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.
Located in the charming borough of Kreuzberg, Berlinische Galerie lies in close proximity to the Jüdisches Museum. Established in 1975, the gallery is fully devoted to exhibit and promote modern art in Berlin. Showcasing exhibits related to photography, architecture and contemporary art, the museum sees a lot of art aficionados, coming in from various parts of the globe. Apart from the changing installations and exhibitions, the museum's best collection includes the works of Berlin Secession, Georg Baselitz and Junge Wilde.
Spread over 80 rooms and 3000 square meters (32291 square feet), this amazing gallery is home to some of the most beautiful contemporary art pieces. Located at Reinhardtstraße, it lies in the Mitte district of Berlin. The bunker in which the gallery is housed was built by the Nazis as an above ground air raid shelter. Since that time, the space has gone through many reincarnations, including being used as a Russian prison and as a techno rave space. Today, the gallery Christian Boros' ever-changing modern art collection.
Located at Alt-Hermsdorf, this quaint little museum strives to preserve and protect the history of Hermsdorf. Previously home to a school, the museum now showcases exhibits pertaining to the rich history of this district. The museum is housed in a charming historic home, in which each room discusses different eras of the district's history. Rooms such as the hunting parlor and Biedermeier room allow visitors a glimpse into the lives of the bourgeois in 19th Century Germany.
The botanical garden and botanic museum's large and sedate park in the southwest of Berlin provides the perfect respite to a hard day's slog through the hectic inner-city. One can admire the English gardens and a collection of flora from all over Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. It is also worth taking a look inside one or two of the huge tropical greenhouses. Visitors shouldn't miss the unique Botanical Museum at the entrance.
After World War II bombs destroyed the previous Neues Museum, plans were made to build a bigger and better site to house a range of exhibits. Finally in 1997, work began on the design for the building, with an emphasis towards a so-called "gentle reconstruction" of the original structure. Reopened in 2009, some of the exhibits include Queen Nefertiti from the Egyptian Museum and pieces from the Museum of Pre and Early History. With all the time and effort that has gone into its construction, the museum is a spectacular addition to the area.
Living up to its name, the Monsterkabinett thrills, startles. scares and shocks with its metallic-robot displays. The Monsterkabinett is a large space that doubles up as an art gallery as well as a haunted house park, and is the brainchild of artist Hannes Heiner. A somber pathway decorated with nightmarish graffiti and art leads you into an enclosed warehouse where the haunting really begins. Mammoth arachnids settle beside dead-as-doornail mummies, while a six-legged dolls pops in front of youto say hello. A macabre ensemble awaits visitors here, some of them made from metal, while some of them real - well, almost - suffice it to say they are actors from the Dead Pigeon Collective dressed up as demons to stir things up. Not for the faint of heart and incredibly morbid, the characters are reflections of the artist's dream world.
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.
For a peek into the lives of Germans living behind the Berlin Wall in East Germany, visitors to Berlin should be sure to check out the DDR Museum. The museum was opened in 2006. Kids and adults alike will be fascinated by the information the museum puts forth about the network of over 200.000 informants that spied on the populous of East Germany. Interactive displays encourage visitors to rummage through cabinets, and truly explore the exhibits, making it no wonder why the museum calls itself the "most interactive museum in the world."
The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) rises up over Museum Island like an ancient Greek temple. The imposing, neoclassical edifice was designed and built by architect F.A. Stüler between 1866-1876 and contains an extensive collection of works by both German and international artists from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Visitors can admire masterpieces by French impressionists such as Cezanne, Manet and Renoir, the surreal works of Van Gogh and Münch, and sculptures by the likes of Schadow and Rodin.
A futuristic museum in Berlin, the Humboldt Box is a place that will leave you completely awestruck. The collections in the museum are simply marvelous and the building also features a rental space, a restaurant and a beautiful roof top. The place has facilities for the disabled people as well. It also arranges for group tours and guided tours for the visitors. It is advisable to book your tours prior to the visit. For more information, please visit the website.