Germany’s capital is a destination for almost every hobby traveler. Whether you like art, historical sightseeing, long walks through the city or just want to enjoy nightlife, Berlin is surely the right place for you. With the right approach, it may even be a city for those on a low budget.
Berlin’s variety of historical monuments is certainly worth exploring. You can do so by joining a free city tour, which takes place from Thursday to Sunday at 11 a.m. by the Brandenburger Tor (right across from Starbucks). The tour lasts about 2.5 hours and will take you to Berlin’s most famous places from the Holocaust Memorial to the Gendarmenmarkt and so on. The tour guides can usually be identified by a red t-shirt of red umbrella.
The 100 Bus
For the more individual travelers there is also the option to take the 100 bus, a cheap alternative to the regular sightseeing busses, as bus 100 belongs to the public transport system. A regular public transport ticket costs €2,70 and is valid for two hours in one direction (you may not use it to return to your starting point). This bus also passes most of Berlin’s sights but you will have to take care of the commentary yourself. Be it with the help of your guidebook, a local friend or a free audio guide, which you can find online.
Flea Market and Karaoke
The Mauerpark near Bernauer Straße is not only an attraction for flea market fans but also for those who like Music. The flea market and the karaoke take place every Sunday from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. A nice opportunity to find yourself among other travelers and locals alike.
The East Side Gallery
Enjoy the beauty created by artists from all over the world on the remains of the Berlin Wallwithout paying any entrance fee. Definitely a must see during your stay. As an open-air exhibition, it can be visited at any time, though daytime is surely the best option.
Most museums can be visited free of charge by anyone under the age of 18 (proof in the form of an ID required). Depending on which museum you choose to go to, on a specific day of the week or month the entrance can also be free of charge. The best way to be sure is to check out the information provided on the museum’s website.
The Willy Brandt Haus is an alternative for those who don’t have enough time to wait for a particular day of the week. The entrance is always free and the exhibitions vary from photography to paintings or drawings by famous artists. Sometimes two exhibitions are held at the same time. Important: don’t forget to bring your passport or any other valid identification document, which you will have to present at the entrance.
If you plan your trip carefully, you may catch a time of the year during which certain festivals take place. Annual events like the Staatsoper für Alle open air concert of the Berlin State Opera (June), the Karneval der Kulturen (May) or the Christopher Street Day (June) can be visited for free.