Berlin has developed itself from the centre of the cold war to one – many people even say it is the-hottest cities in Europe. And not without reason: Berlin ranks among the top five most visited cities in Europe and attracts every year an ever increasing number of foreign visitors to see the remains of the Berlin Wall, 175 museums, plenty of art galleries or just to feel the vibe of an extraordinary melting point of cultures. Additionally, Berlin has become a very attractive hub for the European start-up scene, especially in the areas of art, fashion/design and IT.
How to get the most out of your $ / € / £:
Purchase a ‘Welcome Card’ (http://www.visitberlin.de/) prior to your arrival: it’s a multiple day ticket allowing you unlimited use of the public bus and metro-/subway-system. Say you stay for three nights; the price would be only € 27.50 per person. The card further allows you to get 25-50% discount on 200 attractions, tours and museums. If you prefer an even more sustainable method, rent a bicycle and/or participate at one of the numerous guided bike-tours through Berlin. Rental prices are about € 10-12 per day per bike. A fine selection of how to enjoy Berlin on a budget:
- Berlin Wall – East Side Gallery: It’s the longest remaining strip of the former dividing wall between East and West Berlin. Entry: Free.
- Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate): One of Berlin’s most important sites: It used to be one of the old gates leading to the city, but is now the symbol of the unity between East and West Germany. Entry: Free
- Currywurst Museum: for some people it might be shocking to know that a museum exists, dedicated to the delicious sausage in curry sauce. Entry: € 11 per person
- Walk or drive by bicycle around the river Spree.
- Eating Turkish street-food: Turkish is the largest minority living in Germany. Grab a Doener Kebab for about € 3.50.
- Checkpoint Charlie: Once one of the crossing points between East and West Berlin. Insider Tip: For a small fee, you can get even your passport stamped with stamps of the former sectors.
- Holocaust Memorial: In memory of the murdered Jews in Europe. Entry: Free, but donations appreciated.
Accommodation in Berlin
Guess what? You can stay for free! Rather than booking hotels or holiday rentals - why not arrange a home exchange in Berlin? By choosing to swap homes with a Berliner you enjoy totally free accommodation and get a real feel for this fantastic city!
See you in Berlin!