Free Walking Tours Berlin

This is an overview of the free walking tours in Berlin that are available to you, including pay-what-you-wish, self-guided, as well as GPS-led audio tours.

 

Berlin Walking Tours

 


FREE TOURS IN BERLIN

While you can find 100% free, self-guided or audio guided tours in Berlin, what most people think of when they hear free tours are actually pay-what-you-wish guided tours.

These tours are free to sign up for and are technically free to take, but it is recommended that you pay your guide what you felt the tour was worth, or what you could afford, at the end of the walk.

According to online reviews, most guests pay anywhere from €5 – €15 per person.

 

 

In Berlin, you can find free tours not just for a city orientation, but also on topics such as street art, the Third Reich, and the Cold War.

There is even a free bike tour (sort of).

Keep in mind that due to the affordability factor of these tours, they are very popular with backpackers and can have large groups, up to 40 people per tour guide.

If you want to avoid larger, younger-skewing tours, you might want to consider a small-group walking tour. These tours are affordable and cost on average €15 per adult.


Free Tours with Tourist Passes and Bus Tours

Keep in mind that if you are considering purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass, several of these passes include free (not pay-what-you-wish) walking tours. 

Likewise, the major hop-on-hop-off bus companies in Berlin also offer free walking tours (not pay-what-you-wish) with paid tickets.

 


BERLIN CITY CENTER (INTRO TO BERLIN TOURS)

These pay-what-you-wish walking tours concentrate on Berlin’s Friedrichstadt neighborhood with the Mitte district.

 

Brandenburg Gate

 

Here is where many of Berlin’s famous tourist attractions are located.

  • Reichstag
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Unter der Linden
  • Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe)
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • The Topography of Terror
  • Bebelplatz
  • Museum Island
  • Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)
  • The Berlin Palace

Every tour company in Berlin offers tours here and most cover all of these stops and more. Starting points and times vary.

Holders of either the Berlin Pass or the Welcome Card All-Inclusive already have a free tour of this area included.


New Berlin Tours

New Berlin offers a pay-what-you-wish Berlin city centre tour.

Clocking in at approximately 2 ½ hours, this excursion will take you past locations such as TV Tower, Luftwaffe HQ, and Brandenburg Gate. 

This walking tour is offered in English, German and Spanish.  

Availability: Daily (fewer tours may be offered due to the Covid-19 pandemic)

  • 10:00 am
  • 11:00 am
  • 12:00 pm
  • 13:00 (1 pm)
  • 14:00 (2 pm)
  • 16:00 (4 pm)
  • Check the calendar for an updated schedule.

With a 5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor, New Berlin Tours is quite popular despite often having very large group sizes. 

They also offer a wide range of Berlin tours, including Third Reich, Cold War, and Royal Potsdam Tours.


Walkative

This company offers a tour every day but Tuesdays at 10:30. The tour starts in Alexanderplatz and ends at the Brandenburg Gate.


Other Companies:

  • Brewers Berlin Tours
  • Original-Berlin Free Walks
  • Generation Tours

 


FREE STREET ART TOURS BERLIN

These pay-what-you-wish walking tours concentrate on Berlin’s alternative scene with a focus on street art and graffiti.

Many are led by single tour guides who promote their tours in various locations. It’s best to consult our calendar above for the most up to date schedule.

There is even one graffiti and street art workshop.

As we mentioned earlier, if you are considering either the Berlin Pass or the Welcome Card All-Inclusive, you already have a completely free tour included in both passes.

 

 


Small-Group Tours

And as with most free tours, this tour can get very crowded, particularly in the tourist high season. You might consider a small-group tour which costs around €14 per adult.

We also offer a free Berlin street art tour that is self-guided.

 


FREE THIRD REICH (WW2) TOURS BERLIN

These pay-what-you-wish walking tours concentrate on the Nazi and World War 2 era of Berlin.

There is currently one company offering regularly scheduled pay-what-you-wish tours.

As we mentioned earlier, if you are considering either the Berlin Pass or the Welcome Card All-Inclusive, you already have a completely free tour included in both passes.

 

 


Small-Group Tours

And as with most free tours, this tour can get very crowded, particularly in the tourist high season. You might consider a small-group tour which costs around €14 per adult.


Generation Tours

This company offers a  3-hour, pay-what-you-wish street art tour that departs from Museum Island at 11:00 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.


Self-Guided Exploration Games

These games are an excellent alternative to tours, allowing you to solve a mystery using clues that will take you to some of the most notable WW2 landmarks in the city.

Although neither game is free, at under €10 for both, the price is about what most people would tip their guide during a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.


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COLD WAR (GDR) TOURS BERLIN

These pay-what-you-wish walking tours concentrate on Berlin’s GDR era and the Cold War.

Many are led by single tour guides who promote their tours in various locations. It’s best to consult our calendar above for the most up to date schedule.

As we mentioned earlier, if you are considering either the Berlin Pass or the Welcome Card All-Inclusive, you already have a completely free tour included in both passes.

 

 


Small-Group Tours

And as with most free tours, this tour can get very crowded, particularly in the tourist high season. You might consider a small-group tour which costs around €14 per adult.


Generation Tours

This company offers a 3-hour, pay-what-you-wish street art tour that departs from Museum Island at 11:00 am on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays.


Self-Guided Exploration Games

If you’re looking for an interesting way to discover East Berlin or learn the history of the Cold War, there are two games available that allow you to solve a mystery using clues from around the city.

These outings are not free, but at €10 or less, they cost about as much as you might tip your guide for a pay-what-you-wish walking tour.


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FREE TOURS WITH TOURIST PASSES

If you are considering purchasing one of the tourist attraction discount passes in Berlin, then keep in mind that they already include free walking tours (not pay-what-you-wish) with small groups.

These passes work by bundling together entry fees for popular tours and attractions and can save you up to 50% off the retail prices.

 

 


Walking Tours Included in Each Pass

Both the Berlin Pass and the Berlin Welcome Card All-Inclusive include the following free tours

  • Berlin Orientation
  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • Potsdam

The Berlin Pass also includes the following:

  • Cold War Berlin
  • Third Reich Berlin
  • Street Art and Graffiti
  • Queer Berlin
  • Jewish Berlin

In addition to free walking tours, these passes also include bike and bus tours as well as boat cruises, not to mention numerous attractions.

Learn more about how you could save money with a tourist pass.

 


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About the author

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers.

Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.