May 20, 2013 Bürgerpark Pankow Jazz im Park Berlin is a three-day event in the German capital that brings live jazz and swing tunes to Bürgerpark Pankow north of the city center. First held in 2009, the event features local musicians, swing dancers, culinary delights ... more
Party Earth Review It may look like a hole in the wall from the outside, but inside, Cassiopeia has transformed a former factory into a stylish, alternative club complex that retains the old industrial rusticity of East Berlin. The cavernous structure, located past the front gate and on the left side of the courtyard, houses dance floors ... more
Revaler Strasse 99/Simon-Dach Strasse
Ethnic Festival / Festival
May 20, 2013 For four days in May, Germans and international visitors of all backgrounds flock to the streets of Berlin’s biggest melting pot neighborhood, Kreuzberg, for the extravagant Carnival of Cultures. Boasting over 5,000 performers and ... moreThroughout the city
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
Arts Festival / Art Exhibit
May 20–31, 2013 With all the beer festivals and summer carnivals going on in May, it’s easy for art celebrations to get lost in the shuffle. Nevertheless, Berlin still boasts an awesome multi-cultural, performance art event yearly called Month of Performance ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review The oldest beer garden in Berlin, Prater Garten has been around since 1837 and features its own unique beers, Prater Pils and Prater Schwarzbier (black beer). The establishment’s long history – Prater survived bombing raids during World War II and the Soviet rule of East Berlin – has made it a local ... more
May 20, 2013 Festsaal Kreuzberg Over the course of four days in May, fetish fans and kink lovers of all sorts flock to the annual German Fetish Ball. Held at the Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, the German Fetish Ball features fetish models and a massive expo featuring BDSM ... more
Skalitzer Straße 130
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
May 20–Sep 8, 2013 Film lovers enjoy open air screenings amidst beautiful surroundings and summer weather at the annual Freiluftkino Friedrichshain. Held from May through September, Freiluftkino Friedrichshain 2013 takes place at Freiluftkino Friedrichshain ... moreThroughout the city
Party Earth Review Everything revolves around the music at A-Trane, a classic Berlin jazz club where cigarette smoke fills the air and subtle bass beats resonate throughout the room. A handful of small red tables surround the stage in this intimate venue, where no seat is more than fifteen feet away from the musicians. With its polished brass ... more
May 20–27, 2013 Komische Oper Berlin Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a rockstar before rockstars existed. As if there were any doubt, the French band Phoenix riffed on the legendary composer’s name in the title of its gold-certified album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Every May ... more
Party Earth Review Both a live jazz concert venue and a bar, Quasimodo is an animated club that attracts some of the best jazz acts from around the world. The traditional concert venue caters to a jazz-loving crowd that, depending on the band, either sits in rapt silence or lets loose to classic covers. Upstairs, the charming bar and caf ... more
Despite its fabulous nightlife, Berlin’s appeal isn’t just limited to the dark hours, and there is an endless list of things to do in Berlin regardless of the time.
The city is home to a plethora of beer gardens, relaxed outdoor cafés, and much-loved plazas and parks. While spending time at a beer garden is not as much a way of life in Berlin as it is in Munich, the gardens still fill up with a casual, diverse crowd hoisting hearty steins and spending many happy hours in the sun.
Berlin’s parks, which brim with things to do in the spring and summer, are scattered all over and give the city its reputation as a green city. Much of the city’s older buildings were destroyed during WWII, but the stunning landmarks that remain serve as a lasting reminder of Berlin’s history.
There are also countless places for shopping, from temples of consumption overflowing with designer labels to budget-friendly flea and antique markets, shopping malls, bargain stores, and everything in-between.