Destination Berlin: The Museum Island

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From the Brandenburg Gate runs the Unter den Linden, literally the boulevard “Unter the Linden”, the most famous boulevard in Berlin that extends for over 1km to the Museum Island, declared a World Heritage Site for its architectural singularity and the invaluable heritage preserved in its museums.

Would you have ever thought to find an island right in the middle of the river running through the city? And not any island, but the only in the world that can boast of hosting five museums in a row, each with its treasures that cover the stages of human history.

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The Altes Museum, not surprisingly “Old Museum”, was the first of five to be built, between 1823 and 1830, in the halls of the ground floor houses a collection of works and objects of Ancient Greece, while the upper floor is dedicated to an extraordinary journey through time to discover the objects of everyday life of the Etruscans and the testimonies of ancient and imperial Rome. Other relics of classical antiquity and the fabulous Egyptian works are housed by the Neues Museum, the “New Museum”, arose immediately after the Altes. Among its treasures can claim the bust of Nefertiti, which dates back to 1340 BC, the Papyri Collection, and several works of European Prehistory. In the Alte Nationalgalerie, however, is the most important collection of German painting and sculpture of the nineteenth century and a collection of French Impressionism and German works. The Bode Museum, named after the architect who designed it, was built in 1904 and boasts a wonderful collection of coins with about 500,000 pieces, in addition to evidence of Byzantine art and sculptures of the Classical World.

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Complete the rose of museums Pergamon Museum, the diamond tip of the island, named after the most important artwork conserved in it: the Pergamon Altar, dating to the second century BC, followed by other architectural wonders like the majestic Ishtar Gate of Miletus, built in 120 BC, and the Gate of Babylon, built by the sovereign Nabucosondor and consecrated to the goddess Ishtar, embellished with beautiful mosaics.

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How to reach: Metro Friedrichstrasse (U6), Klosterstraße (U2)

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