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Parks, bars, and more along Berlin’s waterways

Parks, bars, and more along Berlin’s waterways

Berlin’s boating season has officially begun, but you don’t have to shell out 10+ euros for a boat ride to enjoy the cooling effects of the city’s canals. Erected in the 19th Century to connect the Spree and Havel rivers to points eastward, Berlin’s extensive network of navigable waterways now forms an atmospheric backdrop to » Read more

Berlin: Four great parks for sunny weather

Berlin: Four great parks for sunny weather

Berlin doesn’t warm up until May, but the first signs of spring are finally bringing a rosy blush to the snow-weary city. Now that winter is officially over, Berlin’s residents are flocking to the city’s 2,500 parks and green spaces to soak up some much-needed Vitamin D. Take part in spring fever, Cheapo-style, at one » Read more

Berlin: Memorials on and off the beaten path

Berlin: Memorials on and off the beaten path

Between World War II and the Cold War, Berlin has a lot to remember. No wonder dozens of memorials and monuments grace the city. You could spend days tracking down every one of these free-to-see reminders dedicated to bygone events. (The city’s official list of “Denkmäler,” which include buildings, cemeteries, and other locations of historic note, is » Read more

Berlin: A free walking tour of Mitte’s art galleries

Berlin: A free walking tour of Mitte’s art galleries

By Susan Buzzelli– You can’t trip in Berlin without running into an art gallery stocked with eye-catching works. Every kind of “Kunstler” from established masters to “outsider” (untrained, un-establishment) artists are represented in the spaces littering the city. Most spots in town, however, display drawings, paintings, sculptures, video installations, and conceptual pieces by up-and-comers or » Read more

Berlin: The must-see museums of Museum Insel and Kulturforum

Berlin: The must-see museums of Museum Insel and Kulturforum

Cheapos know that the best things in life are free, but sometimes a city’s best sights will cost you. So that you know when it’s worth loosening those purse strings, here’s a guide to Berlin’s two most splurge-worthy museums complexes, the Museum Insel and the Kulturforum. And, of course, we’ll show you how to cut » Read more

Berlin: Afternoon in Friedrichshain—Berlin Wall, Cheap Eats, Soviet Stroll

Berlin: Afternoon in Friedrichshain—Berlin Wall, Cheap Eats, Soviet Stroll

With only a handful of sights to its name, the edgy Berlin district of Friedrichshain, which is infamous for its anti-capitalism protests, prolific graffiti artists, and rocking music venues, isn’t a jackpot in the sight-seeing department. But thanks to its free-to-see landmarks and a bevy of inexpensive and innovative eateries, this is a great day-time » Read more

Berlin: Visit Humboldt University and Freie Universität for Free

Berlin: Visit Humboldt University and Freie Universität for Free

With Berlin’s three public universities—Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt University), Freie Universität (Free University), and Technische Universität (Technical University)—and dozens of private colleges, Germany’s capital is crawling with students studying everything from “Kunst” (art) to “Wirtschaft” (business). With the oldest of the three, Humboldt, in the midst of a 200th anniversary celebration, it’s a great time to » Read more

Berlin: The fall of the wall, 20 years later

Berlin: The fall of the wall, 20 years later

On November 9, thousands of Berliners, visitors, and VIPs, including Kofi Annan and Mikhail Gorbachev, will gather at the base of the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But you don’t have to wait until the action-packed Fest der Freiheit (Festival of Freedom) to pay tribute to » Read more

Berlin Transportation: The New U55, cheapo tour bus, party tram, and more

Berlin Transportation: The New U55, cheapo tour bus, party tram, and more

It may only have three stops, but Berlin’s newest (and shortest) subway line, the U55, makes it easier than ever to explore the city’s major sights. Designed with tourists and politicos in mind, the U55 conveniently links the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) to the Hauptbahnhof (central train station), with a stop in the heart of the » Read more

Cheapo Morning Out Berlin: Sunday brunch, flea markets, and more.

Cheapo Morning Out Berlin: Sunday brunch, flea markets, and more.

