Although it’s not an adventurers paradise, Berlin does offer several opportunities for thrill seekers. Numerous lakes mean that kiteboarding, windsurfing, and kayaking can all be done in Berlin. A large proportion of the city is forested as well, making casual hiking in Berlin a relaxing and convenient way to get outside.
Berlin is in northeast Germany.
Geography of Berlin
Berlin is a city of 4.4 million people located in northeast Germany about 60km from the Polish border. The city itself covers nearly 3,900 square kilometers, approximately one third of which is comprised of rivers, lakes, parks, forests, and gardens. Berlin sits in a low-lying marshy woodland on the Northern European Plain. Both the Spree and the Havel (which is more like a chain of lakes than a river) run through Berlin, making it one of the wetter landlocked cities in the world.
Berlin Weather and Climate
Berlin has a humid continental climate. Summers are hot and wet with average highs around 23 – 26°C. In the winter the average highs are just above zero while average lows dip down to around -2°C.
Berlin is one of the most-visited cities in the European Union and, as such, flights to Berlin are frequent and affordable. Few of those visitors, however, are visiting for outdoors adventures. Despite being a relatively flat city, Berlin does offer some opportunities to get your blood flowing. In the summer the numerous lakes and forests provide great hiking, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. Kiteboarding and windsurfing are also popular and, although there are no mountains, there are numerous indoor and outdoor climbing walls to suit climbers of all abilities.
Berlin Outdoor Adventure Activities
• Sky diving
• Bungee jumping
• Hot air ballooning
• Kayaking (river and lake)
• Hiking/trekking (leisurely)
• Rock climbing (indoor)
• Abseiling/rappelling (indoor)
• Mountain Biking (novice to expert)
• Horseback Riding
• Skiing and snowboarding (about 4 hours away by train)
• Cross-country skiing (also can be done in the vicinity)
Budget Travel in Berlin
• Inexpensive accommodations at a hotel in Berlin start around $8 – $10 USD per night for a dorm bed in places like Goldmarie and Hostel Die Etage East.
Check out this site for more information about hostels in Berlin.
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