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Berlin for Free – 9 Attractions that Won‘t Cost You a Dime

Berlin gallery in the open air
Photo taken by Hans Jurgen | Flickr.com.  Berlin gallery in the open air

Since Berlin – one of Europe’s main tourist and entertainment centres – can be quite hard on the wallet, here we list nine free attractions for those who want to acquaint themselves with the German capital without breaking the bank.

1. Take a Walk Round the “East Side” Open-Air Gallery

People walking at Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery . It's a 1.3 km long part of original Wall which collapsed in 1989 and now is largest world graffiti gallery
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People walking at Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery . It's a 1.3 km long part of original Wall which collapsed in 1989 and now is largest world graffiti gallery

The colourful memorial to freedom, located near the River Spree is the longest remaining strip of the Berlin Wall. Right after it went down, over a hundred artists from all around the world turned this reinforced concrete blocks into an open-air art gallery. The pictures mostly deal with freedom, peace and other democratic values.

2. Pay Your Respects to Victims of the Holocaust

Holocaust monuments
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Holocaust monuments

This football-field-sized memorial, located in the city centre near the Brandenburg Gate, commemorates the deaths of the approximately 6 million Jews who died during the Second World War. The 2,711 differently-sized, sarcophagus-like pillars create an oppressive atmosphere, echoing steps and scratches around the labyrinth.

If this is not a strong enough impression of the atrocities of the Holocaust, we recommend you visit the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial, which depicts the horrifying crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Third Reich with shocking clarity.

The city also has many other places that pay tribute to the Nazi crimes, terror and the tragedies of divided Berlin.

3. Enjoy Berlin’s Street Art

Urban art of East Side Gallery in Berlin
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Urban art of East Side Gallery in Berlin

Berlin is one of the world’s best-known capitals of street art, and many street artists strive to present their work here, so don’t miss your chance to explore the city’s most colourful places. We especially recommend visiting Kreuzberg, a formerly poor neighbourhood that is now one of the city’s most important cultural centres.

4. Shop at a Flea Market

African figures on the flea market in Berlin
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  African figures on the flea market in Berlin

In Berlin, finding at least one interesting weekend flea market is easy. In one of these, you may expect to find anything from artefacts of WWII to household devices and art. The Arkonaplatz and Nowkölln Flowmarkt never fail to entertain.

5. Go Swimming in a Lake

View across partially frozen Lake Schlachtensee in Berlin
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  View across partially frozen Lake Schlachtensee in Berlin

On hot summer days, join the locals and take a train to the nearby Schlachtensee Lake, which can be reached in just 30 minutes. Here, excellent places for having a picnic abound.

A number of quiet little ponds can also be found in the central Tiergarten. Mauerpark is yet another great alternative for a daytime picnic in the city.

6. Sing at a Public Karaoke in the City Park

The Bearpit Karaoke Show is a stone circular stage area with surrounding amphitheatre and it is situated on the hillside of the Mauerpark
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The Bearpit Karaoke Show is a stone circular stage area with surrounding amphitheatre and it is situated on the hillside of the Mauerpark

Every Sunday, Mauerpark presents the locals with another fun attraction – a public karaoke where wannabe stars sing to the cheering crowd. Don’t expect quality singing, though, as mostly this is just for fun.

7. Take a Free City Tour

People visit the modern dome on the roof of the Reichstag
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  People visit the modern dome on the roof of the Reichstag

The Alternative Berlin tour guides will show you Berlin through the eyes of its inhabitants. This free tour takes place every day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and they meet at the Alexanderplatz Square near the TV tower. No registration is required – just show up at the right place and time.

8. Check out the Abandoned Amusement Park

A long time ago, there was a spectacular amusement park, located on the shores of the River Spree. Now, it’s completely abandoned. If you go to the Treptower Park, you’ll see a number of dinosaurs and other strange figures jutting out of the trees and bushes. Even though the park is surrounded by a fence, you should be ale to see enough to get an impression.

9. Discover “Little Istanbul” at the BiOriental Market

If you find yourself missing the noisy atmosphere of a real city market, we recommend you head straight for the BiOriental Market. Here you can find pretty much anything you want – from fresh fruit and vegetables to flower, clothes and antiques. Your wandering here will be accompanied by street music. The locals come here mostly for the Turkish dishes and natural products. Don’t be afraid to haggle.

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