Designed with tourists in mind, the card provides unlimited access to the city’s transport network and admission to all the venues of Museum Island for 42€. Comprised of five significant state museums, the Island is made up of the Old National Gallery, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum, and Bode Museum. Between the five they host a range of paintings, sculpture work, and pre-history artifacts. Valid for 72 hours, the card provides visitors the ability to move freely using the S-Bahn, tram, bus, and underground - so you can check out more than just the classics on the ‘island’ if you would like.
Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art
Founded by a group of university students in the 1990s, the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, or ‘KW’, is an international art house sitauted in the central Mitte district. The KW is an exhibition center dedicated to a rythmn of continual change and evolution – much like the contemporary art it shows. This ever-changing programming makes the insitute able to take on new art forms and expressions almost in tandem with when they are actually produced. Due to the KW’s in touch nature with the pulse of both Berlin’s and the international communities contempoary expressions, it’s an ideal spot to experience the art scene in Berlin.
Originally a Nazi-era bunker and then Russian prison, the Sammlung Boros is now one of the most outstanding contemporary art exhibition halls in Berlin. Purchased by Polish advertising executive Christian Boros, the bunker houses about 500 works from Boros’ own private collection. What is particularly striking about the experience is the historical versus modern contrast of the space. Just being in the physical space provides a special atmosphere, let alone viewing the stunning art. The collection can only be viewed by reservation on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and costs about 10€ for entry. Be sure to book about a month in advance.
Explore The Berlin Wall
One of the best ways to experience the art scene of the Berlin is to take to the city streets themselves. In particular, cycling or walking the, “Berlin Wall Trail” is a perfect way to view the culture, politics, and history of the city while also glimpsing the urban counterculture of Berlin as well. Stretching close to 25km through the heart of the city, exploring the wall also means viewing the street art subculture of Berlin too. Graffiti art and murals have plastered the wall since its demise in 1989, with an ever-changing array of artistic sentiments gracing its face. There are a variety of free, self-guided, and private tours available by bike or foot depending on your preference.
High above the streets of Berlin in the hip up-and-coming neighborhood of Neukölln, is the Klunkerkranich club. The club is rooftop community garden, live music, and DJ venue. On the weekends it hosts the The Klunkerkranich Food Market, which specializes in all varieties of cuisine. At the market you can also find smaller scale art pieces by local artists and unique homemade knick-knacks for sale as well. In the evening, the club is a favorite haunt for young aspiring artists, musicians, and creatives living in the area. So while not necessarily experiencing art per-se, the venue provides ample opportunity to actually meet some the minds and personalities fueling the modern art scene in Berlin.
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