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Berlin Festivals: A Cheapo guide to Berlin’s best events

Berlin Festivals: A Cheapo guide to Berlin’s best events

Keep pouring the champagne (or, even better, the Sekt), because we’re in a celebratory mood. The festivities surrounding the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall were such a blast, that we’re already looking forward to the city’s next mega-event. Though Germany’s capital no longer hosts the bacchanalian, techno-obsessed Love Parade, Berlin still reigns as » 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 Cheap Eats: Warm up with a wurst!

Berlin Cheap Eats: Warm up with a wurst!

Nothing says autumn in Berlin like a heaping plate of hearty German food. Berlin is famous for its wide array of delicious ethnic cuisines, but there’s only one way to warm up on a chilly autumn day: dig into a platter of meat, potatoes, and seasonal vegetables, including Grünkohl (curly green kale), Blumenkohl (cauliflower), and » 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

Berlin Museum Review: The best of the (curry)Wurst

Berlin Museum Review: The best of the (curry)Wurst

Berlin bursts with street food kiosks specializing in Cheapo-friendly treats. It’s easy to snack on anything from Turkish Döner kebabs to vegan cheeseburgers here. But one speedy snack has been around the longest: the currywurst. Invented in 1949, currywurst is a colorful concoction of sliced sausage, ketchup-like tomato sauce, and curry powder, served on a ridged » 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 bars: Pay what you wish at the “Weinerei”

Berlin bars: Pay what you wish at the “Weinerei”

For years we’d heard about a cool Berlin bar where you drank as much as you liked and paid whatever you thought was right at the end of the night. However, no one mentioned that the bar also offered vats of wholesome food and cushy couches! Welcome to the Weinerei Tourists to Berlin often refer » 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: Berlinale Film Festival, Feb 5-15, 2009

Berlin: Berlinale Film Festival, Feb 5-15, 2009

The 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, the “Berlinale,” will take place February 5-15. The event celebrates its 59th year in 2009 and boasts an impressive lineup, with some 350 film screenings on deck (most of which are making their debut). The festival is both an international industry event and a great chance for film enthusiasts » Read more

Berlin cheap souvenir: Nightlife magazines and club promos

Berlin cheap souvenir: Nightlife magazines and club promos

When it comes to Berlin, we love the nightlife. Not only are the clubs and bars wildly fun, with great music and dancing pumping ’til dawn, but admission is cheapo-friendly, especially compared to the hot spots of other capital cities. For cheap souvenirs, we recommend bringing home free club promotional materials, handouts, and even listings magazines. You’ll have proof that you » 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

Berlin: “Mensa” cafeterias dish up cheap meals

Berlin: “Mensa” cafeterias dish up cheap meals

We are unapologetically fond of German cafeteria food. When visiting the German capital, we always stop for a sampling of local cuisine at one of the state-run (and subsidized) Mensa cafeterias, where a nourishing lunch may be enjoyed for just a few euros. Although Mensa cafeterias are commonly found on campus at German universities and » Read more

Berlin: Transport Basics

Berlin: Transport Basics

Berlin’s public transportation system covers a lot of ground across a very spread-out city. Cheapos need never pay full price to use the system, as there are a number of discounts available. For visitors, there is the WelcomeCard, which offers unlimited travel in Berlin, plus a book of coupons for discounts to museums, tours, bike » Read more

Berlin Flash: Ostalgic Grub at the Schwarze Pumpe

Berlin Flash: Ostalgic Grub at the Schwarze Pumpe

State communism may have gone its way in East Berlin, but the workers of the world can still get fed at the Schwarze Pumpe (Black Pump) in Mitte. The décor, featuring exposed pipes and wooden tables, is stylishly retro-factory canteen. The food is fresh, simple and cheap; the menu features daily specials such as goulash » Read more

Berlin: Anglophone Expat Haven

Berlin: Anglophone Expat Haven

Photo by Jennifer Sokolowsky Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. For English speakers in Berlin, that would be Hairy Mary’s, which opened last fall in a cellar space near Kollwitzplatz. The bar has the feel of a friend’s living room. The proprietors, Mark from Glasgow and Laura from Minnesota, offer a » Read more

Berlin: Playing With Toytowners

Berlin’s expat community is diverse and far-flung. Because the city is so spread out, it can be difficult to find one central point for English speakers. But this is changing with the appearance of the Toytown Germany online community. A longtime expat fixture in Munich, the Toytown site has expanded over the last year to » Read more

Berlin: White Trash Fast Food is a Blast From the Past

White Trash Fast Food, the notoriously attitude-heavy restaurant/bar/club in Berlin’s Mitte, gets itself all gussied up on Sunday nights for Coconut Grove, a nostalgic nod to the heyday of swing. While you can still order White Trash favorites such as the Killer Elvis Burger, and the joint’s schizophrenic décor is as much rock n’ roll » 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: Cute Knut Update

It seems that Knut, Berlin’s über-cute polar bear cub, is alive and well—and despite the opinion of some animal-rights activists that he should have been killed rather than humanized. Three-month-old Knut made his public debut at the Berlin Zoo last weekend to the adulation of large crowds of children and an international media feeding frenzy. » Read more