Cultural Berlin – A List of the Best Museums

by Andrew on December 5, 2013

I’m not much of an artist, but if I were a good one, I wouldn’t waste any time and I would pack my back and move to Berlin – THE place in Europe to be if you are an artist. It has over 600 art galleries and around 7,000 artists are currently living in the city, a quarter of which aren’t from Germany. It draws people and artists alike like a magnet and this city truly respects and loves its inhabitants. Berlin’s nightlife is famous throughout Europe and its long history of gay culture makes it one of gay-friendliest place in the world! Some of the most important attractions in Berlin are the museums and in this article I will do my best to accurately list some of the best museums in Berlin.

DDR Museum

The DDR Museum is the perfect and family-friendly museum for those who want to learn more about the everyday life in the old East Germany. Ostalgia lies at the heart of the museums – nostalgia for the days of East Germany and it has collections of artifacts, a perfect replica apartment and even a small cinema where state propaganda films are played. The museum is open daily from 10am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and on Sunday from 10am to 10pm. Call the museum at 030 8471 23730 or visit the website here.

Pergamon Museum

Situated on Museum Island, the Pergamon Museums is one of the greatest museums in the world. It’s actually three separate museums under one roof – the Museum of the Ancient Near East, the Collection of Classical Antiquities and the Museum of Islamic Art. The Pièce de résistance is the Pergamum Altar, a Greek temple and gem of the collection. Other amazing objects include a reconstruction of one of the eight gates of Babylon, the Ishtar Gate. You can visit the website here or you can call 030 2664 24242.

Deutsches Historisches Museum

History Museum in Berlin

The Deutsche Historisches Museum is the largest museum in Berlin – it has over 10,000 square meters of exhibition space and it is also located on Museum Island. If you want to learn about Germany, its past, present and, why not, its future, then this is where you should go. It is arranged in chronological succession and the details will astound you. Just don’t forget to take a break, as it can really tire you. Open from 10am to 6pm every day. Visit the website here or call this number: 030 203 04444.

Deutsche Kinemathek

One of the best museums in Berlin showcasing German cinema that always been brilliant, the Deutsche Kinemathek shows exactly how brilliant it is. Visit the thirteen rooms and prepare to be blown away by over 1,000 films, scripts and memorabilia. You start with the earliest forms of German cinema, go through some disturbing DDR propagandist productions and stop with the present day productions, offering Marlene Dietrich the coverage she deserves. It is open from 10am to 6 am and you can visit the website here.

Judisches Museum

Jewish Museum in Berlin

The Jewish Museum in the borough of Kreuzberg will get you immersed in the Jewish history and culture and one feature that will help achieve that is the museum’s architecture. Daniel Libeskind is a controversial architect who designed the museums to conjure confusion and despair. It is not only focused on the Holocaust, but the history or the Jews in Europe over the thousands of years. The museum has interactive pieces, documentation and film – it will drain you and evoke all sorts of emotions, but that’s what good museums do. It is open from 10am to 9pm Tuesday to Sunday and on Monday, from 10am to 10 pm. Visit the website for more information.

Hamburger Bahnhof

If you are a sucker for contemporary art, then the Hamburger Banhof will enchant you in many ways. It is a former railway station and it features the works of some of the biggest contemporary artists from the second half of the 20th century. The ground floor of the western side of the museum is dedicated to Joseph Beuys and shows rare works of the artist. It is open from 11am to 6pm from Tuesday to Friday and Sunday and from 11am to 8pm on Saturday. Here is the site for the museum.

I hope I’ve inspired you to visit this wonderful and cultural city and I hope that my list of the best museums in Berlin will serve as a guide in choosing whatever it is you’re looking for. If you’ve enjoyed this article, or if you have any questions, feel free to ask me in a comment.

 

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Cuba is a wonderful holiday destination that has a little bit of everything for everyone: history, culture, night life, museums, good rum, cigars, awesome music, great people and fabulous vintage cars. If you want to enjoy great Havana nights in Cuba then we have some advice on visiting Cuba that is going to prove most useful. It’s not something that we got out of some books or off the internet, it’s advice from friends here at www.travelplacesbook.com and from some of our guest writers who have had good and bad experiences in the wonderful country that is Cuba and they want to share it with us. So read on and see what they had to say, what they wished others had shared with them before they left.

vintage car

Baracoa

On the eastern tip of Cuba there is the city of Baracoa; it is quite difficult to get there, the only road to Baracoa is a steep and very narrow 60 km of mountain road, but once you get there, prepare yourself for paradise. There are quaint bars (we recommend La Colina), great restaurants and a view of the ocean that is going to take your breath away and the most important thing in Baracoa: the chocolate. The city is famous throughout Cuba for its chocolate and its plantations. We recommend you visit them and don’t forget to take your camera with you.

Baracoa is also the best place to experience a taste of colonial Spanish Cuba (not Trinidad) – it was Cuba’s first capital and the place where Christopher Columbus set foot in 1492. It is 997 km from Havana and it is full of isolated beaches and surrounded by virgin forest.

Havana, the Capital of Cuba

Every one of our tipsters gave us the best advice on visiting Cuba: the one thing you really need to do when visiting the capital is to pre-book a personal tour with a local business (with the emphasis on local). You can use this website to book a Havana Insider tour that lasts for eight hours. You may think it’s a bit too much, but it’s the best way to get a sense of orientation in the first day, so that you have the freedom to explore and feel comfortable for the rest of your trip. Besides, you really do learn a lot in those eight hours – but do expect to be a little tired at the end of the day.

Stay, Eat and Drink in Havana

If you were wondering where to stay, eat and drink in Havana we have a few tips for you. The Hotel Parque Central is a wonderful choice with comfortable rooms. It has a rooftop bar and pool with a magnificent view of Havana. It is located in Parque Central and it is within walking distance of the Capitolio building and the Havana Harbor. Hotel Terral has great prices and is located in the new city of Havana. If you want something far from the tourist swarmed center then the Ramiros House is a good option – located in the Cerro district, close to the Plaza de Rovolucion, it has a friendly host with a love for talking about Havana and the Cuban culture. Order a mojito and listen away!

cuban seashore

The Restaurant La Casa has some of the best online reviews and our friends confirmed: the food is amazing and the prices are good too. La Garida is another restaurant that is worth a visit. Don’t be afraid when you first enter the building, it may appear derelict, but once you make your way upstairs and enter the restaurant you will see that it all contributes to the atmosphere. Please book ahead, as there the restaurant is in high demand.

As for drinks, we can’t really recommend something in particular as there are so many bars and waterholes you can enjoy a cold one and a rum cocktail. Though, there is one that you might want to visit: Bar Monserrate. What is so special about it, you ask? Well, it’s the place where Ernest Hemingway used to drown his sorrows and write. They have a nice bronze statue of the man and all the fame hasn’t gone up to their heads; it’s still a very approachable and affordable bar.

Keep in mind all these tips and advice on visiting Cuba, you’re bound to use at least one of them on your trip to Cuba. If you want to ask us a question, or you need to talk to someone who has been to Cuba, send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

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