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The Pergamonmuseum, located on Museumsinsel (Museum Island) on the River Spree, is one of travelers' favorite museums. Recent guests used words like "remarkable" and "jaw-dropping" to describe the museum, which was completed in 1930 and houses many works that are important to the development of ancient art and architecture. Filled with an impressive collection of Greek, Roman, East Asian and Islamic art, exhibits include pieces like the reconstructed Ishtar Gate and the Pergamon Altar – a massive monumental Greek temple that is believed to date back to 180 B.C. 

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except on Thursdays when you can tour the collection until 8 p.m. The Pergamonmuseum charges 19 euros (about $21); most travelers said the price is worth the experience. You can also purchase a Berlin WelcomeCard for all of Museum Island that includes admission to each museum for up to three days, as well as free public transportation. To get here, take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn to the Friedrichstrasse stop. Before visiting, museumgoers should note that the hall containing the Pergamon Altar, the north wing and the gallery of Hellenistic art are currently under renovation and are expected to remain closed until 2023. For more information, visit the Pergamonmuseum 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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