Berlin may be one of the cheapest places to visit in Western Europe, but with all the delicious food and great places to have a drink, you still might finding yourself spending more money than you tought. So, to help your wallet a bit (without having to sacrifice the drinking and eating) here are some great things you can do in Berlin, for free!
Get to know the city by taking a free walking tour
Taking a walking tour from a local is a great way to get to know a new city. There are different ones to choose from so do some research to find out which one you’d think is most interesting!
Explore Hackesche Höfe
Close to Hakeschemarkt S-Bahn station is an intricate network of alleys and courtyards known as the Hachesche Höfe. Take a stroll around here and discover a colourful mix of street art, cafés and shops.
Enjoy panoramic views from the Reichstag dome
Step inside the seat of Germany’s parliament, the Reichstag and take the elevator up to the glass dome. Grab an audio guide and make your way up to see the panoramic views of Berlin. This is a much cheaper alternative than buying an entrance ticket to the TV Tower, but make sure to book ahead!
Explore the street art
Berlin has an amazing art scene, and great street art can be found all over!
Escape the city in Tiergarten
If your looking for a quite oasis to escape the city life you just found it. Head out here to relax and enjoy the gardens and beautiful lakes.
Explore the East Side Gallary
The East Side Gallary is a colorful memorial to freedom, it’s the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall and on most people’s to-see list when visiting Berlin.
See a free concert at the famous Berliner Philharmoniker
A free concert is held ever Tuesday at lunch time, make sure to get there early to get a good seat. The performance starts at 1pm and it runs from September to June.
Hang out Berlin’s highest natural point in Viktoriapark
Once you get to the top of the hill you’ll get an excellent vantage point of view over the city. Perfect in the summer and relaxing next to the 24 m-high waterfall coming down the hill isn’t such a bad pastime.
Admire the architecture on museum island
Head over to museum island and take some time just walking around, the architecture is quite impressive and even though you may have to pay to go inside, there is no fee for admiring from the outside!
Stroll around flee markets
Now it might not be free to shop, but no one will charge you for browsing! Take a Sunday to stroll around various flee markets and maybe find some treasures to take home.
Learn about the history
There are plenty of places to go to learn about Berlin and Germany’s history, and a lot of places don’t charge entry. For example, the site of Hitler’s bunker, The East Side Gallery, the Topography of Terror exhibition, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Berlin Wall Memorial are all free.
Belt out a tune at Bearpit Karaoke
Who doesn’t want a couple of minutes of fame? Get your rock star moment in Mauerpark on Sundays and be prepared for a crowd. It’s a fun spectiacle and when you’re all rock stared out, head out the the Mauerpark flea market for some browsing.
Today Auguststraße has developed into a gallery district. It’s filled with restaurants, bars, and small gallery spaces with free entry, this street is a trendy hotspot and a perfect place to spend an afternoon!