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Things to Do in Berlin in June

Updated: July 27, 2023

This post provides several interesting activities that you can enjoy in Berlin throughout the month of June 2023, including a variety of family-friendly, nighttime, and free things to do.

For more ideas, see our post on things to Do in Berlin at any time of the year. 

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

The following list covers some of the best ideas for fun things you can do in Berlin during the month of June, and it will include several concerts, sporting events, tours, festivities and more.

Wondering what to pack? Check out our post on the weather in Berlin in June


1. See a Concert

This June is an especially great month for concerts, with many top bands and performers scheduled to play. Below we list some of the best concerts to see this month.

You can see many more shows from StubHub's June concert calendar for Berlin.

Concerts

For all the options available this month, see this list of concerts in Berlin.


2. Discover the Best Food in Berlin

There’s plenty of great food to eat in Berlin, but if you’re not familiar with the city or its cuisine, you might have trouble finding the best restaurants and dishes.

Thankfully, there are food tours covering both the Mitte and Kreuzberg neighborhoods.

During these 3 - 3 ½ hour tours, you’ll visit several different restaurants and try many delicious samples.

You can expect to try a variety of dishes such as Currywurst, fusion dumplings, homemade schnitzel and drinks like German wine or beer.

If you’re not a meat-eater, there is also an Evening Food Tour by Bike which allows you to explore the culinary history of Berlin and test a variety of foods while burning off some of those extra calories on a 5-hour outing.


3. Take a Cruise or Boat Tour

Summer is the best time to get out on the water and enjoy the nice weather in Berlin, and there are several excellent cruises and boat tours to choose from.

In addition to traditional sightseeing cruises, there are also night and dinner cruise options you might want to consider.

If you want to save a few euros and you’re planning to take a hop on hop off bus tour as well, it’s worth noting that you’ll probably be able to save money on tickets by purchasing a combo package.

For more details about discounts and all of the best cruise options in this city, please read our post covering Berlin cruises and boat tours.


4. See a Theatrical Performance

Although there are no major musicals or operas taking place in Berlin this month, there will still be plenty of opportunities to spend a night at the theater or enjoy a live performance.

Here are a few of the best options this June:

If you're looking for another alternative, consider a comedy night with free pizza!


5. Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit several popular attractions while exploring the city, it’s important to note that many of the best sites and landmarks are actually included with some Berlin tourist passes.

Depending on how you use these services, you can expect to save anywhere from 20% - 50% off general admission prices by using a tourist pass.

Here are a few of the most popular tickets included with various Berlin Tourist Discount Passes:

For more details about how to use these services and how much money you can save, please read our post covering Berlin tourist attraction passes.


6. Explore Berlin By Foot or Bike

The weather in Berlin in June is a really nice time to be outdoors. You can see the city and learn about its culture and history on a guided pay-what-you-like walking tour

There are also bike tours that allow you to see more of the city while getting a bit of a workout!

If you prefer to explore at your own pace, you can use our self-guided tours or a GPS-enabled audio tour which can be used day or night.

Also, Berlin tourist passes typically include multiple tours, so if you’re planning to use one of those services, you could easily save some money on this activity.


7. Celebrate a Music Festival

Even if you can’t make it to a concert, you may still have an opportunity to enjoy some live musical performances all over the city.

FetFête de la Musique | June 21st

Every year the open-air music festival Fête de la Musique welcomes musicians to perform in the streets of Berlin. During this event, bands, orchestras, choirs, and even DJs will set up shop in public squares and other areas to provide music for the masses.

Citadel Music Festival | June 28th

Each year in Spandau this open-air music festival takes place within the courtyard of Spandau Citadel. The music covers all genres. You might find pink, techno, pop, jazz, or folks.

Tempelhof Sounds | delayed until 2024

This new annual festival takes place at the former Templehof airport. It pulls big-name international acts.

Outside of Berlin area are a few more festivals in June:


8. Attend More Festivals

There are festivals to fit any interest area in June in Berlin, from the arts to rollercoasters to tech.

Berliner Volksfestsommer | June 21st-July 16t

Every year Berlin hosts this fair that you can attend for free! There are currently about 150 different performers, rides and rollercoasters, a ghost train, the Rock & Roller Coaster, and many more. Rides and food purchases will cost some money, but there are other on-grounds activities to see and do without any cost.

