5 Free Things To Do In Berlin

Berlin is one of Europe’s top cities to visit and is still getting more and more popular every year. Some trips can be pricy, however, so here are five things to do in Berlin that won’t cost you a euro.

East Side Gallery in Berlin Photo: PAVDW on Flickr

East Side Gallery in Berlin

East Side Gallery

One of Berlin’s most popular sites, the East Side Gallery, is also free! The Berlin Wall is one of the most recognisable and iconic outdoor artworks in the whole world.  The 1.3 kilometres stretch has 105 paintings provided by artists from all over the world.

Hope and freedom is the intended theme, as there was a real sense of each in the city when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. The fall of the Berlin Wall meant that East Germans could be united with their Western neighbours once again and the paintings really do capture the optimism of the times.

You can walk the whole length of it in a short time, but you’ll likely stop at every painting to admire the work, so be prepared to spend the best part of an afternoon there. Start at ‘Ostbahnhof’ train station and go all the way along until the Oberbaumbrücke Bridge. This is the best way to get the most out of the Wall.

At the Holocaust memorial in Berlin Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

At the Holocaust memorial in Berlin

The Holocaust Memorial

This memorial is a must in Berlin as it is both thought-provoking and educational, and as it is free, there is no excuse not to visit.

More formally called, The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, this memorial makes sure that the Jews who died in WWII will never be forgotten. You’ll find 2711 concrete blocks – all different shapes or sizes to represent the fact that each of the six million Jews that died were also individuals.

You’ll also find an exhibition indoors with more information, so this is a sight you can’t miss.

The Reichstag in Berlin Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Reichstag in Berlin

The Reichstag – a parliament with a view!

It’s not in every city that the parliament building is considered a main tourist attraction, but in Berlin that is certainly the case.

You can climb the building’s iconic glass dome for free by climbing up the spiral walkways for fantastic 360º views of the German capital. Even check out the roof terrace; though be prepared for some wind!

This visit is completely free, but you must register in advance. It’s also recommended to avoid the afternoon – the busiest time, with the longest queues. Going in the evening is a good idea, especially as the city looks even better when all lit up after dark.

The Tiergarten

Berlin’s largest park, the Tiergarten, is found right in the heart of the city. Choose to sit down in a nice spot and admire the greenery and the ponds, or even go for a walk around some of the park’s 23km of walkways.

The park is the perfect picnic spot in the summer, while a visit in winter can be like stepping into a winter wonderland with untouched snow covering the grassy fields.

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Photo: Heatheronhertravels

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate is perhaps the most famous and most recognisable sight in the entire city, so a visit there while in Berlin is a must. And it’s also free! The gate stood between East and West Germany and was then a symbol of the new Germany when the Wall eventually fell in 1989.

At the start of the 19th century, Napoleon’s forces took the chariot sculpture back with them to Paris as a war trophy. Don’t worry though! It was reclaimed by the Prussians just a few years later when they defeated the French and that means it is back in its rightful place today, where you can go and see it.

My thanks for this article go to Euan McTear from Oh-Berlin, provider of quality holiday apartments and accommodation in Berlin.

Photo credits: East Side Gallery by PAVDW, other photos from Heatheronhertravels.com.

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Beer and more – 4 of the best Berlin pubs

One of Berlin’s top tourist attractions, apart from the Berlin wall and the island of museums, is its beer, and of course the best place to enjoy a glass of beer is in a nice, cosy and most importantly friendly, pub.

Whether you’ve come to Berlin solely for the beer, or you’d like to integrate a drink or two into your itinerary, it’s always helpful to have a rough idea of where you’d like to go before you head off into a huge city you’re unfamiliar with. I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks in Berlin last autumn, and of course I took it upon myself to explore the best pubs in the city. Here are a few pubs which really stood out for me:

Zur Letzten Instanz in Berlin Photo: Roboppy on Flickr

Zur Letzten Instanz in Berlin

A+ for atmosphere - Zur Letzten Instanz

A pub popular with both locals and tourists alike, Zur Letzten Instanz is always brimming with content pub crawlers and has a warm and merry atmosphere. The pub has been feeding Berlin’s population for centuries, all the way back to 1621 to be exact. Inside the decor is simple yet traditional. The only negative thing I would say about this pub, along with many others, is the lack of Vegetarian options on any menu. I was travelling with my veggie friend and she struggled in almost every pub – it seems Germans are meat crazy!

Georgbräu in Berlin Photo: THEfunkyman on Flickr

Georgbräu in Berlin

Riverside view - Georgbräu

Situated on the banks of the river Spree, the Georgbräu offers the option of a beer with a view. The pub serves the usual German beer, as well as its own brew. From what I remember, the interior is tastefully decorated, although I spent my afternoon there outside on the terrace which directly overlooks the river. Overall a lovely afternoon!

Best beer selection - Mommsen-Eck Haus der 100 Bieren

Literally translating to ‘House of 100 beers’ this West Berlin pub prides itself on offering one of the most extensive beer selections in all of Berlin. Although sadly I never personally made it to Mommsen-Eck myself, I’ve been told its cheap and cheerful and a good place if you’re looking to taste a range of German beers.

