Things to Do in Berlin in June

Things to Do in Berlin in June

This post provides several interesting activities that you can enjoy in Berlin throughout the month of June, 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. 

 

 

Disclosure: While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.

TOP THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN THIS 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.

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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.

 

 

June Concert Highlights:

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 is a Berlin Secret Food Tour which covers some of the best meal options you’ll find in the entire city.

During this 3 – 3 ½ hour tour, you’ll visit a total of 6 stops and try at least 6 samples.

 

 

You can expect to try a variety of dishes such as chicken shawarma, flammkuchen, homemade schnitzel and drinks like German wine or beer, as well as Fritz kola.

If you’re not a meat-eater, there is also a Berlin Vegan Secret Food Tour which includes healthier options such as summer rolls, coconut lemongrass soup, vegan sushi rolls and more.

Purchase tickets for Secret Food Tours: Berlin or learn more.


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. 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 Panoramapunkt, TV 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!

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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.

 

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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

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 the Fête de la Musique

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.

Every June 21st, 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.

As you may have guessed, since this event takes place in public and on the streets, it’s entirely free to walk around and enjoy all the live music during Fête de la Musique.

This is an excellent idea for a family-friendly activity, and it’s probably the most affordable option on our list!


8. Drink the Best Beer in Berlin

There’s no shortage of beer to drink in this city, but if you’re new to Germany, you might have some trouble finding the best brews. Thankfully, you can get some help by taking a Berlin Secret Beer Tour.

This tour provides several interesting stops, including at least one local nano-brewery. Along the way, you’ll sample 8 different beers – the most of any beer tour in Berlin!

 

 

Since you’ll be drinking a lot of beer, it’ll be important to eat something as well, which is why this tour also includes at least one snack.

Purchase tickets for the Secret Beer Tour or learn more.


9. Attend Berliner Volksfestsommer 

Every year in June & July, Berlin hosts the Berliner Volksfestsommer (formerly the German-French 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.

 

 

In addition to all the activities, there will also be plenty of delicious fair food to eat. 

Rides and food purchases will cost some money, but there are other on-grounds activities to see and do without any cost.

This is a fantastic activity for the family, a fun way to spend an evening, and a budget-friendly event! 


10. Visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium

If it’s an especially hot day, you can always beat the heat by visiting the SEA LIFE Aquarium in Berlin. 

This location houses more than 1,500 fish and other aquatic animals, so you probably won’t run out of things to see while you’re here.

In addition to a variety of fish, this aquarium also houses sharks, octopuses, lobsters, rays, jellyfish, and many other beautiful life forms.

 

SEA Life Berlin

 

Among all of the other popular fish here, your children probably won’t have much trouble spotting Dory and Nemo from the Finding Nemo movies, which certainly makes this an excellent family-friendly activity.

Admission to this attraction is included with at least one major Berlin discount pass, so you don’t even have to pay full price!


11. 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.


12. Attend the WTA Grass Court Championships

For the first time since 2008, Berlin will host an international tennis event, the Grass Court Championships. 

The event will be held from June 13th – 21st at Steffi-Graf-Stadion. Expect to see some of the best names in the game, as this is a preparation tournament for Wimbledon.

 

 

This is one of the largest women’s tennis tournaments in Germany, so it’s definitely worth getting a ticket to see several top 10 players compete if you’re a fan of the sport.

Tickets are selling out fast, so we recommend purchasing them as soon as possible if you’re interested in attending the Grass Court Championships!


13. 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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If you’re interested in trying a bunch of different brews while visiting Berlin, one of the following pub crawls is sure to please.

In addition to providing free samples, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience the different cultural scenes at each pub.

This section will include all of the information you need to pick a great Berlin pub crawl. If you’re still not sold on the options below, check here for additional pub crawls in Berlin.


Berlin Pub Crawl

This 5-hour pub crawl begins at 8 p.m. in a central Berlin location. Your guide is there to take you to four different bars, each with a different scene – cocktail lounges, bars, pubs, and clubs. 

Your guide will facilitate mingling and be mixing with other guests.

