It’s that time of year again in Berlin. The sky has taken on a uniform shade of grey, the mercury has plummeted to single-digit figures, and it’s raining so much that you could be forgiven for thinking you were in England. But it’s not all bad. Autumn is the perfect time to cosy up in your favourite gemütlichkeit café, walk among the colourful leaves, and remind yourself that although it feels cold, it’s nothing compared to what’s to come — Berlin’s winter, which will freeze your späti beer to your hand and turn the walk to your nearest U-Bahn into a kind of death-defying version of Dancing on Ice. Until that happens, we’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in autumn in Berlin.
As autumn approached, me and a friend set out on a bike ride to enjoy one of the last days of summer. With no real destination in mind, we headed southeast through Neukölln and ended up cycling along part of the Mauerweg: a 160km long route that traces the former path of the Berlin Wall. It was a route neither of us had taken before, yet one that turned out to be the most enjoyable I’ve encountered in the city.