Top tips for the perfect summer in Berlin


The warm weather has finally arrived in Berlin, opening a universe of fun activities that no longer involve Christmas markets or searching for the very best hot chocolate in the city.

This post is a list of our favourite places in Berlin for making the most of the summer. Enjoy!

Cool down in the oldest, the healthiest and the smallest parlours


Here are three wildly different ice cream parlours that are well worth a visit:
At Florida-Eis, they serve 80 different flavours, and as the oldest ice cream parlour in the city, they really know what they’re doing…
Tribecca Ice Cream is the place for vegan ice cream connoisseurs and anyone who wants to avoid sugar-laden versions.
Finally, Eismanufaktur is the smallest ice cream shop of them all, but is cosy and welcoming!

Ask about out Picnic Deal and enjoy it out in nature

Treptower Park, on the Insel der Jugend (Island of Youth) and Stralau Peninsula are ideal spots for enjoying a quiet picnic and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Anyone on the lookout for great views while they eat should head to Viktoriapark, while Tiergarten is ideal if you don’t want to move too far away from the city’s major attractions.

Relax in a beer garden

The renowned open-air Biergärten serve Germany’s best beers in magical surroundings. Our favourites are Cafe am Neuen See, Schleusenkrug and Pratergarten, which are all near the water and offer spectacular views.

Dive into a crystal-clear lake


Whether you’re looking to enjoy some fishing, swim in amazing turquoise water, take a trip in a rowboat or jog along the lakeside, you cannot miss out on the top summer activity in Berlin! We love to take a quick trip to Liepnitzsee, Schlachtensee and Krumme Lanke as often as we can.


“Foreign Countries” – art exhibition

At Gat Point Charlie Hotel we are hosting an art exhibition called “Foreign Countries” by Núñez del Prado y Eriván Phumpiú. Come to the Hotel Gat Point Charlie (Mauerstrasse 81-82, Berlin) to check it out!


About the authors:

Alonso Núñez del Prado and Eriván Phumpiú Cuba grew up in Lima, Perú, but currently, they call Berlin their home.

Their art is performed with an own creation, personal and intimate language, that, yet, connects directly with its society.

The common links in their works are the intense colours and spontaneous movements, which reflect their personalities.

Nonetheless, each artistic proposal is different since the colour and the movement is used for independent purposes.


Travel Smart in Berlin: Prenzlauer Berg

After the reunification of the two Berlins, working-class citizens settled in Prenzlauer Berg, transforming it into a hub of political resistance that soon became the city’s bohemian quarter. Although the area has grown and matured since then, it retains this alternative spirit even today.
In terms of architecture, it is dominated by old buildings, large squares such as Helmholtzplatz –which houses cosy little restaurants such as Wohnzimmer, which means “living room”– or the green spaces such as Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg, 28 hectares of parkland that has a great kids’ play area and is ideal for jogging, flying kites and even sledging in winter.


Legendary coffee houses such as Anna Blume, Café Liebling or No Fire No Glory are a testimony to the culture of “coffee and a good book” that has taken root in this neighbourhood.


The vibrant cultural offering here is camouflaged among industrial buildings such as the Kulturbraurei (a beer factory that was converted into a nightclub), shops and performing arts schools or the circular Singuhr-Hoergalerie, a sound art gallery housed in a former water tower.


The Berliner Prater Garten, one of the oldest and nicest beer gardens in the city, can be found on Kastanienallee avenue.

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In terms of markets, Prenzlauer Berg has several to offer, including the one held on Kollwitzplatz, which specializes in mostly organic produce on Saturdays, or the Sunday flea market in Mauerpark, which also hosts the city’s biggest outdoor karaoke party from spring to autumn.

To make your exploring of this northern part of the city all the more exciting, we recommend renting one of bikes for a true “Gat Experience” in Berlin–the first stop on this route is only 20 minutes from Gat Point Charlie. You will find all the information you need on this service at Reception.
We wish you a happy day of discovery!

