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Jewish Museum

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The Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum) in Kreuzberg offers an immersive experience of Jewish history, culture and belief, with thanks to the architecture of the museum building. — Time Out

The zinc and concrete exterior has no door, just windows made from fragmented lines. Visitors enter the building through semi-underground corridors. — Michelin Guide

The building itself plays a significant role in the portrayal of its exhibitions: Daniel Libeskind designed the building to reflect the discomfort, pain, and the inherent voids in Jewish history. — Let's Go

Europe's largest Jewish Museum presents the panorama of German-Jewish history, its cultural achievements, and its horror. — Frommer's

One of Berlin's most architecturally significant buildings... also provides an intimate look into the history of Germany's Jewish population. — Condé Nast Traveler

Pergamon Museum

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The most visited, and possibly most controversial museum in Germany.  — Atlas Obscura

Pergamonmuseum houses several departments, but if you have time for only one exhibit, go to the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities. — Frommer's

Pergamon was the capital of a Hellenistic kingdom, and the museum reconstructs its temple to nearly its full size, so you can walk up its steep steps. — Let's Go

Inside, the major exhibit is the spectacular Pergamon Altar, dedicated to Zeus and Athena and dating from 180-160BC. — Condé Nast Traveler

One of the world's major archaeological museums, the Pergamon should not be missed. — Time Out

Neues Museum

Mitte 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Open since October 2009, the New Museum is a shining beacon on Museumsinsel thanks in equal part to its stellar exhibits and to David Chipperfield’s glorious reconstruction. — Lonely Planet

After 12 years of painstaking work, the Neoclassical structure reopens with one of the world’s top collections of Egyptian art and a singular beauty, the bust of Nefertiti. — Travel + Leisure

Finally reopened in 2009 after extensive remodelling by the British architect David Chipperfield, this stunning building now houses the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection. — Time Out

The museum is now home to the Museum of Pre- and Protohistory and the Egyptian Museum. In ruins prior to Reunification, the museum's richly decorated interior has been restored. — Michelin Guide

Oddly enough, the Neues Museum (literally “New Museum”) houses the old. Tourists don’t just visit this place because it’s on Museum Island—its collection earned it a spot among the stars. — Let's Go

Reichstag Building

Mitte 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Reichstag will likely give you more flashbacks to high-school history than any other Berlin landmark. — Lonely Planet

The Reichstag serves as the German parliament building — Let's Go

The Reichstag, with its transparent Norman Foster dome and top-notch collection of contemporary art... is a blessing upon the urban grid. — Travel + Leisure

British architect Sir Norman Foster lightened up the gray monolith with a glass dome, which quickly became one of the city's main attractions. — Fodor's

The controversial "new" Reichstag has nothing in common with the old building which was riddled with bullets. The new steel and glass dome, unveiled in 1999, is a symbol of democratic transparency. — Michelin Guide

East Side Gallery

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The longest remaining portion of the Berlin Wall, this 1.3km stretch of cement slabs has been converted into the world’s largest open-air art gallery. — Let's Go

One of only a handful of standing sections of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is by far the longest and certainly the most interesting. — Travel + Leisure

This 1-km (½-mi) stretch of concrete went from guarded border to open-air gallery within three months. — Fodor's

The world’s largest open-air gallery, drenched in over 100 murals. — Lonely Planet

An amazing site and a "must see" on any visit to Berlin! — Afar Magazine

German Historical Museum

Mitte 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The magnificent pink, baroque Prussian arsenal (Zeughaus) was constructed between 1695 and 1730, and is the oldest building on Unter den Linden. — Fodor's

The history and artwork displayed in many Berlin museums is worth the trip. — Afar Magazine

Founded in 1987, the German Historical Museum is located in two buildings. — Travel + Leisure

The building now houses the museum of German history: the permanent exhibition outlines key periods of the country's history from a European perspective, from the Great Invasions to the modern era. — Michelin Guide

From the Neanderthals to the Nazis and beyond, the entire saga of German history is presented. — Frommer's

Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

Kreuzberg 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Next to it, this museum documents the Wall’s history from its construction in 1961 to its fall in 1989, with an emphasis on East Germans’ escape attempts. — Frommer's

