As the summer holidays draw to a close, sun-kissed students arrive or return to Berlin after months of music festivals, Mediterranean adventures and internships. Money (or lack of it) is often a source of worry for students at this time of year, but fear not. We have compiled a list of four more great penny-pinching activities that will let you continue the summer fun in Berlin without putting too big a dent in your wallet.
Have a beer outside
Outdoor drinking is a national pastime in Germany. Whether lazing in parks or strolling the streets, it’s rare not to see a beer in sight. And with a Späti (convenience store) on every other street selling cheap beverages, you can still enjoy some drinks without it having to break the bank. With hundreds to choose from, you can avoid pricey bars and still have ample watering holes at your disposal.
Relax in over 2500 green spaces
Quite remarkably, Berlin has over 2500 parks covering roughly one-third of the city. The city’s green spaces are fun-filled havens that are completely free for you to enjoy. From BBQs and picnics to table tennis and volleyball, Berlin’s parks are the perfect place for you to unwind after a long day of lectures and seminars. We have selected a couple of our favourites that provide endless fun at no cost to you at all — not a bad return if you ask me!
Mauerpark: every Sunday, Mauerpark is a hive of excitement, music and activity. Grab the mic and belt out a classic at the ever-popular Bearpit Karaoke, or chill out listening to one of Berlin’s local bands showcasing their music. You may even want to pick up a bargain at the park’s flea market — perhaps a second-hand bike?
Tempelhofer Feld: Tempelhof is a former West Berlin airport turned recreational wonderland. This enormous park is one of Berlin’s truly unique green spaces and is a popular meeting point for soccer players, kite enthusiasts, Bollywood dancers and everyone in between. Grab your bike or rollerblades and spend your afternoon flying down the runway!
Take a trip to the lake
Along with the green spaces, Berlin has also been blessed with a large number of aquatic jewels. Get your bathing suit and make your way to beautiful lakes both to the east and west of the city. Many of the lakes are accessible by public transport and you’ll soon be feeling like you’re back on holiday! We recommend Müggelsee, Schlachtensee, Krumme Lanke and Tegeler See to get you started.
If you just fancy an evening dip, then Badeschiff has a swimming pool floating in the Spree, giving you panoramic views of the Oberbaumbrücke and Berlin’s iconic TV tower. And best of all, it’s free after 8pm.
Go back in time
A great thing about Berlin is that you’re continually surrounded by fascinating history. Avoid expensive museum fees and take time to reflect on the past at the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Holocaust Memorial or the immense Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park. You can also book a free tour up the Reichstag Dome, an iconic structure built to symbolise the reunification of Germany in 1990.
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Written by Simon Klys, Content Writer at www.businessproofing.com
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