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Top 7 things to do in (and around) Rummelsburg

Looking for something to do in Rummelsburg? Take your pick from beautiful riverside walks, club nights and fine dining.

Houseboat haven at Rummelsburger Bucht. Photo: IMAGO / PEMAX

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

Photo: IMAGO / snapshot

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

Photo: IMAGO / Emmanuele Contini

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.