Although Berlin is generally known as one of the cheapest cities in Europe, it’s attractions for tourists are still on the pricey side. So we’ve listed a host of activities which you can do for under 10€ in Berlin. Arm yourself with our list and save your spending money for the beer and Currywurst!
10. Sightseeing On Bus 100
If you’re a fan of sightseeing buses but can’t afford the pricey fees, bus number 100 is your answer. It follows almost the exact route of the tourist sightseeing buses and if you have a Tageskarte - day pass, you can treat it like one getting on and off whenever you want to, just without the added commentary. The bus drives down Unter den Linden past Babelplatz - the infamous sight of the burning of the books in 1933, Siegessäule - the golden victory statue and through the affluent neighbourhood of Friedrichstraße. The bus will eventually end at Zoologischer Garten where you can visit the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The buses are very frequent so you will always be able to jump back on route if you decide to disembark and explore an area.
Public transport day ticket: 6.30€ valid for zones A-B until 3am.
9. Alternative Berlin Walking Tour
This walking tour is a must do for exploring the lesser known landmarks of East Berlin and an excellent way to discover some of the most amazing street art in Europe with a whole lot of history thrown in to the mix. The tour is quite long and spans from Alexanderplatz to Friedrichshain but the walk is so full of informative stops you hardly notice the distance. All of the guides are very passionate and knowledgeable about Berlin, its history and the art. Their enthusiasm and love of the city really elevates the tour above any standard sightseeing tour you'd find in most cities and by the end of it you will feel a bit sad to part company with them. The walking tour has a tips based payment system. Participants pay the guide at the end of the tour what they believe the tour was worth.
Cost: You Decide!
Meeting point: Outside the TV tower at Alexanderplatz near Starbucks. Every day at 11am or 1pm.
8. Charlottenburg Schloss Gardens
The Charlottenburg palace may well already be on your list of must see’s for Berlin but getting inside the old palace will cost you. If you’d prefer to save those Euros, then you can simply stroll around the outside in the beautiful gardens. Charlottenburg Palace was used as Sophie Charlotte's summer residence with the outdoor area designed by Simeon Godeau and modelled on the grounds of the palace of Versailles. If you visit in the summer, the stunning gardens will be in full bloom, perfect for photos with the impressive palace in the background. After your stroll around you are in the perfect location to enjoy a drink at one of the many cafes around the district of Charlottenburg.
Admission fee: 0€
Getting There: Take the S5, S7 or S75 to Charlottenburg or the U7 to Wilmersdorfer Straße. Then take the bus 309 in the direction of Schlosspark-Klinik
7. Trek Up Teufelsberg
Grab a pair of walking shoes, a bottle of water and some friends and jump on the Sbahn in the direction of Spandau. Enjoy the journey through to the west of Berlin to Teufelsberg - Devils Mountain - the man made hill constructed from the rubble of World War II. Teufelsberg is one of the best places to enjoy a sunset in Berlin and on sunny days the top of the hill is swimming with kites and frisbees. From here you can look across at the abandoned NSA listening station which is said to have been a part of ECHELON intelligence network to gather information on East Germans and Soviets. If you’re brave enough you could try to venture over to the abandoned site to see some really quirky street art.
Admission fee: 0€
Getting there: Take the S75 or S9 to Heerstr.
6. Berlin Wall Memorial Bernauer Straße
If you’ve already walked along the colourful, painted segments of the Berlin Wall at the East side gallery, you'll want to get a glimpse of the Berlin wall in it’s original state running along the border of Bernauer Strasse memorial park. The neighbourhood served as a border between East and West Berlin and many of the houses provided secret passageways into the West. Photographs and footage of courageous individuals and families escaping from one side to the other are displayed on posts for about a kilometer through the park along with plaques of information, personal accounts and audio recordings from defectors. It’s incredible to walk over a peaceful strip of land that was once a forbidden, feared area.
Admission fee: 0€
Getting There: U8 to Bernauer Str. Take the exit to Brunnenstraße and across the road on your left you will see the park.
