There are around 6,250 museums throughout Germany exposing their visitors to the ancient and the modern with everything in between. Berlin’s Museum Island is an ensemble of five museums built between 1824 and 1930 on a small island in the Spree River. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, the buildings not only hold collections of the Old Masters, but are also architectural wonders themselves. The State Gallery in Stuttgart, in a striking building designed by British architect and Pritzker Prize winner James Stirling, will take you on a journey over eight centuries including modern, pop, and conceptual art.
In Munich, however, you can enjoy the “Kunstreal” or art district centered around the Königsplatz, not far from the city center. Easily walkable, the area is home to 16 museums, over 40 galleries, and cultural institutions such as the Technical University of Munich. One of the most famous buildings is the Alte Pinakothek, which was the largest gallery in the world at the time of its completion in 1836 and a model for later buildings in Rome, Brussels, and St. Petersburg. Inside, you’ll find one of the most famous collections of Old Masters. To make seeing it all even more enjoyable, there is a fine café on the ground floor while the two great lawns provide a place to admire the architecture. The building was heavily damaged by bombing in World War II, but tastefully reconstructed into its current beautiful state.
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