Berlin, Germany is a vibrant city full of stylishly dressed people, plenty of bakeries and a thriving night life. But it’s also a very expensive city. No matter if you are doing all the tourist spots or taking a short excursion, there are many things you can do to save money while in Berlin.
Pack Some Food
Food is something you really can’t skimp on. Although there are phenomenal bakeries, restaurants and buffets in Berlin, you can’t hit them all. Also, your stomach may not be able to handle the sudden change in food ingredients as well as jet lag. It’s good to pack at least three meals worth of food that your digestive system is used to. This should be small but filling food like granola bars, small packs of breakfast cereal or trail mix.
If you can, find out in advance if your room has a refrigerator, microwave oven or hot plate. You can also pack lightweight microwaveable food from home and save on having to go out to eat three or four times a day. If you have a refrigerator but no microwave, one trip to the local mini-mart for drinks can save you a fortune in hitting soda machines or pubs.
Stay at a Bed and Breakfast
If it’s not a bed and breakfast, make sure that it serves a breakfast that is included with your stay. Berliners love their breakfasts. No mere American coffee and a Danish or greasy UK fry ups for them. These are serious feasts for the eyes as well as the stomach. They include fresh breads, cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, puddings and cakes as well as more traditional fare such as dry cereal, yogurt and eggs.
Some bed and breakfast establishments like the City Guesthouse Pension on Gleimstrasse will also have its own resident tour guide. Instead of trying to struggle with deciphering the Berlin public transportation system, you can still hit the city’s big attractions like Alexanderplatz and Checkpoint Charlie at a decent price.
Separate Money Into Separate Pockets
If you put all of your money into one place, you’ll be tempted to spend all of it. You won’t be so tempted if you separate your money into two or three small piles and place in different pockets. In this way, you can be sure that you’ll have enough money to get a nice meal and transportation to the airport at the end of your stay. Also, if you get robbed but keep some of your money in another place, you won’t be completely wiped out.
It’s better to do money exchanges at the airport rather than try to do so at a bank in Berlin. Not all banks will change money or will be open at convenient times. But at the airport, especially ones in Germany, there is usually always a money exchange kiosk open.
Don’t Overdo It
There’s no way that you can “do” Berlin in one vacation. This writer met an American ex-pat who lived in Berlin for 20 years and still uncovers secrets every year. When you try to see to many shows, markets, museums or parks, you can get physically exhausted. When you get exhausted, you can’t make wise spending decisions.
Make a plan before the trip about one to three locations in Berlin you absolutely want to see. Concentrate on those specific destinations and then youcan poke about and take more in depending on how energetic you feel or if you were able to stick these money saving travel tips.