with: Klaus WehnerKlaus Wehner, PhD:
Real, Old, New Berliner, continuous enthusiastic explorer of the city and Berlin city tours, Berlin-Lover und Founder of kontext.Berlin
I am a visual artist and have worked as an art teacher in London for many years before moving to Berlin. Hence, presenting city tours comes quite natural to me. I am an art, art-history and history enthusiast and have worked for several different tour opeartors in Berlin before setting up this site. I still continuously discover new and interesting details about Berlin and I love to pass these on during my tours.
- 3 hours | approx. 3 km walking
- private tours: 175€ for up to 8 guests (additional tickets: 10€pp)
- Available in German or English / Erhältlich auf Deutsch oder English
- Zeughaus (Arsenal/German Historic Museum)
- Altes Museum
- Alte Nationalgalerie
- Pergamon Museum
- Bode Museum
- Humboldt Forum
- Neues Museum
Berlin's Museum Island hosts a truly unique collection of museums, each already presenting a wealth of interesting facts before even entering and visiting the collections. The tour looks at the museums from a 'museological' and historical point of view. This includes the architecture to start with and to consider how successive systems and governments have employed museums to present and 'write' history and tell those stories that suited their needs.
The tour will firstly look at the history of the Zeughaus Unter den Linden, which today hosts the German Historical Museum and which has a long colourful history of use as different museums for different governments, matching Berlin's unique history of successive historical government changes.
Afterwards, a walk across the Museum Island will look at the history of the Alte Nationalgalerie, Altes Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum and the Humboldt Forum.
Too many collections to visit in a few hours, the walk will examine the history and function of these museums just by looking at the buildings from the outside. Musing the history of these museums will necessarily come with a good dose of German history.
This experience will change your view of museums irreversibly - for the better!
The Museum Island is a truly unique place without match in any other city or country. A guided tour and in depth introduction will open up your experience much beyond a self-guided visit.