There are plenty of free things to do in Berlin, so whilst travel can be expensive, you can still enjoy this great city without breaking the bank. From the city’s colorful public parks to tours, exhibitions, events, and other activities, Berlin on a budget is totally possible. Here are some of our favorite free things to do in Berlin:
Explore the Tiergarten
Berlin cityscape, from the roof of the Reichstag across the Tiergarten. Image Today is a good day, via Flickr
Berlin’s Tiergarten is the city’s most iconic and famous park. It’s a huge green lung in the center of the city, and whether you want to take a stroll along its pretty pathways, relax on the grass or at the lakes, or join one of the many activities which are always going on there, it’s somewhere not to be missed.
Visit Free Museums
Many of the museums in Berlin cost nothing to enter (over 10!) whilst many others are free to enter on certain days of the week. Be sure to check out the opening times and costs of museums which are interesting to you, because just by going at certain quieter times could mean you get in for free.
See the Berlin Wall
Of course, the Berlin Wall is one of the city’s most iconic sites and along with the Brandenberg Gate, these are two must-see sites where photos are compulsory. Also free to enter is the Berlin Wall Memorial which has interesting exhibits about the impact which the wall had on day to day life in Berlin.
Join a Free Tour
The famous Sandeman’s free Berlin Tour starts at 11am and 2pm every day at at the Brandenburg Gate, in front of Starbucks. The tour is tip-based and super-popular with multiple departures at each start-time. Great guides will give you a useful introduction to the city. Pre-register at
Climb the Reichstag
The glass dome at the top of the Reichstag, Berlin’s parliament was added by British architect Norman Foster to the original Reichstag Building which dates to 1884. From the top are amazing 360 degree city views. Pre-registration is needed and queuing is part of the experience. See our guide to the Reichstag for more
Visit the Holocaust Memorial
Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial spans five acres in the center of the city. The memorial is made up of 2,700 concrete slabs to remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered by the Nazi regime from their Berlin headquarters. Below is an information center which includes tributes and a list of names of known German victims.