Outdoor activities may not be the first thing you think about in context with Berlin but in summer this metropolis’ parks, unique green areas and the Spree are the perfect backdrop for some outdoor fun. Berlin is filled with little and big parks so there is always the option to get your friends together for a picnic in the park, sip a cold drink and just chill in one of the beach bars by the Spree or take a day trip and go swimming in one of the many lakes around Berlin.
But maybe you’ve done all this already and and are now looking for a bit more adventure? Fret not, you don’t need to leave your beloved city to find adventure. We have compiled a list for you on where to get active and get your blood pumping in Berlin. Read more about our recommendations after the jump.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding at Standup Club Berlin
photo: Standup Club Berlin
The Standup Club Berlin is bringing modern stand-up paddle boarding from the Hawaiian waves to the Spree. Adjacent to the Badeschiff it’s nestled in a quiet area of the Spree giving you great views of the Fernsehturm on the one side and the Molecule Men on the other (special highlight: you can also paddle through the sculpture). You can rent equipment for as little as 12 euros per hour (additional add-ons available like life vest and wet suit) and if you’re not quite comfortable with the thought of just paddling away you can also join an introduction course. Usual hours are 11am – 9pm on weekdays and 10am – 8pm weekends but make sure to check in with them if you’re unsure about the weather.
Don’t worry, only 10% of paddle board renters actually end up falling into the water. I was told that apparently it’s mostly men. Make of it what you want but in case you do fall, there are shower facilities at the Badeschiff right next door. So no worries.
Rope Courses at Mount Mitte
photo: Mount Mitte
Located just behind Berlin Nordbahnhof, the Mount Mitte facility offers 6 different parcours for various levels of skills and courage with the easiest ones appropriate for children of 13 years of age and 140cm height. The parcours are on different heights and the more adventurous activities include using a surfboard and even a Trabant 13m up in the air.
Make sure to wear appropriate clothing which is mainly proper shoes and not too loose clothes. No flipflops or heels. Otherwise you can just come in, no reservations needed unless you are a group of 10 or more. The facilities are open from 10am every day during Berlin school holidays, otherwise from 2pm weekdays and from 10am on weekends. If you’re not exhausted after this activity there are open air beach volleyball courts right next door.
Climbing at Der Kegel
photo: Der Kegel
Next to the Neue Heimat in Friedrichshain, challenge yourself to a full body workout at the indoor/outdoor climbing facility Der Kegel. Start by feeling out the bouldering on the many walls and once you get a feel for it attempt to climb the Kegel tower which will reward you not only with a great feeling of accomplishment but also with great views over Berlin.
All courses are by appointment, you can start with an intro and go all the way to getting your certification or individual training sessions. Otherwise daily passes are available for 7 euro along with equipment rental ranging from shoes and ropes to carabiner and chalkbags. Open from 10am – 11pm Sat – Mon and from 8am – 11pm Tue – Fri.
Kitelandboarding with Berliner Kiteschule
photo: Kite Landboarding Association
Kiteboarding isn’t just for those fortunate enough to live by the sea, Kiteschule Berlin is bringing kite landboarding to the former Tempelhof airport grounds. Now used for events and various projects the grounds are open for cyclists and picnicers. The Berliner Kiteschule is offering courses for beginners and advanced learners alike on a daily basis but you need to make advance reservations. The ratio is 1-2 people per kite which ensures personal attention.
If you’ve never done this before maybe start with a 2h course to feel it out before committing to an intense 3-day course.
Disc Golfing in Volkspark Rehberge
photo: Professional Disk Golf Association
Get on board with the newest trend from America: Disc Golfing. Yes, this means golfing with a disk, i.e. a frisbee. The aim of this game, you’ve guessed it, is to get your frisbee into the basket with as little throws as possible. Every year in early summer the Volkspark Rehberge is hosting the Annual Berlin Disc Golf Open and during the rest of the year you can still find two targets to practice your frisbee throw. Quick caveat for seasoned frisbee golf enthusiasts: this is really for exercise purposes only, there are no permanent courses.
The targets at Volkspark Rehberge are publicly accessible, just bring your frisbees.