the sunday guide to // berlin
When we heard Sundays were becoming the new Mondays, we thought it was due time to bring back the day of rest.
So, each week we'll be posting a 'sunday guide' to downtime in different cities across the world. Whether you live there, are simply visiting, or are just looking for a 5 minute distracting read whilst at work, check out our suggestions for a relaxing Sunday in these hotspots.
The capital of laid-back cool, and beloved of expats and creatives, Berlin has long been known as one of Europe’s favourite playgrounds. Whilst tourists may flock there to whizz around the sights or sample the infamous party culture, Germany’s capital is also an ideal destination for those who seek downtime. Sundays in Berlin are generally long and lazy, with shops, museums and galleries closing for the day, and a city-wide ban on any noisy construction work or even domestic drilling. With an abundance of ways to leisurely enjoy the city, Berlin is one of our favourite relaxing Sunday destinations.
Sunday brunch is an institution in Berlin. Whether you choose to opt for a traditional buffet brunch perched in a prime people-watching spot outside a café, or venture to Markthalle Neun (every third Sunday of the month) to sample their famed Breakfast Market, this is the most important meal of the week. Order a Bloody Mary and eggs benedict and spend several hours relaxing with good company.
Stretch your limbs
Wake up bright and early and head to newly-opened urban pool and sundeck, Haubentaucher, to strengthen your core, improve your balance and increase your flexibility with an open air yoga session. You’ll start the day feeling bright and relaxed, and could opt to follow the yoga with a few laps of the pool.
Get on your bike
Berlin is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world, and there is no better way to spend a sunny Sunday than on two wheels. There’s a great selection of green spaces within the city if you fancy taking a picnic and a couple of bottles of Club Mate, but our top recommendation is whizzing up and down the runway at Tempelhofer Feld. The abandoned airport is situated just south of Neukölln and is one of the favourite playgrounds of hip locals due to its meadows, sculpture gardens and community allotments.
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Relax by the canal
Wander down Landwehrkanal to discover the Nowkoelln Flowmarkt, the Sunday installation of the Turkish markets that spring up on the banks of the canal during the week. Expect food stalls, vintage clothing, live music and hordes of hipsters lounging on the ground.
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Retreat to the forest
Fancy getting out of the city? Hop on the S Bahn to Grunewald forest and find yourself submerged by luscious green trees. Take your bike and cycle around the paths, before heading to Teufelsee for a refreshing dip in the cool water.
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Take a dip
If the heat is stifling and you are seeking an urban swimming spot, head to the banks of the Spree in Kreuzberg and find the Badeschiff. This open air pool was constructed out of a shipping container and is the perfect spot to cool off in between soaking up the sun on the decking.
Browse the flea markets
Berlin is renowned for its flea markets, and Sunday is the best day of the week for seeking out hidden treasures. Boxhagener platz in Friedrichshain and Mauer Park in Prenzlauer Berg play host to two of the city’s finest markets, displaying endless stalls selling antique furniture, records and knick-knacks. Later in the afternoon, make sure you listen out for the start of bear pit karaoke at Mauer Park, where weekly regulars and willing tourists belt out their favourite songs to an adoring crowd.
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Enjoy a beer with a view
Retreat to the roof of a supermarket carpark in Neukölln to enjoy a cold beer with the view of the terracotta rooftops of the city. Klunker Kranich is a hidden gem in a city famous for its laidback bars, and is the perfect place to end your Sunday watching the sun set.
photo: emma lavelle
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