Getting the most out of Berlin doesn't have to break the bank. You can enjoy the culture, history, and architecture Berlin is famous for without paying a single euro.
Find out which Berlin sights you shouldn't miss on your next trip to the German capital. Here are the best 10 free attractions in Berlin.
No visit to Berlin is complete without seeing the Brandenburg Gate.
During the Cold War and the division of Germany, this landmark stood between East and West Berlin. When the wall fell in 1989 and Germany was reunited, the Brandenburg Gate became the iconic landmark of a new Germany.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Brandenburger Tor " (line S1, S2, S25, U55), "Potsdamer Platz" (line S25, S2, S1)
The Reichstag is the traditional seat of the German Parliament. When the historic building was remodeled in the 1990s, it was adorned with a modern glass dome, offering a look into the parliamentary proceedings and a stunning view of the Berlin skyline.
Getting There: Bus stop "Reichstag/Bundestag" (line 100, M85), Metro Stop "Bundestag" (line U55)
Berlin's Museuminsel (Museum Island) is home to five world-class museums (including the renowned Pergamon) and the Berlin Cathedral. This unique ensemble of museums and traditional buildings on the small island in the river Spree is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Getting There: Metro stop "Alexanderplatz" (multiple U and S-bahn lines) or "Hackescher Markt" (line S5, S7, S75), Bus stop (line 100 or 200)
The East Side Gallery is a 1.3-kilometre long section of the Berlin Wall, which once divided the city into East and West Berlin.
This last piece of the original wall has been turned into the largest open-air gallery in the world, displaying more than 100 paintings by international artists.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Ostbahnhof" (line S5, S7, S75), or "Warschauer Straße" (line S5, S7, S75, U1), Bus stop "East Side Gallery" (line 248)
The Holocaust Memorial Berlin is one of the most impressive and moving monuments to the Holocaust.
The architect Peter Eisenmann designed this sculpture, which is laid out on a 4.7-acre site and covered with more than 2,500 geometrically arranged pillars. The underground museum holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims.
While this is the best known Holocaust memorial, there are nods to the tragedies associated with WWII all over the city. Across the street is a Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism, and within the Tiergarten is a Sinti and Roma Memorial. Also, keep your eyes on the ground for the thousands of Stolpersteine memorial that dot the streets.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Brandenburger Tor" (line S1, S2, S25, U55), Bus stop "Warschauer Straße" (line S5, S7, S75, U1), Bus stop "Behrenstr./Wilhelmstr.", or "Brandenburger Tor" or "Mohrenstr. " (line 100, 200)
Relax in the Tiergarten, the green heart of Berlin, and find out why so many Berliners love this park. On more than 600 acres, you can enjoy lush lawns, leafy paths, small creeks, and traditional beer gardens.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Potsdamer Platz" (line U2, S1, S25) or "Bellevue" (line S5, S7, S9, S75)
Potsdamer Platz was built entirely from the ground up in 1995. You will find bold and utopian architecture here, a large shopping center and lots of movie theaters, which are the venue for the annual Berlin International Film Festival.
The dome of the Sony Center, which was modeled after Mount Fuji, is lit by different colors at night and is the landmark of this area.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Potsdamer Platz" (line U2, S1, S25)
Unter den Linden
Stroll down the grand boulevard "Unter den Linden", which stretches from Museums Island to the Brandenburg Gate.
The street is lined on both sides by noteworthy historical statues and buildings, like the Humboldt University, the State Opera, the State Library, the German Museum of History, and embassies.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Unter den Linden" (line S1, S25)
Memorial Church in Berlin
The Protestant Memorial Church of Berlin is actually easier to say than Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche. It is one of the city's most prominent landmarks as one of the many sites heavily damaged by air raids in World War II, and instead of repairing or bulldozing it, they kept it as a memorial to the cost of war. Walk inside what little remains to examine the church's legacy and what intricate details remain.
A new, strikingly modern concrete church and bell tower with wonderful blue stained glass windows were built adjacent to the original church.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Zoologischer Garten" (Line U2, U12, U9, S5, S7, S75, S9)
For the best gallery hopping, head down Auguststrasse and its adjacent side streets. On Thursday evenings, you might catch some opening shows (with free wine and snacks).
For a historical perspective, investigate the tiny (and free!) Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt dedicated to one small act of Nazi resistance.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Hackescher Markt" (line S5, S7, S9, S75)