Born as a small, cramped outcry by a former anti-Communist resistance fighter, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie has evolved from a two-room improvisation to one of the most visited museums in Berlin. — Condé Nast Traveler

Checkpoint Charlie was the principal gateway for Allies, other non-Germans and diplomats between the two Berlins from 1961 to 1990. — Lonely Planet

Though we really don’t like this place, we can’t leave it out: Checkpoint Charlie is incredibly popular, absurd, and has hundreds of tourists and multiple Starbucks cafes (which... — Let's Go

This private museum opened not long after the DDR erected the Berlin Wall in 1961 with the purpose of documenting the events that were taking place. — Time Out

DDR Museum

Mitte 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Small and delightfully interactive, this is where you can turn the ignition key of an authentic Trabant car or learn how to dance the Lipsi, the GDR’s answer to rock ‘n’ roll. — Lonely Planet

This unique museum portrays life in the former East Germany. Various aspects of daily existence are explored through a variety of exhibits. — Michelin Guide

A fascinating insight into daily life in the Eastern Bloc.  — Atlas Obscura

This museum admirably sets out to showcase what daily life was like for the citizens of the now-defunct German Democratic Republic. — Frommer's

An interactive and highly entertaining exhibit about life during socialism. — Fodor's

Brandenburg Gate

Mitte 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This triumphal gate is now the emblem of Berlin but for nearly three decades it was a symbol of the divided city: the monument used to be an integral part of the Berlin Wall. — Michelin Guide

Once the pride of Prussian Berlin and the city's premier landmark, the Brandenburger Tor was left in a desolate no-man's-land when the Wall was built. — Fodor's

With its commanding vantage point over Unter den Linden, the Brandenburger Tor provides a spectacular gateway to Berlin and its history. — Time Out

A symbol of division during the Cold War, the landmark Brandenburg Gate now epitomises German reunification. — Lonely Planet

The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the tree-lined boulevard (named after linden trees) which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. — Afar Magazine

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The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Mitte 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Thousands of coffin-like pillars make up this controversial holocaust memorial.  — Atlas Obscura

Another site not far from the Brandenburg Gate is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, completed in 2005. — Afar Magazine

The American architect deliberately placed many of the dark gray slabs, with their knife--sharp edges, off--kilter, evoking tombstones in an unkempt graveyard. — Frommer's

Peter Eisenman’s hugely controversial 2,700 concrete slabs (stelae) are arranged in a neat grid spread across 200,000 square feet of prime Berlin real estate near the Brandenburger Tor. — The Telegraph

The football-field-sized Memorial to the Murdered European Jews... by American architect Peter Eisenman consists of 2711 sarcophagi-like concrete columns. — Lonely Planet

New National Gallery

Charlottenburg 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bauhaus member Mies van der Rohe originally designed this glass-box structure for Bacardi Rum in Cuba, but Berlin became the site of its realization in 1968. — Fodor's

This building made of glass and steel (1968) by Mies Van der Rohe houses paintings and sculptures from the early 20C to the 1960s — Michelin Guide

Designed in the 1960s by Mies van der Rohe, the New National Gallery houses German and international paintings from the 20th century. — Time Out

In its modern glass-and-steel home designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), the Neue Nationalgalerie is a sequel of sorts to the art at Dahlem. — Frommer's

The first of the Kulturforum museums to open in 1968, the New National Gallery is also the most spectacular, architecturally speaking. — Lonely Planet

Charlottenburg Palace

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Schloss Charlottenburg, one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Germany, was built by Sophie Charlotte. — Frommer's

The grandest of Berlin’s surviving nine former royal pads is Schloss Charlottenburg. — Lonely Planet

Schloß Charlottenburg is a gigantic Baroque palace. — Let's Go

When the Wall went up, Charlottenburg became the commercial heart of West Berlin, as it remains today. The Lehrter Bahnhof is the point of entry for many first-time visitors to Berlin. — Concierge

A grand reminder of imperial days, this showplace served as a city residence for the Prussian rulers. — Fodor's

Museum Berggruen

Charlottenburg 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The subtitle of this museum, Picasso und seine Zeit (Picasso and his Time), sums up this satisfying collection. — Time Out

It holds works by Matisse, Klee, Giacometti, and Picasso, who is particularly well represented with more than 100 works. — Fodor's

