but also included the German original. Anyone visiting Berlin for more than a couple of days should try and get to one of its many lakes and the Grunewaldsee is so accessible – just jump on the M29 bus along the Ku’damm to Roseneck or take the S7 to Grunewald station. In either case the forest is on your doorstep and you can walk all around the lake in about an hour. It’s fabulous at any time of the year and a great place to cool off in the summer. (..)

  5. Victoria Dobbs Says:

    I wanted to bring to your attention a condition about the Haubentaucher​ swimming pool. I read about this pool and was very excited to go swimming there. After I waited in line for 90 minutes, I was turned away at the door because I did not look good enough to swim there. The bouncer told me his job is to be “the selector” and that I would have to leave so that other people who are behind me in line who were more beautiful than I am would be able to swim instead. This also happened to a man in line in front of me, who had a few extra pounds. The bouncer made it very clear that this decision to not let me in was personal, based on the way I look. I suggested that he could at least give people the courtesy of knowing in advance, before they wait in the hot sun for 90 minutes, but he says that everyone has to wait, and when they get to the front of the line that’s when he will tell people whether they have to leave. It’s very rude. I posted about this on their Facebook page, and they deleted my comments and blocked me from commenting. That is the worst customer service I have ever received. I hope that you will not delete my comment, because I really believe people should be aware of this before wasting their time going to swim there. If they will not let people know in advance, then I will.

  6. Stuart Says:

    What a load of shit, Victoria. My wife went there and said it resembled the set of MTV grind, so I don’t think you’re missing out.

  7. Baktillus Says:

    Holy fuck.
    Will sure not to spend any money on the Haubentaucher, even though im confident i would get in there.
    I dont need shits like that judging on my firends or people in general.

  8. suse Says:

    Haubentaucher gehört hier nicht in die Liste.
    Dieser Ort ist leider seelenlos, inmitten eines sonst wunderbarem Gelände!

  9. Claus Widmaier Says:

    I’m a fan of Iheartberlin, but there is something that has been bothering me for some time now.
    There is this perpetual feeling that this magazine is promoting event’s which do not represent the Berlin, which made it so damn sexy and natural !
    Now this town is turning into a Fashion show, wether it be alternative or Hipster, and if you do not belong to one of this clichee’s , you are not worth the club, swimming pool..
    Haaa, I won’t waste my time and why should this magazine propose such places..
    We want cool alternative places, where everyone is welcome, not where you wait 2 hours to pay to get in, and wether your six pack is up to to par, is beyond saddening !

    This town was super cheap, and super alternative, where everyone in the world cool feel home, rich or not.. but from the looks of some of the post’s here.. It’s all about to change ! Free Berlin from this Expensive Prices, and Posh people !

  10. Nikolay Says:

    I really like the cafe on the Insel der Jugend. A bit difficult to get there, but a really peaceful place. A plus is that you could then easily reach the old East German amusement park in Planterwald.

  11. mariop Says:

    @Claus: IHeartBerlin does indeed serve a typical specific group of people…but that was never different. I agree that you see more and more places/stores advised that just cost a bunch of money and are somehow fancy. I guess it is also related that the creators of IheartBerlin grow up and now earn real money and don’t need to drink anymore only the free champaign on the vernissages ;)

  12. Frank Frank Says:

    True that ;) We all grew up, also our readers that have been following us in these 9 years that we’ve been doing the blog. This is still a blog run by people (that are changing) and not a company or magazine that always tries to stick with the same editorial concept and audience target.

  13. Naemi Says:

    Deck 5, a bar on top of the Schönhauserallee Akarden.
    Open air lounge with coctail bar and beautiful chill out area.. Great place to see the sunset.
    Only open in summer.

  14. Dutkumar Says:

    Very attractive city . Berlin has many glorious history . I like Berlin .

  15. Kristina kalin Says:

    Wenn ich Berlin, meine Heimatstadt, wieder besuchen komme (wohne jetzt in Florida), werde ich den Haubentaucher auf keinen Fall besuchen. Das ist Discrimination!!! Das wird nicht unterstuetzt! Und ich werde auch alle meine Freunde in Berlin und Florida strengstens abraten von einem Besuch. Hier in Amerika sagt man : “stick it up your a..” Have a great day!!

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