Michelberger Hotel, Friedrichshain

The Michelberger is undoubtedly one of Berlin’s trendiest hotels. Based in a 19th-century converted warehouse, the lobby’s sleek design feels at home in the surrounding east Berlin architecture. Do make sure you pop into the café/wine bar for a quick drink or stick around for one of its live music events. Prefer something on the quieter side? Try one of its weekend yoga sessions instead.

39-40, Warschauer Strasse, 10243 
+49 (0)30 2977 8590

Badeschiff, Alt-Treptow 

The Badeschiff made a splash when it opened in 2004 and its popularity hasn’t waned. This heated pool floats on the Spree’s east harbour and offers epic views of the historic Oberbaum Bridge, with the TV Tower framing out the postcard-perfect scene. Since it’s exposed to the elements, the season here only lasts from May to late September. As well as turning a few laps, bathers also have the option of signing up for stand-up paddleboarding classes held in the harbour. If you prefer a less strenuous activity, rest assured that there’s ample deck space for lazing – and the man-made beach gains an outdoor cinema in the evenings.

4 Eichenstrasse, 12435
+49 (0)16 2545 1374

Körnerpark, Neukölln

This well-proportioned park is one of the most idyllic locations to find respite when the city becomes oppressively hot. Hidden away in the depths of Neukölln, it’s a slice of Versailles-style opulence where manicured lawns are intersected by small streams and dotted with fountains and rose beds. Bring a picnic and don’t forget to check out the Galerie im Körnerpark, which is housed in the former orangery. 

Schierker Strasse 8, 12051 

Images: Philipp Obkircher, Zoe Spawton, Alamy. Cover image: Silvia Conde

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