With its collection of remarkable museums, this island earned a spot on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

TravelCurious Tip

Buy an ‘unlimited’ ticket which entitles you to entry to all museums for three days - this way you can come and go as you please and beat the queues.

The Louvre of Berlin

From S-Bahn Friedrichstrasse it is only a short walk to Museumsinsel, an island in the Spree which contains five different museums.

The 1830 Altes Museum (Old Museum) contains the Berlin State Museums’ collection of classical antiquities: the nearby Neues Museum (New Museum) was finished in 1859, but destroyed in World War II. Rebuilt and finally reopened in 2009, it houses artefacts from prehistory and many works from ancient Egypt including an iconic bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), completed in 1876 to designs by Friedrich August Stüler, shows a collection of Neo-classical, Romantic, Impressionist and early Modernist artwork. The Bode Museum on the island's northern tip exhibits the sculpture collections and late Antique and Byzantine art.

Finally the Pergamon Museum, constructed in 1930, contains multiple reconstructed and immensely historically significant buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.

Enough for a lifetime

There is actually far too much to see in one day, so take your time and visit a few things in depth. The island is truly impressive in size, and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to wander between exhibits in neighbouring museums spanning the last three thousand years of history.

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A marvellous example of Baroque architecture, the old Berlin Armoury is now Germany's official national history museum.
Nikolai Quarter
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Altes Museum
Home to the city’s main collection of ancient art, sculptures and a gold treasury.
Neues Museum
It houses the Papyrus Collection, the Classical Antiquities Collection and the priceless bust of Nefertiti.
Berlin Cathedral
Located on Museum Island, it is a main work of Historicist architecture of the "Kaiserzeit."
Kaffee (Coffee)
The most popular drink in Germany, which is the world’s second biggest coffee importer.

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Discover Berlin’s monuments, museums, and memorials dedicated to commemorating the dark, difficult and turbulent years of the Second World War. With an expert private guide, you will explore Germany’s capital city through the lens of its role in the Holocaust and Hitler’s war, uncovering many horrors and unsung feats of heroism. 

On your private tour, you will:

  • Begin your tour at the Reichstag where you will learn the history of this building, and see the bullet holes and graffiti left by Soviet soldiers from 1945;
  • Explore the historic centre “Mitte” famous for the Brandenburg Gate, the Soviet War Memorial Tiergarten, Pariser Platz, and the Unter den Linden boulevard and learn about the Stolpersteine ‘the stumbling stones’;
  • See where the Nazi's book burning took place at Bebelplatz - an ironically beautiful square flanked by historic buildings including Berlin State Opera, Humboldt University buildings, and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral;  
  • Visit many of Berlin’s memorials, dedicated to those murdered and persecuted in World War II: the Neue Wache Memorial dedicated to all Victims of War & Dictatorship, and take time to pay your respects at the incredibly moving Holocaust Memorial;  
  •  See Hitler’s last Bunker, part of a large subterranean complex of air raid shelters, and the New Reich Chancellery - Hitler’s Office, as well as the memorial to Georg Elser who had attempted to assassinate Hitler, but failed as the bomb went off after he had left the room; 
  • Walk by the imposing political and governmental buildings and learn of their role in the War such as the historic Bundesrat;
  • Arrive at the remains of the infamous Berlin Wall that divided the city - and the world - between East and West, and Checkpoint Charlie where you’ll hear all about the privations and danger faced by those living during the Cold War Era; 
  • Take a guided walk through the "Berlin 1933-1945 between Propaganda & Terror" exhibition
  • Finish the tour at the entrance to the "Topography of Terror Museum" where you are free to explore at your own pace. 

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Your guide will talk you through the history of Berlin and its role as Hitler’s Headquarters during the Second World War. You’ll see many historic monuments from the grandeur of the 19th Century Brandenburg Gate, to the small but incredibly moving brass plaques known as the Stolpersteine (stumbling blocks) that name every single person taken by the Nazis. 

You’ll have the opportunity to pay your respects at the very moving, haunting Holocaust Memorial as well pass by the locations of Hitler’s bunker and office. 

Explore the beautiful Tiergarten Park, and hear the stories of desperate Berliners who used the park as farmland and for firewood after the war. Learn about the final moments of World War II in Europe. See the bullet holes, shrapnel and Soviet graffiti that cover the Reichstag building. 

This tour explores the German culture of memory while talking about those who lost their lives and were persecuted.  A visit to Berlin is a reminder to never forget.
Berlin in a Day: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour
Explore the very best of Berlin on this full-day private tour of the German Capital including the majestic buildings on Museum Island, the moving memorials to the Holocaust, many haunting reminders of World War 2, as well as the bustling food market near the iconic East Side Gallery commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

On your private tour you will: 

