Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of visits in Berlin, such as:
East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin. It is the largest open-air gallery in the world with over one hundred original mural paintings. Galvanised by the extraordinary events which were changing the world, artists from all around the globe rushed to Berlin after the fall of the Wall, leaving a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted at the time.
Wall murals had been a highlight for visitors and a Berlin attraction for years, but were only to be found on the western side of the Wall. Some of the best known paintings include “The Mortal Kiss” by Dimitrji Vrubel, of Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev’s mouth-to-mouth embrace and Birgit Kinder’s Trabi (Trabant) knocking down the Wall. The paintings which still reflect the patchwork, eclectic and bohemian atmosphere of Berlin today are a mixed-bag of surreal images, political statements and graffiti-like effusions. Guided themed tours aimed at school groups can be arranged, lasting 1-1½ hrs. Arrangements can also be made to meet an artist at a supplement.
Bauhaus Archiv Museum of Design
This famous Bauhaus building, known as Bauhaus Archiv, now houses the Museum of Design. Designed by Walter Gropius, it was built by Gropius’ long-time associate Alec Cvijanovic.
This popular and accessible museum includes an introduction in English to the overall context of the times and a permanent exhibition with original artefacts such as furniture, ceramics, sculpture and photographs from the Bauhaus Workshop of the 1920s. Gropius’ original model of the building is also an exhibit.
Bauhaus, which stands for the early 20th century modernist, aesthetic movement and educational philosophy, was founded as a state-run school by Walter Gropius in Weimar. The Bauhaus workshop, as it was known, operated from 1919 to 1933 and regained public interest in West Germany after the war.
Alte National Galerie houses one of the most important collections of 19th century paintings in Germany and includes masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich, Adolph Menzel, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir and Auguste Rodin. Amongst the most important highlights are Friedrich’s “Der Mönch am Meer” (from 1810), Adolph Menzel’s “Flotenkonzert Friedrich des Großen in Sanssouci” (1852) and Edouard Manet’s “Im Wintergarten” (1879).
The Museum was built between 1866 and 1876 and restored in neoclassical style by Friedrich August Stüler in the style of a Greek temple. The Museum reopened to the public after a thorough restoration in 2001. The Alte National Galerie is one of the five museums forming the ensemble known as Berlin’s Museum Island – a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Berlinische Galerie (Modern Art)
The Berlinische Galerie is one of the newest museums in the German capital and collects art from Berlin dating from 1870 to the present day – with both a local and international focus.
Fine art – painting, graphics, sculpture, multimedia – photography, architecture and artists’ archives provide a rich source, whose interdisciplinary relationships create exciting dialogues. Its outstanding collections include Dada Berlin, the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) and the Eastern European avant-garde. The art of the divided and reunified city of Berlin provides another focus.
The Atelier Bunter Jakob is an art studio deep inside the museum, and it provides a space for children and teenagers to do creative work. Artists join the discussions about what art actually is and why it matters to us. Art and reality are explored in exciting, productive ways. This studio has to be booked in advance and costs may apply. Following renovations the Berlinische Galerie re-opened in Spring 2015 with special exhibitions and a new presentation of its permanent collection.
One of the world’s great art galleries, the Gemalde Galerie has some 2,700 European paintings in its collection, dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Renowned works by painters such as Breugel, Holbein, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Gainsborough grace the walls. The gallery is the centrepiece of the Kulturforum complex.
Following German reunification in 1990, the Bundestag (German Federal Parliament) decided to make the Reichstag building the seat of Parliament in Berlin. A visit to the Reichstag is a must, a highlight includes the lift ride to the top of the building to a large viewing terrace for the breathtaking views of Tiergarten, the dome and the mirror cylinder at the centre.
Berlin Fernsehturm (Television Tower)
Dominating the city’s skyline at 368m in height, the TV Tower is the tallest building in Germany. An ideal way to look out over the entire city and gain a 360° perspective, the observation deck is at a height of 203m and the Telecafé at 207m. The Telecafé has an outer ring of tables that revolve every 30 minutes.
The stadium as it is today was built by the Nazis in preparation for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The design is unusual in that it is only just over 16 meters high. However, the final seating capacity of 90,000 is reached because the inside of the stadium is dug over 10 meters into the ground. On the west side of the stadium is the structure's highest point, the bell tower, from where it is possible to enjoy a great view over the stadium.
The Story of Berlin
This exhibition uses state-of-the-art multimedia technology and walk-through scenes that take visitors on a fascinating journey through 800 years of the city's history.