7 Almost Free Things to See and Do in Berlin

A hub of history, art, music and graffiti, there are so many ways to immerse yourself in the German capital.

Berlin is one of the most popular cities to visit in Europe, and it’s easy to see why: Whether you are up for the most luxurious offerings of the city, or you’re a college student looking for something to do, there’s always something for everyone in Berlin.

With its unique blend of cultures, stunning architecture and friendly people, it is no wonder even the late 70s singer David Bowie was a fan.

Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.

David Bowie

If you haven’t quite planned your trip to the capital of Germany, why not start with these wallet-friendly activities?

1. Take a free walking tour

Visiting Brandenburg Gate is a great free activity

A great free activity for those who want to know more about Berlin’s heritage and its famous buildings. You’ll explore Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and what’s left of the Berlin Wall. Just remember to wear comfortable trainers and book your walking tours early!

2. Visit the DDR Museum

A soldier at Checkpoint Charlie

This small museum located at the corner of the infamous Checkpoint Charlie gives you interesting insights into the daily lives of people living in communist East Berlin.

Tip: Book your tickets directly from the DDR Museum website for discounted tickets!

3. Go to the Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Berlin’s past is a hard one to forget, but it’s important to understand history to ensure it doesn’t happen again. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe was opened in 2015 and is made up of 2,711 unique concrete columns that forms a maze-like memorial. Opens daily, 24/7

4. Free lunch date with the Berlin Philharmonic

Fancy some music to accompany your lunch? If you’re in the city on a Tuesday, stop by for a Lunchkonzerte by members of the orchestra and music students from Berlin’s music conservatories. The 40-minute performance starts at 1pm every Tuesday at the Berliner Philharmonie foyer. Seats are limited so get there early. Find out more here: https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/concerts/lunch-concerts/

5. Have an afternoon bath

 Berlin Philharmonie concert hall, home of the Berlin Philharmonic

Perfect for summer, take a 20-minute train ride south-west of the city to Strandbad Wannsee, a lido with over a kilometre of sandy beach.

6. Enjoy a view of Berlin from the top

Reichstag parliament building

One of the best views across Berlin would be from the top of the Reichstag parliament building. Entry is free but booking in advance is required either on either on the Bundestag website or at the office on Scheidemann Strasse.

7. Get the Museum Pass

Museum Island

Starting from €14,50, the three-day pass allows you entry to over 30 museums, including those on Museum Island. Get it here: https://www.visitberlin.de/en/museum-pass-berlin

Have you been to Berlin yet? Tell us what we’ve missed in the comments section or check out another one of Germany’s fascinating cities.

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