20 Things to do for Free In Berlin

1. Museum Island 

One of the most beautiful places to visit in Berlin is by far the Museum island. The architecture and the grand buildings will catch you by surprise and will definitely impress you. If you wish, you can also visit the museums. They are usually not free of charge or during special exhibitions and events, but they are all free every Thursday from 18:00 to 22:00.

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Berlin Cathedral

 

2. Free Your Stuff Berlin

A Facebook page, which you can enter after being accepted. You have no idea what you can find in there for free. From new and modern furniture to antiques and electric devices. And Yes!!! All Free! Just nice people giving them away!!

3. Flea market bargains

All of them are open during the weekend and the good thing is you might be lucky enough and find hidden treasures. Right now, there are 8 flea markets all over Berlin, each one with different sorts of items, waiting for you.

4. Admire the view from the top of Reichstag

Touring Reichstag is completely free, but you have to wait in line to book the time and day you want to visit. You might wait for 1,5 hours in line, but you will be rewarded with the view.

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Reichstag

5. Visit the Charlottenburg Palace

Even though you have to pay to enter the Palace, the gardens around are free. You have access to every part of the outside area and is truly worth it.

6. Explore Tiergarten

It took me about 4 hours to only see half of Tiergarten. Yes, it is huge. Yes, it is beautiful! Yes, it is nature at its best!! While exploring the area, you will come across palaces, lakes, gardens and sights. In the middle of it all is the Column of Victory.

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Column of Victory

 

7. Picnic time 

When the weather allows it, go for a picnic like a true Berliner. Choose any park you want, such as Tiergarten, Mauerpark, the Victoria Park or the Tempelholfer Park. Pack your food and beers and enjoy your time on a hot day.

8. Get the Chills in the Holocaust Memorial

This memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and is made in a specific way so that it gives the feeling of a heavy, uncomfortable and confusing environment. Totally free to visit, but be respectful. No music or loud noises are permitted.

 

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Holocaust Memorial

 

9. Enjoy outdoor karaoke at Mauerpark on Sundays

During spring and summer, every Sunday from 14:00, you can let loose and sing your heart out. The park is always full of hundreds of people singing or simply having fun. Definitely a MUST!!

10. Take in the art galleries at the Hackescher Markt

If you love art galleries, the Hackescher Markt is the place to be. The area itself is one of the most beautiful and alive in Berlin. If you visit on Thursdays, you will find a few galleries that also serve free wine and snacks. So, visit and combine culture with food.

11. Want to experience Thailand?

In the summertime, on every weekend you can go to a tiny park called Preußenpark or Thai Park and find some amazing food stands. You can explore Thailand’s food culture, by trying Khao Tom Mud, Khao Neow Ma Muang, Sammaki Talad Thai and a lot of papayas and mangos.

12. Walk along the East Side Gallery 

You can not come in Berlin without visiting the Berlin Wall and getting lost in intense emotions. Just walk along the wall and get emotional with the paintings drawn for the joy of the wall finally falling. The wall represents freedom, peace and hope for a better future.

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Berlin Wall

13. Admire the Molecule Man

If you feel like walking more after the Berlin Wall, 27 minutes away by foot, is the Molecule Man. A sculpture standing tall in the middle of the Spree River.  The American artist Jonathan Borofsky, created this sculpture as a representation of ”the molecules of all human beings coming together to create our existence”.

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Molecule Man

 

14. Learn German

Yes, learn German for free. And it is getting better. Do so while having a drink and relaxing. How? By joining the events of Deutch für Dich. Visit their facebook website to find the timetable (levels, times and places) and just go have a drink and learn some German.

15. Help The Homeless

It is a great way to help the less fortunate and meet some really good and kind people. Visit the Homeless Veggie Dinner on Facebook and join these wonderful people that gather once every month and cook for the homeless.

16. Visit the parks. Like all of them!

All Berlin parks, are simply beautiful anytime you visit them from April to October before it starts getting really cold. All of the parks are breathtaking and give you a relaxed and easy-going feeling. You will find a lot of people simply hanging out or having a picnic and kids playing all around.

