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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.

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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.

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Berlin: Women of Berlin Walking Tour

3. Berlin: Women of Berlin Walking Tour

Find out all about feminism, fascism, resistance, and the fight for equality through the lives of the women of Berlin. Start your tour at Hackescher Markt, in the heart of Berlin's Mitte district. Cross over Museum Island and walk through the charming city center streets as you learn about Berlin's many extraordinary women. Discover the known and lesser known stories of feminist May Ayim, the world's first female Rabbi Regina Jonas, hear about Rosa Luxemburg and Marlene Dietrich, and learn how German women were left to remove the rubble from post-WWII Berlin’s streets by hand in 1945. Hear the story of how one girl that grew up in East Germany became one of the most powerful and respected world leaders of the modern age. Discuss the differing politics of feminism in East and West Germany, and take a hard look at the inequality which is still present in Berlin today.

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Berlin: Walking Tour to the Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions

4. Berlin: Walking Tour to the Top 10 Sightseeing Attractions

Get an overview of Berlin's most important sights in about two hours and discover the highlights of the city. Start in front of the historic Reichstag in the middle of the government district with a view of the new, grandiose central station, the Federal Chancellery and the bell tower in the Tiergarten. Then discover one of Germany's landmarks - the Brandenburg Gate. From there, take a look at the embassies of the USA and France, the magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden and the Hotel Adlon. In the opposite direction you can see the Victory Column, the Zoo and the Russian Memorial. Stroll on to the famous Gendarmenmarkt with its three attractions: admire the German Cathedral, the French Cathedral and the Konzerthaus. Finally, take a walk to the new (old) Berlin City Palace, the Berlin Cathedral, the Museum Island, the Lustgarten with its testimonies of Prussian culture, before you finally learn all about the emergence of Berlin in 1237 in the Nikolai quarter.

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What people are saying about Alte Nationalgalerie

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,398 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!

It was a competent, entertaining tour where you could learn something even from Berlin!

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

A very clear and interesting tour that also led to some insider addresses.

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