In the basket! The best ideas for a picnic in Berlin

July is the most beautiful summer month and right now I want to spend every minute in the fresh air. It doesn’t take much in Berlin, a blanket, a couple of sandwiches and something cool to wash off, voila, the perfect picnic.

For those who like things a little organised, we’ve rounded up the best picnic basket suppliers here, as well as the cutest places to lounge around lazily, full and happy.


Tomato and thyme oil in Tempelhofer Feld

Tempelhofer Feld is definitely a city center retreat, spacious, green and idyllic. There is a small beer garden and from time to time a coffee machine travels around the field, otherwise you have to bring what you want to eat. Lena Wenckebach has filled this gap with Picnic Berlin and offers picnic baskets for two or more people. Basic equipment always includes a blanket, dishes, cutlery and glasses. Plus things you forget about: bottle openers, games and books.

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Why not wander into the distance: When you have a picnic at Tempelhofer Field, the view is endless.

You can prepare food and drinks yourself. There are summer salads, fruit, pretzels, bread variations, butters and desserts, and everything is also available as vegetarian and vegan options. If you want to rent a picnic basket, you pay €5 per person. Prices are reasonable, pretzels, tomato and thyme butter, crackers with ham and mustard or five mini meatballs cost between two and 3.50 euros, tomato and mozzarella salad with basil costs 3.50 euros.

You can’t complain and beat the rest of the picnic exchange over the head for drinks. There are thermoses with coffee, cocoa or tea, mugs, spoons and sugar are also included, and if you prefer to refresh yourself with something cold in the weather, you can take water, lemonade or beer, prosecco and white wine in the basket. Attention: Baskets must be ordered in advance, and then they can be picked up on certain dates. Upcoming dates: July 2 and July 8-10. Of course, you can also make an appointment.

Before the pandemic, operator and founder Lena Wenkebach also issued loans directly from a small house at the entrance to the pitch on Oderstrasse, now you have to pick up your basket on nearby Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg. If you like more, you can also organize a full event, such as a birthday. It couldn’t be more perfect.

All prices and information at picnic-berlin.com


With jazz accompaniment in the garden of the Jewish Museum

Every summer, the Jewish Museum Berlin organizes a summer of culture for several months with readings, concerts and discussions. The large garden-museum behind the house is also used for this – here you can relax in a deck chair, enjoy the view of Libeskind’s architecture and for a moment forget about the big city. Especially for jazz mornings and the summer festival, the museum cafe offers a picnic basket, which makes visiting the garden a real pleasure.

Jules Rohr

For enquiries: there is also a glass of wine in the garden of the Jewish Museum.

Next dates are Sunday, July 10th at 11:00am with the Ron Minis Trio and Sunday, July 24th from 11:00am with guest musician, songwriter and producer J. Lamotta. The Big Summer Party will take place on August 21 with live music, hands-on activities, a children’s program, short tours and culinary delights. Here you can also pre-order picnic baskets in the museum cafe for 30 to 35 euros.

Jewish Museum Berlin (Museumsgarten), Lindenstraße 9-14, offer information and orders at info@esskultur-berlin.de


From savory to sweet at Ganymede

In fact, all you have to do is come and pick it up. Oh, and maybe pack a picnic blanket. The catering company “Ganymed” will take care of the rest: dishes for the “Surprise” picnic set are not only prepared there and given out for collection, but also neatly laid out in a basket for an additional fee – wicker products can be rented or bought at the same time. But, of course, it all depends on what’s in the picnic basket.

Selina Schrader

Nothing that doesn’t exist: Ganymed packs sparkling wine and smoothies, panna cotta, pastries and salads.

Three different types of tramezzini with cheese, salami and ham, two small arugula and tomato salads with the best parmesan, panna cotta with fresh berry stew, fruit salads and mini chocolate foams; The feast is washed down with a bottle of ice-cold Ganymed sparkling wine and two fresh fruit smoothies – Ganymed doesn’t skimp. If you surprise your chosen picnic companion with such a rich offer, you will definitely get points.

Ganymede picnic baskets can be picked up daily from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Ganymed Brasserie at Schiffbauerdamm 5 upon prior reservation. A rich meal costs 69 euros, for an extra 30 euros you can put the food in the basket, and those who pay an extra 75 euros can leave the basket. www.ganymed-brasserie.de


Kitchen in the harbor in Rummelsburg Bay

The Port Kitchen is not only a recommended seafood restaurant on the picturesque Rummelsburg Bay, where you can enjoy delicious dining options and in the evening grilled fillet or monkfish. There are also beautifully packed picnic boxes that you can take on your rental boat or to a quiet spot by the water.

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Rummelsburg Bay also has a barbeque area in the harbor.

For example, there is a “Berlin” box for two with beetroot salad with goat cheese, meatballs, schnitzel, potato salad, Havana currywurst in a glass, coleslaw with miso and ginger, freshly baked rolls and side dishes for a price of 48 euros. Vegetarian and breakfast options are also available. Boxes must be ordered 48 hours in advance.

The harbour, Zur Alten Flussbadeanstalt 5, can be booked at hafenkueche.de


Beer and chocolate from Lemke and Rausch

There grows something that never belonged together. Or this? From now on, two Berlin companies Rausch and Lemke want to prove that beer and chocolates can form a harmonious combination. While the first company packs its gourmet chocolates into a shared picnic basket, the second adds a bottle of liquid. Well, it’s not about rough beer: the Lemke brewery from Mitte brings its “Luise Königliche Weisse” to the collaboration; A traditionally brewed Berliner Weisse that is first matured in oak and then in the bottle: a “fruity start” that gives way to a “woody-spicy finish that ends almost sweetly,” as the brewery describes it. It sure looks like beer goes really well with good sweets.

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What doesn’t fit is made to fit: Rausch and Lemke team up for a beer and chocolate set.

And those chocolate pralines from the traditional Rausch brand are very classic: the “Rausch Meets Lemke” basket contains a box of “classic pralines”, the recipes of which were developed in Berlin in the 1920s; pure nougat and thin marzipan, white chocolate, light and dark subtle aroma of cocoa define the taste. It all sounds pretty fancy – the perfect little picnic set for an afternoon out for two in the Tiergarten or Charlottenburg Palace Park, for example.

Rausch Meets Lemke Picnic Baskets. available from July 1 at a price of €29 in the Rausch and Lemke online stores, in the chocolate house at Charlottenstraße 60 or in direct sales at the brewery at Rochstraße 6a, as well as in three Lemke restaurants. The set includes a bottle of “Luise Königliche Weisse” with a volume of 750 milliliters and a box of “Classic Pralines” weighing 134 grams. www.rausch.de

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