Budget Travel Ideas in Kreuzberg

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Kreuzberg budget travel is easy due to the young, poor and diverse makeup of the neighborhood. The neighborhood is well known for its punk rock culture and communal living. This neighborhood still contains many hints of its past as an isolated community in East Germany with its eastern bloc housing and prevalent anarchist attitude.

Where to Stay

There are many hostels in Kreuzberg with prices starting as low as ten euros night. Due to increased competition several hostels in the area have a very modern feel. The Red Rooster Bar and Hostel Odyssee has a bicycle rental, a late night bar and even Internet access. Those unfamiliar with staying in hostels need to remember several things:

    Reserving a bed may be necessary if you are visiting Kreuzberg during a festival, The Love Parade or Oktoberfest.

    Most hostels take safety seriously, but when you are sharing a room with fellow travelers, you need to be aware of your surroundings. With so many hostels in Kreuzberg to chose from you should not feel obligated to stay where you feel uncomfortable.
    Talk to your bunk mates! Talking about Kreuzberg budge travel among your fellow budget travelers is the best way to find cheap shops, restaurants, and shows.

What to do

Museums with cheap or free admission can be a good way to spend a day that won't be too expensive. Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Berlin Jewish Museum) is only five euros, approximately 6.5 dollars, and chronicles Jewish life in Berlin before and after World War Two and the impact of the holocaust. The backbone of the budget travelling experience is sightseeing by foot or rental bicycle which is the best way to see the Landwehrkanal Canal that passes through the center of Kreuzberg. The largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall can also be found across the Spree River in Friedrichshain.

Shopping and Eating

Two flea markets operate near Kreuzberg on Sundays, Boxhagener Platz and Treptower Hallen/Arena are good places to people watch and buy cheap souvenirs. Even if you cannot speak German, remember to haggle (even in locally owned tourist shops). Almost thirty percent of the residents in Kreuzberg are not German citizens which makes for fantastic international cuisine. Remember while on you Kreuzberg budget travel trip, eating cheaply can make or break you, avoid eating near tourist attractions like the Berlin Wall or art galleries instead look for bars and cafes off of the beaten path.

February 25, 2010 change by benf
February 23, 2010 change by ctanios

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