Berlin: Top 5 Things to See and Do for Free

Berlin

Berlin has a reputation as the hippest city in Germany and the centre of art, culture, and music for the country.

All around, you are surrounded by traces of history in what once was a city divided across two nations.

The wall, once a symbol of separation, now serves as a popular attraction in the city.

This page helps you get a little taste of Berlin without having to spend anything at all. All of theses attractions are free of charge and available to all.

1. See History in Colour at East Side Gallery

‘Good Bye Lenin!’ by Gianni Dominici available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gdominici/136098780/ under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Full terms at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

East Side Gallery is a 1.3km stretch of the Berlin wall that serves as an international memorial for freedom. The wall was originally decorated in 1990 and has 105 pictures created by artists from all over the world.

2. Visit the German Parliament

‘Reichstag in Berlin’ by Werner Kunz available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/werkunz/3971957032/ under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Full terms at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Another symbol of history, the Reichstag building is the home to German parliament and one of the most impressive buildings in Berlin. It also has a large garden where you can sit, relax, and admire the architecture.

3. Remember at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorial The Holocaust Memorial consists of 2,711 stelae arranged in a grid over a sloping floor. According to the designer, “the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.” Whatever it means, it is a surreal place and worth a look.

4. Learn Outdoors at the Berlin Wall Memorial

‘Berlin Wall Memorial’ by Dave Pinter available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/davepinter/5308345991/ under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0. Full terms at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

See the real wall and learn about what happened throughout the history of Berlin. Due to the events that followed, this open-air museum is relevant to the whole world and reveals a lot of interesting information regarding the build up to World War II.

5. Spend a Sunday at Mauerpark Flea Market

Flea Market

Once a week, the infamous dead zone is now a freewheeling bazaar. You can walk and enjoy the chaos without having to purchase anything. There is even a beach bar, complete with sand, surfboards, and live music. On most Sundays, the outdoor amphitheatre hosts a free live music event which could be anything from a band or DJ through to karaoke.

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