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The Island of Berlin’s Museums

Berlin, the capital of Germany is considered one of the most art-loving European cities, but also the heart of new European trends. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, many new artists moved to this “new city”, transforming it into a huge cauldron of culture. Berlin never turned its back to history and ancient civilizations though, and in fact, it was here, on the banks of Spree River that a brand new “island” has been created, the Berlin Museum Island with museums and art galleries that is easy and imperative to visit!

 

The Island of Berlin’s Museums

Berlin, the capital of Germany is considered one of the most art-loving European cities, but also the heart of new European trends. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, many new artists moved to this “new city”, transforming it into a huge cauldron of culture. Berlin never turned its back to history and ancient civilizations though, and in fact, it was here, on the banks of Spree River that a brand new “island” has been created, the Berlin Museum Island with museums and art galleries that is easy and imperative to visit!

The Yanna Tours trip to Berlin and Dresden (see all the details at https://yannatours.gr/en/tours/ ) includes a visit to the Museum Island and the particularly significant Pergamon Museum, but today we will go over some of the details of this important cultural hub of the German capital.

The Berlin Museum Island hosts five of the most important museums of Germany, concentrating within their walls the love, the history and culture in this paramount European city.

Museum Island is situated on the northern part of the island of Sree, in the center of the city. This spot was recognized in 1999 as a World Heritage Monument by UNESCO.

The Pergamon Museum is the most important museum of the complex, it was built in 1930 and it is partly closed for renovations at the moment. This Museum hosts one of the largest coin collections in the world, but what will truly fascinate you is the huge altar of Pergamon and the famous Ishtar Gate of Babylon.

The Altes Museum, or the “Old Museum” as its name suggests, was built in 1830 by King Friedrich Wilhelm V. It houses to this day the Collection of Classic Artefacts, which includes among others the permanent Greek Collection.

On the other hand, the Neues Museum, the “New Museum” that is, was built in 1859 but it was entirely destroyed during World War II. It was reopened in 2009. It hosts the Egyptian Collection of Artefacts, dominated by the renowned Nefertiti bust.

The Alte Nationalgalerie or the “Old National Gallery” was originally constructed in 1876, and after the damages it sustained in WWII, it was brought back to operations in 2001. It houses paintings and sculptures of the 19th century.

Finally, the Bode Museum was renovated in 2006; it was initially named “Kaiser Friedrich Museum”, but in 1956 it was renamed to honor its curator at the time. It hosts collections of later antiquity and the Byzantine Era.

Berlin is naturally a city where modern history is evident in every step you take. The Gate of Brandenburg, the remains of the Berlin Wall and the Holocaust Memorial are just a few more of the sites and monuments of a city that never sleeps. Especially now, at Christmastime, the Breitscheidplatz Market is the most appropriate destination to enliven the Christmas Spirit.

In this excursion, in planning the perfect trip to Berlin you will have as travelling companions the people of Yanna Tours, who armed with their insider’s knowledge and rich experience will suggest the ideal combination for an unforgettable experience. See all the details here: https://yannatours.gr/en/tours/ and if you are interested in history and art, dedicate a bit more time to the Museum Island of Berlin!