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How to enjoy Berlin for free!

Berlin has so much to offer that the sheer volume of options can make it really hard to make a decision. If you're running on a tight budget, the list of free experiences is (luckily) a little shorter and no less fun. So we compiled a bunch of amazing activities you can definitely enjoy without worrying about your finances!

Galleries and Museums

Berlin has a vibrant cultural art scene. As a consequence, there are a lot of artists that want you to appreciate their work, and plenty of stunning galleries to check out, like the König Galerie at St. Agnes church. It currently represents 38 international artists, mostly belonging to a younger generation. There are several galleries in Mitte, including Carlier Gebauer and DITTRICH & SCHLECHTREIM, which are excellent and completely free. But even some of the more established museums in Berlin often have a free day once a month or week . Here you can find a list of all the museums that are always entirely free .

Free Galleries and Museums / © Frank R. Schröder
Free Galleries and Museums / © Frank R. Schröder

Basketball, Soccer, Ping Pong

Berlin has a lot to offer when you want to exercise for free. Of course, nobody would charge you for jogging, but there's actually a lot more you can do. Berlin has many public places where you can play basketball or soccer, for example at Volkspark Friedrichshain, Wasserturmplatz, Gleisdreieck Park and many more. If you have a racket and a ball: perfect! Then you can start your sports career at one of the thousand ping-pong tables. Dedicated Berliner also offers free yoga courses at Give Something Back to Berlin . Off we go!

Berlin Offers Many Opportunities to Kick it Like Beckham | © Frank R. Schröder
Berlin Offers Many Opportunities to Kick it Like Beckham | © Frank R. Schröder

Open Mics and Street Festivals

If you love live music, just walk around Maybachufer, Warschauer Straße U-Bahn station, Mauerpark et cetera. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to listen to the next big star - who knows. Ed Sheeran was a street musician before he made deals with major labels. In the summer, there are also several street and music festivals happening, such as the Fête de la Musique (June 21, 2018) and Zug der Liebe (August 25, 2018). When it starts to get cold outside, just walk into one of the many bars that have open mic sessions, offering a variety of genres.

Adventures in Berlin’s Abandoned Buildings

Sometimes you need to step back a bit to be able to see the big picture. Do something unusual to boost your creative potential, to think different. One way of doing so is through urban exploring. You can find beautiful and deeply interesting places if you just open your eyes to it. Abandoned buildings, for example, can cause a change of scenery and teach you about Berlin's history, too. And this city has them by the dozen. They range from factories, ballrooms and asylums to breweries and airports. Check out Abandoned Berlin to get some ideas, if you don't want to start from scratch. However, be sure to bring a friend. That's more fun... and also safer. We're still talking about adventures here.

Abandoned Water Park “Blub” in Berlin Neukölln | © Frank R. Schröder
Abandoned Water Park “Blub” in Berlin Neukölln | © Frank R. Schröder

Check it out!

Of course, there is a lot more you can do for free in Berlin. If you want to get more tips, just log in to one of the 3,300 free wifi networks in Berlin and Potsdam and check out some blogs about living in Berlin. For example, iheartberlin is always featuring great events often free of charge and saves them in their event calendar . Check it out!

Free Business Consulting for Startups

If you’re considering starting your own business in Berlin, you want to start it right. Therefore, it probably makes sense to check out the city’s free consulting services. For example, the Bürgerschaftsbank (Guarantee Bank) for Berlin-Brandenburg started an initiative called BBB-Start! . In the first year, they’ve consulted startups and entrepreneurs for no cost at all. Also, there are several possibilities to get half of the costs for business consulting funded by the state, for instance, with the Coaching-Bonus programme of IBB (Investment Bank Berlin) and services from the IHK Berlin (Berlin Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and the Handwerkskammer Berlin  (Chamber of Handicrafts).

Text: Blogfabrik - Paul Fenski | Header Image: © Frank R. Schröder | last update: September 2018