Visit the fantastic Museum Island in Berlin

Altes Museum, photo by Bernt Rostad/Flickr

Berlin is a fantastic tourist destination, being home to some magnificent attractions. So is the famous Museum Island (Museuminsel in German) which is actually a part of an island in the river Spree. It can be found in the district of Mitte and it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The island is famous for being home to five internationally famous museums. The island also got its name from these edifices. Besides the five museums, the island is also home to the spectacular Berlin Cathedral end the beautiful Lustgarten Park. The five museums which can be found on the island are: the Neues Museum, the Altes Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Pergamon Museum and the Bode Museum.

The Neues Museum

The building of the Neues Museum (German for “New Museum”) was constructed between 1843 and 1855. The museum closed its doors during the Second World War. In that period it was also severely damaged by bombs. It was later rebuilt in neoclassical style and opened its doors to the public in 2009. The Neues Museum includes fantastic Early History, Egyptian and even Prehistory collections. After the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum was the second to be built on the island. Today it attracts dozens of visitors each day. It is open from Monday to Wednesday and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00 and from Thursday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00. The price of the ticket is 10 Euros for adults and 5 Euros for children and concession. (October 2012)

The Altes Museum

As its name suggests it, the Altes Museum (German for “Old Museunm”), it was the first museum to be built on the island, being completed in 1830. It is also the oldest museum of Berlin. The Neoclassical museum is located opposite to the beautiful Lustgarten. It includes magnificent Antique collections, including Roman and Greek exhibitions. It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays from 10:00 to 22:00. The admission fee is 8 Euros for adults and 4 Euros for children and concession. (October 2012)

Altes Museum, photo by Bernt Rostad/Flickr

The Alte Nationalgalerie

The outstanding building is a gallery which houses fantastic collections of Biedermeier, Romantic, Modernist, Impressionist and even Neoclassical works. It includes works of such famous artists like Rodin, Renoir, Monet or Manet. The beautiful building which houses the gallery was constructed between 1866 and 1876, and restored later in neoclassical style, resembling to a Greek temple. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays from 10:00 to 22:00. The price of a ticket is 8 Euros for adults and 4 Euros for children and concession. (October 2012)

The Pergamon Museum

The museum is housed in an immense and breathtaking building which was built between 1910 and 1930. It is home to spectacular original-sized buildings just like the Pergamon Altar. It also houses fantastic Antique collections. The Pergamon Altar is one of the most popular highlights of the museum, being about 35 m wide and 33 m deep. It is richly decorated depicting the battle between the Greek Olympian Gods and the Giants. It can be visited daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays until 22:00. The admission fee is the same as at the previously mentioned museum. (October 2012)

The Pergamon Altar, photo by Andrea & Stefan

The Bode Museum

The museum is housed in a spectacular Baroque building which was completed in 1904. It includes fantastic collections of sculptures dating from the 18th century. It also includes beautiful paintings of which some date back in the 3rd century. The fantastic museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00 and on Thursdays until 22:00. The admission fee is 8 Euros for adults and 4 Euros for children and concession. (October 2012)

Bode Museum, photo by dalbera/Flickr

 

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