Drinks, however, are not included in the price. You will get a free welcome shot at each stop and drink specials all evening.  This company tends to attract the backpacker crowd.

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  • More information or to book.

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Potsdam is a fairy-tale city west of Berlin that provides a quiet escape from the big and grungy city.  

Walk around the garden and palace complexes built by the Prussian kings while being confronted with the western edge of the Berlin wall.

Stop for a coffee in the picturesque Dutch quarter and experience everyday life in this beautiful town.  

Getting there is easy and takes about 45 minutes.  Use this map for directions to the Potsdam Hauptbahnhof.

 

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POTSDAM WALKING TOURS

Several of the tours listed below are either free or heavily discounted with a Berlin Welcome Card. For more information, please check out our overview of Berlin tourist passes.

 

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Walking tours are one of the best ways to get a close look at the most significant areas of Potsdam.

There are some locations that won’t be easily accessible by bike or bus, so it makes sense to visit them on foot.

Most of these trips will take about half a day to complete, but transportation from Berlin could take another 1 ½ – 2 hours, so you may want to set aside an entire day for these Potsdam tours.

Ticket prices range from €15-€19 on average.


Berlin Walks

This company is well known for providing excellent walking tours in and around Berlin.

Their Potsdam tour is approximately 6 hours in length, allowing you to visit sites such as the Palace of Cecilienhof and Sanssouci castle.

Transportation is not included with this service, but train tickets to Potsdam are included with the Berlin Welcome Card, which also gets you discounted or free tickets for this tour.  

Although lunch is not included, they will take a break for refreshments.  

They also offer other highly rated tours, such as their Third Reich Tour, East Berlin Tour, and Central Berlin Tour.

Ticket Prices

  • €17 for Adults | €14 for Seniors and Youths
  • 9:45 am on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays
  • Offered in English and Spanish.
  • More information or to book.

Tip: Save 25% with Berlin Welcome Card or tour for free with their All-Inclusive Pass.

Berlin Walks has a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews).  


New Berlin Tours

New Berlin Tours is one of the most impressive tour companies in Berlin, and their Potsdam walking tour is no exception.

Clocking in at a total of 6 hours, this excursion will take you to a variety of historically important locations such as Sanssouci Castle, the Bridge of Spies, and the Church of Peace.

Transportation is not included, but the ticket price is a little more affordable than some of its competitors.

New Berlin Tours tends to attract a younger clientele and market their evening pub crawl on their day tours.

They also offer other highly rated tours, such as their Third Reich Tour, Red Berlin Tour, and Central Berlin Tour. 

Ticket Prices

Tip: Save up to 30% on their tour with the Berlin Welcome Card.

Just like their competition, New Berlin Tours currently enjoys a 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews). 


Insider Walks

Much like their competitors, this Berlin tour company also offers a 6-hour trip to Potsdam. Discover sites such as the Dutch Quarter, Glienicke Bridge, and the Garrison Church.

Once again, this walking tour does not include transportation, but this shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Ticket prices are on par with competitors and you can actually take this tour for free if you have the Berlin Pass.  

They also offer other highly rated tours, such as their Third Reich Tour, Red Berlin Tour, and Central Berlin Tour. 

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Tip: This tour for free with the purchase of the Berlin Pass, a tourist discount pass.

Insider Tours has been given a 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and they have yet to receive even one negative review for their Potsdam walking tour.

 


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BIKE TOURS OF POTSDAM

Although you won’t find nearly as many options for these trips, they are all from highly rated and respected companies.

Most of the Potsdam tours listed below are at least 5 hours in length, giving you plenty of time to discover the history of this area of Germany.

Ticket costs range from €15-€50 on average, with longer outings commanding a higher price.

 

 


Fat Tire Bike Tours

This is one of the most well known and respected bike tour companies in Berlin. In addition to all of their Berlin bike tours, they also offer a day trip to Potsdam.

Over the course of 6 hours, you’ll visit locations such as the Sanssouci Castle, the Dutch Quarter and the Marble Palace. This outing also includes an audio tour of Cecilienhof Palace, adding extra value to the journey.

