The Museum Island in Berlin

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The German capital has an extensive number of museums spread across the city. The most famous are found on the museum island, located in the Mitte district surrounded by the Spree river. The island houses five museums and the entire complex is a World Heritage Site by Unesco.



Designed as a modern Roman Forum, the museuminsel is worth a visit, even if only to stroll through the beautiful grounds around the buildings. The island is Berlin’s birthplace and this acropolis of the arts has museums for all tastes and interests.



Among the five museums on the island, which include the National Gallery, the Pergamon is the most well-known. Currently being restored with an estimated grand opening for 2019, as well as a new wing opening in 2025, the Pergamon is still the most visited museum in all of Berlin.  Its main attractions are the Ishtar Gate and the Pergamon Altar, which even though closed for restoration continue to attract thousands of tourists interested in Islamic art.



But among all of the must see museums of Berlim, perhaps the best is not located on the museum island. A jewel of architecture with the power to elicit strong emotions, the best museum in Berlin, and for that matter one the best museums in the world, is on the other side of town. Can you risk an opinion and tell me which museum I am talking about? In my next post I will tell you all about this fascinating museum that has the power to impact even the most jaded tourists. Stay tuned!



Gus Dantas, publisher gusdantaslife, traveled to in July of 2016.

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