12 Things to Do in Berlin in June

If you are visiting the German capital in June and you still don't quite know what its charms are, I'll show you one by one.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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12 Things to Do in Berlin in June

Berlin | ©Felipe Tofani

Berlin is famous for being one of the most vibrant cities in Europe all year round. But it is in summer when, with the good weather, events fill its streets and make it an especially pleasant city to walk around and explore.

If you are already planning to visit in June and need ideas to enjoy it, this article is of interest to you. Besides, June is the best month to visit Berlin. You'll find something for everyone: indie, rock, opera, classical... I'll show you everything below!

1. Make the most of the good weather: take a cruise or tour Berlin by bike or bus

Bicycle Tour, Spree| ©dronepicr
Bicycle Tour, Spree| ©dronepicr

June is one of the most pleasant months in Berlin. Temperatures are pleasant (highs often reach 20 degrees Celsius) and cloudy days are noticeably reduced. That is why there are few months more suitable for touring Berlin enjoying the good weather.

You have two basic options, touring it by a cruise on the Spree River or by bicycle. The latter is a good option since Berlin can boast of being one of the most bikefriendly cities in Europe. Here I leave you more information about cruises in Berlin and how to tour Berlin by bike.

In addition, you also have another way to tour Berlin that, with good weather, is a great option: the tourist bus. Many of them allow views from an uncovered area, something that, despite how nice it sounds, is not always practicable. Especially in winter when cloudy or rainy days are practically the norm.

Interesting facts

We compare the different options

  • Berlin Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Tour
  • From $28
  • Up to 2 hours
  • Audio guide in several languages
  • Different route options
  • Rhine Cruise (Deluxe pass)
  • Walking tour with local guide and currywurst (Premium and Deluxe pass)
  • With guide (Premium and Deluxe pass)
  • Book now
  • Berlin Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • From $33
  • 2 hours and a half
  • Audio guide in several languages
  • Different route options
  • 24 or 48 hour bus tour
  • Hop-on and hop-off stops available
  • No guide
  • Book now
  • Berlin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
  • From $38
  • Valid from first use
  • Audio guide in several languages
  • 18 stops available
  • 24 or 48-hour bus tour with stops available
  • One-hour cruise on the Spree (optional)
  • Without guide
  • Book now
  • Berlin Bike Tour
  • From $40
  • 3 and a half hours
  • Bike and safety equipment
  • Protective poncho in case of light rain
  • Photo stops
  • With guide
  • Book now
  • Berlin Dinner Cruise
  • From $80
  • 2 hours and a half
  • Welcome with a complimentary drink
  • 3-course dinner of Berlin food with vegetarian menu option
  • Without guide
  • Book now

2. Enjoy Berlin from above

Tour Helicopter| ©A1 Aviation
Tour Helicopter| ©A1 Aviation

The month of June, due to its excellent weather, is an ideal time to discover the capital of Germany from the heights. And you will wonder how? With a helicopter flight over Berlin in which you will enjoy amazing views of the city: the Berlin Wall, the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower and the cathedral are some of the most emblematic sites of which you will have a completely different view than you would have ever imagined before.

Throughout the entire tour, which lasts approximately 20 minutes, you will have a headset to communicate with the professional pilot who will accompany and guide you so that you don't miss any of the must-see sights. And, best of all, after this flight experience, you will get a tourist flight certificate.

In addition, to reach the heliport take-off platform, you will travel by limousine.

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3. Experience a unique experience, a balloon ride in the sky over Berlin

Balloon Ride| ©Kat
Balloon Ride| ©Kat

Another way to contemplate the capital of Germany in the month of June, is with a Die Welt balloon ride, in which you will have dazzling panoramic views of the key monuments of Berlin from approximately 150 meters high.

In addition, you will not miss any detail, as the team of pilots and guides who will accompany you during the 15 minutes that the experience lasts, will give you all the details about what you see at all times.

And, as with the helicopter ride, they will also provide you with a personalized flight certificate.

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4. Immerse yourself in the streets of the city with the Berlin Music Festival

Musikfest in Berlin| ©Ben Kaden
Musikfest in Berlin| ©Ben Kaden

Berlin greets the summer in an unbeatable way: with the Berlin Music Festival. This event kicks off on June 21. For one week it brings together a host of musical artists of all styles.

This event, which has been going on for 40 years, is one of the liveliest music festivals in the German capital. Each year the festival is dedicated to an instrument or group of instruments, so I advise you to check the program in case you are lucky enough to come across an edition that highlights one that particularly interests you.

Interesting facts

  • Date: June 21st.
  • Place: No fixed place because it takes place in different squares and streets of Berlin.
  • Price: Free of charge.