It’s no secret that Berliners take a deep breath on Sundays. Shops are closed and traffic dissipates, making the already laid-back city feel completely chilled out. Capture the spirit by heading to a hip hood where part of the Berlin Wall once stood (at the Mitte-Prenzlauer Berg-Wedding border, near the U-bahn stop Bernauer Str.). Hipsters, » Read more

Berlin Graffiti: Street art guide, with walking tour

Berlin Graffiti: Street art guide, with walking tour

Berlin—Critic and curator Emilie Trice writes, “Berlin is the graffiti mecca of the urban art world.” And a recent New York Times article confirms Trice’s assertion with the observation that “The city’s skyline might be defined by a Sputnik-era TV tower, bombed-out churches and the ghost of a certain wall that once split the German » Read more

Berlin Money-saving Tip: Museum passes and Berlin’s Welcomecard

Berlin Money-saving Tip: Museum passes and Berlin’s Welcomecard

Sure, to save more money in Berlin you could just eat pretzels until you’re blue in the face. Hey, we’ve done it. They’re cheap and filling. Or, you could snag a city pass and take advantage of discounts on transport and museums, and freebies all around town. Two passes in particular, the Schaulust Museen Berlin pass » Read more

Berlin: Free visits of the Reichstag

Berlin: Free visits of the Reichstag

NOTE: This article was published in 2008 and is now out of date. For current information, including important new rules, see our new post about visiting the Reichstag. As the official seat of the German Parliament, the Reichstag building in Berlin affords you (at no cost!) one of the best views of the city from its » Read more

Berlin: Free art galleries in Mitte

In the mid-1990s, many Berlin artists moved from the west side of the city to Auguststrasse in East Berlin. Auguststrasse, sometimes referred to as “East Berlin’s art mile,” today hosts some of the city’s most creative minds, and the Mitte gallery scene has become a haven for international talent. Spread out among the area’s hip » Read more

Free things to do in Berlin

Berlin is one city where your euros can still pack a punch. And, perhaps even more importantly, it’s also full of art, history, sausage, and frei stuff to do. Here are six of our favorite freebies in the German capital: The Reichstag The official seat of the German Parliament, the Reichstag affords you (at no cost!) » Read more

Flash: Berlin Is Blooming

Flash: Berlin Is Blooming

Spring is glorious in Berlin—especially for Cheapos, as all that sunshine is free of charge. A particularly lovely spot to enjoy it this time of year is the tranquil Japanese Garden at the Gardens of the World in Erholungspark Marzahn. The cherry trees are blooming, so now is the time to make a visit to » Read more

Berlin: Spring Fest Heats Up

Shine a little sunlight on Berlin and the city’s attitude warms right up with it. And after sleepwalking through another winter of 4 PM sunsets, this city deserves to party! Berlin kicks off the springtime outdoor festival season with Spring Fest, on now through April 15, 2007 at the Zentrale Festplatz on Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. Festivities include » Read more

Berlin: Unbearably Cute Knut

How cute is Knut? The three-month-old polar bear cub at the Berlin Zoo is adorable enough to have become the darling of the city, which is waiting with bated breath for the roly-poly little guy’s public debut any day now. He’s gotten plenty of international attention too, and has even been photographed by Annie Leibovitz. » Read more

Berlin: Up Against the Wall

Berlin: Up Against the Wall

It has been 17 years since the Berlin Wall fell, but the ghost of it continues to haunt the German capital today. There remain divided in many aspects of everyday life, from differing attitudes of East and West Berliners to disparities in how the city has physically developed since reunification. Berlin was understandably so eager » Read more

Berlin: Thursday Night at the Museum

Berlin: Thursday Night at the Museum

There is only one thing we Cheapos like better than getting something for cheap, and that’s getting something for free. In Berlin every Thursday evening, you can get something priceless for free: entrance to the city’s world-renowned museums. Every Thursday for four hours before closing time, entrance to all the permanent exhibitions at Berlin’s state » Read more

BerlinerLuft: Going Postal in Berlin

BerlinerLuft: Going Postal in Berlin

Berlin’s arresting cityscape goes from neo-Classical pomposity to socialist showcase and everywhere in between on its warp-speed journey towards the City of the Future. Berlin is an adventure for any architecture lover, with surprises and juxtapositions waiting around every corner. And Berliners take their architecture seriously. Strident debates over the public face of the ever-changing » Read more

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