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The Pergamon Altar itself is, unfortunately, closed for renovation work until 2019. Is Berlin's museum of monuments still worth a visit without its title attraction? Absolutely! Here are five ancient treasures just as likely to amaze!
The royal blue gateway was once used to lead spring festival processions from ancient Babylon. It takes one large room and an entire hallway to do the imposing structure justice!
These large Sphinxes were found in the ancient Assyrian capital of Aššur. The protective deities – lion, eagle, and human hybrids – adorned the palace of King Tukulti-Ninurta I.
This former entrance to an ancient Greek agora is truly breathtaking! It was completely devasted by an earthquake in the Middle Ages, but the reconstruction is a must-see!
Commissioned by a prosperous Christian living under Ottoman rule, the ornate panels of this 17-century entrance room were created by some of the finest craftsmen of the time!
Walid ibn Yazid reigned the Ummayad caliphate for only a year, never finishing his winter palace. Its façade is now the pride of the Pergamon Museum of Islamic Art. Don't miss it!
The Pergamon Museum is open from 10:00AM to 6:00PM daily, except for Thursdays when it's open until 8:00PM.
If you're only interested in the main monuments themselves, then you could tour the museum in less than an hour. Allow yourself at least three if you're curious about the smaller artifacts, such as ancient jewelry and evidence of early writing systems!
Ticket prices for the Pergamon start at €12, with concessions and discounts for online bookings available.
- When should I visit?Open daily 10:00AM to 6:00PM, except Thursdays, open until 8:00PM.
- Is it expensive?Adult tickets are €12, with many discounts and deals also available!
- Will I need a guide?It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get thereThe museum is easily reachable from the S/U Bahn station Friedrichstraße.
- Additional information** The museum is open on all holidays, but with special hours. | For just €18 you can get a combo ticket to visit other museums in the area, as well!*
What people are saying about Pergamon Museum
I wish we had more time to see the museums but in 2 days we managed to go to the Pergamon, alto, Nueces and the Knoblauches House (the house is free to anyone, so I suggest using the pass towards musuems that charge entry)
Everyone should see this. You will need 1 euro to pay for a locker if your bag is "too big". There is NO cafe inside the museum. Drink your water beforehand. GO! A postcard or picture does Not do it justice.
I am glad I bought the ticket first since there was a huge line of people trying to purchase entrance tickets in a cold weather. I recommend other people to buy the ticket before their visits since it saved a lot of time for me to directly go into the museum and enjoy its exhibitions. The museum was very interesting and informative.
We were traveling with a group of 6 people on a tight schedule, so these skip the line tickets made a lot of sense for us. We were disappointed that the Pergamon Altar was not on display, but the Ishtar Gate was extremely impressive, as were so many of the other artifacts in this museum.
There is some thing for everyone and you don't have to be an expert to enjoy the wonders of the ancient world displayed here.