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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). Some museums (the New National Gallery, Gemäldegalerie, Pergamon Museum, Altes Museum, Old National Gallery and the Museum 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 in Hohenschönhausen has free entry on Mondays.

Free Events

  • InnoTrans open day: the annual transport show opens its transport exhibits on one weekend in September free of charge.

Free Tours

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.

Free Internet

  • 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 at Friedrichstrasse 200 offers free Internet access as well as facilities for uploading your digital photos. Link: Magix Multimedia Gallery

Free Stuff

  • Newspapers: 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.