If you feel strongly about Picasso, you should visit this museum. They keep two whole floors devoted almost solely to his work, plus a couple of random African masks. — Let's Go

Renowned for its works by Picasso (more than 70 pieces). — Michelin Guide

Fans of classical modern art will be in their element in this delightful museum, which just completed a major extension. — Lonely Planet

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Charlottenburg 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Kaiser-Wilhem-Gedächtniskirche is often referred to by locals as the "hollow tooth".The new church and bell tower and are now one of the symbols of Berlin. — Michelin Guide

Memorial Church was mostly destroyed in World War II, and to this day it serves as an ominous reminder of wartime destruction — Let's Go

The bombed-out tower of this landmark church serves as an antiwar memorial, standing quiet and dignified amid the roaring traffic. — Lonely Planet

Part church and part memorial, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church serves as a reminder of the destructiveness of war and the human will to survive. — Travel + Leisure

There is no more evocative site in the western sector of Berlin to remind us of the horrors of war. — Frommer's

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

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The government created a memorial center and reconstructed a partial stretch of the Wall at Bernauer Strasse and Ackerstrasse, at a cost of over a million euros. — Frommer's

The Berlin Wall Memorial is the central memorial site of German division. — Lonely Planet

This memorial bears witness to divided Berlin, and is the only remaining section of the Berlin Wall that is preserved in its entirety. — Michelin Guide

The Bernauer Strasse Memorial... includes a preserved piece of the border fortifications along with a beautiful memorial to the wall. — Condé Nast Traveler

This site combines memorials and a museum and research center on the Berlin Wall. — Fodor's

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Deutsche Kinemathek Museum fur Film und Fernsehen

Charlottenburg 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The archives contain no fewer than 10 000 German and foreign films and over a million documents, photos, posters and programmes. — Michelin Guide

Within the Sony Center is the small but fun Museum für Film und Fernsehen, which presents the groundbreaking history of German moviemaking with eye-catching displays. — Fodor's

Ask five German film enthusiasts about the state of contemporary German cinema and be prepared for five different responses. — Time Out

A thematic and chronological tour through the saga of the much-troubled German cinema is on show here. — Frommer's

A multimedia journey through German film history and a behind-the-scenes look at special effects are what await visitors to the Filmmuseum Berlin. — Lonely Planet

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Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design

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Built by Alexander Cvijanovic between 1971 and 1978 from the adapted plans of Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung is both a research centre and a museum — Michelin Guide

The Bauhaus Museum houses a permanent exhibition of photos and architectural designs relating to the Bauhaus school. — Frommer's

Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school, designed the elegant white building that now houses this absorbing design museum. — Time Out

The school has since been converted into a museum that displays modernist examples of art, graphic design, and furniture from the movement. — Afar Magazine

Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius himself designed the avant-garde building that now houses the Bauhaus archive and museum with its distinctive white shed roofs. — Lonely Planet

Brucke Museum

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Some of our all-time favorite German artists, especially Ernst Kirchner (1880-1938), have a museum devoted to their work. — Frommer's

In 1905 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner founded Germany’s first modern-artist group, called Die Brücke (The Bridge). — Lonely Planet

This small museum is dedicated to the work of Die Brücke ('The Bridge'), a group of Expressionist painters that was founded in Dresden in 1905 before later moving to Berlin. — Time Out

This museum is dedicated to the largest group of Expressionist artists in Germany, known as the "Die Brücke" group. — Michelin Guide

The Brücke (The Bridge) houses a number of brightly-colored oil paintings which you’d think were put together by Monet. — Let's Go

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Museumsinsel

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Walk through ancient Babylon, meet an Egyptian queen, clamber up a Greek altar or be mesmerised by Monet's ethereal landscapes. — Lonely Planet

On the site of one of Berlin's two original settlements, this unique complex of five state museums, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an absolute must. — Fodor's

One of the richest art collections in the world. — Michelin Guide

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Gendarmenmarkt

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Berlin's most graceful square is bookended by the domed German and French cathedrals and punctuated by the grandly porticoed Konzerthaus Berlin. — Lonely Planet

Twin churches... flank this monumentally graceful baroque square—the most beautiful architectural ensemble in Berlin. — Frommer's

This is without a doubt the most elegant square in former East Berlin. — Fodor's

This square is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in Berlin. — Michelin Guide

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