There are plenty of places to watch the sunset in Berlin. Sometimes all it takes is a look into the sky – or a glance at your Instagram feed. Cotton candy pink and bright orange hues cover the whole world, it would seem sometimes. You’ll find many online guides to the best sunsets in Berlin, but I can honestly only vouch for my favorites, which are usually sunset spots in Kreuzberg, Neukölln or Friedrichshain.
This picture was taken on Modersohnbrücke with a full view on the Warschauer Straße Bahnhof in 2011. Although the view is particularly grimy and industrial – the bridge is set atop the Warschauer Straße station and railways – it’s the best thing in terms of skyline you can get in Berlin. For quite a few years, it wasn’t accessible due to constructions. It should be open again.
The Tempelhofer Freiheit is a lot of things: a former airport, a playground for every skating activity you could imagine, and the very best place to see the sunset in Berlin. It’s like seeing the sun set over the ocean.
You could see the sunset over the Landwehrkanal in Kreuzberg on either Admiralbrücke, Glogauer Brücke or Ohlauer Brücke (or one of the many riversides of the Dreiländereck between Neukölln, Treptow and Kreuzberg). But I think nothing can beat the perspective from the water. Although it’s not advisable to actually swim in the canal, floating across the neighborhood on a boat in the evening is a very popular Berlin activity.
The formula, as you may have noticed, is very easy: Fernsehturm + water + bridge = sunset in Berlin. On Oberbaumbrücke, between Kreuzberg and Warschauer Straße, you will have an unbeatable view of the Spree and the city’s “skyline”. Although set right amidst the toxicity of heavy traffic, it’s still a nice spot to hang out for a few minutes in the summer.