"Museum Island -- Altes (Old) Museum" Museumsinsel (Museum Island) Tip by yooperprof

Museumsinsel (Museum Island), Berlin: 19 reviews and 17 photos

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by yooperprof

Favorite thing: The Altes Museum has one of the most striking facades of any museum in the world. I didn't get a chance to go inside to see the collection of Greek and Roman arts, but I enjoyed the perspective of the structure's grand exterior.

It was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the 1830s - the great architect also responsible for the Neue Wache and the Friedrichswerder Kirche, among other structures in Berlin. Schinkel was partly responsible for giving this section of Berlin its stately air of neo-classical authority.

The portico of the Altes Museum is 87 meters high, supported by 18 massive Ionic columns. The bowl in front of the museum was originally intended for the building's lobby, but apparently it was too heavy to carry inside, so they left it outdoors as the centerpiece of the Lustgarten, or Pleasure Garden. (The bowl weighs over 70 tons.)

Address: Bodestraße, Berlin-Mitte
Directions: U-Bahn: Friedrichstraße

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 14, 2004
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