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5. Wrap yourself in the rainbow with the Gay Pride celebrations

CSD Berlin| ©Chrissie Sternschnuppe
CSD Berlin| ©Chrissie Sternschnuppe

Gay diversity parades have been held in Germany at the end of June since 1979. But it is only in recent times (more or less from the 1990s onwards) that this celebration has acquired the power it enjoys today. In fact, it has been extending the duration of its events.

The one known as CSD Berlin runs from the end of May to the end of June. It is what is called "Pride Month". There are many activities revolving around it. I show you some of them:

  • The CSD Parade: It is the parade itself. It involves tens of thousands of people parading through the streets of downtown. The itinerary may vary depending on the year, but it always takes place in the central area of Berlin. It usually ends at the Brandenburg Gate.
  • Transgenialer CSD: A more alternative event that takes place in the Kreuzberg district, the multicultural district of the city.
  • Gay Night at the Zoo: A curious event that takes place at the Berlin Zoo, a space that is animated by concerts and various festive events.

Interesting facts

  • Dates: The CSD at the end of June. The set of all events during the whole month of June.
  • Venue: Berlin Center, Kreuzberg, Berlin Zoo.
  • Price: Free of charge.

6. Around the world without leaving Berlin: Carnival of Cultures

Carnival of Cultures| ©abbilder
Carnival of Cultures| ©abbilder

The Carnival of Cult ures is a spectacular event whose mission is to break down cultural barriers and xenophobia through parades in which thousands of people from all over the world come to participate.

The streets of Berlin are filled with people dancing in different costumes from all continents of the world. Four days of fun that take place in Kreuzberg, the multicultural district of the city and well known for its large population of Turkish origin. You can enjoy the following:

  • Main parade (usually takes place at 12:30 pm).
  • Up to 4 stages with world music.
  • Acrobatics and dance shows.

Sound good? Then take note: it starts at the beginning of June. And, best of all, there's no entrance fee! If you feel like exploring the neighborhood further, here's an article on what to see and do in Kreuzberg.

Interesting facts

  • Dates: First half of June.
  • Place: Kreuzberg district and the parade at Hermannplatz.
  • Price: Free of charge.

Take a stroll through the international flea market at Blücherplatz

A perfect complementary activity to the Carnival of Cultures. It is located on Blücherplatz, coinciding with the multicultural carnival, hundreds of food and craft stalls offer their products to those who want to come for a while.

Blücherplatz is located in Kreuzberg, the same district where most of the celebrations of the Carnival of Cultures take place, so... it doesn't cost anything to take a walk around the stalls!

Interesting facts

of the Blücherplatz market

  • Dates: Beginning of June.
  • Place: Blücherplatz.
  • Price: Free of charge.

7. Listen to your favorite bands at Tempelhof Sounds

Tempelhof Sounds| ©Raph_PH
Tempelhof Sounds| ©Raph_PH

Berlin is a musical city in June. Proof of this are the open-air concerts, but also the festivals for which you have to pay admission. The best of the month is undoubtedly Tempelhof Sounds. Its line-up is spectacular and brings together bands associated with the rock and indie style that fill stadiums on their own.

It usually takes place in the second week of June in the vicinity of Tempelhof airport. Their tickets, of course, are not what you would call cheap. But I assure you that the line-up of artists performing at this festival is spectacular: Muse, The Strokes... and the list goes on! Anyway, if you want to enjoy it you should reserve at least 70 € in your budget if you want to attend one day. If you don't want to miss this event during the 3 days it lasts... then the amount could start from 170 €!

Interesting facts

  • Dates: Second week of June.
  • Place: Near the airport, at Flughafen, Platz d. Luftbrücke.
  • Price: From 70 € per day.

8. The party continues at the Citadel Music Festival

Music Festival| ©Isabelle Montufar-Joubert
Music Festival| ©Isabelle Montufar-Joubert

It's another music festival in Berlin (weird, isn't it?). The Citadel Music Festival has the particularity that it is probably one of the longest festivals in the city. An opportunity, therefore, to enjoy rock and pop music in good weather. The advantage of visiting the city in June is that this month brings together the greatest activity and number of concerts.

It also has the attraction of being held in the Citadel of Spandau, one of the best preserved Renaissance fortresses in Europe. The concerts have prices for all tastes, depending on the artists, although you can buy one from 30 €.

Interesting facts

  • Dates: From the end of May to the end of August.
  • Venue: Spandau Citadel.
  • Price: Concerts from 30 €.

9. The most multicultural and neighborhood Berlin: 48 hours Neukölln

48 Stunden Neukölln| ©k_tjaaa
48 Stunden Neukölln| ©k_tjaaa

If you have not been able to attend the fabulous Carnival of Cultures that takes place in early June, Berlin gives you another opportunity to immerse yourself in its multicultural atmosphere. And it does so with an event that highlights the value of diversity, although in a more neighborhood and quiet way. It is the 48 hours Neukölln, whose name refers to the Neukölln district of Berlin. One of the most multicultural of the city as it is estimated that it is home to people of up to 160 nationalities.

