Berlin on a Budget
Here's a handy list of 14 WOW tips for those who want to visit Berlin on a budget.
Berlin is known for being a budget-friendly city. Buying and renting apartments is still relatively cheap compared to other European cities and tickets to sporting and cultural events are easily manageable. Some things are even free, like visiting museums.
Our friends at Berlinur.de have made a list of 14 tips for those who want to visit Berlin on a budget.
1. THE BEER
You’ll probably enjoy the price of beer in Berlin. Now, a word to the wise: Bying a large beer is not necessarily the most economic choice. If the service is good you should definitely choose smaller portions and enjoy the Germans’ beloved foam. Keep in mind that beer in Berlin gets more expensive the closer you get to popular tourist attractions. Price: 1.80 € - 5.50 €
2. SPORTING EVENTS
In England, you might have to postpone your mortgage payment for a ticket to a major league game but that’s not the case in Berlin. You could watch Hertha play for as little as 14 €.
3. BREAD ROLLS
They might as well give these away, they’re so cheap. Maybe they’re produced with great quantities of baking powder in a neighboring country but the price is still unbelievable: 0.19 € a piece! You can also buy high quality bread rolls that cost a little more but they’re still pretty cheap at around 0.60 €.
4. DÖNER KEBAB
A döner—as kebabs are called in Berlin—can sometimes be as cheap as 1 €. But if you are looking for a better quality, a good quality döner can cost around 3 € and it’s a pretty good size.
Speaking of meals for 1 € … McDonalds is cheaper in Germany than other European cities. A single cheeseburger can go for as low as 1 € and a Big Mac meal costs ca. 6.50 €.
Some of the museums in Berlin have no admission fees. To name a few, there’s the DDR Museum at Kulturbrauerei, Topografie des Terrors War Museum and the Daimler Contemporary Art Museum.
7. THE FERNSEHTURM
Compared to other great monuments with a view, going up to the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) on Alexanderplatz is pretty cheap or ca. 13 €. That’s far less than the 30 you pay at the London Eye.
You should go out for lunch in Berlin as a lot of the fine dining establishments offer great deals during the day, even with a starter and a dessert. We recommend asking for the “Tagesgericht” or course of the day.
If you need to do some shopping for the whole family, Berlin is definitely the place to do it. They have all the popular chain stores here plus you can ask for Tax-Free. It also helps to drop in when there’s a sale which happens quite often.
If you’re in Berlin you should stock up on razor blades and Nespresso capsules.
In Berlin, and all of Germany, you can get a free eye test at Fielmann’s plus they offer really cheap eyewear.
12. BUS 100
Bus no. 100 goes a very similar route as the Hop on / Hop off bus in Berlin. The biggest difference is that bus no. 100 is part of the public transport system so a one-time ticket only costs 2.70 € and a day pass is 6.90 € compared to at least 17€ you would pay for a day pass on the Hop on / Hop off bus.
Buying groceries is pretty cheap in Berlin compared to other European cities. The cheapest stores are Penny, Lidl, Netto and Aldi. A little pricier but still cheap are Kaisers and Rewe.
14. ICE CREAM
Of course, there’s ice cream of all types, quality and prices in Berlin. However, Germans consider 1 € to be a reasonable price for one scoop of ice cream which is a pretty low price.