Berlin Vacation Ideas

Berlin Vacation Ideas#1:

The Gemäldegalerie, also referred to as The Picture Gallery, has a wonderful display of European art from the 13th to 18th century. In fact it is considered to be the finest collection in the world. Among the 1,000 or so paintings on display are 16 Rembrandts.

Other painters are also represented; Bruegel, Tizian, van Eyck, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Rubens are just a few. The 7,000 square meters of exhibition space also holds many other portraits, genre paintings, interiors, landscapes and still-lifes from artists of the time.

Vacation Ideas in Berlin #2:

Take the River Havel ferry, near Potsdam, over to Peacock Island. This mile-long island was designed as a park in 1793 by King Friedrich Wilhelm II.

Everything, including the winding pathways and trees, were designed and laid out with an artistic goal in mind.

There are a number of interesting buildings including a mock castle that the King built for his mistress. You will also find many exotic plants, a rose garden, a flower garden and a considerable animal collection.

Berlin Vacation Ideas #3:

Tiergarten is lovely 630-acre park located on the center of Berlin. It was once the hunting grounds of high nobility. Now it is the centerpiece for Germany's political heart and soul – the Tiergarten district.

The park is a popular spot for vacationers and locals for walks, family picnics, grilling, playing games or for relaxing. This is also where you will find Zoologischer Garten, Germany's oldest zoo and home to the world’s most diverse variety of animals.

Vacation Ideas in Berlin #4

Also in the Tiergarten district is the Musical instrument Museum. Here you can see more than 3,000 musical instruments form as far back as the 16th century. Frederick the Great’s flute is on display as well as Edward Grieg’s piano.

Some of the other pieces are a collection of early seventeenth century woodwind instruments, the 1929 Mighty Wurlitzer Cinema Organ, a 1703 violin made by Antonio Stradivari and the world’s greatest collection of Ruckers harpsichords.

Vacation in Berlin #5:

Another of Berlin’s parks is Grunewald Forest in the western part of the city. During the summer you can enjoy concerts in the courtyard of the Grunewald Hunting Lodge. The lodge was built in 1542 and houses an art collection featuring works by German and Dutch painters of the 15th-18th centuries. Climb to the top of the 55 meter-high Grunewald Tower for a view that extends all the way to Potsdam.

Berlin Vacation Ideas #6:

Grunewald Jagdschloss
Grunewald Jagdschloss
In the Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz is location of the Berlin Film Museum. The city of Berlin was the center of Europe’s film industry in the 1920s. The stars and directors responsible are honored here with films clips and plenty of personal memorabilia. Take a journey through film and television history at the Berlin Film Museum.

Vacation in Berlin #7:

The Komische Oper is a musical comedy playhouse that specializes in offbeat and experimental type works. These are German language productions of opera, operetta and musicals. It’s been around since the early 1890s and has been opened and closed at various times and completely rebuilt in 1965-1966. It is located just off Unter den Linden.

Berlin Vacation Ideas #8:

In the heart of Berlin is one of Berlin’s unique cultural attractions, The Chamaleon Variete, where humor is the order of the day. Here you can see shows by a variety of tap dancers, trapeze acts, magicians, clowns, musicians, dancers, singers, comedians and acrobats and other talented performers. This is one of the most affordable and offbeat venue in town.

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