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 but no less fun.
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 .
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 .
Open mics and street festivals
If you love live music, just walk around Maybachufer, Warschauer Straße U-Bahn station or Mauerpark. Maybe you'll be lucky and get 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.
Sometimes you need to step back a bit to be able to see the big picture. One way to change your perspective of your daily life is urban exploring. You can find beautiful and deeply interesting places if you just open your eyes. Abandoned buildings, for example, can cause a change of scenery and teach you about Berlin's history. 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.
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).
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!
Last update: September 2018
Text: Blogfabrik - Paul Fenski
Header Image: Frank R. Schröder