Berlin is one of the world’s great cities. With a long and fascinating history, world famous nightlife and a significant cultural scene, it is hard to get bored in this place. However, like any major city it can be an expensive place to visit. For essential tips on how to visit Berlin on a budget follow this guide:
Budget Travel Guide To Berlin Germany
There is no shortage of cheap places to eat in Berlin. Like many other major cities, it has its fair share of high-end restaurants, but there are also plenty of places to grab a quick, cheap meal at low cost. Curry-wurst is a well-known German dish and a great way to fill up on the cheap.
You’ll find stalls and shops selling a selection of meat dishes including bratwurst, burgers and meatballs. Expect to pay around €2.50 for currywurst.
Good, cheap Turkish food can be found at food stalls around the city. For a sit-down meal, head to the Neukölln and Kreuzberg districts for great value Middle Eastern, Vietnamese and other ethnic restaurants.
Berlin has plenty of youth hostels where you can stay in a shared dorm for as little as €8 a night. They’re great places to stay if you want to meet people and many have a real party atmosphere (which in turn, cuts down your nightlife costs too). Another option is to look for a room in a flat share, staying with Berliners. It’s a great way to get to know the city from the inside out.
Berlin’s nightlife is one of its biggest draws, but going out can be expensive. How do you make sure you have an excellent night out on the cheap? Berlin is one of the cheapest cities in Europe for nightlife, with club entry under €10 in most places. Given Berlin’s importance to the European club scene, that’s pretty good value.
On weekends the Berlin underground and overland trains run all night so wherever you stay in the city, it’s easy to get back home. If you stay in a flatshare with locals they should be able to give you some good advice on where to go to avoid the tourist traps. Go on their recommendations or visit one of the city’s honesty bars where you pay for what you drink based on trust.
Berlin has plenty of cheap or free attractions to visit when you fancy something a little more wholesome than a dark bar or club. It is famous for its museums and the state-run museums are open on Thursday nights for free. The Stasi Prison Museum is free on Mondays.
If you plan to visit a lot of museums and other attractions, think about getting the ‘Berlin pass’, which includes a travel card and free entry to many of the city’s museums and other attractions. Prices start at €62 for a two-day pass. Finally, enjoy Berlin’s beautiful parks in all seasons, particularly the Tiergarten in the city centre.
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