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Things to do FOR FREE in Berlin
Famous Mauerpark Fleamarket: Bernauer Strasse / Wolliner Strasse (U2 to Eberswalder Strasse) There are also flea markets every Sunday at Boxhagener Platz,raw and arkona. Week markets like the arab one on Maybachufer and saturdays at “Boxhagener Platz”.
To get a glimpse into our “Little Turkey”, we recommend a visit to the semi-weekly (Tue and Fri afternoon) market at Maybachufer (U8 Schönleinstr).
Movies in original version are shown in Babylon Mitte (right in our neighborhood at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz) or at the multiplex in Sony-Center at Potsdamer Platz (take subway U2).
Take your free welcome drink voucher and check out our WomSkybar! Enjoy the view from our wombats terrace or search the highest building around you and try to use the elevator to the top. Possibilty to take some great pictures!
Crossing red lights, using the public transport without ticket, runaway from a cab driver, sneak in at a houseparty or club.
Visit the parks, favourites are “Görlitzer park”, “Volkspark Friedrichshain”, “Mauerpark”, “TreptowerPark”
Visit the soviet memorial at “TreptowerPark”.
Have a walk around “Rummelsbuchtand “Stralau”
Visit the r.a.w. AREA at Revaler Strasse and have a look at clubs, nightlife, streetart, skate-hall, boulder-area and so on.
Hanging around on the “Modersohn” bridge when sun rises or sets.
If visiting the east side gallery, must do is also crossing the “Oberbaumbrücke and check out a lil peace of Kreuzberg, walk down “Falckensteinstrasse” to “Görlitzer Platz” and from there to “Oranienstrasse/Skalitzer Strasse”.
A memorial and documentation center was opened in 1999 on Bernauer Str 111 (U8 Bernauer Str. or a 20 minutes walk from the hostel), open April–October 9.30am–7pm, November–March 9.30am–6pm, closed on Mon. Free admission.
Built in the 18th century as one of Berlin‘s city gates. With the wall right in front of it, it was the symbol of divided Berlin and the Cold War. On its southern flank is the new Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Europe – it consists of 2,711 stone slabs. There is a very moving information center beneath it which is well worth a visit (open April–September 10am–8pm, October–March 10am–7pm, free admission).
Uunter den Linden
runs eastwards from the gate – it is our showcase boulevard, dotted with embassies, posh hotels, government buildings, the Humboldt University, the state opera and many museums and tourist shops. It is worth to have a look at the
palatial Russian (and former Soviet) embassy as well as Bebelplatz, the square where the Nazis first burned books on May 10th, 1933. A glass window in the ground now shows empty bookshelves beneath.
Deutschlands altes und neues Parlamentsgebäuder liegt westlich vom Brandenburger Tor. Der Eintritt in die Glas Kuppel ist kostenlos. (täglich geöffnet 8–24, letzter Einlaß 22 Uhr), man sollte rechtzeitig kommen und sich anmelden, da es lange Warteschlangen gibt.
Magnificent views of the new government district and a good opportunity to literally look down on politicians – the plenary hall is right under it in plain view. Next to the Reichstag building is the new Federal Chancellery, called “the washing machine” for its bizarre design. No admission. Although it‘s one of the biggest government headquarters worldwide (eight times the size of the White House) the chancellor‘s apartment inside measures tiny 28 sqm.
This was urban wasteland during the cold war – apart from the wall, there was only one structure left in the entire area (Weinhaus Huth, Alte Potsdamer Str. 5). Many Berliners were disappointed that two corporations, Sony and Daimler-Benz, were allowed to re-invent Berlin‘s “middle” (Europe‘s first traffic light was installed there), but at least they built their commercial utopia without destroying an existing quarter. Go and see, you make the call.
Topography des Terrors
(Topography of Terror) Niederkirchnerstr 8 (S Anhalter Bahnhof, S+U Potsdamer Platz). Daily 10am–10pm. Free admission. Exhibition on the location of SS & secret police headquarters from 1933 to 1945
(SMB) Unter den Linden 13–15 (S+U Friedrichstr.). Daily 10am–8pm, admission is EUR 4 except for Mons when you can get in for free! Temporary exhibitions of big-fish contemporary artists.
For further informations please ask at the reception!