Urban Nation is a contemporary museum housed in a two storey building situated in the corner of Bülowstraße and Zietenstraße that is painted with large murals and paintings on the outside. With its ever-growing collection of contemporary and street art, Urban Nation has bought about a revolution in the local art scene and has built an establishment where the artists and art enthusiasts in the city can connect. Various exhibitions organized here feature artwork curated by the expert panel of international artists that choose only the best artwork from across the globe keeping the quality of exhibits always high.
Berlin has its fair share of weird but wonderful tourist attractions, Designpanoptikum is a less known example of this. The exhibits here are bizarre and outlandish in the best possible ways and immediately transport you to a world caught between dreams and Willy Wonka's workshop. The whimsical collection is privately owned by Vlad Korneev, an artist in his own right. He is usually around to assist you with explanations, view points and sometimes, to help you draw your own conclusions. Step in, give that imagination of yours a thorough workout.
Museum Island is located on the northern half of a historically-significant island in the Spree River that runs through Berlin. The island takes its name from the five Berlin State Museums that reside in the area - the Altes Museum, the Bode Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Neues Museum, and the Pergamon Museum. Museum Island was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. The island's first museum was erected in 1797, and the whole area was designated specifically for art and science by King Frederick William IV of Prussia in 1841. An assemblage of spectacular historical monuments, the Museum Island is a stunning heritage hub.
C/O Berlin calls itself an "International Forum for Visual Dialogues," and while this may be apt, it doesn't actually describe what C/O is. It is simply an excellent gallery that houses temporary exhibitions of photographs and photographic installations by the world's leading documentary photographers, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Trent Park. It is not particularly well known, but for photographers, lovers of photography, or even just people who are interested in the world, it is one of the must-see museums in Berlin. Its exhibitions, usually by multiple photographers, never leave the viewer untouched.
When you think of Berlin, the first word that likely comes to mind is the Wall. A decade after being torn down, there is not much of the Berlin Wall which remains intact. The longest section of the Wall to be spared, which is 1.3 kilometers (0.81 miles) runs parallel to the River Spree between Kreuzberg in the West and Friedrichshain in the East. In the months following the fall of the Wall in 1989, 118 artists from all over the world flocked here to pay their artistic tribute to the historic event. The result is an open-air gallery containing a host of colorful and imaginative images, some satirical, some shocking and others puzzling. The East Side Gallery is a must for first-time visitors to the city. The area which surrounds the Wall is oddly fitting and gives a good idea of how the Wall would have appeared several decades ago. An important part of Berlin's cultural heritage, this landmark is one of the largest open-air galleries in the entire world.
This museum houses a vast collection of artifacts from the ancient world, the crowning glory being the altar from the Zeus Temple in Pergamon (180-160 BCE), one of the world's most significant archaeological finds. The museum is also home to parts of the magnificent Antique Collection, the East Asian Collection, the Near Eastern Museum and the Islamic Museum. Designed by Ludwig Hoffmann and Alfred Messel, this museum was established in 1910 and is a part of the wonderful Museum Island. Ranked as one of the most visited art museums, not only throughout Germany, but also the world over, Pergamon Museum makes for a truly enriching experience.
Musikschule is nothing but the 'school of music' as it literally states. In accordance with its name, the school functions as a teaching ground for the various genres in music. The school has a few locations in the city and one such school is located near the Berlin airport. Professional guidance is extended to music in order to enhance their knowledge as well as talent. To serve the purpose further, the school plays host to such cultural events too, which define music in a better way to its students. Basically Musikschule is learning with entertainment.
Gotischer Saal in der Zitadelle is one of the many event venues inside the historic 15th-century building. Weddings and other intimate events are regularly organized at this venue apart from the wide range of classical concerts. The brick-exposed walls and pillars at this venue add to the overall rustic ambiance. The adjoining foyer area of Gotischer Saal in der Zitadelle can also be rented for bigger events.
Theater unterm Turm is one of Berlin's premier theaters. During World War II, the theater was used as the Berliner Philharmoniker's main venue. The theater underwent a major remodel in 1990. The theater reopened its doors in 2010 with a production of Herzliches Beileid, directed by Pyraz Berkheim. Today, visitors to the theater can see performances put on by international and local theater groups alike.
The Zagreus Projekt explores artistic and social concepts through traditional and contemporary art work alongside culinary creations. Artists are invited to create installations and artwork at the gallery, inspired by which a complementary menu is designed and served to the gallery's discerning clientele. The culinary and artistic aspects of each installation are born of collaboration between the chefs and the artists to create a cohesive whole. From traditional recipes to contemporary techniques, the gallery showcases a range that is astoundingly varied, engaging the audience in an immersive experience. Brain-child of Ulrich Krauss, the Zagreus Projekt offers an experience that should not be missed by those who appreciate art in all its forms.
Set in an old stone house, the community center in Thyrow is the perfect place for the residents to gather and socialize. They often host various activities, workshops and programs to encourage social interaction amongst the residents. Cultural events like concerts, theater, games and book readings are held here. It features spacious rooms that include the culture barn and the large community hall.