Free Berlin

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Berlin is the capital city (and also the biggest city) of Germany. There lives something about three and half million people.

Housing[edit]

  • Kesselberg - permaculture community
  • Koepi - big squatted social centre
  • Project Volunteering - nomad base
  • Tramschule - community project
  • Xb - queer housing project
  • ZEGG - Far out spiritual community
  • Zorrow - Housing project

Althrough squatting is illegal in Berlin, there are lots of houseprojects, such as Köpi on Köpenicker Strasse (U-Bhf "Heinrich-Heine-Strasse") and many of those on Rigaer Strasse (U-Bhf "Frankfurter Tor"). You can find sleeping place there for short stays, maximum two weeks, except for Köpi, where people are quite pissed off about travelers and let them stay for two days only or charge them some money for each night. About other house projects behold - there are punks and hippies living together! And in many cases they are living there with their children, so you cannot be as drunk as you want to be there.

If you want to stay in Berlin for longer, there are lots of empty houses as well, but for squatting a house in Berlin you have to do it quietly. Do not make people to call you police!

Fight[edit]

Berliner-Tierrechts-Aktion - animal rights in Berlin

Miscellaneous[edit]

Infoladen Daneben - infoshop in Berlin

Stressfaktor - info on radical left scene in Berlin

Assorted Freebies[edit]

List of free stuff here can be picked up at people's houses.

Free Play[edit]

LaD.I.Y.fest is a non-profit, volunteer run "Do It Yourself" (D.I.Y.) festival of music, art, film, discussions and workshops organized and orchestrated by feminist activists, artists and musicians of various genders.

Medical Care[edit]

Subway in Berlin is called U-Bahn, very easy to enter without ticket. Mostly they don't check tickets on the train, but you can be more careful with lines 5 and 8. There is also urban train called S-Bahn in Berlin, also very easy to catch. When you get checked on S-Bahn (very rare, but still avoid Ringbahn), just speak English and possibly you don't get a fine, sometimes you even don't have to go out from the train.

Free Food[edit]

Rigaer 105 - tea bar

Yoyo Cafe - Vegan Cafe in Berlin

There are plenty of Caritas all around Berlin, just ask some people, who might know. In Caritas you can eat free food and in many cases also take a shower and wash your clothes for free. And also medical care. These are open mostly from Monday until Friday, on the daytime. Only thing that you have to pay for, is coffee, witch is from 30 to 50 cent. On Saturdays and Sundays you can visit Bahnhofmission, where they give sandwiches and some other stuff. One of those is located in Zoloogischer Garten train station, it's open every day, from two o'clock, if I remember this correctly.

If you want to eat vegetarian or vegan food, and also support house projects, you can ask for the "Stress Faktor" magazine in Köpi house project. in the end of the magazine is list of the house project cafeterias and when those are open. mostly one meal costs two or three euros, but some might be for free as well.

Dumpster diving from supermarkets is also possible, but make sure that shop workers don't see you. If they see you, they might lock the dumpster for the next time. You can go about one hour after they close. Best dumpstering is Netto supermarket chain, also you might find something in Edeka. Better dumpstering is in suburban areas. Also you can go to Alexanderplatz S-Bhf and U-Bhf and check the garbage cans, you might find some Chinese food, döner kebab and other leftovers. It's a good idea to check McDonald's or Burger King.

Dumpster Diving[edit]

Prenzlauer Promenade 44[edit]

Bread Factory!

In the backyard of the shop, the first green container on the left is the best bread dumpster you could dream of. As an industrial bakery, they have a huge container to throw perfectly good bread and cakes, sometimes just baked (they throw away a lot of bread just because is "out of shape", too big or too small, so is perfectly fresh and good). It's generally open, be discrete and courteous.

Pappelallee 54[edit]

Dumpsters are in the backyard, easy to reach. It was really good some months ago, now they are often closed or empty, but worth to try. The shop closes at midnight, so please go after.

Schönhauser Allee 10[edit]

Organic Supermarket

There you have to go during the opening hours, right on the street, at the entrance of the underground parking place, they have 3 bins. One is just for vegetables, and it's great.

Yorckstraße[edit]

The infamous Turkish Market!

Wednesdays and Saturdays, around 16:30, just before they close, all the stands start selling crates of vegetables for 1 or 2 Euros, and if you wait enough, they often get free to pick up. The quality is not the best, but perfect to collect enormous amount of fruit to turn into marmalade.

Warschauer Straße 63[edit]

Organic Supermarket

The challenge with this one is to get in the inner courtyard, which is the entrance of a residential complex. Once you and are let in, the trash isn't usually locked during the opening hours, but it's possible that they lock them at night.

Bio-Market[edit]

Off Obentrautstrabe st. A lot of vegetables, melons, tomatoes and hundreds of peaches! anytime of the day is great.

Keiser's[edit]

Off Franz-Kluhs-Strabe st.

Anytime, they have the bins in a cage but it`s shut only with a wooden stick, so easy to get in. they add things throughout the day. Make sure you close the cage back up.

DM-Market[edit]

Off Hasenheide st behind City Bowling.

Behind this complex of shops you can find several dumpsters, as well one small one from dm market. Sometimes you can find shampoo and cookies there. There is mostly not much, but it's always interesting.

Legal Aid[edit]

ACLU, free legal aid/counseling, pro bono attorneys, etc.

Information[edit]

General weather, traffic, news resources, etc.

Underground Papers[edit]

Public Transit[edit]

Subways, Buses, Ferries, Shuttles, etc.

Free Clothing and Furniture[edit]

Just keep your eyes open for clothes. You can find these everywhere. You can simply check every trash can on the way, which is also good for making some money with empty bottles (beer bottle = 8 cent / plastic bottle = 15 or 25 cent / can = 25 cent). However, you have to collect quite a few beer bottles to really make enough money to make it worthwhile. In a big city like this you can occasionally find brand new clothes in the garbage. When you take a shower in Caritas, they give you clean socks, if you ask for them. Maybe also clean underwear. In some house projects there are Free Shops for clothes, shoes and books (mostly in German). There should be one in Köpi.

There are quite a few "free stores" in various locations in Berlin- however, they have become slightly trendy, which changes their accessibility- and, as many are located in squats, too much attention is never a good thing. Also, at some flea markets, people (the people who are really just trying to get rid of their unwanted junk) will get rid of stuff that they don't sell at the end of the day.

Furniture/Stuff: Check the streets. Like most cities, people put old/discarded items on the street- bags of books, sofas, tables- check the less trendy neighborhoods. There is also a free/exchange service on the BSR (Berlin Waste Management Service) website, where you can find tons of free furniture or furniture that people are willing to exchange for other inexpensive objects, usually food, like cartons of milk or coffee pads for their machine, although this is mostly in German. One can also find some cool stuff on craigslist for free, which is predominately used by English speakers.

Survive[edit]