Undoubtedly one of the most hip and happening cities in Western Europe at the time of writing, the old and new German capital of Berlin is an increasingly popular place for tourists to enjoy the entertainment and nightlife the city has to offer.
With a vibrant student demographic and a bustling area of avant-garde entertainment, Berlin’s varied nightlife attracts visitors from all walks of life. If you are visiting Berlin on a limited budget you may be concerned you won’t be able to see the sights, but read on for some of the cheapest attractions and bars to sample life as a temporary Berliner.
There are many attractions in Berlin that are free, allowing you to sample some of the city’s most significant landmarks without having to reach for your back pocket.
1. East Side Gallery
This international memorial for freedom is a mile-long part of the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, consisting of over 100 paintings from artists across the globe. It is said to be the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery on the planet.
2. The Reichstag
Undeniably one of the most influential buildings in Berlin, the Reichstag is home to German Parliament. Entry to the glass-domed building is free, but consider visiting on a Sunday or on midweek evenings in order to avoid the hordes of fellow tourists.
3. Mauer Park
Green spaces are very much treasured by Berliners and Mauer Park is certainly one of the most popular relaxing hotspots in the heart of the city. Open daily from 8am till sunset, take a trip to the top of one of its hills for a fine view of the city and a great chance to unwind.
When it comes to partying, Berliners certainly know how to have a good time. Berlin’s nightlife means it is often regarded as a 48-hour city rather than a 24-hour city, with many weekend parties lasting well into the beginning of the following week. With a great selection of European techno, underground house, and dance floor music, the city enjoys a distinctive alternative youth culture, with bustling bars and nightclubs.
But for those who want something a little less pretentious and a drink that doesn’t break the bank then here are a few of the best budget-friendly watering holes in Berlin:
This unique blend of a charming old English pub with a punk-rock bar creates an interesting underground atmosphere. Its enormous bar offers a wealth of cheap drinks to devour and relive your youth.
2. Generator Berlin Mitte & Berlin Prenzlberg
Generator Hostels has its own lively hotel bars that serve local German beer through to 2am every day, including a hostel happy hour. Both Berlin Mitte and Berlin Prenzlauer Berg are also in close proximity to S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations meaning you are always close to something fun to see and do.
3. Café Morgenrot
A café bar with a difference, Café Morgenrot is a characterful place to laze away an afternoon sampling inexpensive beers and discussing the state of the world. The café is filled with political periodicals and other informative reading material to encourage passionate debate and conversation.