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Berlin: Entry to Alte Nationalgalerie

1. Berlin: Entry to Alte Nationalgalerie

Explore the Alte Nationalgalerie, a "sanctuary for art and science", the idea for which goes back to Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The collection is based on a donation from the banker Joachim Heinrich Wilhelm Wagener, who left the works of the Dusseldorf school of painting and Belgian history painters to the Prussian state. In 1876, the National Gallery was opened as the third museum of the Spree Island and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was used as the Alte Nationalgalerie of the 19th century. See sculptures like the breathtaking Sleeping Beauty and works by French Impressionists such as Manet, Monet and Renoir. Discover Romanticism and the time of Goethe with the "The Monk by the Sea", the "Gothic Cathedral at the Water" and the Group of Princesses. Experience exhibition talks and guided tours with various themes for children and adults.

Berlin: Pergamon & New Museum Tour and Museum Island Pass

2. Berlin: Pergamon & New Museum Tour and Museum Island Pass

Hosted by an expert guide, you will not only be able to admire the impressive artifacts and architectural structures, you will also take a journey through history and gain a critical understanding of the collection's relationship to Berlin's past and present. Hear stories about how heavily destroyed the museums were after the end of WWII when the Museum Island was almost a complete ruin. Only in 1999 was Museum Island awarded UNESCO status. This tour will introduce you to the Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Egyptian, Antique art and culture. The guide gives a very detailed explanation of how these cultures began, why they were important throughout history and what is their heritage today. Visit the famous Ishtar Gate, learn when it was built and why, as well as the beautiful bust of Nefertiti and the Market Gate of Miletus. After the tour, visit the remaining museums of the Museum Island at your own pace. The Bode Museum offers sculptures dated in the Middle Ages up until the early Renaissance and a collection of artifacts from Byzantine art. If you wish to see ancient Greek and Roman decorative art, you should visit the Altes Museum that contains a permanent collection of ancient Greek and Roman vases and statues. In the Alte Nationalgalerie, you can enjoy exhibitions of Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modernist art.

From Warnemünde & Rostock: Berlin Full Day Shore Excursion

3. From Warnemünde & Rostock: Berlin Full Day Shore Excursion

This shore excursion is adjusted to each ship’s docking times and starts promptly after your vessel’s arrival, returning with plenty of time to spare - ensuring that you will not miss your cruise ship’s departure.  Meet your host in front of your cruise ship as soon as it docks. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and take a relaxing journey through the picturesque flatlands of East Germany. Arrive in Berlin and meet your professional English-speaking tour guide. Begin the tour in West Berlin at the Charlottenburg Palace. Stretch your legs as your knowledgeable local guide gives you an introduction to the city. Then, drive through the former British sector along Berlin’s Champs-Élysées - the Kurfürstendamm, past the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the KaDeWe, the largest department store in continental Europe. Next, head to East Berlin - visiting the impressive parliament building, the Reichstag - on the way. Stroll through the famous Brandenburg Gate and nearby Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Admire the Tiergarten central park, the Victory Column, a Soviet memorial, the Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma as well as the Paris Square. Continue on to the site of Hitler’s bunker, through Potsdamer Platz to one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall before reaching the former site of the Headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, today known as the Topography of Terror. Next is your chance to pass through Checkpoint Charlie – the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War - and visit the former US sector. After some free time for lunch (not included in the tour price), continue the tour through the former Soviet sector of East Berlin to visit the spectacular Gendarmenmarkt and Bebelplatz – famous for being the ‘Nazi Book Burning Square’. Visit Berlin’s historic former Royal Quarter – the beautiful boulevard of Unter den Linden, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral, and Alexanderplatz with its iconic TV Tower. Time permitting, your tour guide might drive past the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall with its world-famous graffiti – the East Side Gallery or stop in the former Jewish Quarter, which has recently become the fashion and art center of the German capital. At the end of your Berlin tour, say goodbye to your tour guide, and be whisked off in comfort back to your cruise ship.

