10 Best Free Things to Do in Berlin

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Find out which Berlin sights you shouldn’t miss with this guide of the 10 best free attractions in Berlin…

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1. Reichstag

The traditional seat of the German Parliament is located in the central Mitte district. The neo-Renaissance building was completed in 1894 and was remodelled in the 1990s.

2. Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg gate is one of the main symbols of the city as this landmark stood between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. In 1989, when the wall fell, it became the symbol of a new Berlin, so no visit to Berlin is complete without admiring it.

3. Museum Island

This small island located on the River Spree is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It hosts five world-class museums and Berlin Cathedral. Its special ensemble of culture and history is always worth a visit.

4. Topography of Terror

An outdoor museum located on the site of buildings which were the headquarters of the Gestapo and SS. These buildings were destroyed during and after the war, but the cellars where many political prisoners were tortured and executed have been excavated and now put on display.

You can also see a section of the Berlin Wall still standing, adjacent to the Topography. It’s the longest segment that still exists.

5. The Holocaust Memorial

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe,was designed by the architect Peter Eisenman and the engineer Buro Happold. It is a sloping field of 19000 square meters, covered by 2711 concrete slabs designed to create discomfort and confusion in the viewer.

The monument seeks to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

6. The Art Galleries at Hackescher Markt

The area around Hackescher Markt has lots of galleries and boasts the most eclectic street art in Berlin, especially Auguststrasse and its surroundings.

Every Thursday evening a large number of shows open along here, where you can also get wine and snacks for free.

7. Pergamon Museum

This museum is devoted to ancient Islamic, Roman and Greek art and artefacts. It has great cultural value, with works such as The Altar of Zeus and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon on display. Admission is free from 6pm on Thursdays.

8. Kaiser William Memorial Church

One of the city’s most atmospheric landmarks, heavily damaged in a bombing raid in World War II. The damaged spire of the old church has been retained and its ground floor has been made into a memorial hall.

9. The Berlin Wall Memorial

Containing the last piece of Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it, this memorial conveys and impression of how the city’s border fortifications looked and felt during the Cold War.

10. Tiergarten

Tiergarten means animal garden, as it was originally a hunting ground for the aristocracy.

You can relax and stroll through the park, in the same way as the Berliners and enjoy lush lawns, creeks and traditional beer gardens.

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