19th-century architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel provided Berlin with many of its greatest buildings, including the magnificent Konzerthaus and the equally striking Altes Museum. The museum, which opened in 1830, was the first to be built on Museum Island. It now houses rotating special exhibitions and is home to part of the Antique Collection, a breathtaking collection of ancient Greek and Roman artifacts that were excavated by the famous German archeologist Hildesheimer.
Located on the Lindenstraße, the Jewish Museum is the largest museum focusing on Jewish history in all of Europe. The original Jewish museum of Berlin was built in 1933, but was closed in the following decade by the Nazi regime. The Berlin government hosted an anonymous competition to design the new museum; famed architect Daniel Liebeskind won the competition with his jagged and zig-zagging building that was nicknamed "blitz." The museum was completed in 1999. Today, visitors to the museum can learn all about German-Jewish heritage, starting in the Medieval era and continuing into today's Jewish community.
Built on the site of Berlin's oldest church, the Nikolaikirche today is still the site of regular services, but also houses a museum highlighting its rich history, a tower which boasts some spectacular views, and fantastic acoustics, which are a boon when it hosts musical acts. This attraction is also worth a visit for its Medieval architecture and twin green spires.
On of the most prestigious design schools in Europe during the 20th Century, this institution has amassed an impressive collection of modern furniture, art and textiles. Open to the public, visitors can peruse through multiple galleries full of rich examples of modern design and aesthetic including architecture, photography, ceramics and paintings. Of particular interest are the works by the the schools most famous teachers: Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Please visit the website to know about the varying admission prices.
When the infamous Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, Dr. Rainer Hildebrandt, a propagator of human rights, established this museum as a reaction to it. The museum saw humble beginnings as a tiny space, but its growing popularity forced it to relocate near the Checkpoint Charlie, where it has been functioning since 1962. With the fall of the Wall in 1989, the Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, also known as the Mauermuseum, became pivotal in recording the rise and decline of the wall. Today the museum has expanded to include exhibits relating to human rights, as part of its collection.
The Liebermann Villa is a wonderful museum that displays fantastic art by Max Liebermann. The museum provides guided tours to its visitors and also has a lovely cafe. The place has a permanent exhibition of 40 paintings on its upper floor which showcase the beauty of the villa and its gardens and the ground floor has the history of the Liebermann family.