As many other Travel Geeks will know, travelling can be quite expensive. However, this doesn’t always have to be the case, even in capital cities. I’ve visited Berlin several times and I can always find affordable activities to keep me occupied.
Here are my top tips for free things to do in Berlin.
Reichstag is located in the heart of the city, it stands as the pride of Germany and is now the second most visited attraction in the entire country.
The building was constructed in 1894 but burned down in 1933, after this date the building fell into ruins and was no longer used as the seat of Parliament due to how close the East German border was. My visit here was a truly fascinating look into German history and I’m really glad they restored the building to its former glory.
Currently it is open for visitors but you must register prior to arrival and be allocated a time slot. I did feel a little bit like cattle being moved along, squashed into small spaces before being allowed to move on together in groups. However, once you reach the top of the building, you’ll be greeted with amazing views overlooking the entire city. I’m not saying the view is entirely beautiful, but there’s a huge amount of construction taking place all over the city and this is clearly visible from the maze of cranes taking over the skyline.
In a city with so much history it’s no wonder there are many historical monuments to visit.
One of the most symbolic has to be the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, located near the Reichstag building. It was completed in 2004, but not without controversy. In my opinion it’s well worth a visit.
Berlin is best known for the Wall. Although there isn’t much left to see, the area itself is very fascinating and I highly recommend just simply walking around and soaking up the atmosphere. On your travels you’ll discover 1980’s style cars that have been left as reminders and other relics.
Nearby is Checkpoint Charlie. The crossing remains how it was in the 1980’s when East and West Berlin were separate. You’ll get some great photos and a sense of how it must have been when the city was split in two.
As the capital of Germany, Berlin hosts numerous events throughout the year. It’s prides itself on how open minded and accepting its people are. Depending on where you’re from, some of the events that take place may shock you. The weekend I visited an event called Folsom was taking place, a BDSM themed event for anyone who enjoys the kinky side of life.
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Like in many other capital cities, Berlin has several companies which offer free city tours. They can usually offer these tours due to the knowledgeable guides being students looking to earn some extra cash via tips, so it’s important if you are satisfied to show them your generosity.
Tiergarten was originally the hunting ground for the rules of Brandenburg, these days however Tiergarten is now a huge public park where you’ll find a mix of locals and tourists alike exploring the city.
Although Berlin isn’t a crazy city, with its many lakes dotted around the park it’s great to find a quiet spot to relax. Tiergarten in German means Animal Garden, believe me you’ll discover lots of wildlife during your time spent here.
Compared to most of Western Europe, and in fact the rest of Germany, Berlin is very cheap to get around by public transport. Obviously it isn’t free, but for €2.60 for 2 hours of travel that’s amazing value for money.
However, after visiting numerous times you’d think I’d remember not to buy two tickets for the bus and the U-Bahn. My top travel tip is that Berlin public transport is integrated and therefore you only need to purchase one ticket for bus, train and metro.
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