5 free things to do in Berlin
Berlin is a great city for budget travellers. With museums, galleries, parks and more, there’s plenty to do in the German capital without breaking the bank. We’ve rounded up the top five things to do for free in Berlin so you can embark on a cash-strapped adventure!
Take a ride to the Reichstag’s dome
Home to Germany’s parliament, the Reichstag offers a free lift ride to its roof terrace, displaying incredible views of the city and the beautiful glass dome towering over the historic building. You can grab a free audio guide and learn about the sights surrounding you, as well as info on the parliament, all while wandering up the dome’s spiralling ramp. The point of the glass is to emulate the idea of political transparency. Be sure to book ahead!
Join the fun at Bearpit Karaoke
Karaoke fans can have their 15 minutes of fame on Sundays at Mauerpark. Get ready for a huge crowd filling the bleachers of the outdoor amphitheatre as the brave take to the ‘pit’ to belt their hearts out. The atmosphere is great, and the perfect place to spend a fun Sunday. Afterwards, take a look around Mauerpark flea market – get ready to find some bargains!
Spend the day on Museum Island
A whole island dedicated to museums? Sign us up! Museum Island is made up of five museums: Pergamonmuseum, Bodemuseum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and Altes Museum, all of which hold Unesco World Heritage status. While some museums require a small entrance fee, you are free to wander around the beautiful island, marvelling at the incredible architecture. Don’t forget your camera – the setting is the perfect backdrop for your holiday selfie. After taking in the beauty of the island, you can enjoy other free museums like Daimler Contemporary and the Deutsche Guggenheim.
Tour Berlin’s art scene
Art plays a major part in Berlin’s culture and is known as one of the leading street art cities in the world. Major artists like Blu, Pure Evil, ROA, JR and Os Gemeos have left their mark on the city’s streets, so keep an eye out as you walk around. Hotspots include eastern Kreuzberg, Boxhagener Platz and RAW Gelände in Friedrichshain, Kastanienallee in Prenzlauer Berg and Haus Schwarzenberg in Mitte. Don’t worry – you don’t have to work a route out for yourself, you can find all the info you need right here.
Uncover the history of the World Wars
Unsurprisingly, Berlin is full of memorials dedicated to the two World Wars. Spend the day steeped in history, refreshing your knowledge and learning about the horrors of Nazi Germany. Walking around Sachsenhausen brings the Third Reich too close to home – it’s where one of the first concentration camps was built in Germany. A particularly hard spot is Station Z, with an execution trench, gas chamber and crematorium. On the spot where the Gestapo headquarters stood, the Topography of Terror shows how Berlin life changed for locals after the Nazi takeover – here you can take a self-guided tour around the grounds.