Beach / Beach Bar
Party Earth Review Berliners have an obsession with beach bars – arising no doubt from the city’s distinct lack of a coastline to call its own – and one of the best of the bunch is Badeschiff, which contains an outdoor bar, concert venue, and swimming pool located on the banks of the Spree River. With just a minimal entrance fee, an international ... more
Beach Bar / Flea Market
Party Earth Review Every Sunday afternoon, the Mauerpark Flea Market transforms the area that was once the site of the infamous Dead Zone surrounding the Berlin Wall into a freewheeling bazaar. Anything and everything is on sale here, from designer clothes and jewelry to furniture to vintage vinyl albums. Snippets of conversation in German ... more
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Beach / Beach Bar
Party Earth Review A beach bar right in the middle of the city, Strandbar Mitte is located across from Museum Island on the banks of the Spree, Berlin’s main river. Warm summer days find the supremely relaxed patrons lying out on the sand, sipping Coronas under the palm trees, and soaking up the sun in one of the 200 beach chairs ... more
Though often thought of as the ultimate rigid European nation, Germany is obsessed with the beach, and Berlin beach bars are the ultimate expression of that. Located mostly on the banks of the Spree, these laid-back outdoor destination spots bring a tropical flare to Deutschland’s gorgeous capital.
The most traditional beach bar in Berlin is Strandbar Mitte, an outdoor riverside bar across from Museum Island that comes complete with palm trees, sand, and beach chairs. Here, guests can soak up summertime sun and sip the mixed drinks, losing themselves in the tropical atmosphere. A ways away in Kreuzberg, Badeschiff takes a more modern bent on the beach bar, trading the sand for a narrow outdoor pool that floats in the river itself. But for those just looking for a Corona and some outdoor relaxation, the nameless bar in the back of the Mauerpark Flea Market will do, though the lack of a waterfront makes it feel more dive bar than diving board.
A certain kitsch value comes with these locales – being surrounded by a city of stone and the specter of communism might detract from the island atmosphere for some – but for Berliners looking to get away, Berlin beach bars are a much-welcome respite.