The Museum of the Ancient Near East is in Berlin and ranks alongside the Louvre and the British Museum as one of the world's most important museums of ancient oriental treasures. The display area of 2,000 square meters features a print sample of 6,000 years of history, culture and art in the ancient Near East.
Checkpoint Charlie is the name given by the Western Allies to the border established between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, which led to the division of the two Germanys. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie has become a tourist attraction and gets very busy with tourists visiting.
In the famous Museum Island we found the Neues Museum. Admission is € 10 but if you take the multiple ticket it costs 14 € and you get to visit the Pergamum Museum (which also costs 10 € on its own). A visit can take 2 hours and if you like Egyptian culture, art and history then this is your place. Undoubtedly its most prized possesion is the bust of Nefertiti, really a stunning beauty, it's a shame not to photograph it.
This is situated between the rivers Spree and Kupfergraben channel, and consists of five buildings: The Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode-Museum and Pergaminmuseum. The five museums reflect the history of museums and German culture. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. I have been in the Altes Museum and the Pergamon. You can also find Berlin Cathedral, a jewel. I recommend it.
Hamburger Bahnhof is one of the oldest railway stations in the city, which you can still reach by foot. Built in the mid-nineteenth century as the beginning of the railway line between Berlin and Hamburg. The station was badly damaged during World War II, and renewed in 1996 to re-open as a museum of contemporary art. You can see works by Beuys, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol ... And since 2004 there is an exhibition showcasing the Christian Flick Collection. It was an event that caused much criticism because Flick was one of the richest families in Germany, accused confiscating art from Jews during World War II. Flick was tried at Nuremberg. Rejected in Switzerland the exhibition has spent five years in Berlin.
No words. No-one can remain indifferent after a visit here. Each time I return to Berlin I visit this place. The building is a message in itself, conveying the feeling of isolation, disorientation and loss of hope that so many Jews suffered for so long. I think it's an experience that nobody should miss as it is an important part of the history of Germany, which does not hide the mistakes of its past but shows us that never again will they be committed. A place to reflect and feel.
The Huguenot museum is installed in the French church, the oldest of the two churches of Gendarmenarkt, the beautiful square in Berlin. The church itself was built by the Huguenots, a group of French Protestants in the eighteenth century. The museum is on the ground floor, and explains the influence that this community in Berlin. The Huguenots fled France after the revocation of the treaty of Nantes that had allowed them to be Protestant. Seeing their religion prohibited, they emigrated to Germany. King Friedrich Wilhelm helped them as most held useful professions. French immigration left some words in the vocabulary, such as the famous "buletten" meatballs, as Muckefuck ... people outside Berlin do not like this dialect. The museum opened in 1929. Admission is free, closes at 5 in winter and 6 in summer.
Inside the church we find an interesting Friedrichswerdersche free, permanent exhibition of sculptures from the late sixteenth to mid-nineteenth century: the Museum of Schinkel. After the reconstruction of the interior of the church was decided that instead of turning it back into a religious space, it was the most appropriate place to show the best sculptures of the Nationalgalerie. Within the collection highlights are the famous sculpture of the two young princesses Federica and Louise, the future Queen of Prussia. Do not miss the famous sculpture of Winkelmann, one of the ideologues of classicism. A small exhibition, very pleasant which showed us some main characters of German modernity.
The name means Altes Museum Old Museum. It's the few museums located on Museum Island in the Mitte district. Part of the other museums in the UNESCO world heritage listing. It was badly damaged by bombing in the second world, and renovated in 1966 to house the collections of the National Museum of Antiquity. The building you see was built around 1825 by the architect Schinkel. Neoclassical, and shows the art collections of the royal family of Prussia. It was then called the Royal Museum. Inspired by the Greek stoa, with columns and an outside deck. It has, as the neighboring cathedral, a dome similar to that of the Pantheon in Rome. Open daily 10am to 6pm.
The DHM or Deutschers Historical Museum is the museum of German history. Down the prestigious Unter den Linden, just as you cross the river to access the Museum Island. The oldest monument in the avenue, the Zeughaus, is Baroque, and built by the Prussian King Frederick 1. Admission is 4 euros and the museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. The Zeughaus served the Prussian army and arsenal, and turned it into a museum of the army in 1871. Much of the collections disappeared during World War II. Restored to present German history, on two levels of 10000 square meters. Start from the middle ages to arrive at the present time. Everything is clear, in presenting the dictatorship, separation and reunification. The permanent exhibition explains difficult times with great clarity. The back patio has beautiful stained glass and temporary exhibitions.
The Alte Nationalgalerie has an important collection of French Impressionists. In my opinion these pictures, along with the German Romantics and the beautiful sculptures, are the most interesting. Cézanne, Renoir, Manet and the bohemian Toulouse-Lautrec. Paintings are moving, dynamic and well known. Thick strokes, lots of color and emotions concentrated on small canvases: worth stopping for.
The Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial is a museum and a monument, located northeast of Berlin. The museum was opened in 1994 and is located in the old prison at the Ministry of Security of East Germany (the Stasi). Unlike other military and government buildings in East Germany, the prison was stormed during the fall of the wall, so all its documentation was destroyed. Thus the data about its operation comes from testimonies and documents found in other buildings. The museum is part of the European Platform for Memory and Consciousness.
Ephraim Palace is in the Nikolai neighborhood (former East Berlin) which was destroyed by bombing in the Second World War, but was rebuilt by the Socialists as a showcase of the country. This building was the private home of wealthy businessman Veitel Ephraim, who built it in 1765 in the corner of Molken markte, then the best neighborhood in Berlin, it was the most beautiful house in the city, apart from the king's palace. Ephraim was a Jew and the financial adviser of Friedrich the Great. As he helped Christian businesses conserve their rights during Friedrich's reign, they gave him this privileged land, owned by Christians since the Middle Ages. With the expansion of the city people wanted to destroy the palace to build a grand avenue, but people asked to displace the palace 12 meters away! The interior is Rococo style but quite simple and it's now a museum.