One of my favourite ones is the ViktoriaPark in Kreuzberg. So many visit the park on a daily basis. Besides a breathtaking park with lots of paths to explore, it has a huge waterfall mountain that starts from up high. On all levels of the waterfall, you will find people enjoying the cold water and hanging out.

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Victoria Park

17. Go swimming in a lake!

Berlin might not have sea, but thankfully it has a lot of pools and lakes, most of them being easily accessible by public transportation. What makes the lakes special is that they have beaches. Oh yes! They give you the much-needed feeling of being in the sea.

18. Meetup for all

Meetup is a very popular website in Berlin, which offers seminars, conferences or simply meetups on all industries. From IT to business, as well as meetings to only meet people and network or even practice your German language skills with others. Most of the events are free, with some of them requiring a small fee or a donation.

19. Free events

gratis-in-berlin is my go-to website to find out all events that happen in Berlin during this month. They are way more than you might think, but thankfully you can find all of them right there. From astronomy to dance learning events.

20. Let loose at Tempelhofer Feld

It used to be an airport. You can imagine how big it is. It closed in 2008. Now, is a national park. It is a great area to go cycling or skateboarding. Even better, you can hang out with friends and have a barbeque or a picnic. What is great for your kids, is that you can let them go crazy and run around for as long as you want.

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10 Things to do for Free in Prague

Prague is the perfect destination for everyone and the best time to visit is… all year long. Summer, Christmas, Valentine’s Day… Prague is the perfect combination of romance, culture, architecture and nature beauty. However, no matter when you visit, there are some things you must see and do for sure.

1. Old Town Square

Most of the things you must see in Prague, if not all, are located next to or around the Old Town Square. From architectural buildings to local coffee shops and restaurants.

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Stare Mesto

2. Charles Bridge

The most beautiful place to spend your time. It is ideal to visit both during day and night. It is almost always packed with tourists, but you can still enjoy the breathtaking view. During the day, there are many artists and craftsmen around.

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3. Kampa Island

The second most beautiful island within a city in the world, is about to amaze you. The island is filled with gardens, amazing views and vineyards, with its own little ‘Venice’.

4. Astronomical Clock

Prague’s famous medieval Astronomical Clock is located in the middle of the Old Town. It is definitely one of the most popular sights in Prague. Visit every hour for a great mechanical performance. But be prepared to have a lot of people in your way.

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5. Dancing House

You have to see it, because is a dancing house. This modern and unique architectural building is located by the Vltava River, between two of the most famous historical buildings. Only the top floor of the building is open to the public, where the restaurant Ginger & Fred is located. You can dine there with the most beautiful view of the city.

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6. Shooters Island

Nothing better that visiting this park during the day and relax. This little “island” provides amazing views around it.

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7. John Lennon Wall

On the other side of the Old Town, after crossing Charles Bridge, you can find the John Lennon Wall, filled with all sorts of graffiti and lyrics from Beatles’ songs. He still remains as a symbol of peace with so many people visiting every day to see the wall made in his memory.

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8. Statue of Franz Kafka

A 42-Layer rotating sculpture is on display outside the Quadrio shopping center. It is a very unique sculpture, and it can be quite tricky to photograph, unless you are fast.

Video: Rotating Franz Kafka Sclupture

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9. St. Vitus Cathedral

Even though a ticket will give you full access, you can still get in for free. Located in the Prague Castle, you can see this Gothic masterpiece from any point of the city.

 

10. Free Walking Tour

The Royal Walk Free Tour, is completely free of charge (tips are welcome) and lasts for about 2,5 hours.

When: Everyday at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00

Where: Old Town Square at the Discover Tour Prague Office (Celetná 12), where the people with the yellow umbrellas are.

Sights Seen: 

  • Astronomical Clock
  • Church of our Lady Before Týn
  • House of the Stone Bell
  • Palais Kinsky
  • St. Nicholas Church
  • Rudolfinum / Czech Philharmony
  • Charles Bridge
  • Jewish Quarter
  • Old Jewish Cemetary
  • Powder Tomer
  • House of the Black Madonna
  • Municipal House
  • Pinkas Synagogue / Memorial for the Jewish Victims of the Holocaust from the Czech lands.