Berlin becomes a giant playground in the summer and it’s low rise skyline with the sparkling TV tower in the centre makes it a unique place to view from above. The locals know this and have cultivated a glorious rooftop bar culture that allows you to see the best of the city, the most spectacular sunsets and drink all the weird and wonderful German drinks they can think up.
You may have heard that Kranzler is a great place for kaffee & kuchen, but did you know that this is also a wonderful gem for some pre dinner drinks? Only a stone’s throw away from Sofitel, pop in for a delicious natural wine or craft beer on your way out to exploring the city by night, but make sure it’s before closing time at 8pm. Kranzler has an wonderful rich history and is a great spot to people watch over the shopping madness of Kurfürstendamm. Kranzler is at Kurfürstendamm in Charlottenburg and is open from Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Perched 17 storeys high in an unassuming high rise is Solar, a swanky lounge and restaurant complete with a serious 270 degree panoramic view of the city. Boasting a restaurant featuring creative and modern cuisine and a bar featuring homemade infusions and sumptuous sake, Solar is a great option for sunset or helping you on your way partying until sunrise. With a regular lineup of fresh musical talent (including one of our Sofitel regulars Nicholas Kany), you won’t be disappointed. Solar is at Stresemannstraße 76 in Kreuzberg and is open Sunday – Thursday 6pm – 2am, Fri, Sat 6pm – 3am
Pan Am Lounge
Buckle up for a flight/drink like no other at Pan Am Lounge in Charlottenburg. Based on an amazing aeronautical theme, this very special bar is a celebration of all things Pan American Airlines. The first ever airline to offer a round the world service in the 1940s, Pan Am is the stuff of legend today and the Pan Am Lounge a glamorous stop off for nostalgic Pan Am crew and passengers and adopted ones alike. They attest “Everything is here that a pilot could ever dream of/want: four floors of the utmost modernity and comfort; an oasis of style and quietude, high above the hectic, glittering metropolis.” Be greeted by a stewardess at the lobby gate, before being whisked up an escalator to meet their entire crew and settle down among the original 1960s décor with a drink and an impressive view of City West’s historical skyline. Pan Am Lounge is on the 10th floor at Budapester Str. 43, in Charlottenburg (across from the zoo). Hours: by booking only
If you feel like casting your net a little wider than why not venture out into the heart of trendy district Neukölln for a jaunt to Klunkerkranich. The staple summer rooftop bar for every young hip twenty something in town, (it also attracts people of every kind from all over the world so don’t think you won’t fit in), Klunkerkranich is a charming venue atop the bustling shopping centre Neukölln Arkaden – to reach it take the escalator to the top floor of the mall and then follow the ramp from the car park. It’s quite possibly the most perfect spot in Berlin to watch the sunset (and even spot people making their own rooftop bar atop their altbau apartment) and everybody knows it, so get here early to avoid long queues. With a fully stocked bar, laid back ambience and live music or djs spanning most of the week, there is never a dull moment here. There’s even a sandpit for the kids. Klunkerkranich is on the roof of the Neukölln Arkaden at Karl-Marx-Straße 66, in Neukölln. It’s open from Monday – Saturday from 10am, Sundays from 12pm, Always until 2am or later.