With this cultural capital, an art festival is organized in which events, concerts and exhibitions proliferate. The 48-hour Neukölln also has the attraction of a strong local focus. Associations and groups that are part of the social fabric of the neighborhood are invited to participate. If you want a real insight into cosmopolitan Berlin, you can't miss it!

By the way, if you like Berlin's neighborhood life, I advise you to explore as many of them as you can. Here's more information about Berlin's best neighborhoods.

Interesting facts

  • Dates: End of June.
  • Place: The streets of the Neukölln district.
  • Price: Free of charge.

10. The best music for free at the Open Air du Staatsoper

Berlin, Unter den Linden| ©Jorge Láscar
Berlin, Unter den Linden| ©Jorge Láscar

The Open Air du Staatsoper festival brings together two of Germany's passions: classical music and open-air performances. This event is usually led by the prestigious Argentinian conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim. And by the no less prestigious Staatsoper orchestra.

Best of all, admission is free. Above all, because we are going to listen to some of the best musical and operatic performers without paying a single euro. The time usually varies depending on the year so I advise you to check it on the web. Of course, do not hesitate to bring a picnic basket with you, Berliners love to do it!

Interesting facts

  • Dates: Second half of June.
  • Place: Unter der Linden.
  • Price: Free of charge.

11. The classical getaway: more music at the Bach Festival in Leipzig

Bachfest, Leipzig| ©michimaya
Bachfest, Leipzig| ©michimaya

If you feel like escaping from the hustle and bustle of Berlin during the month of June, you have an unbeatable opportunity to do so with the Leipzig Bach Festival in Leipzig. If you like the music of the baroque composer, for many the best in history, you can not miss this event.

This festival is the most reputable in the world to listen to Bach's music. It lasts 10 days, and it brings together the best performers of Baroque music in general and Bach in particular. In addition, many of the concerts take place in the church where Bach worked, so you can be sure that you will hear the music with the acoustics for which the great composer conceived his works. And, detail for the most mythomaniacs, Bach himself is buried in this church.

Interesting facts

  • Dates: Second week of June.
  • Place: Leipzig (2 hours drive from Berlin).
  • Price: Concerts from 70 €.

12. Make the most of the good weather and enjoy Potsdam

Potsdam, Germany| ©Ivo Schwalbe
Potsdam, Germany| ©Ivo Schwalbe

June is one of the months with the best weather in Berlin, so it is worth to take advantage and visit one of the most iconic places in Germany: Potsdam. It is a city with monuments declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Undoubtedly, its 18th century architecture stands out, promoted by one of the most important figures in the history of this country, Frederick II the Great. Also, if you like history, you will also have the opportunity to visit the town that hosted the last peace conference produced in the context of World War II.

Potsdam is located very close to Berlin, just 35 km away, so it can be a good way to spend a day or even half a day. It is a city of only 150,000 inhabitants, so it will not take you much time to visit its monuments. You can go by train, whose ticket can be obtained from 4 € or hiring one of the many excursions to Potsdam from Berlin.

Interesting facts

  • Location: Potsdam, 30 km from Berlin.
  • Approximate travel time: 50 minutes by car and 30 minutes by train.
  • Approximate duration of the visit: To see everything in depth, about 5 hours.
  • Tour prices: from 20 €.

What is the weather like in Berlin in June?

Berlin in June| ©Hannah & Noah
Berlin in June| ©Hannah & Noah

The best month in terms of weather is August, the month where temperatures in Berlin can reach 25 degrees. As you can see, hot but not sultry. June is, in this sense, a bit cooler, as the highs usually reach 20 degrees Celsius and the lows 11 degrees Celsius.

Of course, you have to keep in mind that Berlin is a city very given to cloudy skies, something that does not cease to be so in summer. The most that can happen in summer is that the cloudiness is reduced. Even so, the probability of clear days in June is about 50%.

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What are the visitor numbers like in Berlin in June?

Berlin, Festival| ©David J
Berlin, Festival| ©David J

As you know, the list of things to see and do in Berlin is very numerous and it is a city whose charms have no season. Although, let's not fool ourselves, it is also true that they are best enjoyed in good weather. That is why in June you will find a greater influx than during the rest of the year, especially during the winter, the most rigorous season of all in the German capital.

In addition, not only the good weather attracts more visitors. It is also the large-scale events that define the city, such as Gay Pride, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of people, or the Carnival of Cultures. Therefore, you should expect a city full of people, at least in the circuits where many of these events take place. Although, undoubtedly, the Kreuzberg district will be the most crowded. Something that you should take into account when assessing the neighborhood where you want to stay.

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