Explore Berlin for Less

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Germany’s capital is an essential destination. Whether you like art, historical sightseeing or long walks through the urban landscape  Berlin is surely the right place. With the right approach, it can even be a city for those on a tight budget.

City Tours

Berlin’s variety of historical monuments is certainly worth exploring. You can do so by joining a free city tour, which you can link up with Thursday to Sunday at 11 a.m. at 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 or a red umbrella.

The 100 Bus

For the more independent travelers there is also the option of taking the 100 Bus, a cheap alternative to the regular sightseeing busses, as the 100 Bus 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 passes most of Berlin’s sights, but you will have to take care of the commentary on your own. This can be done 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. A flea market and karaoke take place there every Sunday from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. This is a nice opportunity to enjoy yourself among other travelers and locals alike.

The East Side Gallery

Enjoy works created by artists from all over the world on the remains of the Berlin Wall, without paying an 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.

Museums

 

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 even if you are over eighteen. 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. Admission 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.

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