Kulturesommerfestival | dates TBD but usually runs June-September

This festival takes place throughout the city, at parks, museums, and community centers. Each day you'll find events around theatre, music, dance, exhibitions, and workshops, all with a focus on celebrating the richness and diversity of German culture.

Neighborhood Specific Festivals Include:

And if tech is more of your interest, there are a few festivals focusing on that as well:


9. Take Part in the Long Night of Sciences

Each year Berlin research institutions, universities, and scientific organizations hold activities designed to teach the public more about science.

There are experiments, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and more, all covering fields such as chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, and computer science.

A number of the events are in English although most are in German.

This is open to people of all ages, and hundreds of events are planned with kids in mind.

This year the festival begins on June 17th. For more information and tickets, click here.


10. Attend the Special Olympics

The Special Olympics is an athletic competition for people with intellectual disabilities.

You'll find all sorts of activities there, including soccer, volleyball, track, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, and more.

The event pulls in competitors from over 170 countries and breaks down stereotypes about what people with special needs can accomplish.

The opening ceremony takes place at Berlin Olympic Stadium, and events will take place at various venues across the city.

Events take place June 17th-25th. For more information, visit the Special Olympics website.


11. Run or Cheer on the Berlin Triathlon

Each year the Berlin Triathlon makes its way through the heart of Berlin.

Over 7,000 participants swim the Spree and then bike and run through the city streets, past some of the city's best-known landmarks.

Thousands of spectators line the route to cheer on people of all ages and abilities.

If you'd like to run the race or support the runners, events take place June 4th.

Visit the Berlin Triathlon website for more information.


12. Attend the Jewish Film Festival Berlin | Brandenburg

This annual film festival, first held in 1995, is dedicated to the works of Jewish filmmakers and films with Jewish themes.

You'll find full-length films, film shorts, documentaries, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and more.

The festival not only includes the works of established filmmakers but emerging ones, and attendees come from around the world.

Events take place June 13th-18th. For more information visit the JFBB website.


13. Take the Kids to LEGOLAND

For even more family fun, consider taking your children to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Berlin.

This attraction features 2 rides, 10 build & play zones, a 4D cinema and many other fun activities.

Not only will your kids have an opportunity to build a lot of LEGOS and potentially even learn a few tricks of the trade, but there is also a LEGO factory tour, a LEGO-themed cafe and even a LEGO shop!

If you’re worried about paying for both tickets and LEGOS, it’s worth noting that this LEGOLAND is actually included with some Berlin tourist passes.


14. Visit an Observation Deck

There is likely to be an abundance of sunny days and clear skies in Berlin during the month of June, which makes this the perfect time to enjoy a great view of the city from an observation deck.

You’ll have several different options to choose from, including the PanoramapunktTV Tower and Reichstag Dome.

Each of these viewing locations offers a different experience of the city.

While the TV Tower is the highest of the bunch at 203 meters tall, Panoramapunkt offers a similarly excellent view roughly 100 meters above the city.

You may also want to consider heading to the Reichstag Dome. Even though it’s only 47 meters high, it’s still one of the best views in Berlin, and it’s entirely free to enjoy!

You can read our post about the 11 Berlin Observation Decks | Best Views of Berlin, or find out more about individual decks below.

Admission to some of these attractions is included on at least one major Berlin discount pass, so you don’t even have to pay full price!


15. Visit a Museum

There are a lot of fantastic museums to see in Berlin. No matter what you’re interested in learning about, chances are there is a museum in this city that focuses on that subject.

Among the top museums to visit are the DDR Museum, Checkpoint Charlie Museum and the Pergamon Museum. All three of these are included for free with at least one of the money-saving Berlin attraction discount passes

Some of the other great museums to visit are:

Each of these locations is included with at least one Berlin attraction discount pass.

If you’re interested in visiting multiple museums, consider using one of these passes to save some money on admission.


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About The Author

Anne Wittig

Anne was born in East Berlin and came of age in the unified city. She has an intimate relationship with her city of birth and still calls Berlin home. For the past 10 years, she has managed and written Free Tours by Foot's Berlin blog, detailing the best places to go, where to stay, and what to do in her hometown. This blog has been featured on Berlin's official website, mainstream press like Berlingske, and local blogs like Berlinforallthefamily.com. Over 14,000 visitors to Berlin have taken a tour from Free Tours by Foot.
Updated: July 27th, 2023
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