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12 beach bars in Berlin: Palm trees, cocktails and white sand

You might not think of Berlin as a city of palm-fringed beach bars, but there are several hidden gems by the water if you know where to look. Sit back and watch the sun set in real time, cocktail in hand, sand between toes… What better way to end a summer’s day? Here’s our pick of the best beach bars in Berlin.


Badeschiff: Floating outdoor pool with beach bar

Strandbar Berlin: Das Badeschiff hat eine schöne Strandbar und ein schwimmendes Freibad zu bieten.
Badeschiff has a decent beach bar and floating outdoor pool. Photo: imago images/Future Image

The classic: at Badeschiff, a converted shipping container invites you to swim. A pool in a river. Afterwards, recline in a deckchair on the large sandy beach by the bar. Cold drinks and choice DJs guarantee holiday vibes by the glittering Spree.


Relax in the sun at Sage Beach

Strandbar Berlin: Schöne Strandbar in Kreuzberg: Der Sage Beach ist in eine beliebte Berliner Sommeradresse.
A beach bar in Kreuzberg? Sage Beach is a popular Berlin summer address. Photo: © 2014 diephotodesigner.de, Ken Schluchtmann, diephotodesigner.de

Situated on the Spree between Schlesisches Tor and Ostbahnhof, Sage Beach is one of the places to be during the Berlin summer. The beautiful beach bar belongs to Sage Restaurant. On the large wooden terrace you can sit comfortably overlooking the river, and there’s also a nice section with white sand and deckchairs.


Sip cocktails by Warschauer Brücke at Captains Beach

Why spend your holidays in faraway places when there are palm trees, sandy beaches and sunshine in your own city? The 600sqm Captains Beach attracts its guests to the Spree with comfortable deckchairs, an adjacent restaurant and a beach promenade.


Relax on deckchairs at Capital Beach

Caribbean flair at Berlin Hauptbahnhof? Capital Beach delivers. The beach bar offers plenty of colourful chairs by the water and takes good care of its guests. And if you get too warm in the sun after all that relaxing and feasting, cool off with one of their 60 cocktails.

  • Capital Beach Ludwig-Erhard-Ufer, daily 12pm-10pm, Facebook

Four-poster beds under the open sky at Deck 5

Strandbar Berlin: Auf der höchsten Strandbar Berlins kann auf gemütlichen Betten unter den Sternen liegen.
At the highest beach bar in Berlin you can recline on comfortable beds under the stars. Photo: Ralf Wendrich/BMH Gastro

For over six years, Deck 5 has been opening its doors during spring and summer. Located by Schönhauser Allee Arcaden, it’s the highest beach bar in the city and no longer an insider tip. As well as plenty of sugary white sand, comfortable lounges and a spectacular view over Berlin, a wide selection of refreshments await — so you may end up staying several happy hours.

  • Deck 5 Schönhauser Allee 79, Prenzlauer Berg, daily from 2pm, www.deck-5.com

Chill by the pool at Haubentaucher

At the heart of Haubentaucher (literally Great Crested Grebe — that cool water bird with a mohawk) is the 240 sqm heated swimming pool. Sup cool drinks at the bar, then unwind on a sun lounger under palms and parasols. An urban oasis in the midst of the lively RAW grounds.


Feel sand between your toes at Gestrandet an der Jannowitzbrücke

Strandbar Berlin: Urlaubsgefühl an der Spree kommt im Gestrandet an der Jannowitzbrücke auf.
Who needs holidays when you have sunny days at Gestrandet an der Jannowitzbrücke? Photo: imago images/Tack

Relax by the water… or perhaps a little boat trip? Opposite S-Bahn station Jannowitzbrücke, directly by the jetty of Berlin’s largest shipping company, you’ll find Gestrandet an der Jannowitzbrücke. Although the sandy beach area is rather on the small side, you can also relax on a lounger or sun yourself on the steps.


Hafenbar at Müggelsee: Soak up some sun and jump in the lake

In the summer months, Lake Müggelsee is a popular destination for Berlin day-trippers. Close by at Hafenbar in Friedrichshagen, for example, you can lounge on the sand by the shore, cool off in the water or just relax and enjoy the sun.


Schönwetter: Cosy beach bar in Mauerpark

Strandbar Berlin: Ja, im Mauerpark gibt es auch eine Strandbar: und zwar das Schönwetter.
Yes, there’s also a beach bar in Mauerpark: Schönwetter. Photo: imago images/customs officer

Good weather is the cherry on top at Mauerpark’s famous flea market. Here you can laze on beach chairs, sip drinks and relax to music. And all on white sand.


Cocktails and reggae at Yaam

Strandbar Berlin: Im Yaam am Ostbahnhof kann man mit einem Cocktail in der Hand zu Reggae entspannen.
At Yaam close to Ostbahnhof you can listen to reggae with a cocktail in hand. Photo: imago images / PEMAX

The beach bar at Yaam by Ostbahnhof is open daily except Mondays. Visitors from all over the world meet here, chill reggae music provides the soundtrack, and you can watch the sun set over the Spree with a drink in your hand.

  • Yaam Stralauer Platz 35, Friedrichshain, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun 1pm-4am, Fri+Sat 1pm-7am, www.yaam.de

Enjoy a beer in the sand at Zuckerzauber

The sweet Zuckerzauber bar is a little hidden; not far from Ostkreuz S-Bahn station, next to the popular club ://about blank. Behind the red curtain, armchairs and sofas nestle in the sand under open skies. Sip your cold beer while DJs are playing. Colourful bohemian drapes exude the typical wonderland vibes of the Berlin club scene. The fact that the bar isn’t located by the water doesn’t detract from the Urlaub vibes here.

  • Zuckerzauber Markgrafendamm 24c, Friedrichshain, Thu+Fri 6pm-2am, Sat+Sun 4pm-2am, www.zuckerzauber.info

Cold beers and river views at Pampa im Holzmarkt

Strandbar Berlin: Keine Strandbar, die Pampa im Holzmarkt ist einfach eine sommerliche Oase an der Spree.
No beach — but Pampa im Holzmarkt is simply a summer oasis on the Spree. Photo: imago images/PEMAX

OK, Pampa im Holzmarkt is not technically a beach bar. But it is one of the most beautiful spots along the Spree to sip a crisp beer and watch the evening sun glitter on the water. The relaxed ambience of surrounding Holzmarkt accentuates those holiday feels.

  • Pampa im Holzmarkt Holzmarktstraße 25, Friedrichshain, Wed-Sun from 2pm, www.holzmarkt.com

Need more summer-in-Berlin tips? Explore the most beautiful beaches in Brandenburg and the city’s best ice cream parlours. Nom.

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