Berlin is a city best known for its dynamic galleries and architecture. You can visit these remarkable landmarks and much more on a budget by following our top tips:
Food & drink
The pizza slices (1.90 euros each) with their wonderful toppings sold by the Focacceria will fill you up in next to no time. Daily from 11am | Mitte | Fehrbelliner Str. 24 | Tel. 030 44 03 27 71 | U 8 Rosenthaler Platz
Curry 36 is probably the most popular snack bar in Kreuzberg and not only serves currywurst (German sausage with curry powder) at around 1.50 euros with chips but also pea soup at 2.50 euros. You eat standing up and it is open until the early hours of the morning. Kreuzberg | Mehringdamm 36 | U 6, 7 Mehringdamm
Baba Angora serves first-rate Turkish cuisine with quality lamb dishes, grilled vegetables and delicious desserts. It has a homey atmosphere and has reasonably priced set meals at lunchtime. Open daily from noon | Charlottenburg | Schlüterstrasse 29 | Tel. 030 3 23 70 96 | S Savignyplatz
Gasthaus Lentz is a classic German eatery where Kölsch beer is served. There is no music to disturb your conversation and they offer a variety of lunchtime specials. Meatballs and Landjäger sausages are always available. Daily from 9am | Charlottenburg | Stuttgarter Platz 20 | Tel. 030 3 24 16 19 | www.gasthaus-lentz-berlin.de | S 3, 5, 7, 75 Charlottenburg
The WBM housing association has ten charming, low-priced guest flats in Mitte and Friedrichshain to rent. Scharnweber Strasse 23–27 | Tel. 030 24 71 53 29 | U 5 Samariterstrasse
Eastern Comfort: Guests in the two small hotel boats near the Oberbaumbrücke can spend their nights on the Spree with hardly any swell – a view of the water through the porthole is included in the price. 45 cabins | Friedrichshain | Mühlenstr. 73–77 | Tel. 030 66 76 38 06 | www.eastern-comfort.com | U/S Warschauer Strasse
In the Pension 11. Himmel, in a prefabricated-concrete building in Marzahn, you can either sleep in a hammock or a prince’s bed. A one night stay with breakfast is 22 euros. 5 rooms | Wittenberger Str. 85 | www.pension-11himmel.de | S7 Ahrensfelde
Gasteiner Hof is a small hotel in the west of the city offering good value for money. There are reasonably-priced double rooms available with a shower and WC. 22 rooms | Wilmersdorf | Gasteiner Str. 8 | Tel. 030 862 01 70 | www.gasteiner-hof.de/indexen.html | U 7 Blissestr
Turkish Bazaar – Even though you will probably not need vegetables by the crate load, the ‘Turkish Market’ called the Markt Am Maybachufer is a real experience. The dealers haggle and bargain over their goods as if they were in a bazaar in Istanbul. Here you can also try delicious and reasonably-priced specialities. Tuesday, Friday noon until 6.30pm | Neukölln | Maybachufer | U 8 Schönleinstrasse
For retro fans – Arm & Sexy in Neukölln has everything from radios to eggcups from the 1930s to 1970s. Wednesday–Friday 2–7pm, Saturday noon–5 pm | Reuterstr. 62 | U7 Hermannplatz
The Marc O’Polo Outlet – This shop will make bargain hunters’ eyes light up with glee. Monday–Friday 10am–8pm, Saturday 10am–6pm | Kaiserdamm 7 | U2 Sophie-Charlotte-Platz
Lunchtime concerts – From September to June, you will be able to enjoy a free lunchtime concert at 1pm every Tuesday in the Philharmonie. The performing ensembles are first-rate and include the Berlin Philharmonic and scholarship holders from the orchestra’s academy. Advance sales Monday–Friday 3 until 6pm, Saturday, Sunday 11am until 2pm | Tiergarten | Matthäikirch strasse 1 | Tel. 030 25 48 89 99 | www.en.gasteig.de | U/S Potsdamer Platz
The Eastside Gallery – The Eastide Gallery is the longest open-air gallery in the world – stretching from the Ostbahnhof to the Oberbaum bridge. Take a look at what artists have left for future generations on a 1416m (4646 ft) long piece of the former Berlin Wall. The gallery is located to the south of the Ostbahnhof railway station. Friedrichshain | Mühlenstrasse | www.eastsidegallery.com | U/S Ostbahnhof
Picnic at Tiergarten – In summer, the Berliners pack their picnic baskets and make a pilgrimage to the English Garden in Tiergarten to relax and listen to free concerts of jazz and Klezmer music. From the dome of the Reichstag you can get the best panoramic view of the city and the area is also a shopping paradise, which makes the district of Tiergarten very hard to compete with.
Ticket prices for the Cinestar Centres are reduced to around 6 euros on Tuesdays.
The Sageclub grants free admittance to ‘Rock at Sage’ on Thursdays (7–10pm). Köpenicker Str. 76 | Tel. 030 278 98 30 | U Heinrich-Heine-Strasse
Entrance to the frannz-club is only 4 euros on Thursdays – Indie pop-rock day. Schönhauser Allee 36 | Tel. 030 7 26 19 33 | U 2 Eberswalder Str.
Buy the Berlin Marco Polo Pocket Guide.