Party Earth Review A microcosm of Kreuzberg itself, Görlitzer Park is a popular community gathering spot for everyone from blue-mohawked punks to blue-haired old ladies, with sporting grounds and swimming pools – as well as a location near a number of bars and shops – all promising activities as diverse as its regular crowds. Originally ... more
Bounded by Görlitzer Straße, Wiener Straße, Spreewaldplatz, and The Landwehr Canal
Party Earth Review Anyone who needs a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Berlin need look no further than Tiergarten, a lush and gorgeous park offering miles of open fields and peaceful rivers. Situated right in the middle of the city, the park is bordered by attractions like the Reichstag and Schloss Bellevue, so it’s a perfect place ... more
Party Earth Review Kurfürstendamm Strasse, or Ku’Damm as it is commonly known, is the major shopping street in West Berlin. Although the tree-lined boulevard is home to retailers like Gucci, LaCoste, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, the main draw is Kaufhaus Des Westens, or KaDeWe, the famous department store rivaled in size and scope only by Harrods ... more
Party Earth Review A remarkable space with an incredible history, Tacheles was a Jewish department store that was heavily bombed during World War II and then left in ruins in East Berlin. After German reunification, a group of artists and activists formed a collective and transformed the crumbling structure into a venue dedicated to cultural ... more
Oranienburger Strasse 54-56a
Party Earth Review Every Sunday afternoon, the Mauerpark Flea Market transforms the area that was once the site of the infamous Dead Zone surrounding the Berlin Wall into a freewheeling bazaar. Anything and everything is on sale here, from designer clothes and jewelry to furniture to vintage vinyl albums. Snippets of conversation in German ... more
Bernauer Strasse 63-64
The city of Berlin is an outdoor museum. Finding free things to do in Berlin is not so much a problem as it is a curse – there’s simply too many options to choose from.
The amount of free outdoor memorials in Berlin is staggering: Treptower Park, the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall (what’s left of it anyway), and Brandenburg Gate are all free to explore. Every day in the summer, tourists or anyone who is interested can take a free tour that leaves from Brandenburg Gate and finishes at the Lustgarten (tips are welcome). Along the way are Checkpoint Charlie, remnants of the Wall, and Museum Island.
It doesn’t cost a cent to go to Berlin's parks. Whether it's the massive Tiergarten, or the small Görlitzer Park, there are usually large numbers of Berliners and international visitors enjoying the weather, sunbathing, or drinking (outdoor drinking is legal in this town).
Berlin also has a number of museums that offer special days or hours of free entry. Check out The Deutscher Dom, the Allied Museum, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen (a former concentration camp), the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (an art gallery in Kreuzberg), or the Museum of Oddities to get cultural without opening a wallet.