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Anyone will tell you that the best time to visit Berlin is summer, thanks in part to the city’s thriving outdoor pastimes. The German capital is composed of roughly one-third natural space—parks, rivers, lakes, and gardens. One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors in Berlin is in one of the city’s many parks; from the central Tieirgarten to the former airport turned city getaway Tempelhofer Park, these parks include paths for walking, jogging, and biking, along with restaurants and cafés. Many of the city’s parks, including Volkspark Friedrichshain, also screen outdoor movies in the summertime, another pleasant way to enjoy the city al fresco.
Another great way to enjoy the outdoors in Berlin is on bike. Rentals are available all over the city; companies like Berlin on Bike and Fat Tire Berlin offer rentals starting at 10€ a day, as well as guided bike tours. The city has an impressive network of bike paths and lanes, making it easy to get around and see many of the major sights and landmarks and the many picturesque parks are quite enjoyable to ride through.
If you’d prefer a less sprightly activity, a boat tour through Berlin is a wonderful way to see the city’s sights with a fresh a perspective. Companies like Reederei Riedel, Exclusiv Yachtcharter, and Stern und Kreisschiffahrt offer tours from 1 to 6 hours, covering the major landmarks, history, and geography of the area. From artwork to cultural sights, you can see it all by boat, while also catching the breeze of the Spree River and some sunshine.
Or if you’d prefer to just sit back and relax, there are plenty of restaurants, cafés, and beer gardens along the Spree River that are perfect for people watching and taking in some sun. Monbijoupark is a park right across from the Spree, and popular with lounging locals. Further down the river you’ll find Capital Beach, a river side bar whose deck chairs are directly opposite the Hauptbahnhof. And for the German beer garden experience, visit Zollpackhof, where you can enjoy beer and bratwurst in the great outdoors.