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The secret attraction in Berlin you never considered visiting

Berlin is an eclectic city with a rich history, friendly locals, a vibrant art and culture scene, and a multitude of attractions that are bound to keep you happily occupied regardless of the length of time you’re spending there. I’ve visited this amazing city twice now, staying for 3 nights both times, and still feel as though I’ve barely scratched the surface. Best of all, many of the top tourist attractions in town are FREE to visit!

Yet, as great as the views are from the Reichstag…

as intriguing the murals of the Berlin Wall

and as poignant the walk through the Holocaust Memorial…

…there was one other attraction that gave us so much mirth that we still talk fondly about it to this day. It’s so popular you’ll find not just one but several of these dotted throughout the city. They’re easily identified by Google maps, receive generally positive reviews, and are open for your enjoyment 24/7 for the bargain price of 50 (Euro) cents or less, depending on which part of town you’re in.

I’m talking, of course, about the City Toilettes.

From Wikimedia Commons

These kerbside cubicles are space age in design, a fact you’ll quickly notice the moment you pop in your coin and the door glides smoothly open to reveal a gleaming throne.

Once inside, you’ll find it fully equipped, not just with a cleaner than average bowl, but also paper, a sink complete with water, soap and dryer, and even hooks to hang your coat and bags on.

The signage is easy to understand, even for the visually impaired and those who do not speak German.

Your coin buys you 20 minutes, but if that’s not enough, there’s a button to press that gives you an extra 20 minutes.

But be warned – make sure you exit before the time is up, or you may find that you’ve bought yourself not just potty time but also a bath. These conveniences are self-cleaning, so linger too long and you may find yourself sprayed with disinfectant.

The greatest thing? These cubicles are large enough to admit a wheelchair, so if you’re tight arse Asians like we are (or if you simply aren’t carrying enough coins), just hop right in with a friend or 2. After all, pee is for party, right? There’s plenty of room in there for some privacy while the other person (or persons) stares at (and photographs) the door.

Think I’m joking? I had so much fun on my number 1 that I immediately regretted not making full use of my 20 minutes to photograph the interior so that I could share this experience with you all. What else would you do if faced with the same situation of being desperate for another pee-k? The only solution was to hop right back in with the next friend in line amidst fits of giggles whilst my 2 other travel companions awaiting their turns outside edged further and further away in an attempt to dissociate themselves from what the locals must have thought were lunatics having way too much fun inside. All in the interest of saving money AND testing out my theory that 50 cents can buy as many pees as you please. That’s commitment for you.

If you’re still not sold on how great of an investment these are, just remember the 3 P’s of continental Europe – you have to Pay for the Privilege to Pee. Often upwards of €1, and even then, you may not get a clean space, paper or soap (I’m looking at you, train stations).

So I urge you to be lavvy savvy the next time you’re in Berlin. A pretty potty that’ll have you skipping freely all over town instead of with your legs crossed for just 50 cents? Or 25 cents if you’re not averse to a we wee? To that, I say w(h)eeeeeeee! (OK, I’ll stop now.)

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This entry was posted on May 13, 2016 by in Germany, Travels and tagged , , , , , .
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