8 Epic Reasons to Visit Berlin in Your 20s

Club der Visionaere
Club der Visionaere | © Nacho Pintos / Flickr
Photo of Alice Dundon
6 June 2018

Berlin’s combination of untamed nightlife, open-minded energy and affordability are bound to entice anyone keen to explore its vibrant, culture-packed streets. The ideal backpacking, budget-friendly and exciting city, here’s why everyone should visit Berlin in their 20s.

You’ll be able to experience Berlin’s famous nightlife

The German capital is known for having some of the best nightlife in Europe. With world-class DJs, infamous nightclubs and wild, inclusive parties, it’s known for its free-spirited party culture. Use that 20-something stamina to enjoy the weekend-long club hours and debaucherous nights in Berlin.

Club goers enjoying a wild night | © Ministry of Sound Group Limited / WikiCommons

And being over 18 will probably make your clubbing experience easier

A few clubs in Berlin, like famous techno haunts Berghain, Sisyphos and ://aboutblank have an over-21-years-old door policy. If you’re into techno and want to experience some of the well-known clubs, then head to the capital of clubbing in your 20s.

Berghain before opening | © Oh-Berlin.com / Flickr

You can indulge in the thriving foodie scene on a budget

Most backpackers choose to save their money for attractions and parties by forgoing restaurants and fancy eateries, opting for budget-friendly meals like packet noodles instead. In Berlin, even the savviest traveller can find budget-friendly meals on the street. From street food markets to cosy cafes and well-priced restaurants, Berlin has a cuisine for every palate and budget.

Dumplings from Street Food Thursdays | © Markthalle Neun

There are plenty of young creatives to inspire you

Your 20s are a time to explore your creative whims, but you won’t have to wander far to meet like-minded and amazing artists in Berlin, with roughly 20,000 creatives calling the city home.

Berlin is a mecca for artists | © abbilder / Flickr

You can have fun on a shoestring

If you’re travelling on a budget than Berlin is the place to head to. Local spätis promise cheap beers and there are plenty of budget hostels in the coolest neighbourhoods. Transport is also comparatively cheap compared to other major cities and sightseeing on a budget is easy with tons of free experiences, reasonably priced tours and cheap adventures to be had.

Spätis are the best spots to get cheap drinks in Berlin | © Robert Agthe / Flickr

You’ll make friends from all over the world

Berlin is a multicultural metropolis, welcoming people from all over the world who call the city home. This rich cultural diversity means you’ll have plenty of chances to make friends with a unique worldview.

Berlin Refugees Welcome Mural | © Jeanne Menjoulet / Flickr

There are street parties and free open-air events

During the summer Berlin’s social calendar heats up with vibrant street festivals, free galleries and open-air parties. These exciting annual events range from affordable to completely free, letting visitors enjoy the best in local music, art and culture on a budget. However, 20-somethings heading to the capital in winter needn’t be put off, as the cosy bars and independent galleries remain budget-friendly year-round.

Artist playing to a crowd during Fête de la Musique | © Fête de la Musique

You can let your hair down

Your 20s is a time of travel and self-discovery for many, and where better to let your hair down and explore yourself than in Berlin? This is a city that prides itself on limit-pushing hedonism, open-minded ethos and ‘I don’t give a f**k’ attitude.

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