We all know that Berlin is the capital of Germany, a country that is among the most visited countries in the world. Certainly, a large number of tourists who come to Germany visit exactly this city.
However, besides being known for its excellent nightlife, Berlin has lots of interesting places to visit during the day. First of all, we think of some of the 175 museums that offer you very interesting content, especially if you love history and art.
So, in the following text that we have prepared for you, you will be able to read out which are 7 best museums in Berlin. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.
The Pergamonmuseum is probably the most important place if we talk about the Museum Island. Before we say anything else, we must emphasize that this museum has been proclaimed World Heritage by UNESCO and that it consists of 5 different institutions presenting art and archeology to all tourists. Its construction lasted for 20 years and was officially opened for visitors in 1930.
The Pergamonmuseum collection is really large and contains many of the very valuable artifacts that have come from the period of 6,000 years ago. There are objects from the culture of the Middle East, Greece as well as Rome. The main point of this museum is the Pergamon Altar, which contains the Hellenistic art exhibits. Another very important thing to note is that this museum is one of Berlin’s biggest attractions, so it’s possible that there will be a crowd during the visit.
2. KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art
KINDL is a museum that at first glance does not look so. It was opened to all visitors in the year 2016 and then it was an artistic center. The location of the museum now was once a Kindl brewery built in the 1920s in the Neukölln district. The whole space is very interesting because it is built of red brick, and it also contains an old boiler house.
Although it does not have its own collection and permanent setting, KINDL organizes an exhibition each year with artworks created by one artist. All visitors have a cafe and a beer garden, which are in accordance with the previous purpose of this building. So, KINDL certainly belongs to Berlin museums worth visiting.
3. C/O Berlin
Another museum located in a building that has a great tradition and history is C/O Berlin. This museum is located in a building that once used to be the American Haus and was the place where all Berliners could learn about American culture. It is important to note that the building was designed by Bruno Grimmek, a German architect.
In 2014, the building was renovated and then, the name was changed to C/O Berlin. However, in order to maintain the spirit of the former institution, some details, such as the title “America House”, have remained unchanged.
4. Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace is another location that has a great historical and cultural significance for Berlin. This building is the largest palace in the capital of Germany and was built in 1699. It belonged to Sophie Charlotte, who was King Friedrich I’s wife and was used as her summer residence.
As for the building itself, it was built in the Baroque style. Unfortunately, during World War II it was severely damaged, so it took several dozen years to fully reconstruct in the right way. Within the museum, you can see some very interesting items such as crown jewels, royal porcelain, and silver.
As far as works of art are concerned, paintings that were created in the 18th century and signed by French artists are present. One of them is Antoine Watteau. Another very nice part of Charlottenburg Palace are gardens that are designed according to English and French style. There you can see ponds, orderly hedges as well as fountains.
5. Stasi Museum
Stasi Museum is a place once used to be the seat of the notorious secret police of Eastern Germany called Stasi. Unfortunately, this is the place where so many bad events happened from 1957 until the moment when the fall of the Berlin Wall occurred. During that period, Erich Mielke, former Minister for State Security, ordered the abuse of a large number of citizens of the Eastern part of Germany.
As a cultural institution, the Stasi Museum was opened in November 1990 and, in a vast exhibition space, displays to all visitors the methods used by the secret police.
6. Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art
This museum is definitely the youngest museum of all that we have presented on our list so far. The Urban Nation Museum opened only two years ago and is the first street art museum in Germany. The building that represents the home of this museum is actually a converted residential building. It is located in Schöneberg, an area with plenty of graffiti murals that are certainly worth seeing.
7. Berlin Wall Memorial
As the last on our list, the Berlin Wall Memorial is certainly a site that is one of the those you need to visit if you want to know more about this city. This memorial and museum is located in Bernauer Strasse and if you visit it, you will learn about life in a divided city, people’s efforts to reunite, and in addition, you will be able to see photos and items related to the period in which division occurred. Another interesting part is the watchtower as well as the part of the wall that separated Berlin.