Free Things To Do In Berlin
A lot of capital cities can be a real pain in the wallet – luckily Berlin isn’t one of them if you don’t want it to be. In fact there’s a ton of things you can do completely for free in Berlin! We have put together a list of things to do in Berlin that are absolutely free:
1. Get a Free View of Berlin
You can appreciate the mix of the old and new characters of Berlin with a visit to the Reichstag. The glass dome was added in 1999 – more than 100 years after the original building was constructed. The views from the top across the city are stunning no matter what the weather. You will have to book in advance (or queue up early) for this – but entrance is free.
2. Get Some Fresh Air in Berlin’s Green Spaces
Berlin has loads of park area to enjoy, the largest being the Tiergarten. Why not have a leisurely stroll down Unter den Linden which will bring you through the famous Brandenburg Gate and on into the Teirgarten? Alternatively, just a short train ride away is Grunewald where you can hike or bike through the woods. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!
3. What’s Left Of The Berlin Wall
Although there is not much left of the original Berlin Wall you can still get an impression in a few parts of the city. One great place to start with is the East Side Gallery which is a stretch of about 1.3km of remaining wall that has been decorated with political art. Also check out the Berlin Wall Memorial, which is along the original site of the wall, or go through Checkpoint Charlie.
4. Remember the Holocaust
Not far from the Brandenburg Gate is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. This is a powerfully emotive five acre site consisting of rows and rows of concrete blocks: the Field of Stelae designed by Peter Eisenman. Take some time to wander around and remember. There is an information centre if you want to find out more. Not far away on Niederkirchnerstrasse is the Topography of Terror which is located on the site of the headquarters of the Gestapo and SS.
5. Do Some Window Shopping
Berlin is famous for its markets and shopping and of course you can spend as little or as much as you like. A couple of places that we particularly like are the food market at Kollwitzplatz, a lovely little park area surrounded by cafes and bars, and Hallentrödelmarkt Treptow market, which has a great flea market if you are looking for something special to remember your visit to Berlin.
6. Take a Free Tour
Free tours? How is that possible, you ask? There are several companies in Berlin that offer free walking tours of the main attractions in the city. These are especially good if you don’t have much time and want to hit all the top spots in a few hours, take the pics, buy the T-shirt and then head out to a club for the night.