  • Walk to the historic Reichstag Building part of the German parliament and stop at the iconic Brandenburg Gate – a symbol of the might of the Prussian Empire;
  • Explore the moving monuments and memorials to the horrors of the Second World War, including the Holocaust Memorialdedicated to the Murdered Jews of Europe; Hitler’s last Bunker, the New Reich Chancellery - Hitler’s office, and walk past several important government buildings including the impressive Bundesrat to the ‘topography of terror’ a free museum where the SS Headquarters once stood; 
  • Arrive at the remains of the Berlin Wall where you’ll learn about life behind ‘the iron curtain’ and stop at Checkpoint Charlie the strict crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Soviet era;  
  • Visit the Gendarmenmarkt, arguably the most beautiful square in Berlin home to three architectural gems: the Berlin Concert Hall, and the French and German cathedrals;
  • Wander into the stunning Bebelplatz with its impressive neo-classical buildings including the Berlin State Opera, Humboldt University buildings, and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral - and hear about the infamous Nazi book burning that happened here;
  • Enjoy a stroll around Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site and majestic home to the five prestigious museums including the Pergamon, Berlin Cathedral and the City Palace; 
  • Explore the East Side of Berlin, beginning with the East Side Gallery the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall decorated with famous political murals; 
  • Admire the now iconic Oberbaumbrücke bridge, a symbol of Berlin’s modern-day unity that connects boroughs the East-West boroughs of Friedrichshain and trendy Kreuzberg that were previously divided by the Wall;
  • Discover the vibrant Markthalle Neun - a vast iron latticed indoor bustling food market - enjoy the smells of delicious street food and the many multi-ethnic delicacies on offer; 
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Explore the beautiful and buzzing Berlin with an expert private guide on this immersive full-day tour of Germany’s capital city.

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On your private tour, you will: 

  • See the historic Reichstag Building part of the German parliament and learn about its political significance over the past one hundred years; 
  • Stop at the iconic Brandenburg Gate – one of the great symbols of Berlin and the Prussian Empire of the 19th Century;
  • Explore 17th Street where you will come across the moving Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to the Murdered Jews of Europe; 
  • See the Führerbunker, part of an underground air raid shelter complex it was Hitler’s last Bunker located near the New Reich Chancellery which was Hitler’s office; 
  • See the remains of the Berlin Wall where you’ll learn about life behind ‘the iron curtain’ and stop at Checkpoint Charlie the strict crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Soviet era;  
  • Visit the Gendarmenmarkt, arguably the most beautiful square in Berlin home to three architectural gems: the Berlin Concert Hall, and the French and German cathedrals; admire the central statue of the poet Friedrich Schiller;
  • Wander into the stunning Bebelplatz with its impressive neo-classical buildings including the Berlin State Opera, Humboldt University buildings, and St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, and learn of the terrible, infamous Nazi book burnings that happened here;
  • See the New Guardhouse, a memorial to all the victims of war and tyranny; 
  • Enjoy a stroll around the truly majestic Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, and the Altes Museum;
  • Admire Berlin Cathedral, also on the island, with its imperial domes built in the Renaissance-Baroque revival style;
  • Stroll by the imposing City Palace that now houses the prestigious Humboldtforum Museum dedicated to the history of human art and culture; 
  • Walking towards Alexanderplatz, the central transport hub of Mitte you’ll pass by the Marx-Engels-Forum a small public park, the Neptunbrunnen or Fountain of Neptune, and St Mary’s Church - the oldest church in the city dating back to the medieval period;
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Explore the beautiful city of Berlin with an expert private guide on this immersive half-day highlights tour of the major sites and a few hidden gems of Germany’s capital. Berlin has a long history dating back to the medieval period; it is a city that has weathered many storms, been humbled, and overcome much tragedy and adversity - especially during the tumultuous 20th century. 

The city commemorates the dark days of the Holocaust and the division between East and West with moving monuments and memorials throughout the city - and your guide will show you the extraordinarily emotional Holocaust Memorial as well as what remains of the infamous Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie.  

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You’ll learn all about Berlin’s incredible journey from medieval times, to becoming the centre of the formidable Prussian empire, its decimation after the First World War, the rise of Hitler, the uncertain years of the Cold War, and the triumphant falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Today Berlin has overcome its dark past and is a thriving, urban city famous for its alternative fashion, music, film, theatre, dance, art, and digital scene. It has also become a melting pot of multiculturalism reflected in its diverse multi-ethnic cuisine. 

Your tour ends with a spectacular view from atop the TV Tower Observation deck from where you can admire the city's stunning architecture and skyline.

The Pergamon & Neues Museums: Private Half-Day Guided Tour
Explore the buildings at Berlin's Museum Island, and enjoy a private guided tour of the controversial Pergamon Museum and the Neues Museum, known as Berlin's Egyptian museum.

On your private tour you will: 

  • Explore the Pergamon and the Neues Museum, famed for its outstanding collection of archaeological monuments, art and architecture, and the Neues Museum with a private guide;
  • Travel back to lost civilisations of the Middle Eastancient Greece, and Mighty Rome;
  • Enjoy the serenity and beauty of Museum Island with your guide– an island oasis in the city;
  • See the imposing Roman Market Gate of Miletus, and Ishtar Gate, which was recovered from the City of Babylon in 1902;
  • Retrace the history and architecture on the island and hear of its partition after WWII;
  • Explore the Egyptian and the Papyrus collection in the Neues Museum;
  • Receive expert advice from your guide on the best museums to visit for the rest of your day.
This tour is perfect for those seeking an expert-led tour of the world-famous Pergamon and Neueu Museums, with tickets to the rest of the museums located on Museum Island which don't require a time slot reservation. 

Delve into the rich history and architecture which make up the island. 

The Pergamon is often described as three museums in one, and your guide will help you easily navigate the three major collections. Travel back to lost ancient civilisations, from Ancient Greece, and Babylonia to The Persian Empire. See remnants and striking artefacts of each: pottery, weaponry, statues, artwork, and marvel at the world-famous collection of imposing archaeological discoveries. 

After your three-hour tour of the museums and the island, your guide will give you a ticket, which will give you access to the island’s other museums. 

The ticket is only valid for the day of the tour and for those museums which don't require a pre-time slot reservation.
Please Note: Due to unavoidable long-term renovation works, some areas of the Pergamon Museum - including the one that hosts the Pergamon Altar - are not accessible to visitors at the moment.


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