Mu­seum Mo­ments

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For one night in sum­mer and win­ter re­spec­tively, the ‘Long Night of Mu­se­ums’ al­lows you to visit a slew of mu­se­ums till 2am on one ticket. For dates and de­tails, check lange-nacht-der-museen.de.

Mu­se­um­sin­sel. This is­land wedged in the middle of Mitte houses the big boys who’ve been around since the C.19th. Re­fur­bish­ment won’t cease any­time soon, so ex­pect cranes and ply­wood around th­ese stun­ning, al­beit war-dam­aged build­ings. Start on the north­ern tip, at the Bode Mu­seum / en­ter from Mon­bi­joustr. / closed Mon / a fab­u­lous col­lec­tion of art doc­u­ment­ing the course of Chris­tian­ity, with a pretty café dome for a quick sip. Be­hind is the Perg­a­mon Mu­seum / en­ter from Am Kupfer­graben / with Greek, Ro­man, Babylonian and Is­lamic trea­sures, in­clud­ing the in­cred­i­ble Perg­a­mon Al­tar and Ishtar Gate. Fur­ther down are the Alte Na­tion­al­ga­lerie / closed Mon / with oo­dles of C.19th Euro and Ger­man greats, clas­si­cal an­tiq­ui­ties at the Altes Mu­seum and the Neues Mu­seum / 10am-6pm Fri-wed, till 8pm Thu / hous­ing the Bust of Ne­fer­titi and friends. When you get to the end, join the kids lolling on the aptly named Lust­gar­den, or saunter to the Re­nais­sance-style cathe­dral Ber­liner Dom / 202 691 36 / 9am-8pm Mon-sat, from noon Sun / guided tours avail. by reser­va­tion / ber­liner-dom.de. Whatta whop­per! You to­tally de­serve a sit down, so cab it to nearby Ho­tel de Rome (see Ac­com.) for af­ter­noon tea or an ex­tra large gin-based bev­er­age. Prost, Pamela! S: Hack­escher Markt / mu­seum day passes avail­able at any of the mu­se­ums, and are good for all of the above ex­cept Ber­liner Dom / mu­se­ums open daily un­less oth­er­wise spec­i­fied / gen­eral en­quiries for all above call 266 424 242 / smb.mu­seum

Kul­tur­fo­rum. Imag­ine the Wall be­hind as you wan­der into the west’s an­swer to a cul­tural precinct, loaded with land­mark mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture. Scharoun pro­vided two stand­outs, eclec­tic tent Phil­har­monie / Her­bert-von-kara­janstr. 1 / 254 880 / with a con­tro­ver­sial yel­low metal sid­ing, home to the not-to-be-missed Ber­liner Phil­har­moniker; and the mod­u­lar Staats­bib­lio­thek / Pots­damer Str. 33 / 2660. Mies van der Rohe joined the party with his modernist tri­umph of light and glass, the Neue Na­tion­al­ga­lerie / Pots­damer Str. 50 / 266 424 510 / 10am-6pm, till 8pm Thu / closed Mon. The Paint­ing Gallery Gemälde­ga­lerie / Matthäikirch­platz 4/6 / 266 424 001 / 10am-6pm, till 8pm Thu / closed Mon / will knock any art buff’s socks off with its abun­dance of C.13-18th Old Masters, incl. the likes of Rem­brandt and Car­avag­gio. Pots­damer Str. / Tier­garten / S: Pots­damer Platz / smb.mu­seum

Jewish Mu­seum. Liebe­skind’s wing is an emo­tion­al­ly­charged ed­i­fice of jut­ting an­gles, with shift­ing dis­plays about the his­toric plight of Jews in Ger­many and be­yond. Lin­den­str. 9 / Kreuzberg / U: Hallesches Tor / 259 933 00 / 10am-8pm Tue-sun, till 10pm Mon / jm­ber­lin.de

To­pog­ra­phy of Ter­ror. Chill­ing Nazi war crime ex­hibit by the Wall, in the Gestapo and SS’S HQ and ‘house pris­ons’. Niederkirch­n­er­str. 8 / Pots­damer Platz / U: Pots­damer Platz / 254 50 90 / 10am-8pm daily / to­pogra­phie.de

Bauhaus Archiv. Housed in Gropius’s own oeu­vre are ex­em­plars of one of C.20th’s vi­tal schools of archi and de­sign. Klin­gel­höfer­str. 14 / Tier­garten / U: Wit­ten­berg­platz / 254 00 20 / 10am-5pm / closed Tue / bauhaus.de

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