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The Best Museums in Berlin

From historically important buildings and art museums to must-see memorials, discover our guide to the best museums in Berlin and satisfy your cultural curiosity.

2022 May 17

If you are a museum enthusiast, then a trip to Berlin will not leave you disappointed. A city with such rich history and cultural importance, Berlin is brimming with excellent museums to visit. 

1: Marvel at the Architecture of the Reichstag

The Reichstag is an important building in the city as it is home to Bundestag – the lower house of Germany’s parliament. The building is instantly recognisable by its iconic architecture which juxtaposes the original building, built in 1894, with the modern glass dome that sits atop and offers panoramic views of the city.

In addition to immersing yourself in the history of the Reichstag, don’t forget to also factor in time to head up the dome and enjoy the incredible view of the city scape. To go up the dome, you must book in advance which you can do here. The Reichstag is a must-see if you’re in Berlin.

Opening times: 8am -12am

Address: Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin, Germany

2: Visit the Berlin Wall and East Side Gallery

The construction, and subsequent destruction, of the Berlin Wall was one of the most important events of the late 20th Century. Now almost nothing remains of the wall in its original location, instead tourists should head to the East Side gallery which serves as a memorial and a permanent open-air gallery on the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall.

The East Side Gallery uses nearly 1 mile of the old Berlin Wall as a canvas for commissioned pieces by artists from all over the world. The art is constantly changing and serves as a reminder of the past but also as a mark of diversity and a celebration of urban art. As one of the most iconic sites in the city, the East Side Gallery is one of the best places to visit in Berlin.

Find it at: Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243 Berlin, Germany

3: Explore Berlin’s Contemporary Art Museum Hamburger Bahnhof

If you are an art lover then Hamburger Bahnof, a contemporary art museum in Berlin, is a must-visit. It is one of the largest and most significant contemporary art exhibitions in the world, including the work of notable artists such as Beuys, Twombly and Warhol. In addition, the museum is also a location of travelling exhibitions and temporary showcases.

Whilst the contents of the museum are enough to make you want to visit, the architecture is also a sight to behold as it is the location of the former Berlin – Hamburg rail station. The station was built in 1846-1847 and is the only surviving terminus building in the city from the late neoclassical era. It is also one of the oldest station buildings in Germany.

Opening hours: 8am -10pm

Address: Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin, Germany

4: Visit the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial

Before the horrors of World War Two, Berlin had one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe. The Jewish Museum and Holocaust Museum are important sites to visit, not only to reflect and pay your respects to the countless lives lost, but to learn more about this dark part of history.

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum, opened in 2001, is the largest Jewish museum in Europe. The museum offers a look at the history of Jews in Germany from the Middle Ages up to present day. From exhibitions and collections to digital and educational offerings, there is so much to explore at this museum that you can easily spend a few hours here.

Opening hours: 10am - 7pm

Address:  Lindenstraße 9-14, Berlin, 10969

The Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial, or the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, is a memorial to commemorate the many Jewish people who lost their lives during the war. The unique memorial was designed by the architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold and consists of a 200,000 sq ft site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs that are arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. Each slab is the same width and length but varies in height. The slabs are organised in rows. The result is both breath-taking yet eerie and serves as a reminder of the tremendous number of deaths.

Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

5: Allied Museum

The Allied Museum documents the political history and military roles of the Western Allies in Germany in the Cold War era between 1945 and 1994. The museum includes both permanent and temporary exhibitions, which the director of the museum hopes spreads the message of ‘democracy, freedom and international cooperation as guarantors of lasting peace’.

The Allied Museum is open 10am-6pm every day, except Mondays, and admission is free of charge – making this a great choice if you want to discover something new on a budget!

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm

Address: Clayallee 135, 14195 Berlin, Germany

6: Museumsinsel

Museumsinsel, or Museum Island, is a museum complex on the northern part of the Spree Island in the historic heart of Berlin. It is one of the most visited sights of Germany's capital and one of the most important museum sites in Europe. Museum Island is made up of five different museums that were built between 1824 and 1930 by the most renowned Prussian architects. As a result, the area has been protected since the early 20th century.

The museums include:

·      Altes Museum

·      Neues Museum -

·      Alte Nationalgalerie

·      Bode-Museum

·      Pergamonmuseum

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm, closing at 8 pm on Thursday

Address: Am Lustgarten 10117 Berlin

7: Charlottenburg Palace

The district of Charlottenburg in Berlin is home to Charlottenburg Palace, built at the end of the 17th century and later expanded in the 18th century. Wander around the park where the palace is located, before stopping for a tea break at the Belvedere Tea House which has a view of the River Spree.

In addition to visiting the palace, with its lavish baroque and rococo interior styles, and the beautiful park, the district of Charlottenburg is a wonderful area to explore. With its elegant pre-war buildings and high-end boutiques, the western district of Charlottenburg is recognised for its upscale vibe. Make sure to check out the shopping boulevard Kurfürstendamm which is lined with hotels and department stores. Head to Charlottenburg to enjoy some culture and retail therapy!

Opening hours: 10am – 5.30pm

AddressSpandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin, Germany

8: Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate, built in the 18th century, is synonymous with Berlin and is an instantly recognisable landmark – have you even been to Berlin if you haven’t had a picture in front of the gate? What was once a symbol of Berlin and German division in the Cold War, the Brandenburg Gate now represents a nation unified in peace. Don’t forget to factor in some time to get your photo op at this iconic landmark.

AddressPariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Whether you’re in Berlin for a flying visit or spending a few days exploring the city, there are a plethora of incredible historical museums and landmarks to choose. Plan your stay with easyHotel and enjoy your pick of the best museums in Berlin.

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