There’s no shortage of things to do in Berlin – it’s the gastronomic capital of Germany, the night life can’t be beat, and it has some glorious parks and shopping districts to explore on foot.
That being said, one of the most popular reasons to take a holiday to Berlin is to learn about the history and culture of this amazing city. Here are five museums you should be sure to visit on your next visit to Berlin.
5. Classic Remise Berlin
Car enthusiasts will want to spend much of their time at the Classic. The museum is internationally recognized as the centre for classic and collector cars. The industrial architecture showcases workshops, trade and exhibition areas, glass garages, shops, service outlets, restaurants and meeting spaces. The car collection includes Porsches, Jaguars, Mercedes Benzes, Lotuses, Maseratis, Daimlers, and even some Corvettes and Mustangs, among other automobile aficionado favourites.
4. German Historical Museum
History buffs will love German Historical Museum, which promotes and celebrates the country’s heritage. The museum is devoted to German history and is often viewed as a place of enlightenment and understanding regarding the shared history of Germans and Europeans. It is viewed as the most comprehensive collection of German history from its earliest beginnings to current times.
Art history enthusiasts will be drawn to the Gemäldegalerie. This museum is where most of the paintings belonging to the Berlin State Museums are displayed. It boasts one of the world’s most esteemed collections of European paintings from the 13th to the 18th centuries, which includes masterpieces from artists such as Raphael, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt, among many others.
2. Topography of Terror
Those interested in World War II or Nazi history will be fascinated by this unique structure. The Topography of Terror is an outdoor and indoor history museum, built on the site of buildings that were the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS during the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945. The buildings were then destroyed by the Allies. The boundary between the American and Soviet zones of occupation in Berlin ran alongside these buildings. Eventually, the Berlin Wall ran along the south side of the street from 1961 to 1989, but the portion of the wall near this site was never demolished. 08It is now the longest segment of the outer wall in existence. The site has since been turned into a memorial and museum, which is in the open air but protected from the elements by a canopy.
1. Pergamon Museum
Architectural history is showcased in this spectacular building. The Pergamon Museum is one of the most fascinating museums in Germany. It features original-sized, reconstructed historical buildings such as the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, the Altar of Zeus and the Ishtar Gate from Babylon. The layout is split up into groups such as the antiquity collection, the Middle East museum and the museum of Islamic art. More than 1.1 million people visit a year, making it the most frequently visited museum in Germany.