Travel Smart in Berlin: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

The neighbourhoods of Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf merged in 2001 to form Berlin’s fourth borough. Located in the western part of the city, it is a peaceful and sophisticated corner during the day, but at night, the museums, emblematic buildings, magnificent parks and boutiques close their doors to make way for an endless offering of alternative entertainment.
You can embark on this itinerary directly from our hotel with one of our bicycles or by jumping on the metro to Zoologischer Garten, the stop nearest to Berlin Zoo.

Act 1, daytime.
After passing through the ruins of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche church, we find ourselves at the recently-opened Bikini Berlin, which is Germany’s first concept shopping mall and houses showrooms, boutiques and pop-up boxes instead of big brand stores. Take yourself up to the roof and enjoy great panoramic views over the city while you grab a bite at Neni or Monkey Bar.

Art and history buffs will take a while to make it to Charlottenburg Palace, as you will pass the modern Deutsche Oper Berlin opera house, the Berggruen Museum with its modern art collection and the Bröhan-Museum of art and design along the way.
Get your camera ready at Teufelsberg. This former U.S. listening station is sat on the top of a man-made hill created using debris and offers spectacular views over the city.

Following this slightly out-of-the-way, alternative itinerary, it is well worth making a stop at Berliner Waldbühne amphitheatre, which is one of the most spectacular open-air theatres in Europe.

Act II, night-time.
The Bar jeder Vernunft is a mirrored tent with a Modernist, intimate feel and is the stage for the crème de la crème of international small-stage entertainment.

For those of you who prefer jazz, the A-Trane jazz club is where you need to be: the line-up here includes some of the biggest names in the jazz scene and they offer late-night jam sessions on Saturdays starting at midnight.

Relativity of distance – art exhibition

Santiago de Chile is 12,517 kilometres away from Berlin. Whether it’s far or close, depends on the point of view.

Gat Point Charlie presents the new art exhibition “Relativity of Distance”, a selection of photography series, collages, and texts made by the artists, father and daughter, Elías Lizama H. and Florencia Lizama Z. which altogether question the relativity of distance.

We are delighted to invite you to the exhibit’s opening on Saturday 23rd of February 2019 at 19 pm at Gat Point Charlie.

Please, confirm your attendance to no later than the 18th of February.

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Opening day: 23rd of February 2019 at 19 pm
Venue: Hotel Gat Point Charlie (Mauerstraße 81-82, 10117 Berlin, Germany)



Travel Smart in Berlin: Friedichshain-Kreuzberg


Friedichshain-Kreuzberg is one of the most artistic districts in Berlin, and some of its residents have opted for a refreshingly different way of life. As you stroll through its streets, you’ll spot artists’ workshops in gardens behind houses, allotments in Prinzessinnengärten park and buskers and street musicians on Oberbaumbrücke, the bridge that unites the Friedichshain neighbourhood with Kreuzberg.
Our itinerary begins at the Hotel Gat Point Charlie, where our Gat Bikes are waiting for us.

Our hotel is named after Checkpoint Charlie, the former border crossing between East and West Berlin.

The Kreuzberg
Located in Viktoriapark, this hill rises 66 metres above the city and is near a roaring waterfall.

Curry 36
This place is a shrine to the currywurst! Make sure you stop here to try the best in the city.

Biergarten Golgatha
From April to October, this is the place to enjoy pre-lunch drinks in the beautiful outdoors.

Markthalle Neun


This historical market is truly chameleonic. It transforms from “Thursday Market” to “Breakfast Market” or to “Naschmarkt” (Nibbles Market) depending on the day of the week.

English Theatre Berlin
The only theatre in Berlin with English as the working language.

This market selling Turkish delicacies makes it impossible to cycle by without taking a look.


Jump off your bike and enjoy the greatest sunset and street art in the city.

Babylon Kino
A vintage art house cinema that screens independent flicks.

This park is a creative space that has something for everyone.

Friedichshain-Kreuzberg is famous for its museums, such as the Berlinische Galerie, the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Jewish Museum, along with its green spaces–such as Friedrichshain Volkspark and Park am Gleisdreieck, which are ideal for picnics–and also its fantastic night life.
To get a first-hand taste of what goes on after dark, head over to Warschauer Straße, Frankfurter Allee and Schlesische Tor. But first, come and leave your bike at the hotel just in case your evening is longer than planned…
Enjoy your Gat Tour!