So, you’re heading to Rummelsburg?
This little-known district is undergoing a bit of a transformation right now – manifesting some of the challenges of gentrification so familiar to the rest of the city. But there’s a lot going for it, from beautiful riverside walks to wild club nights and fine dining. These are some of our favourite things to do in and around Rummelsberg:
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Grab a coffee at Muschkebart
If you find yourself around the border with Karlshorst, make sure to go for a coffee at Muschkebart. This popular and well-rated café is the perfect spot to spend a rainy day. If you’re lucky, you’ll also catch one of the small concerts or art exhibitions held here.
Bouldering at Ostbloc Boulderhalle
Complete with a view of the Spree, Ostbloc Boulderhalle is very popular with Berlin’s climbing and bouldering community. It’s a great spot to meet folks from all over and enjoy a high vantage of the sunset over the water.
Rent a boat
Pick from one of several companies offering private boat rental from just outside Ostbloc Boulderhalle and spend a summer’s day taking a leisurely drive up to Köpenick for a beer and a schnitzel. Party-sized boats are also available and heartily recommended.
Take a stroll
Grab a pal and make your way around the docile yet convivial alt-Stralau peninsula. Particularly spectacular during autumn, you’ll enjoy amazing views over the Spree of Treptower Park, a shit ton of cute houseboats, posh apartments and even a 15th century church.
Picnic at the Bucht
There is arguably no better place in Berlin to enjoy a Späti beer on a summer’s day than at Rummelsburger Bucht, a small, Spree-side park and veritable sun-spot. Enjoy the zooming pooches, boombox-laden boats and the quietly eclectic collection of local characters. Just be warned – you’ll want to bring your beer from further afield – Rummelsburg is a notorious Späti desert.
Light up at Dark Matter
A self-described “parallel cosmos of expansive light installations in which the boundaries between the real and the digital world become blurred”, Dark Matter is definitely worth a visit. Housed in the pitch-black rooms of a typically gritty former factory, enjoy a seven-room interactive light and sound display that’ll leave you feeling closer to Orion’s Belt than Oberschöneweide.
Lose a weekend at Sisyphos
If you’ve been to Sisyphos, you have actually made it to Rummelsburg. Congratulations! Rummelsburg’s proudest offering, this iconic multi-floor cornucopia of colour, bass and chaos is more like a festival than a traditional Berlin nightclub, and there is (usually) a floor for every taste. Open from Friday night all the way through to Monday morning, it’s surprisingly easy to watch a weekend zoom past under a 10-metre bull’s head made from disco balls surrounded by the city’s young and beautiful.