Zum Nußbaum in Berlin Photo by Nir NussBaum on Flickr

Zum Nußbaum in Berlin

The Golden Oldie - Zum Nußbaum

This pub translates to ‘The Walnut’ in English and dates all the way back to 1571. The building alone is worth a visit – its perfect tall triangular roof, topped off with perfectly square windows is incredibly inviting. The food at Zum Nußbaum is good and typically German, and the beer is even better. The interior is dark and cosy, the heavy wooden decorations give the pub a very traditional feel, and once in, it’s hard to believe you’re still in central Berlin and not in a country pub.

Everyone knows the secret to avoiding a hangover is a good night’s sleep. If you want have a good time and still manage to get some sightseeing done the day after you explore Berlin’s best pubs, make sure you get plenty of rest. Look out for apartments to rent in Berlin and enjoy privacy and flexibility that you wouldn’t experience in a hotel. With no curfews or other hotel guests to worry about staying in an apartment can be a great and stress free option.

My thanks for this article to Oh-Berlin for holiday apartments and accommodation in Berlin

Photo Credits: Zur Letzen Instanz by roboboppy , Zum Nußbaum by Nir Nussbaum , Georgbräu by THEfunkyman

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Seek out the Hidden Hot Spots of Berlin

February 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Berlin, Europe, Germany, Guest post, Leisure, Misc, Sightseeing

If you want recommendations for lesser known places to see in Berlin, this article from Yuli Linssen Kaminitz will send you to seek out an artist’s warehouse, an abandoned theme park, an inexpensive bus tour to see the sights, not to mention unusual places to stay or find live music and nightlife.

Ever since the famous Berlin wall collapsed, the city has been reborn and changed completely from what it used to be. From a dark, sleepy and unknown destination, Berlin today is one of the trendiest places to visit. The relatively cheap prices, alternative vibe, historical landmarks and the amazing people, all contribute to the immense popularity of Berlin.

Because the city is rather big there are so many things to see and do. Everybody knows that the places where the local go to are the best ones and also the most unknown for tourists. We managed to get some inside tips on the top hidden hot spots:

Kunsthaus Tacheles

It might be very hard to believe, but this super unconventional spot used to be a luxury department store in the past. The place transformed itself a few years ago to an underground display area which showcase art works of very talented and upcoming artists. Local Berliners love to go there and meet the new “starts” in town. The general atmosphere there is relaxed and natural, even if you are not an art lover you can still go there and no one will grudge your lack of knowledge; here everyone is welcome. Visit the Kunsthaus Tacheles website here.

Address: Oranienburger Str. 53 10117

Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

Kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin

Spreepark

This next hidden hot spot is not only unfamiliar to tourists and some locals; it also has a unique history to it. The “Spreepark” used to be an entertainment park with many visitors during the years, nearly two millions per year, to be exact. Unfortunately, the park’s theme was changed and with that the visits from the general public dropped off. After few years of decline, the park finally got closed. Even though the park was no longer open, the attractions that so many people loved remain there. The place became sort of an urban myth and people from all over the world travelled there in order to see what it was all about. Although the park is closed to visitors, you may be able to get access to look around and there are sometimes guided tours, check out the website for more information.

Address: Kiehnwerderallee 1-3 D-12437

Spree Park in Berlin by ani! on Flickr

Spree Park in Berlin

Propeller Island City Lodge

Bizarre, amazing, shocking and funny will be your first thoughts when you arrive to this mind blowing hotel. After one look, you will quickly understand this is not just a simple hotel; this is a piece of art! Created and designed by extraordinary artist, Lars Stroschen this location is worth a visit even if you didn’t plan to stay overnight. Each room here has a different vision to it: some rooms embody a far away reality or a fantasy of the designer, some look like they were taken from a scene in a horror film and some are just so crazy that you will never understand how a person can think of such an insane idea. “Mirrors room”, “Flying bed room” and “Upside down room” are just some of the available themes. Check out their website here.

Address: Albrecht-Achilles-Strabe 58 10709

Flying Bed room at Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

Flying Bed room at Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

Number 100 public bus line

This might not be a hidden attraction, but you can be certain it’s a top tip! Instead of exploring the city like the rest of the tourists, (usually using the expensive tourist buses) why not taking advantage of the extremely organized German public transport? Bus line 100 will take you on the complete route through the most important landmarks in Berlin. This bus is normally used by locals but it happens to be also a very useful and cheap solution for visitors. In order to learn more about the bus route, please click here.

Cassiopeia Club in Berlin

Cassiopeia Club in Berlin

Cassiopeia club

This night club is highly recommended by locals. Aside from good music, (every night different tunes) friendly people, welcoming atmosphere and relatively cheap beverages, there are some extra factors that make this place stand out in the vibrant Berlin’s nightlife: a climbing wall in the backyard, (don’t try it if your drunk!) a small movie theatre for those who tire of dancing, crazy theme parties and many more treats. For more info, visit their official website.

Address: Revaler Strasse 99, Tor II, 10245

Thanks for this article to EasyToBook.com and to guest writer Yuli Linssen Kaminitz for an inside track on some of the lesser known things to see and do in Berlin.  To get the best prices and book your  hotel in Berlin visit EasyToBook.com today!

Photo credits: Kusthaus Tacheles by Heatheronhertravels, Spreepark by Ani!, Flying Bed from Propeller Island Website, Cassiopeia Club by Landii

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