The Best Free Weekend Activities in Berlin

Flea Market, Berlin
Flea Market, Berlin | © La Citta Vita / Flickr
Dayna Gross

The cost of living in Berlin is comparatively cheap when measured against other major cities in Germany like Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg. Considering the buzz and influence Berlin has from a cultural perspective, it is remarkable just how cheap the standard of living actually is compared to other art havens like London, Paris, and let’s not forget, New York City. But, naturally, when you’re traveling, your wallet can be your top-notch concern, but no sweat here in the cold city of Berlin, because besides its cloudy overcast that will keep you cool, so will the free weekend things you can see and do in this city. Check out these tips to help keep your wallet thick(er).

Gallery gallivanting

Berlin’s Mitte district is crowded with free galleries interested in showing off their latest exhibitions. On Friday nights, you can usually catch several openings on Auguststraße. Some galleries even have free wine and beer, but then you’ve really scored. It wont be too surprising to stumble into a contemporary gallery with free beverages, but the real challenge is trying to act artistic and nonchalant about your free weekend discovery.

In Kreuzberg, look out for openings on Oranienstraße all the way up to Rudi-Dutschke-Straße where you can find Galerie Isabella Czarnowska. It’s one straight street shot of Kreuzberg/Mitte gallery perusing. If you veer off to Lindenstraße, you can find Gallery Nordenhake and other galleries on separate floors of the same building. This building is called Galerienhaus, housing 11 separate galleries that exhibit a wide range of artistic work.

Berlinische Gallery

Sashay through the neighborhood market

Almost every neighborhood has its own weekend market in Berlin. On Saturday, wander through Wedding’s market on Leopoldplatz, where you can find lots of interesting things and characters.

In Friedrichshain, there is the Boxhagener Platz market every Sunday. They are trying to keep the artisan vendors away and keep it strictly secondhand, which may be more interesting depending on your curious eye. In Kreuzberg, the weekend flea market location alternates between Prinzessinnengärten and Maybachufer’s Nowkoelln market.

The most well-known Berlin market Mauerpark, which strikes Berlin every Sunday. The best local advice you can get is to arrive before 1PM if you want to walk through the market aisles with ease. If you’re really looking for free stuff, then sometimes at the end of these markets the vendors dump what they didn’t sell not too far from the market street. Sometimes you can even score some real treasures.

Flea Market Berlin

1. Humboldthain Bunker and Park


City Park Berlin Humboldthain
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Close to the Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding districts is Humboldthain Park. Inside, you can find a beautiful rose garden with different flowers and herbs from all over the world. The park is a pleasant little world with hidden treasures open for discovery all around.

The bunker found is Humboldthain is certainly a cool spot to check out as well. In the summer, you can catch an underground tunnel tour, but in the winter the tour is shut down for one of Berlin’s largest bat habitats! If you make it here on the weekend and you decide you want to find something cheap to eat, head over to Gesundbrunnen station where the supermarkets stay open 7 days a week, and yes, that includes Sundays.

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