Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

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Museumsinsel (or Museum Island) is the name given to a clump of five museums, the Baroque-style Berliner Dom cathedral and large gardens clustered on a tiny island in the River Spree. Built between 1830 and 1930, each museum presents a different aspect of German history and art. 

When you visit, see if you can guess which museum hangs which art; there's the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum), the Bode-Museum and the very popular Pergamonmuseum

Recent travelers said that even if you don't have time to explore all of the museums, the architecture of the buildings and the well-managed gardens are perfect for a stroll or outdoor picnic. 

You can reach Museum Island via bus routes 100, 200 and N2 at the Lustgarten stop on the island or off the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station or Klosterstraße U-Bahn station. You can pay for separate admission to each museum or opt for the Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island, which includes a three-day pass to all the museums on the island. Most museums are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (8 p.m. on Thursdays). To learn more about opening hours, entrance fees and information on exhibits, visit the Museum Island website.

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Since then, it's been the backdrop of much of the city's history, including Napoleonic invasions and Nazi parades. During the Cold War, the structure sat in "no man's land" between East and West Berlin. Visitors to the monument say it's now a must-see symbol that represents Germany unity.  

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