It’s no secret that Berlin comes alive in the summertime. People love getting outside and soaking up some Vitamin D, so, of course, locals like to beat the heat of the concrete jungle by visiting one of the many, many lakes in and around Berlin.
I have several go-to lakes for swimming, but Teufelssee, located in the heart of Grunewald, is my favorite one to visit on a really hot day. It’s a very old, deep glacial lake, which means it stays much cooler and for longer than other lakes in the area – ideal for when temperatures in the city are soaring above 30.
The vibe is also really pleasant and relaxed. It’s always a nice mix of older people, families, students and kids. There’s a large diving platform in the middle of the lake and lots of grassy knolls and shady spots to spread out in.
It’s about a 30-40 minute walk from Heerstraße S-bahn station, so it’s definitely recommended to take a bicycle (or car). Also, make sure to bring food and refreshments as there is nothing there apart from an ice cream truck that comes around sporadically selling, you guessed it, ice cream and cold drinks.