Although ticket prices are a bit high, each trek comes with a free bike rental. 

Ticket Prices

  • €65 for Adults | €60 for Students/Seniors | €60 for Children
  • 9:45 am on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays
  • More information or to book.

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Fat Tire currently enjoys a 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews), and their bike tour in Potsdam has yet to receive even one negative review.

 


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BUS TOURS OF POTSDAM

If you don’t feel like walking around the city, a bus tour is an excellent alternative. Some tour bus options will allow you to jump off at various locations in order to get a better look at significant sites around Potsdam.

Tickets for these trips are typically very affordable and will last for between 5-6 hours a day.

Take your time to discover the area at your leisure and enjoy audio commentary while riding from one landmark to the next.

These services are typically offered almost every day of the week, making them very accessible.


Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus

City-Sightseeing offers bus tours all over the world, including Berlin, so it’s not surprising to see that they also offer services in Potsdam.

Their hop-on-hop-off bus tour will allow you to explore the city at your own pace. One ticket lasts an entire day, giving you the opportunity to jump off and see the sites a little closer.

Although the live guide only provides commentary in English and German, an audio guide is available in Spanish, French, Italian, Russian and Portuguese. This trip is available pretty much every day of the week.  

You will need to make your own way to Potsdam to start the tour.

 

This photo of Potsdam City Tour is courtesy of TripAdvisor
 

Ticket Prices

  • €20 for Adults | €17 for Seniors and Students | €6 for Children
  • Daily from 10:00 am until 16:00 (4 pm)
  • Available from April through October
  • More information or to book (free cancelation with 24 hours notice)

City Sightseeing’s Potsdam tours have an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Get Your Guide (see the reviews).

Map of Stops

Potsdam Bus Tour Map

 

 


BEX Sightseeing

If you’re looking for a more traditional bus tour, this should be right up your alley.

During this 5-hours trip from Berlin through Potsdam and return, a professional tour guide will reveal much of the history behind locations such as Sanssouci Palace and the Dutch Quarter.

You won’t have the option to hop on and off as you wish, but your guide will likely point out a lot of details that you might otherwise miss on other excursions.

The cost of a ticket is higher than other options in the area, but it’s a fair price considering the service provided. 

Ticket Prices

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POTSDAM BOAT TOURS

If you’d rather see Potsdam from the water, that can definitely be arranged. This city is located right next to the Havel River, and you can actually see a lot of significant sites on a cruise.

While some boat tours only last for about 90 minutes, others can stretch to 4 hours in length.

Unfortunately, some of the vessels on these trips may not be suitable for handicapped individuals, but you are free to call ahead and ask if accommodations can be made.

Expect ticket prices to range from €15-€20 per person.

 

The MS Sanssouci on tour. Image Source: Weisse Flotte Potsdam.

 

Weisse Flotte Potsdam

This company offers a wide variety of cruises in and around Potsdam. One of their boat tours focuses exclusively on Sanssouci Palace, while others will take you up and down the Havel River.

Most of their trips last between 1 ½ – 2 hours, but they do offer one outing that runs for a total of 4 hours. Considering the unique experience, ticket prices are pretty darn good for the service provided.

Many tours are offered multiple times per day, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to book a cruise with Weisse Flotte Potsdam.

Their overall rating on TripAdvisor is a healthy 4 ½ stars, but they haven’t really received many reviews. Thankfully, customers were just as likely to recommend this service on other platforms such as Yelp. 

Ticket Prices

Potsdam Palace Tour (90 minutes): €14.95 for Adults | €7.65 for Children

Havel Lakes Tour (3 hours): €16.95 for Adults | €8.50 for Children

Potsdam Big Island Tour (4 hours): €19.95 for Adults | €10 for Children
 


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This tour, depending on your pace will take 3-4 hours, not including travel time.

Take the S-Bahn 7 from Alexanderplatz going towards Potsdam Hauptbahnhof and exit the train at Wannsee.  

Follow the signs for buses and take the 316 bus towards Glienicker Brücke.  This bus ride is about ten minutes.

Click here for larger interactive map.

Potsdam City Tour Map
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