5. Explore The Cafe's Of Prenzlauerberg
After hours of walking around sightseeing you’re going to need a good coffee break. Prenzlauerberg has a bit of a reputation for it's child per family ratio and you will notice that it is a very family oriented area with sidewalks dominated by strollers, but it’s also known for its cafe's. Off the main streets you’ll find quaint little neighbourhoods lined with cafes and restaurants serving up some of the best coffee in Berlin and the most delicious treats. You won’t find any franchises in these streets, only independent establishments housing writers, readers and groups of friends gossiping away their afternoons. To find three of the best cafes, take a stroll down Bötzowstrasse to Kahrmanns Own, Kollwitzplatz to Anna Blume, or Oderberger Strasse to the well loved Bonanza Coffee Heroes. Or you could stop by Kollwitzplatz Farmers' Market on a Saturday and nibble on fish brötchen and apfeltaschen as you walk through the various stalls of local produce.
General price for coffee: 2.80€
4. Relax On Tempelhof Runway
Berlin is well known for its abandoned sites and urban exploring. A must see on the urban exploration list? An abandoned airport! In 2008 Berlin's Tempelhof airport was closed and the land was reclaimed for public use. Since then rumours have been circulating about intended plans to set up shopping malls, car parks or apartment blocks on the land. But for now the runway remains and is a great place to spend an afternoon with a group of friends. The long runway is an ideal stretch of asphalt for rollerbladers, skateboarders, cyclists, and runners, while the vast empty fields host an array of kite flyers and the whole area is a photographers dream. Make like a Berliner and bring a disposable grill, and blanket. Don't forget your camera to snap the proof that one afternoon you picnicked on a runway.
Admission fee: 0€
Getting there: S47, S41 or S42 to Tempelhof
3. Cool Off At Badeschiff
If you’ve caught Berlin on one of it’s hottest days you should head down to the Badeschiff for a truly unique swimming experience. An old cargo container turned open air swimming pool is moored in the Spree river. What started as an art project has turned into one of the most loved spots for Berliner’s to while away their summer days. If you’re not interested in swimming you can laze on one of the deck chairs and enjoy a drink from the bar or take part in one of the yoga classes on offer. As the daylight fades, the Badeschiff transforms into a night spot with a host of activities from pool parties to open air cinema screenings and concerts.
Admission fee: 4.00€
Getting There: Walk along the river from Warschauer Str. It is located on the border between the districts of Kreuzberg and Treptow.
2. View From The Reichstag Dome
Fancy a panoramic view of Berlin without the pricey ride to the top of the TV Tower? At least 2 weeks before you arrive in Berlin, visit the Reichstag Website and book a visit to the roof terrace and dome of the Reichstag Building which looks down into the German parliament assembly room. All you need is your passport and a printed receipt of your confirmed visit time. You'll be given a headset which will automatically play as you spiral your way around the dome towards the roof. As you pass by different landmarks the audio recording will explain the history behind each one with additional anecdotes as well as the history of the building of the Dome. At the very top you can step outside and walk around the roof terrace for some excellent photo opportunities and stunning views of the city.
Admission fee: 0€
Getting There: Walk around the corner from the Brandenburg Gate or take Bus 100 which stops right outside.
1. Mauerpark's Bearpit Karaoke
For a bit of thrill seeking amid all of your sightseeing, take a walk through Berlin’s Mauerpark on a Sunday afternoon. Formally part of the Death Strip running along the Berlin wall, the area is now a park set up with markets on the weekends selling alternative clothing, art and photography and other quirky knicknacks you never knew you wanted. Follow your ears through the crowds towards the famous “Bear pit” where you’ll find brave souls standing in the center of an amphitheater singing away with the aid of a modestly set up sound system. The Sunday karaoke sessions were started in 2009 by the famous Joe Hatchiban. If you’re up for it, get your request in early with Joe then take a seat and enjoy the dazzling vocals of other tourists and locals as they take their 3 minutes of fame.
Admission: 0€. Donations are welcome and giving Joe a few euros is worth the entertainment.
Cost of your dignity: you decide!