Strausberger Platz: 4 Great Places to Swim and Chill on Hot Days

Summer is great. The trees are green, the sky is blue, the sun is shining. The only downside is that, with temperatures in the city quickly climbing past the 30°C/86°F mark, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. Fortunately, Berlin and the surrounding area offer plenty of cool places to escape to when the heat is on. Read on for our top 4 spots to swim and chill.

Central Berlin - Swimming near Strausberger Platz
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Cooling Down Like the East Berliners

Ah, summer in Berlin. If I needed one reason (as if I didn’t have enough reasons already) to stay for longer than a year, it would be because I wouldn’t want to miss the Berlin summer. Last year was almost magical: drinking beer on the city’s beaches, having barbecue after barbecue in Volkspark Friedrichshain, dancing until the sun was high up in the sky again and most of all: a sheer endless amount of sunshine. Coming from Holland, I wasn’t used to that. But there was also the heat, which rose to 40 degrees Celsius in August. To prepare for it, I took some cooling-down suggestions from the GDR. Here’s how Central Berlin kept it cool 50 years ago – and still does.

Summer in Berlin. Image courtesy of Daphne Damiaans.

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A custom-made version of Berlin

Now I’d like to think that my friends simply miss me a lot and would do anything to be near me, but something tells me that I wouldn’t have to change the sheets of our sleeping couch so often if we’d moved to, say, Duisburg. You can divide the Dutch into two groups: those who are madly in love with Berlin and those who have never been there ‘but have always wanted to go’. Both of those groups know we have a guest room in one of the most central parts of the city. And they want to use it.

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Taking a photo at a Photoautomat – always a good idea

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