Tourist Attractions: Top 15 Best Things to do in Berlin, Germany

Berlin may be good value for money, but it can also be a trap, you think everything is good value so you are spending money left, right and center. Save a little cash by discovering some of the cities many freebies. In this post, we listed some of the FREE and most recommended things to do in Berlin.

Best Things to do in Berlin Germany
Best Things to do in Berlin Germany

Go to the top of the Reichstag

Reichstag Berlin
Reichstag Berlin

Not many people know it but you can go to the top of the German parliament building for absolutely nothing and what’s more if you’re interested you can even register for a free tour too. From up here you will get an unrivaled view over the city and get to see close-up the Norman Foster-designed glassed dome, supposedly representative of political transparency. To make sure you secure your spot you must register in advance.


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Climb to its roof terrace and experience spectacular views over the city and get a close-up of the modern, Norman Foster–designed glass dome powering from the historic building. The glass aims to create a sense of political transparency. Make sure you register to visit in advance.

Mauerpark and Mauermarkt

Cherry Blosson in Mauerpark Berlin
Cherry Blosson in Mauerpark Berlin

Situated in Mitte just north of the centre is Mauerpark, a place for the weird and wonderful. In the park many people come to hang out with their friends, practice their circus skills, showcase musical skills and recover from a hard night partying. To one side of the park is also a market with stalls selling a plethora of goods both new and old plus also some delicious food to snack on.  Around 3pm the fun really starts with bear-pit karaoke. On some Sundays, an Irish guy who has now made Berlin his permanent home wheels a portable karaoke machine into the park, participants can then register to showcase their singing abilities, some are good, some are bad and hilarity ensures.

East-side Gallery

East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery

With the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Berlin wall, there couldn’t be a better time to come to Berlin and see this colourful, artistic salute to freedom. The East Side Gallery sits along the Spree River and is the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. Following the declassification of the wall more than 100 artists from all over the world made their mark on the wall thus making it an open-air gallery and a shrine to peace and freedom.

Explore different neighborhoods

Melocule Man in Berlin
Melocule Man in Berlin

To me, Berlin doesn’t feel like it has one exact centre, even though Mitte has labeled itself as such. For me it’s a collection of towns that make up one big city, all with a distinct feel of their own. Kreuzberg is known for its bars, restaurants, squats, clubs and multicultural vibe. Charlottenburg is rather affluent and seems like a world away from the other neighborhoods, especially of East Berlin, containing a number of museums, theatres, historical buildings. For a nice, leafy neighborhood with a bit of bohemian flair then the cafés and bars of Prenzlauerberg are worth a visit too. Also check out Neukolln, Freidrichshain, Mitte and Wedding.

Explore art galleries around Hackescher Markt

Hackescher Markt by Times via Wikipedia CC
Hackescher Markt by Times via Wikipedia CC

Into art and fancy some free gallery-hopping? Head to Hackescher Markt. The area around here is full of eclectic, small art galleries, especially around Auguststrasse. What’s more, try and find out if there is a gallery opening, you will often get a free drink and snacks here too.

Remember at the Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial
Holocaust Memorial

Just a short walk from Brandenburg Gate is a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It consists of 2,711 concrete slabs spread out over 19,000 square meters. The slabs are of different height and the ground elevates and then lowers again giving you an uncertain feeling as you wander through the memorial and reflect on the events that happened.

Picnic in a park

Tiergarten Park Berlin
Tiergarten Park Berlin

On sunny days, Berliners and expat friends flock to the city’s parks to relax, chat with their friends and knock back a few beers too. As with the neighborhoods, each park has their own atmosphere. Tiergarten is the dominant sprawling city park with a forest-feel, great for families seeking a quiet place to relax. For something different, head to Templehof, a former airport turned into a park where locals come to grill, tend their garden, race their friends on bikes on the runway. Gorlitzer Park is a Kreuzberg favorite complete with a ghetto vibe, after-party dancers and is ideal for people-watching.

Tourist Attractions in Berlin
Tourist Attractions in Berlin

Berlin Wall

Old Berlin Wall
Old Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off (by land) West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” in building a socialist state in East Germany.

Visit Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

Museum Island Berlin
Museum Island Berlin

Berlin’s Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is an island with five museums located in the heart of Berlin. The Museum Island complex was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1999.

The admission for visitors under 18 years is free. Regular admission is 18Euro, reduced 9Euro.

Topography of Terror

Topography of Terror
Topography of Terror

The Topography of Terror is an outdoor and indoor history museum in Berlin, Germany. It is located on Niederkirchnerstrasse, formerly Prinz-Albrecht-Strasse, on the site of buildings which during the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945 was the SS Reich Main Security Office, the headquarters of the Sicherheitspolizei, SD, Einsatzgruppen and Gestapo.

Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

Fernsehturm Berlin TV Tower
Fernsehturm Berlin TV Tower

The Fernsehturm is a television tower in central Berlin, Germany. Close to Alexanderplatz in Berlin-Mitte, the tower was constructed between 1965-69 by the government of the German Democratic Republic.

Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)

Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin, Germany. It is in the Charlottenburg district of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and was greatly expanded during the 18th century.

Olympiastadion

Olympiastadion Berlin
Olympiastadion Berlin

Olympiastadion is a sports stadium in Berlin, Germany. It was originally built by Werner March for the 1936 Summer Olympics. During the Olympics, the record attendance was thought to be over 100,000.

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