Berlin Money Saving TipsNov 23, 2015 2:56 pm
Visiting a capital city, like Berlin, can be expensive, but there are ways to avoid over-spending and cut out the stress of budgeting. Noone wants to sacrifice on seeing the best of the city because it costs too much money, so to enjoy the full Berlin experience, we have put together some tips for you to make the most of the city – and not scrimp on the fun!
See the sights
Obviously the one thing you will want to arrive with, or get in the city, is a Berlin Pass. Your key to the top attractions and museums in the city, it’s a no brainer addition to your holiday. In either 2 or 3 day durations, you can really make the most of all there is to see with one simple card. Plus, it even covers your transport with a free travelcard included. Sorted!
Where to stay
If you want more of a backpacker experience of Berlin, hostels are the way forward. But another alternative to a hotel is Air B&B. You can either rent a room, or whole place, which can work out cheaper if you’re splitting the cost. This way you can also stay somewhere more local and a bit more authentic and get local advice on things to do and where to go from the landlord, too!
Eat for cheap
The best way to experience true Berlin culture is to visit local delis and street food stalls. You can’t pass up a currywurst, the idiosyncratic combination of pork sausage, cut into slices, smothered with a mixture of ketchup and curry powder and then served with a bread roll or fries. It’s a culinary institution in Berlin and only costs a few euros – and the hot curry sauce will keep you warm in the winter months! If you’ve opted for Air B&B why not shop in the local supermarkets to cut even more corners, or make a packed lunch or even picnic to eat whilst you’re exploring the city. There are loads of great places to sit down, like Mauerpark, for example.
Another thing to consider is the time of year you’re visiting. While high season might be the most pleasant in terms of temperature, autumn and spring are also very mild and might offer more affordable flights and all round costs. Don’t forget, it’s always advisable to exchange your money before you arrive in the country. This might also save you a few euros – which is much better spent on souvenirs, or a local beer!
As locals for insider tips and don’t be afraid to veer away from the tourist traps. Your concierge, if you decide to stay in a hotel, will be full of useful information on where to go and what’s on. Don’t forget you can download a free guidebook and metro map from our site before you go, too, so you’re already equipped with useful resources.
Although your sightseeing is covered with the Berlin Pass, there’s even more on offer like a visit to the East Side Gallery, or stopping in at a free lunchtime concert at the Berlin Philharmonic. The iconic Reichstag is also free to get in, as is taking in all the wonderful buildings around Potsdamer platz, or strolling down the historic Unter den Linden.
From A to B
Another way of getting around the city, outside public transport, is either on foot on by bike. Berlin is a very cycle friendly city, so make the most of the popular guided Fat Tire Bike Tour to get a unique perspective on the city and familiarise yourself with the distinct areas and neighbourhoods as you go. The tour guides are always on hand to answer questions too, so if you have a burning Berlin query, ask away!