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5 free things to do in Berlin
We love having insider knowledge for a city we’re visiting, and who better to get it from than the people who welcome hoards of travellers through their doors every week… the staff at a hostel!
1. Pay a visit to the Berlin Wall documentation center
This documentation center, which is completely free of charge to visit, is located at the Bernauer Strasse. It is really close by to the EastSeven hostel in Prenzlauer Berg - only a 10 minute walk. At this documentation center there is a tower you should really climb up because once you reach the top you’ll have a clear view over the Berlin Wall and the infamous ‘death strip’. You’ll learn a lot about Berlin’s history by paying a visit to this informative little museum.
2. Explore the Mauerpark Fleamarket
If you’re staying for a weekend in Berlin you absolutely can´t miss out on the Mauerpark Flea Market. Held every Sunday from 7am until 4pm, it’s the place where the hip and young of Berlin and Berlin visitors get together. And it’s not only a great place to look for bargains, it’s also got a great social atmosphere where friends meet over a bratwurst, or to watch one of the many spontaneous concerts that take place there from musicians visiting from all over the globe.
3. Kick back at the Weinerei
This great cozy spot is a popular hangout for students where they get together to drink really great wine and philosophize in a relaxed living room-feel atmosphere. While it’s not technically free, we had to add it in as the concept of the Weinerei is quite unique and super budget friendly. Here you ‘buy’ a glass for 2 euro and then you can fill and refill it as often as you like. Also there are little snacks that come with the wine and when you leave you can pay whatever you think it was worth. Don´t go here too late, once the wine is gone, it’s gone!
4. Visit the Wasserturm
The unofficial symbol of Prenzlauer Berg, this 30m high tower was built in 1877 as the local water reservoir. Once used by the Nazis as a prison, today the round brick Wasserturm has been converted into trendy apartments. Check for art exhibitions next to the tower, in the underground reservoir.
5. Check out Kollwitzplatz
The famous left-wing, anti-war artist, Käthe Kollwitz would no doubt take great pride that not only is there a square named after her (complete with bronze statue) but that its one that was once a meeting point for intellectuals and artists during Prenzlauer Bergs nasty East Germany days. Don’t miss Kollwitzplatz`s famous market on Saturdays as there’s a great atmosphere and lots of great stalls. Enjoy amazing cakes and delicious coffee at the Anna Blume café on the corner of Sredzkistrasse and Kollwitzstrasse. And just round the corner is Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany’s largest synagogue.