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They say the best things in life are free, and without naming any names (*cough* this website *cough*), they're kind of right. After all, while Berlin is one of the cheapest big cities in Europe, there are still plenty of fantastic ways to have some fun without spending even a single penny...


1. Watch buskers

Warschauer Bridge, Mauerpark, and the Turkish Market at Maybachufer are all solid contenders.


2. Learn to dance at Clärchens

The beloved century-old ballroom offers free beginner lessons for salsa (Monday nights) and swing (Wednesday nights).


3. Hang out at Art und Weise

A Neukölln living room bar giving away something for free!? That's right, Art und Weise does complimentary tapas on Tuesdays. There are often impromptu jam sessions and live art installations, too.


4. Go to Museum Island on a Thursday night

All five museums at the UNESCO World Heritage Site are gratis from 6-10pm.


5. Browse flea markets

There’s Mauerpark and the Flowmarkt at Neukölln of course, but what about Zeughaus` art market or the antiques at Straßes des 17.Juni?


6. Karaoke in the Bearpit

Probably the best free entertainment on a Sunday: sitting in an audience of hundreds and singing along to cheesy tunes.


7. Check out the local street art scene

From Banksy to Shepard Fairey, you can see it all on these city walls. Here`s a decent guide on where to find the best murals.


8. Absorb Soviet history at Treptower Park

Covered in memorials, it`s the largest Soviet war cemetery in Germany -- and an excellent picnic spot, too.


9. Take Alternative Berlin’s free subculture tour

Tipping the guide is always appreciated, though.


10. Climb Berlin`s highest mountain

Arkenberge is more than just a garbage disposal site, it`s Berlin`s highest point! Get up there before developers turn it into a fancy ski run (or just wait until they turn it into a fancy ski run ... but you`ll have to pay).


11. Dip into Strandbad Wannsee

Europe`s largest lido is good for sunbathing, playing beach volleyball, or going FKK (nude).


12. Walk through the Topography of Terror

This history museum is located on former Gestapo and SS headquarters, with fascinating exhibits about the Third Reich.


13. Snap photos in Hackescher Markt’s street art alley

And while you`re at it, pop into the Otto Weidt Museum, the former workshop of a citizen hero who helped protect blind and deaf people during World War II.


14. Hit the 66 Lakes Trail

The entire hike is over 400km long!


15. Look around the Kunstquartier Bethanien

Today it`s a cultural centre housing artist and music studios, but it was once a wartime hospital and squatter building.


16. Troll Free Your Stuff Berlin

You may get a couch or a bicycle kostenlos!


17. Chill at Tempelhofer Feld

Grilling, flying kites, jogging, community gardening... Tempelhofer's got it all.


18. Do yoga

On Thursdays, English Yoga Berlin offers a 90-minute, pay-what-you-can session.


19. Learn German

Deutsch für Dich offers free classes... in a bar. Brilliant!


20. Check out Berlin`s Vietnamese mall

The Dong Xuan Center is a massive warehouse compound filled with Asian trinkets, hilarious (sometimes shoddy) imports, and the delectable smell of pho.


21. Play Ping-Pong

There are plenty of public table tennis spots in parks (track one down here ). You can also head to Dr. Pong.


22. Bike through Spreewald

Berlin’s surrounding countryside is amazing.


23. Let your mouth water at Bite Club

Entry to the block party is free, but you’ll probably end up succumbing to an artisanal treat or two (don’t say we didn’t warn you!).


24. Walk through the Holocaust Memorial

It`s an architectural wonder.


25. Creep around Beelitz Sanatorium

This abandoned war hospital, where Hitler and Honecker were once treated, will give you the willies.


26. Ride up to the Reichstag`s roof terrace

Don`t forget to book ahead.


27. Visit a former Nazi concentration camp

Guided tours are available at Sachsenhausen in German and English.


28. Listen to live jazz

A-Trane hosts free gigs on Mondays, meanwhile b-flat does live acoustic jams on Wednesdays.


29. Clubbing any night at Crack Bellmer

Unlike almost every other nightclub in Berlin, entry is always free here (and the music`s still good).


30. Help make dinner for the homeless

Homeless Veggie Dinner gets together and cooks once a month for the less fortunate -- a fun way to meet new people and do some good.


31. Hang out at YAAM

YAAM beach bar always has something going on, from live music to the half-pipe and basketball tournaments.


32. Feign royalty at Schloss Charlottenburg

It may cost you to go inside the palace, but wandering around the grounds is oh so classy.


33. Make friends with a couple brown bears

Köllnischer Park is the home of Schnute and Maxi, who get fed every day at 12:30pm.


34. Go to the symphony

On Tuesdays, the Berliner Philharmoniker plays a free lunch concert.


35. Do your own art gallery tour through Mitte


36. Check out the abandoned Iraqi embassy

Urban explorers dig it.


37. Go to Thailand... in Berlin

On summer weekends, Preußenpark becomes "Thai Park." With little Thai mamas cooking on blankets in the grass, it`s like a slice of Bangkok.


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