Mu­seum mile

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Ham­burg’s mu­seum mile, which takes in five ma­jor gal­leries, is book­ended by two very con­trast­ing art in­sti­tu­tions. At the north­ern end, close to the main sta­tion, Haupt­bahn­hof Nord, is the ven­er­a­ble Kun­sthalle (left) hous­ing one of Europe’s largest art col­lec­tions. At the south­ern end is the De­ich­torhallen (be­low), two 19th­cen­tury mar­ket halls trans­formed into ex­hi­bi­tion venues for con­tem­po­rary art and pho­tog­ra­phy. The orig­i­nal Kun­sthalle is an im­pos­ing 1847 red-brick build­ing that has just com­pleted a mas­sive €24m ren­o­va­tion, show­cas­ing old mas­ters such as Cranac as well as 20th-cen­tury artists such as Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Ernst and Pi­casso. Ad­join­ing is a con­crete and glass mod­ern gallery, ex­hibit­ing the likes of Yves Klein, Warhol and Tracey Emin. The De­ich­torhallen lies in the shadow of the tow­er­ing glass of­fices of Der Spiegel. The bare, min­i­mal­ist Art Hall fea­tures avant­garde artists such as Sig­mar Polke, Baselitz and Beuys, while shows at the Haus der Pho­togra­phie range from Martin Parr and Richard Ave­don to Sarah Moon.

Kun­st­meile Pass for all five mu­se­ums about Dh144 (dis­counts avail­able), un­der-18s free, kun­st­meile-ham­

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