Altes Museum

Altes Museum: Our most recommended tours and activities

Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport

1. Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport

The Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island allows you to see more of Berlin for less. This is your ticket to the main attractions of the German capital with many tourist highlights, including sightseeing tours, attractions, theaters, restaurants and more, offering discounts of up to 50%. A complimentary guidebook is also included, helping you to make the most of your stay with tour suggestions and handy insider tips. Opt for free transport within zones A and B (Berlin) or A, B, and C (covering Berlin and Potsdam) when you select your Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island option. Located in the city center on an island in the Spree River, Berlin’s Museum Island boasts a complex of 5 internationally acclaimed museums: the Pergamon Museum, the Old Museum, New Museum, Old National Gallery and Bode Museum. Together they form a world-famous and unique architectural ensemble, which was declared a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1999. With this ticket, you will have free access to them all (one visit per day per museum). See the antique collections of Berlin’s State Museums at the Old Museum and go back to Ancient Egypt at the New Museum. The Bode Museum houses Byzantine art and Oriental sculptures, while at the Pergamon Museum you can see splendid examples of Islamic art.

Berlin: Skip-the-line Pergamon Museum and Museum Island Tour

2. Berlin: Skip-the-line Pergamon Museum and Museum Island Tour

Enjoy expert live commentary on a guided tour of the Pergamon Museum at the Museum Island in Berlin. Learn all about ancient civilizations, from Egypt to the Near East, with extended tour options to visit other museums in the area. If you choose the standard option, take a guided tour of the Pergamon Museum. See ancient architecture, German post-antiquity art, and Middle Eastern and Islamic art housed under one roof. Your private guide will help you to navigate the museum while providing expert commentary on the exhibits of art and antiques from ancient Rome, Greece, Babylon, Persia art, and beyond. Among the museum’s highlights, you will find the famous Pergamon Altar built during the reign of the Ancient Greek King Eumenes II in the first half of the 2nd century BC, a 17-meter-high Market Gate of Miletus, and the Babylonian Ishtar Gate. Choose the 3-hour option for the same guided tour of the Pergamon Museum with additional private transport. This option includes a reliable pickup and drop-off service at your accommodation in Berlin. Choose the 4-hour option to enhance your visit to the Pergamon Museum with a guided tour of the Museum Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See highlights such as Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berliner Schloss, State Opera, and the Bebelplatz. Benefit from skip-the-line tickets to the Berlin Cathedral. Admire awe-inspiring Baroque and Renaissance style interiors with beautiful works of art and views from the dome. Choose the 5-hour option to add private transport to the 4-hour itinerary. This option includes a reliable pickup and drop-off service at your accommodation in Berlin.

Berlin: Pergamon & New Museum Tour and Museum Island Pass

3. Berlin: Pergamon & New Museum Tour and Museum Island Pass

Hosted by an expert guide, you will not only be able to admire the impressive artifacts and architectural structures, you will also take a journey through history and gain a critical understanding of the collection's relationship to Berlin's past and present. Hear stories about how heavily destroyed the museums were after the end of WWII when the Museum Island was almost a complete ruin. Only in 1999 was Museum Island awarded UNESCO status. This tour will introduce you to the Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Egyptian, Antique art and culture. The guide gives a very detailed explanation of how these cultures began, why they were important throughout history and what is their heritage today. Visit the famous Ishtar Gate, learn when it was built and why, as well as the beautiful bust of Nefertiti and the Market Gate of Miletus. After the tour, visit the remaining museums of the Museum Island at your own pace. The Bode Museum offers sculptures dated in the Middle Ages up until the early Renaissance and a collection of artifacts from Byzantine art. If you wish to see ancient Greek and Roman decorative art, you should visit the Altes Museum that contains a permanent collection of ancient Greek and Roman vases and statues. In the Alte Nationalgalerie, you can enjoy exhibitions of Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modernist art.

Berlin: Altes Museum Entrance Ticket

4. Berlin: Altes Museum Entrance Ticket

Visit the Altes Museum and see one of the most important Neoclassical buildings in Germany. Be enchanted by its columns, the wide vestibule, and portico. Marvel at the murals of the rotunda, which were modeled after the Pantheon in Rome. Admire the antique collection with its permanent exhibition on the art and culture of the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans. See sculptures such as the Berlin Goddess as well as gold and silver jewelry under the sky-blue ceiling of the treasure chamber. You'll also discover the coin collection with more than 1,300 items from antiquity. See the first gold and silver alloy coins as well as those from the crisis years of the Roman Empire.

Berlin: Sayings, Legends and Myths Mystical Walking Tour

5. Berlin: Sayings, Legends and Myths Mystical Walking Tour

Tour a different side of Berlin, on a mystical guided walk through all the capital's mythical and legendary locations. Learn of Berlin's foundation at the St. George monument, hear the legend of the Berlin pancake, and meet the muses of Zeus. See the city sights and allow yourself to wonder. Meet your guide at the statue of St. George, the dragon slayer, and learn his epic tale. Admire the place where Berlin was founded and listen to the legend of Abrecht the Bear. Discover the ways that myths of fire-breathing dragons came to be in Berlin and why some still believe it today. Take a short walk to marvel at Berlin's Nikolai Quarter and hear about the most powerful craftsmen's association in the city. There, get introduced to the legend of the Berlin pancake and what the Muses of Zeus have to do with Berlin. At the Fountain of Neptune, the God Neptune is believed to be the protector of Berlin. Discuss why Kaiser Wilhelm II amused an entire nation over a fountain and whether these legends are just myths or the real thing. End the experience in the Lustgarten at the Berlin Cathedral.

Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket & 2 Guided Walking Tours

6. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket & 2 Guided Walking Tours

Explore Berlin on foot and a bus with this combination ticket. Cruise through the city on a hop-on hop-off bus, learn the history behind Checkpoint Charlie, and walk past the enormous Berlin Cathedral. After booking your tour, download the Vox City app. Within 2 days, use the app to track the location of your nearest tour guide and meeting point. If you want to explore the city more after your guided tour, use the app for some self-guided sightseeing. Join the Historic Berlin walking tour and follow your guide through the heart of Berlin. Walk by the beautiful Berlin Cathedral and continue to Museum Island. Head east to marvel at the striking Berlin TV Tower and stroll through bustling Alexanderplatz. Switch over to the Traces of the Cold War walking tour to see Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, and Potsdamer Platz. Hear about the troubled history of Germany's capital, its many museums, and its intriguing culture. Give your feet a rest and hop onboard a red double-decker bus tour. As you drive through Berlin, admire the views from the open-top deck. Explore the whole city in this drive from Tiergarten to the East Side Gallery. When you want to see a sight up close, hop off at one of the 23 tour stops across the city, including the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Wall, Madame Tussauds, and the Berlin Zoo.

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What people are saying about Altes Museum

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,307 reviews

Really great, varied - also child-friendly - guided tour through the Pergamon Museum, the entire Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral (including the viewing platform = wonderful) and the Humboldt Forum. Thank you for the 4 unforgettable hours Mr. Kristiansen! It was great!

The visit to the museums was very interesting and the guide Jamie taught us the most important of both with a lot of information and pedagogy.

I recommend it 100% and the application... I had a problem and they solved it quickly, a pleasure, I will use it again

Our guide Thomas was great. He was interested in the topic and gave an engaging tour.

Very convenient for all transport and museums. It saves time and money. I recommend.