Visit the Old National Gallery, which is part of the Museum Island's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skip the line and see works from Classicism,…
Be transported back in time to Pergamon with this unique exhibition. Marvel at a 360° view of this ancient city as it appeared to locals over 1900…
Explore the impressive art collection of the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin with its more than 1,000 masterpieces by famous artists from different artistic…
Enjoy a 2.5-hour evening boat cruise along the River Spree and learn interesting facts about Berlin. Explore the main attractions in the city from…
Ride around Berlin on a double-decker bus to cover the must-sees of the city as you hop on and hop off at your own pace. Optionally you can book a…
Explore the Alte Museum Berlin, designed by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Marvel at its monumental columns and discover antique sculptures, the…
Use your Museum Pass Berlin for a truly flexible cultural itinerary. Follow your whims and wishes to whichever of the over 30 museums you choose over…
Explore Berlin on a comprehensive walking tour, starting from our meeting point in central Berlin. See all the major sights, from the Brandenburg…
See the sights of Berlin according to your own wishes and interests. Admire Ku'damm, the Berlin Cathedral, the Government District and Potsdamer…
Discover Berlin’s many points of interest on an open-top double-decker bus. Discover the German capital. See the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint…
Top sights in Berlin
Museum Island is worth a visit for the architecture alone, with Berlin's biggest and best exhibits shared between colossal structures that include the city's old cathedral. Here are some of the highlights among the various collections!
The Pergamon Museum boasts ancient monumental treasures such as the Ishtar Gate and Market Gate of Miletus. Unfortunately, the Pergamon itself is closed for renovations until 2019!
One of the largest collections of Ancient Roman silver was discovered by Prussian soldiers in Hildesheim, Germany. Dating back to 1AD, see it in all its glory at the Altes Museum.
On display at the Neues Museum is one of Ancient Egypt's most recognizable artifacts. It provides remarkable insight into the civilization's royal and artistic cultures.
Among the Bode Museum's impressive collection of Byzantine art is this haunting 10th-century ivory relief of 40 soldiers frozen to death under the persecution of Licinus I.
Not a real "Eisenwalzwerk" of course, but one of Adolf Menzel's most brutally atmospheric paintings. It's exhibited alongside many German masterpieces at the Alte Nationalgalerie.
All the museums are open from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, and until 8:00PM on Thursdays. They are closed on Mondays except for the Pergamon Museum and Neues Museum which are open all week. If you can't decide between exhibitions, consider starting with a walking tour of the area to learn more about the buildings themselves, or get free tickets for 3 days with the Berlin Museum Pass!
Museum Island is just a short walk from both Friedrichstrasse (S + U Bahns) and Hackescher Markt (S Bahn) stations. There are also buses to nearby Friedrichstrasse (147), Staatsoper (TXL), and Lustgarten (100, 200), as well as trams to Hackescher Markt (M4, M5, M6) and Am Kupfergraben (M1, 12).
- When should I visit?
- 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Thursdays until 8:00PM. Closed Mondays except Pergamon and Neues Museum.
- Is it expensive?
- Prices vary by museum, or get the Berlin Museum Pass!
- Will I need a guide?
- It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get there
- Easily reachable from the Friedrichstrasse and Hackescher Markt stations, as well as several bus and tram stops.
- Additional information
- **Note that the Pergamon Altar is closed until 2019 for renovations! *
What people are saying about Museum Island
Doing things a bit backwards we booked ourselves in this tour on our last day and realised we missed a few tricks. We had the fortune to be led by Rob S of Manchester who was excellent in terms of his breadth of knowledge for his adopted city. He was incredibly relatable and ensured every member of our large & diverse group felt included. His mancunian humour came out when interacting with members of the group and discussing the nuances & quirks of Berlin & its inhabitants. However it must be said that what this awesome city has endured is inconceivable to us westerners and liberal thinkers fortunate to live in democratic societies and Rob's ability to help us visualise what living in those conditions was like was incredible. Would recommend in a heartbeat and he was so true in that you cannot visit this city only once as we will be coming back and will definitely book another tour.
Scott was absolutely phenomenal, he shared insights and wisdom into not only the history and the story of the city but into the people, culture and art as well. I absolutely loved and valued how he invited us to explore the deeper meaning of each aspect on our own and allowed us to come to our own informed conclusions from what we felt and the knowledge he shared with us. It takes someone pretty special to make such a heartbreaking story so powerful and beautifully inspiring.
Johan was our guide, and, boy, did he guide us on a glorious sunny day in Berlin for 4.5 glorious hours. Good to meet Murphy (Johan's dog) too. She was a star. Not only did were do Cold War sites and tales but were managed to fit in some Nazi/Hitler history too. Fantastic! Highly recommended. And a great way to see bits of Berlin you never otherwise would.
Very well in managing queues. Not enough information in advance on the closing sections (very relevant part): compared to the section opened and allowed to be visited, the paid price for three persons family was high.
The tour was awesome but partly because Sam Z was so excellent. It's a long time to be with someone and he made the entire tour engaging! Highly recommend to anyone visiting Berlin and not just for the first time.