Free Things to Do in West Berlin

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Kurfürstendamm Strasse - Mall | Shopping Area in Berlin.

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

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Kurfürstendamm Strasse
10623 Berlin

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Tiergarten - Outdoor Activity | Park in Berlin.

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

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Kurfürstendamm Strasse - Mall | Shopping Area in West Berlin, Berlin

There is plenty to see in West Berlin, the part of the city made up of the two neighborhoods of Charlottenburg and Schöneburg. While not quite as popular today as Kreuzburg or Prenzlauer Berg, in recent years this part of the city has seen a kind of local revival undertaken by those in the city who feel that the former East has “sold out.”

Free things to do in West Berlin are numerous and often only take a good set of shoes, and perhaps a rented bicycle or a daily subway pass. The massive Tiergarten park, with lakes, hidden gardens, and a family-friendly atmosphere is too big to ever feel over-crowded and can take upwards of three days to explore.

In Charlottenburg, Kurfürstendamm (Ku’damm) is free to walk on, but that’s about it. This street is the former center of West Berlin and still has a lot of charm and atmosphere, with fewer tourists than Unten den Linden, and quite a bit more character housed in its seventies-era aesthetic. Here, the city’s super-rich prance from store to store, mingling with international backpackers and plenty of the city’s students who also live in the neighborhood.

Further south in the former working class neighborhood of Schöneburg, there are very few tourists and some of the city’s most interesting old architecture. A bit out of the way, but well worth the trip, this part of West Berlin is the eternal home of the Brothers Grimm of fairytale fame, buried at the Alter St.-Matthaüs-Kirchhof and free to visit any time.

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