Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Culture combined with Fashion
On this tour our guide will tell you about Berlin as a city of museums. There are more than 175 of them in Berlin, preserving history, art and science. At the eastern end of the famous boulevard Unter den Linden there is the Museum Island, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site lying in the middle of the Spree. It is home to five of Berlin’s most important museums: two not to be missed are the Neues Museum, home to the Egyptian bust of Nefertiti and the spectacular Pergamonmuseum, one of the world’s major archaeological museums. Within it you walk through a series of astounding structures, from a partial recreation of the Pergamon Altar (170–159 BC) to the two-storey Roman Gate of Miletus (29 metres wide and almost 17 metres high) and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, dating from the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar (605–563 BC). Tucked away upstairs is the Islamic Art collection, a treasure trove. Our guide will give you an overview of Museum Island with its five museums: Old Museum, New Museum, Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum and Old National Gallery. You will receive a day ticket permitting entrance to each museum (except special exhibitions). If you wish to visit as many museums as possible, you can of course stay at the Museum Island as the group leaves. Otherwise, after lunch you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of fashionable shopping locations in Berlin. Our guide will tell you about shopping in Berlin – from the past to present. In the 19th century luxurious department stores became all the rage, but where to shop today? These days Berlin has no distinctive shopping centre. Conventional shopping can be found on and around Tauentzienstrasse (with the largest department store on continental Europe – the KaDeWe) and Kurfürstendamm in the west. In the east, Friedrichstrasse offers a similarly up-market selection, but with a more hip, younger edge, while the area around the Gendarmenmarket is home to some cool but pricey concept stores. For cutting-edge local designers, head to the area around Hackescher Markt, where many have opened interesting boutiques.
You can decide where to leave the tour and indulge your addiction to shopping:
- Potsdamer Platz
There will be no return transfer to the starting point of the tour.
In the evening we cordially invite you to join our social program.