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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The Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors) museum sits on the site of the Gestapo and SS Police's former headquarters during World War II. By walking the grounds and touring the documentation center, travelers can learn about the atrocities committed by those German officers that once worked at this very site.

Other interesting exhibits that detail Berlin between 1933 and 1945 are found on the grounds, including excavated portions of the old building. For a more in-depth look at the museum, you can take the free English-speaking tour, which is offered Sundays at 3:30 p.m. (Most exhibits are listed in German and English.) You'll want to sign up at the reception desk 30 minutes before the tour starts.  

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