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- Posted:Thursday, January 12, 2012
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Looking to experience Europe's most exciting city on a shoestring budget? Here are 5 things you can do for free in Berlin:
1. Free City Tour
Sandemans New Europe tours run a free city tour of Berlin twice per day, starting at 11am and 1pm outside the Starbucks at the Brandenburg Gate. There is also a West Berlin pick up point at 10.30am and 12.30pm from the Zoologischer Garten for those based in the west of the city. Tours last 3.5 hours, take you round many of the main sites of Berlin, and give you an insight into the history of the city. It is completely free of charge to join, however guides do accept tips.
2. Visit the East Side Gallery
One of the few remaining parts of the Berlin Wall still remaining - the East Side Gallery as it is now known has been painted on commission by many famous contemporary and graffiti artists. There are literally hundreds of murals painted all along the wall with the general theme of peace and anti-war messages. As it is outdoors there is no entrance fee like you would have at a typical 'gallery', but aside from that some of the artistry is truly inspiring.
3. Free Graffiti Tour
There are many companies who offer tours focused specifically on showing you the underground graffiti art scene in Berlin, however this usually comes with a price tag. But Alternative Berlin offer a graffiti tour for free. This allows you to really see the underground scene that Berlin has to offer, including the famous squats, punks, and hangouts without the typical price tag that comes along with similar tours in the city.
4. Visit the Holocaust Memorial
Berlin's dark history is something which should not be forgotten. Visiting the 'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe', designed by Peter Eisenmann, is one of the most moving monuments you will come across in the world. It covers a 4.7 acre site, and is completely free of charge, however they do ask that you do not sit or stand on the columns.
5. Relax in Tiergrarten
Tiergrarten is a park in the heart of Berlin and much loved by local Berliners. On a summers day this is lovely place to go for a walk, cycle, have a picnic, or just go and people watch.