Explore history and art at museums in Berlin
By Carlton Leisure -
A heady mix of glamour, architecture and food in combination with a great history, Berlin appeals travellers with varying interest. As the city celebrates 25th of anniversary of fall of Berlin wall that separated its people for almost 40 years, it is time to adore and explore the German capital which has gone a long way since this event. This one of the most famous European capitals is home to superlative museums, historic landmarks and glamorous nightlife. For the culture buffs flying to Berlin, we turn a spotlight on major museums in Berlin.
Pergamon Museum (Pergamonmuseum)
One of the major museums in German capital, Pergamonmuseum was built to preserve the archaeological treasures of Heinrich Schliemann. The museum is named after the Turkish city from where the 2300-year old Altar of Zeus was taken. The museum is a treasure trove of artefacts dating back to more than 3000 years. Situated in Museum island of Berlin, the museum is a masterpiece of architecture from the masters like Alfred Messel and Ludwig Hoffmann.
This one of the largest Jewish museums in Europe is housed in three buildings with two buildings added recently. The museum is a fine place to see two millennia of German Jewish history. The tourists will get acquainted to the German Jewish history through personal stories, written text and visual images. Opened in 2001, the museum is one of the most visited museums in the city.
This oldest museum of German capital was built in 1830. On their arrival to this neo-classical building, the visitors will be able to see artefacts from Greek, Roman and Etruscan periods. The one of the architectural masterpieces from architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel is highly frequented by visitors from around the world.
New Museum (Neues Museum)
Situated north of Altes Museum, this museum boasts a vast collection of historic artefacts. The museum built during the middle of 19th century had to be closed at the beginning of World War II in 1939, when it was damaged due to bombing. After restoration, the museum was opened for public in October 2009. A vast collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts are on display here.
Museum for Contemporary Art (Hamburger Bahnhof)
More than its other features the museum is well known for its unique location. Housed in a formers train station since 1874, the museum is dedicated to contemporary art. On their arrival, the visitors will be able to see painting and sculptures, by renowned artists that include Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Beuys and Jeff Koons among others.