Free things to do in Berlin

Free things to do in Berlin

I spent 4 days in Berlin, but it only took a couple of hours to fall in love with the city. Hopefully I’ll get to go back soon and finish my extensive list of things to do! We did manage to cram a lot in though so here are our recommendations for free things to do in Berlin.

Awe at the architecture of Museum Island

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Museum Island but it’s pretty much what it says it is! We wandered all the way across Unter den Linden and realised we were actually stood on the island right there. Have a wander around the outside of each museum and take some snaps – some of the buildings are extraordinary!

museum island

Wander the East Side Gallery

We ended up walking pretty much everywhere in Berlin, so if you do too I’d recommend getting the S-bahn to Ostbahnhof (where the gallery ends) or starting from the beginning at Warschauer Straße. The wall gets pretty busy with tourists so you might find yourself waiting for a clear picture of the art, but it’s worth the visit to see the real thing.

east side gallery

Visit the Reichstag Dome

Here’s a tip to make sure you don’t end up queuing 3 hours for tickets like we did – register online for free passes to the dome at least 1-2 months before you go. It saves you a tonne of time (and a very irritating wait with hundreds of other tourists.) The dome itself is great to photograph, and you learn a lot about the history of the Reichstag and other buildings around the area if you pick up an audio guide.

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Spend a Sunday afternoon in Mauerpark

If you’re brave enough to give the bearpit karaoke a go, a sunny Sunday afternoon in Mauerpark is the perfect background to ‘your song’. If not, watch from the safety of the amphitheatre style seating surrounding the ‘bearpit’ and stroll through the park with a bratwurst to go.

bearpit karaoke mauerpark

Photograph the Holocaust Memorial

I hadn’t realised that the memorial was right next to the Brandenburg Gate and parallel with a busy street. I’m actually not sure why I thought it wouldn’t be? Out of all the free things to do in Berlin, the memorial is the one that’ll make you think, leave you silent for a bit and have you snapping away at all the angles for ages.

holocaust memorial

Alternative Berlin walking tours

This free Berlin subculture tour lets you pay as much as you want in tips at the end. The guide takes you around Berlin’s most famous neighbourhoods, including artist squats and multicultural areas, indoor skateparks, urban art projects and abandoned sites. Make sure you take plenty of spare memory cards to photograph all the graffiti, murals and street art!

What are your favourite free things to do in Berlin? Comment below!

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  1. 10th July 2014 / 11:41 am

    Free stuff is the best! I do love a city walking tour!

  2. 24th August 2014 / 12:29 pm

    Nice to read a visitor’s viewpoint on this subject! The next time you’re in town and needs tips about Berlin’s free, non-commercial and underground events, check out this blog. I’ve been passing on my tips about the city (free of charge) via this site for over three years now.


  3. 1st October 2014 / 5:34 pm

    The East Side Gallery is amazing, isn’t it! The colours, the history and it’s free which is the best thing! xx

  4. Stacey
    11th May 2015 / 8:27 pm

    We recently went to Berlin for the first time, it was brilliant. A really nice vibe and we were lucky to have such lovely weather.