Berlin: All-in-One Famous Landmarks Guided Bus Tour

4. Berlin: All-in-One Famous Landmarks Guided Bus Tour

See all of the German capital’s iconic landmarks on this day tour on an air-conditioned bus. Learn about the city’s unique history from your passionate local tour guide on a whirlwind trip which includes the Alexanderplatz TV Tower, the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag and Museum Island. Your adventure through Berlin’s past and present will begin in front of the Charlottenburg Palace in west Berlin, where your local tour guide will give you a brief introduction to the capital of Germany before you board the bus and head east. First, travel through the former British sector along Berlin’s Champs-Élysées - Kurfürstendamm - past the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the KaDeWe, the largest department store in continental Europe. Then, continue east past the impressive parliament building, the Reichstag. At the iconic Brandenburg Gate, get off the bus to stroll through the historic arch and admire the sprawling Tiergarten. See the capital’s majestic Victory Column and a memorial to soviet soldiers. Then, take a moment to reflect at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. After some free time for lunch, journey to the spectacular Gendarmenmarkt and Berlin’s historic former Royal Quarter: the beautiful boulevard of Unter den Linden, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island, and the Berlin Cathedral. Then, discover Alexanderplatz with its iconic TV Tower. Continue south to the city’s Mitte district and visit  Checkpoint Charlie – the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Afterwards, pass through Potsdamer Platz on your way to one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall. Finish your tour with a poignant visit to the former site of the headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, today known as the Topography of Terror. You can choose to end your tour here and continue to explore the city alone or to be dropped off at your hotel.

Berlin: Scenic Guided Tour by Private Car for 2, 3, 6 Hours

5. Berlin: Scenic Guided Tour by Private Car for 2, 3, 6 Hours

Make the most of your time in Berlin with a guided tour of the hotspots and discover the rich culture of the German capital. Get picked up at your hotel and visit sights as old as Gendarmenmarkt and recent as the Berlin Wall. Spend time in the central district of Mitte and see how life has changed. Meet your driver and guide at your chosen pickup for an introduction to Germany and Berlin's recent history. With a separate dedicated driver, your tour guide can focus fully on telling you about each area, planning your preferred route, and checking if you’d like to stop and walk around. Drive by world-famous locations like Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and the former Jewish Quarter with its impressive New Synagogue. Stretch your legs at areas like Museum Island or Unter den Linden to find historical gems that are worth seeing up-close. Deepen your understanding of Berlin’s controversial past as you pass Checkpoint Charlie, the site of Hitler’s Bunker, the former Nazi Government Quarter, and Bebelplatz where the ceremonial burning of Nazi books took place. Take in the solemn atmosphere at the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered Under National Socialism. Learn from your guide about the importance of these memorials to modern Berliners and international tourists. Opt for the 6-hour tour and add a trip to former West Berlin. See the majestic Charlottenburg Palace, the Kurfürstendamm, and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and stop at the legendary Berlin chocolatiers: Rausch. Take the opportunity to shop for souvenirs or grab some refreshments with at least 2 breaks in each tour. Be sure to let your guide know what sights are on the top of your lists and if there are any restaurants or cafes you'd like to check out.

Berlin: Top Classic Tour with Cathedral and Palace

6. Berlin: Top Classic Tour with Cathedral and Palace

Experience an overview tour in the historic center of Berlin. See grandiose buildings on the famous Museum Island around the Humboldt Forum. Hear amusing anecdotes and interesting background information about the Berlin City Palace and sites on the Spree. Follow your guide and get to know the most important sites of the new and old Berlin Mitte. See the new Humboldt Forum with reconstructed palace facades is an absolute highlight. Other sites on the tour are the Berlin Cathedral and the Museum Island with the National Gallery, Neues Museum, James Simon Gallery, Spreeufer with views of the TV Tower, to the Synagogue, and more.  The tour is ideal to be combined with other activities as the most popular museums, river cruise docks, and many more sites are just a short stroll away. 

Berlin: Private Historic City Center Walking Tour

7. Berlin: Private Historic City Center Walking Tour

Embark on a historical adventure through Berlin's city center on a private walking tour. Learn about the capital city's past as you stroll along Unter den Linden, walking past iconic buildings, museums, and palaces on your route. See the rebuilt city castle, which is now a location for famous exhibitions and museums. As you head down the long and straight boulevard of Unter den Linden, marvel at the Berlin Cathedral with its green dome, see the State Opera House that welcomes visitors each night, and more. Make your way to Museum Island with its five outstanding and world-renowned museums, including the Pergamon Museum and the Neue Museum with the bust of Nefertiti. Hear local, historical stories from your local guide about Berlin's colorful past. Learn about the nation's emperors, such as Frederick the Great who was King of Prussia from 1740 until 1772.

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What people are saying about Museum Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 54 reviews

The Alte Nationalgalerie is always worth a visit. The illuminated buildings look great in the autumn darkness. It was pleasantly filled with an interested audience who enjoyed the works of art in the great rooms - a real treat on a dreary October day. Thank-you!

They don't normally go to museums that make pictures and sculptures, but it was very interesting with which meticulous precision some artists represented every little thing. Some pictures looked like real photos

Very nicely curated exhibition and the building itself is impressive. Entering the museum was very fast and easy with the voucher and QR code.

It worked out fine. Right at the ticket counter to the audio guides and we were inside.

It was great to have been to the museum again with this simple booking.