We had to be quite patient this year, but the last couple of weeks the sun has finally showed us a bit of love again. It is always great to see how a city like Berlin changes when the sun is shining: People seem to be more outgoing, look more beautiful and enjoy summerly activities like barbeques in the park and floating on the Spree. But besides all this positivity, we have all been waiting for the summer 2016 for one single reason: We can finally start visiting the heaps of great open-airs in Berlin.
Club or open air?
If there is one message this blog supports it is the fact that Berlin has an awesome nightlife. In the monthly party-agenda you can find great parties in unique clubs and you have not been to Berlin if you did not visit a few of its famous clubs. But still there are a few obvious benefits for visiting an open-air instead of a club. One of them is the price of the open-airs in Berlin: Most open-airs are very cheap (0-5€) and sometimes you can even bring your own drinks. Besides that the open-airs in Berlin have awesome locations, which are sometimes only used once.
The best open-airs in Berlin
All in all it might not be easy to decide between the clubs and the open-airs in Berlin but fortunately you might be able to visit both. Many open-airs will end around midnight and if you are still in the mood you might as well visit a club afterwards. Some open-airs are organized one single time but other locations offer parties once a week or even more often. This last group of open-airs is exactly what we want to focus on in this article. In this article you can find the best open-airs in Berlin which are organized frequently and throughout the whole summer.If you are looking for spontaneous open-airs you can read the last paragraph of this article.
Enjoy our selection and suggestions are welcome: Help each other by adding suggestions in the comments.
The ELSE club is the little outdoor-sister of the famous Berliner club the Wilde Renate. This open-air in Berlin was first organized in the summer of 2013 and the location is just a few hundred-meters away from the main entrance of the Club Wilde Renate. Directly across the street you can find the Elsenbrücke and under this bridge you can find the ELSE club. As you can see on the images below, this open-air has a great setting with cool decorations and graffiti.
The ELSE is easiest to reach if you travel to station Treptower Park but you can also decide to travel to Ostkreuz and walk for about 10 minutes.The location is great because many awesome clubs are located very close to this Berliner open-air (About:Blank, Rosi’s and Wilden Renate).
The different open-airs in Berlin are all worth a visit but we expect most of the ELSE club in the summer of 2016. The mix of an awesome location, a great sound-installation and a cheerful setting should be the recipe for some great open-airs in Berlin this summer. When you want to follow this location and find out which events will be organized, you might want to follow the facebook-site of the ELSE.
Address: An den Treptowers 1
Public Transport: Ostkreuz of Treptower Park
Entrance: Mostly between 5-10 Euro
2. IPSE [ipsə]
Another Berliner open-air where a lot of outdoor-events can be expected this summer is the IPSE (or [ipsə]). This location is located very close to the Badeschiff, which can be found on the 5th spot of this list with open-airs. Both of these open-airs can be reached by foot from station schlesisches Tor, which is great because this area of Berlin has a lot of nice restaurants and bars to offer. The IPSE is only open during the weekends and is popular because you are literally sitting at the waterside of the Spree. Most of the time local DJs will perform on these open-airs and therefore the entrance can be kept on a reasonable level.
As mentioned above, most of the parties in the IPSE will be organized during the weekend but also on special holidays like Herrentag, Karneval der Kulturen and Pentecost. The people who visit the IPSE are mostly young, hip and easygoing. If you want to keep track of the open-airs at this location it is probably best to like the Facebook-page of IPSE (See link below).
Address: Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 2
Public Transport: Schlesisches Tor
Entrance: Depends on the event (Mostly 5-15 Euro)
Also Neukölln has some great Berliner Open-Airs to offer. One of the most popular location for 2016 will probably be Klunkerkranich. This place opens every day at 10 o’clock, only on Sundays they sleep a bit longer and open at 12.00. Klunkerkranich is located on the fifth floor of a shopping mall and is a mix between club, lounge, beach-bar and restaurant. It is one of the best spots in Berlin to enjoy the summer of 2016 and also enjoy a bit of music but do not expect crazy Berghain-Parties here.
