The building blocks of art in Berlin can be found in the architecture itself. A walk or cycle around the city will allow you to discover its delights.
Beginning at one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, Brandenburg Gate is a dramatic structure and with its fascinating history is a must see for anyone visiting the city. A five minute walk away you’ll find the iconic dome and regal symmetry of the Reichstag, the building in which German history was written.
Within a short cycle ride or bus journey you can travel to Mitte – the central borough of Berlin. Berlin Cathedral is not only impressive from the outside, with its striking dome roof and gold cross; it also houses elaborate decorative and ornamental designs.
A ten minute walk away you’ll find Berlin’s City Hall, better known as Rotes Rathaus due to its red brick exterior - one of the city’s most famous sites.
Another ten minutes of walking and you’ll find Berlin’s television tower. Not only a sight to see in itself, the 368 metre tall television tower is the tallest building in Europe open to the general public! Go all the way to the top for stunning panoramic views of the whole city.
If you fancy getting out of the city centre, hire a car and take the short drive to Berlin’s Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum. Set within the 43 hectares of garden the 19th century glass and steel Tropical Greenhouse towers over 14 other greenhouses and holds a diverse collection of plant species. Finally, another short drive around the outskirts of the city will take you to Berlin’s largest and most magnificent palace. Once a summer royal residence, Charlotten Palace, or Old Palace, is a majestic building with beautiful interiors. Inside you’ll find the golden gallery, a stunning ballroom, alongside impressive collections of silverware, porcelain and personal treasures.
Home to a vast array of galleries, Berlin has a lot to offer. There’s something for everyone from traditional masterpieces to modern installations.
A former train station building, the Hamburger Bahnhof is a large contemporary arts gallery that takes you through the development of modern art through paintings, video, photography, sculpture and installation pieces. It holds pieces from the 1960’s to the present day in its vast 13,000 square metre exhibition space.
Another unique gallery space, the König Galerie sits in a former church and holds a collection of sculpture, video, sound, painting, printmaking, photography and performance. The gallery currently represents 30 young international artists.
Blain|Southern is an international gallery with space in Berlin and London showing installations, paintings and sculpture. Founded in 2010, the gallery represents some of the world’s leading contemporary artists.
Finally, for more a more traditional gallery, visit Gemäldegalerie (meaning old master paintings) for priceless artwork. The gallery has an impressive collection of European paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries.
Berlin is famous for its street art scene, ranging from murals covering whole sides of buildings to small illustrations layered upon one another.
Alternatively, to view large amounts of street art all in one place, head to East Side Gallery - a section of the Berlin wall that has been turned into the longest open air gallery in the world, displaying art and history combined.
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