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Jewish Museum

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You’d know the Jewish Museum was important just from a single glance from outside the building: traffic blockades and security personnel swarm around the place, and you have to go through... — Let's Go

10,000 iron cut-outs are... but one of many fascinating things to see at this museum. — Afar Magazine

The history of Germany's Jews from the Middle Ages through today is chronicled here, from prominent historical figures to the evolution of laws regarding Jews' participation in civil society. — Fodor's

In a landmark building by American-Polish architect Daniel Libeskind, Berlin's Jewish Museum offers a chronicle of the trials and triumphs in 2000 years of Jewish history in Germany. — Lonely Planet

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

Pergamon Museum

Mitte 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Arguably one of the world’s finest archaeological museums, the Pergamon sits proudly in the center of the city’s famed Museumsinsel. — Travel + Leisure

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

We aren’t kidding when we say that people come all the way to Berlin just to check this place out. Heck, Museum Island might as well be renamed Pergamon Island. So here’s the gist:... — Let's Go

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

An Aladdin’s cave of treasures, the Pergamon opens a fascinating window onto the ancient world and is the one museum in Berlin that should not be missed. — Lonely Planet

Reichstag Building

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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. In an attempt to hold politicians and citizens alike to a standard of “openness,” the top of the grand building is a 1200-ton glass... — 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

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

Built by Kaiser Wilhelm I in the late 19th century as a gesture to parliamentarians, Berlin's famed Reichstag came into its own during the Weimar era—Germany’s first attempt at democracy.... — Afar Magazine

Neues Museum

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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

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

When the doors of this museum opened in 2009, it was the first time in 70 years that all five museums on Museum Island could be visited. — Frommer's

East Side Gallery

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

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

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

Standing in an industrial wasteland, this 1,300m of the old Wall - the longest remaining section - provides an interesting glimpse into Berlin's recent history. — Michelin Guide

The East Side Gallery, a 1.2km ( 3/4-mile) section of the wall along the Spree River southeast of Alexanderplatz, is the longest and best preserved section left standing. It was painted... — Frommer's

German Historical Museum

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

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

This engaging museum zeroes in on two millennia of German history in all its gore and glory; not in a nutshell but on two floors of a Prussian-era armoury. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

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

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

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

One of the most educational experiences of my life. — Afar Magazine

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

Once Berlin’s most famous Wall crossing, Checkpoint Charlie has devolved into a beyond-tacky tourist draw where (often inaccurately) costumed guards pose for photos and stamp fake GDR... — Frommer's

DDR Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandenburg Gate

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

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

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

You can't be in Berlin without passing through or near the Brandenburg Gate. The gate is located in the western part of the city, at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, just... — Afar Magazine

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

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The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

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

For this memorial dedicated to Europe's Jewish victims, the American Peter Eisenman designed a field of 2 711 steles of differing sizes standing on undulating ground. — Michelin Guide

Stark concrete blocks arranged in a grid pattern across an entire city block commemorate the Jews killed by the Nazis. — Let's Go

Although it’s colloquially referred to as the Holocaust Memorial, you might call it “concrete memory.” A few hundred yards from Checkpoint Charlie, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of... — Frommer's

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

New York architect Peter Eisenman's haunting field of concrete pillars. — Travel + Leisure

New National Gallery

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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

Just behind Potsdamer Platz—and anchoring the jagged golden twins that are the Philharmonic and the city library—sits the starkly modern glass cube of the New National Gallery. — Travel + Leisure

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

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

The summer residence of the Hohenzollern, is one of the most beautiful buildings in Berlin, with Baroque and Rococo apartments surrounded by magnificent gardens. — Michelin Guide

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

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

Museum Berggruen

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An attractive modern building that never lets its collection down. — Condé Nast Traveler

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. You’re sure to... — Let's Go

The museum, an enormous expanse of glass windows and simple symmetry, contains a small but impressive collection of international 20th-century painting and sculpture. — Frommer's

If you've ever seen a piece of jewelry set with lapis lazuli, then you know the shade—a deep, rich blue like a Van Gogh painting or expensive silk. Now imagine an entire city entrance... — Afar Magazine

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

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

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

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

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

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

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

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Deutsche Kinemathek Museum fur Film und Fernsehen

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

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

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

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

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

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Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design

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Walter Gropius’s 1919 Bauhaus Manifesto championed the synergy of art and craftsmanship in design—and the sleek, beautifully made merchandise offered here reflects that marriage. — Travel + Leisure

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

The museum's collection, the layout of which changes regularly, reflects the diversity of artistic media tackled by the Bauhaus movement (furniture, craft objects, paintings and architecture). — Michelin Guide

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

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

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

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. Think again. For us non-artistic folk, no-names line every wall of... — Let's Go

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

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

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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

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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

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

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

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

A dramatic reminder of World War II's destruction, the ruined bell tower is all that remains of this once massive church. — Fodor's

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Neue Synagoge Berlin - Centrum Judaicum

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The original New Synagogue, finished in 1866 in what was then the predominantly Jewish part of the city, was Germany's largest synagogue at that time. — Lonely Planet

The Centrum Judaicum recounts the synagogue's history. A glass wall marks the end of the restored section. This overlooks a garden, where traces of the original building can be seen. — Michelin Guide

During its heyday, with 3,200 seats and a design inspired by the Moorish architecture of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, it was the largest synagogue in Germany. — Frommer's

Built in 1857-66 as the Berlin Jewish community's showpiece, it was the New Synagogue that was attacked during Kristallnacht in 1938, but not too badly damaged. — Time Out

This meticulously restored landmark, built between 1859 and 1866, is an exotic amalgam of styles, the whole faintly Middle Eastern. — Fodor's

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Sammlung Boros - Boros Bunker - Boros Collection

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

Polish-born advertising entrepreneur Christian Boros and his wife, Karen, began collecting the work of international artists in the 1990's and their significant private collection of... — Travel + Leisure

In the utterly disconcerting setting of a bunker... Christian Boros has brought together the contemporary artworks. — Michelin Guide

A private contemporary art collection... open only by appointment. — Condé Nast Traveler

The vibe of war, vegetables and whips still hangs over the 80 rooms of this Nazi-era bunker turned shining beacon of art. — Lonely Planet

This private collection has become one of Berlin’s star attractions, thanks to its unusual location inside a hulking WWII bunker in Mitte. — Fodor's

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