Because Klunkerkranich is located at the 5th level of the so called Neukölln Arcaden it is not very easy to spot this location if you never been there. You have to take the entrance at the postoffice, which is directly around the corner of Ü-Bahn station Rathaus Neukölln. If you cannot find the entrance you can just ask some young people, during the summer many people go here. The program of the Klunkerkranich can be found on their website and the entrance differs a bit depending on the event. But most of the time it will be just a few euro.
Address: Parkdeck der Neukölln Arcaden
Public Transport: U-Bahn Rathaus Neukölln
Entrance: Mostly between 0 – 5 Euro
4. Badeschiff & Arena Club
The photo below probably says more than any words I could write about the Badeschiff: This is simply one of the coolest locations for open-airs in Berlin. The swimming pool, which is literally located inside the Spree, is open every day from 08.00 for people who want to go for a swim. But lucky enough this location is also used for cool events and open-airs. During the summer of 2016 the area between the Arena Club and the Badeschiff will often be used for outdoor-parties.
Badeschiff is part of the Arena Club which is sometimes mentioned in our monthly party-calendar. The great thing is, that when it gets dark and cold outside, you are always able to enjoy an afterparty in this club until early in the morning. When you are looking for a cool open-air in Berlin, you might want to consider visiting one of the parties at the Badeschiff. The price for the entrance differs, but is mostly not higher than 10 euro.
Name: Badeschiff/ Arena Club
Address: Eichenstraße 4
Public Transport: Schlesisches Tor
Entrance: 5-10 Euro
Website: Arena Website
The open-air festivals in Rummelsburg are legendary in Berlin. It is a pity that they are not organized that often but when an open-air in Rummelsburg is organized it is normally a great success. Rummelsburg is located in the west of Berlin and therefore a little bit less central than places like Magdalena, Badeschiff or ELSE. But Berlin has a great public-transport-system so you will probably still be able to reach this location within 30 minutes: Just take the tram to station Köpenicker Chaussee or Blockdammweg and you can follow the crowd and reach Rummelsburg. The thing I personally love about this open-air in Berlin is that you are dancing in the sand. Isn’t it awesome to take your shoes off and imagine you are on the beach? Of course you are not really on the beach but the second “floor” of this open-air is actually located directly at the Spree.
On the website of Rummelsburg you can see that the open-air is a partner of the label Stil vor Talent. In the monthly party calender you can often find great parties from this label, their DJs play great sets and are popular all over Europe (e.g. Oliver Koletzki, Niconé, Sascha Braemer, Channel X). On Sunday the 5th of June one of these great events will take place at Rummelsburg: Click this link if you want to read more about it.
All in all Rummelsburg is definitely one of the open-airs in Berlin with an awesome location. The only small disadvantage is that you have to buy a ticket in advance for most parties, in my opinion this takes away a bit of the charme of open-airs.
Address: Rummelsburger Landstraße 2-12
Public Transport: Station Köpenicker Chaussee
Entrance: Stil vor Talent Party costs 15 Euro
Website: Website Rummelsburg
Bonus: Gardens of Clubs in Berlin
Besides many open-airs in Berlin, there are also many clubs which offer outdoor-parties. A large amount of the clubs in Berlin have a large garden which is used for parties during the summer. When you cannot find a “real” open-air in Berlin, you can always decide to visit clubs like Sisyphos, Kosmonaut, About Blank or one of the other clubs with a larger garden.
Tip: Helpful pages for Open-Air in Berlin
The six open-airs in Berlin in this list will hopefully offer a lot of enjoyment in the summer of 2016. However, Berlin also offers many spontaneous open-airs which are only announced a few days in advance. This is why every open-air-lover should definitely follow the Facebook sites Open-Air in Berlin and Open Airs Berlin. The fact that both pages have more than 100.000 likes tells you something about the popularity of the open-airs in Berlin. Besides the many open-air suggestions they also share funny pictures and give you the chance to win free tickets once in a while.