Berlin might be a young, vibrant, creative city, but during the long, cold dark winter all that youth and vibrancy and creativity is cooped up indoors. This winter was particularly long and cold: average March temperatures were below freezing and it snowed on Good Friday.
That’s why, when the warm weather finally arrives, the entire city collectively bursts out the door, strips down to the minimum appropriate clothing and heads to the vast collection of parks, outdoor cafes and riverfront clubs.
Indoor Berlin is already cheap by European standards, but outdoor Berlin is cheaper — and quite often free. So during a mid-May visit I spent as much time outside as possible, catching the transition from gloomy to glorious and witnessing the emergence from hibernation of a populace that probably vies with Scandinavians as the pastiest in the world. Here are my top suggestions for a sunny day out in the city. Prepare for company.