Experience FREE things to do in Berlin
As Germany’s capital and largest city, Berlin has SO many fun and unique opportunities available to tourists – it’s definitely one of our top 10 cities to visit! But as we know, traveling can get very expensive very quickly. Interested in budget travel in Berlin? That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite FREE things to do in Berlin! Keep reading below to find out how you can save a few bucks and still have a great time on your trip to Berlin.
Join a walking tour of the city
Walking tours are a great way to get acquainted with a new city, and to get a feel for what the city has to offer. New Berlin offers a free, two-and-a-half hours long, an English-language tour of Berlin every day. On this tour, you’ll visit many of the city’s most well-known sites: see the Berlin Wall, TV Tower, and much more! Local experts lead New Berlin’s totally free tours (if you enjoy your tour, leave a tip!). Presently, their tours depart daily at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM in front of the Starbucks by the Brandenburg Gate, or in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts by the Zoologischer Garten at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Visit Free Tour of Berlin to book your free tour today!
Europe Tours also offer free, three-hour, English-language walking tours. On this tour, you can visit the Reichstag, the Berliner Dom, WWII Battlefields, and much more! These tours are offered three times a day (10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 1:00 PM). They leave from one80 hostel by Alexanderplatz, Otto-Braun-Straße 65. For more information and to book your tickets now, visit Original Berlin Tours.
Staying at a hostel? Check with your front desk. Hostels usually have connections and information on free things to do in Berlin and other super-discounted excursions!
Visit Berlin’s museums
Berlin is known for its museums. They’re a must-visit for everyone traveling through Berlin. Berlin has numerous free museums, but we think the best ones are:
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (get lost between the concrete pillars, and then visit the small museum nearby)
- Topography of Terror (this museum stands on the historical site of the offices of the leaders of the Nazi regime)
- Tränenpalast (The Palace of Tears, where East Germans said goodbye to West German visitors).
For a complete listing of all the free museums in Berlin, check out Museumportal Berlin. Interested in also visiting Berlin’s Museum Island but tight on cash? ALL 5 museums on Museum Island (Pergamonmuseum, Bode-Museum, Neuse Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Altes Museum) are FREE from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Thursday nights! These museums are home to some fantastic artifacts and so much history…therefore, they’re not to be missed!
See the zoo animals
Zoo Berlin is one of the best zoos in the world – but if you’re tight on cash, you may not want to pay the 15 EUR entrance fee. Don’t worry, you can still see zebras, llamas and more for free! You can take a walk around Tiergarten’s Gartenufer promenade and catch glimpses of the animals that reside in the zoo. FYI – the path is closed at night…even animals need a good night’s sleep!
Enjoy a classical music concert
Are you into classical music? Every Tuesday at 1:00 PM the foyer of the famous Berliner Philharmonie fills up with classical music fans for a free 45–minute lunchtime concert! Each concert features musical offerings from members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestra Academy, and musicians and students from the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester. Don’t forget to get there early, though – tickets go fast!
Take a salsa or swing lesson
Ever wanted to learn how to salsa or swing dance? Clarchens, a century-old ballroom, offers free dance lessons twice a week! Come Monday nights for free beginner salsa lessons (9:00 PM) and Wednesday nights for swing lessons (9:30 PM). Just bring a partner and your dancing shoes and get ready to learn some new moves!
Enjoy outdoor karaoke at Mauerpark
Mauerpark is a great place to hang out any day of the week, but it’s on Sundays that the park really comes alive! Mauerpark is known for its free Sunday karaoke in the Bearpit. Thousands of people come out every week to watch brave souls courageously sing their hearts out on stage. Show up early to grab a prime seat on the steps – Bearpit Karaoke takes place on Sundays from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Karaoke, not your thing? Mauerpark has lots more going on on Sundays! Every Sunday, Mauerpark plays host to a huge flea market with tons of second-hand goods. Try your luck rummaging through to find some hidden gems, or just enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Additionally, any day of the week, bring your own picnic lunch or dinner! You can use one of the many grills in Mauerpark to cook up some delicious BBQ. Mauerpark is also always a stage for buskers and bands, so enjoy some free concerts!
Looking for more free things to do in Berlin? Visit Check Point Charlie, bring your camera and walk the East Side Gallery, see the Brandenburg Gate or the Berliner Dom…there’s so many things to do! And when in doubt, Gooster will be there to give you the best tips for travellers and recommendations of free things to do in Berlin. Chat with Gooster, your tourist companion, on Facebook Messenger and get your personalized recommendations instantly!
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