What’s better than having fun things to do? Having fun free things to do. Welcome to our blog series, 10 Free Things. Today we’re discovering 10 free things to do in Berlin, Germany.
Local-run Alternative Berlin tours skip the classic tourist spots and help you experience the artsy subcultures of the city (think street art, urban farms, and infamous hangout spots). Free tours take place at 11am and 1pm daily, and there’s no need to book ahead of time.
The BiOriental Market is home to a variety of goods, from antiques to clothes and flowers. But locals come for the authentic Turkish cuisine and organic produce. It’s also a great place to find a bargain; haggling is encouraged!
The iconic Brandenburg Gate is to Berlin what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or the Empire State Building is to New York City…just a little touristy, but a can’t miss sight. The historic landmark was completed in 1791 and today serves as a symbol of the reunification of Germany.
The city of Berlin is teeming with weekend flea markets loved by both visitors and locals. If you have to choose one, head to Mauerpark, the largest and most diverse.
The German landscape is remarkably different than it was 100 years ago, but a visit to the humbling Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is hugely important to the understanding of Berlin’s history. The abstract Memorial, comprised of 2,500 geometric concrete slabs, is evocative, moving, and disorienting…and a must-see while you’re in the city.
The last, and longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall has been transformed into the largest open-air gallery in the world and a colorful declaration of peace. It’s free to walk the 1.3km stretch and admire the paintings from more than 100 international artists.
This small island on the river Spree is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site consisting of five museums (Pergamon, Bode, Neues, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Altes) along with the historic Berlin Cathedral. While there are entrance fees for the museums, it’s free to explore the island and take in the amazing architecture.
The Reichstag is home to the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, and its roof offers spectacular, 360º city views. Make sure to take in the building’s Norman Foster-designed glass dome (which symbolizes a sense of political transparency) on your way up.
Locals gather in Berlin’s largest park to barbecue, picnic, and relax. There are more than 600 acres of lush lawns, creeks, flower patches, and traditional biergartens to keep you busy for a few hours or a whole afternoon.
The B-flat Jazz Club offers free-admission jam sessions every Wednesday at 9pm. Settle in for a night of drinks and top-notch tunes, led by upright bassist Robin Draganic.
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