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Berlin for Free
Berlin is remarkably good value for money - but sometimes cheap is not
cheap enough. Whether you're a destitute student or a prudent millionaire,
something for nothing is not to be sniffed at, so we're listing the
best deals Berlin has to offer.
Guides to Free Stuff
The German-language website Berlin-for-free carries listings of free events in Berlin. See this page for more details on this website.
Free Museums and Exhibitions
The Berlin state museums (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)
offer free entry on Thursday evenings from four hours before
closing time (note: this does not include entry to special exibitions).
(the New National Gallery,Gemäldegalerie,Pergamon Museum,Altes Museum, Old National Gallery and theMuseum for Photography )
have extended opening hours on Thursdays until 10pm, meaning you
can get a little after-work culture for free.
The Stasi Prison Memorial Center
has free entry on Mondays.
- InnoTrans open day:
the annual transport show opens its transport exhibits on one weekend in
September free of charge.
New Berlin Tours offers a
"free" walking tour of the main sights in the eastern city center
several times daily - however as the guides are paid only by the tips
they receive, you'll have to be a real miser to treat the tour as
a freebie. The tours are definitely worth it though.
See our guide to walking tours
for further details.
- The Berliner Stadtbibliothek (Berlin City Library) has a row of (slightly dated) Internet terminals
- The Auswärtiges Amt (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
apparently has free Internet terminals in its lobby (unverified as
of Sept. 2006)
- The Magix Multimedia Gallery atFriedrichstrasse 200 offers free Internet access
as well as facilities for uploading your digital photos. Link:
Magix Multimedia Gallery
More likely than not you'll have come across people giving away free
newspapers. They usually want you to sign up for a two-week free
subscription (Abo or Abonnenment) but check that
the free subscription won't be automatically converted into a paying
one once the two weeks are up.