Berlin, as one of the most popular European capitals, gets a huge number of tourists coming there from all over the world.
And this is clear: in addition to the rich historical and cultural heritage that each of the most popular European capitals is famous for, Berlin is incredibly attractive for its hospitality, atmosphere of freedom and light, and a huge number of festivals, art objects and other unusual places.
In order to comfortably move around the city, to use maps or to search for any necessary information, many tourists need constant Internet access.
Some of them use travel SIM cards, others purchase SIM cards on the spot, and some others use offline maps or public Wi-Fi.
If you belong to the last category, then of course you might need free internet access during your travel to the wonderful city of Berlin.
Does Germany Have Free Public WiFi?
In everything related to the Internet, Germany can be considered a super advanced country.
There are more than 56,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country. Among them, there are about 6,000 of them in Berlin only, and this number is constantly growing.
There are several sources where you can check the nearest Wi-Fi hotspots on the map. For example, you can use this website: https://www.publicwifi.de/
Want to know the best part?
First of all, Berlin supports Freifunk, a non-profit volunteer community whose goal is to provide free wireless Internet access to everyone.
The community was founded by Berliners who believe that access to information and knowledge should be free. Local and worldwide wireless and wired networks should be public spaces, like streets, parks, forests and seas.
How does this system work?
Several neighbors living in the same area combine their wireless routers and create a single local Wi-Fi network that other users can use for free.
So far Freifunk network supports over 1,000 public wireless hotspots in Berlin, including at the Technisches Museum and Museum Island. All points are located here on the map, in the Freifunk subsection.
Secondly, it might sound ridiculous, but many free hotspots can be found on the territory of religious sites: churches and cathedrals.
On the one hand, usually people visit churches for other reasons, but the main idea is the same as of the Freifunk movement: convenient and easy access to information = to the Internet.
You can find these points on the map in the godspot subsection.
Free Wifi Hotspots In Berlin At Night
Berlin is rightfully considered the world capital of techno, plus the city has a lot of interesting and unusual venues and bars, so the nightlife here is super active and I can definitely say that this “poor but sexy” city never sleeps.
Therefore, Internet access at night is as necessary as during the day:
– to contact someone;
– to order a taxi;
– to find directions to a certain location;
– to check bus, S-Bahn or U-Bahn timetables;
– to check some bar working hours..
… or something else.
So what to do if you suddenly need to find a Wi-Fi hotspot in Berlin at night?
Here are some practical tips and advice:
1. To find 24-hour or night-time cafes and fast food places with free access to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
2. To use free internet access at railway stations provided by Deutsche Bahn or at U-Bahn stations provided by the BVG transport company.
3. To use this link: https://www.wifimap.io/860-berlin-free-wifi or its app which shows all hotspots nearby, with comments about free access, passwords needed and other things.
It is convenient because the information there is constantly updated, plus you can upload new spots found by yourself.
By the way, this application works in other countries too.
15 Berlin Cafes With Free Wifi Hotspot
Here is a list of 15 cafes and venues working in the evening and at night time and offering free Internet access.
This list is relevant at the time of this article being published (August, 2022).
Address: Lützowufer 15, 10785 Berlin
Working Hours: 5pm to 11pm daily
ALEX Berlin am Alex
Address: Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin
Working Hours: 8am to 11pm on weekdays, 8am to 1am on weekends
Block House Karl-Marx-Allee
Address: Karl-Marx-Allee 91, 10243 Berlin
Working Hours: 12pm to 10pm on weekdays, 12pm to 11pm on weekends
Address: Friedrichstraße 101, 10117 Berlin
Working Hours: 11am to 11pm on weekdays, 11am to 1am on weekends
Address: Knaackstraße 37, 10435 Berlin
Working Hours: 5pm to 11pm on weekdays (except Tuesday), 12pm to 11pm on weekends
Address: Brunnenstraße 196, 10119 Berlin
Working Hours: 11am to 1am daily
Pizza by Mustafa
Address: Mehringdamm 32, 10961 Berlin
Working Hours: 10am to 1am on weekdays; 2pm to 5am on Friday; 11am to 2am on Saturday; 11am to 1am and Sunday
Corroboree Restaurant Cafe Bar
Address: Sony Center, Bellevuestraße 5, 10785 Berlin
Working Hours: 9am to 12am daily
Address: Schloßstraße 56, 12165 Berlin
Working Hours: 9am to 1am on weekdays, 9am to 2am on weekends
Address: Damaschkestraße 17, 10711 Berlin
Working Hours: 1pm to 12am on weekdays, 1pm to 1am on weekends
Address: Große Hamburger Str. 37, 10115 Berlin
Working Hours: 6pm to 12am on weekdays (except Monday), 5pm to 1am on weekends
Address: Schöneberger Str. 16, 10963 Berlin
Working Hours: 4pm to 12am on weekdays, 12pm to 12am on weekends
Address: Bäkestraße 9, 12207 Berlin
Working Hours: 11-30am to 12am daily
Address: Friedrichstraße 141-142, 10117 Berlin
Working Hours: open 24 hours
Address: around the city
Working Hours: each place has its own timetable
Speaking about free Wifi access policy in such fast-food venues as McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC, I would recommend checking the conditions for providing free internet on the spot, because it might be changed from time to time.
I hope that this article will help you better understand the finer points of the Berlin Internet and make your trip to this amazing city more comfortable.
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Herzlich Willkommen in Berlin!