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Berlin: Jewish Museum Berlin Entrance Ticket

1. Berlin: Jewish Museum Berlin Entrance Ticket

Let the largest Jewish museum in Europe impress you with its symbolic architecture and exceptional exhibitions. Discover how the zig-zag-shaped building designed by Daniel Libeskind creates its own language for Jewish history in Germany, with slanting walls, sharp angles, and gaping voids. The new core exhibition “Jewish Life in Germany: Past & Present” spans from the beginning of the early middle ages to the present day. During the chronological tour, a large space is dedicated to National Socialism and the time since the end of WWII. The exhibition alternates between historical periods and cultural insights. What is sacred in Judaism? Is there specific Jewish art? How do people practice Judaism in today’s society? Alongside the treasures of the museum’s collection including everyday objects and art, there are video and audio installations. There are also interactive stations that provide surprising insights. Special Exhibition (ticket required): From January 25th to May 1st, 2023 is showing hosting a special exhibition. The JMB’s Paris Magnétique. 1905-1940 is the first large-scale show in Germany dedicated to Jewish artists of the “School of Paris.” In ten chapters and around 120 works, it traces the ways in which migrant, often marginalized, positions within the Parisian avant-garde have shaped present-day ideas of Western modernist art. Visitors will see works by both celebrated and less well-known artists, including Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Chana Orloff, Sonia Delaunay, Jacques Lipchitz, and others. The museum is located centrally in the vibrant district of Berlin-Kreuzberg and is within walking distance from Checkpoint Charlie. With your JMB ticket, you are eligible to receive reduced-rate admission to the neighboring Berlinische Galerie on the day of your museum visit and the two following days. The Berlinische Galerie is only a 5 min stroll away from the JMB.

Kreuzberg: Culinary Food Tour

2. Kreuzberg: Culinary Food Tour

Meet at Kotti, right in the center of vibrant Kreuzberg. After a short introduction, get a broad overview of the history and lifestyle of the special place in Berlin. Learn how Kreuzberg was founded as a typical working-class neighborhood in the middle of the 19th century. Discover Oranienstraße and try to imagine life in the past, when many people didn’t rent a whole flat or a room, but an 8 hours-stay on a mattress. Uncover the area's working class and left-wing heritage, and learn about its demonstrations. Explore the most important historic places and will forge a bridge to today’s everyday life and style in modern Kreuzberg. This place is a melting pot for people of all provenances, opinions, lifestyles, sexualities, and incomes. On your way through the streets and history of the quarter, meet the former GDR traffic-light men, visit SO36, the place of May Day March demonstrations, listen to dramatic reports of attempts to escape GDR, remember Martin Luther King’s visit in 1964 – and get to know Berlin’s Jack the Ripper. Enjoy exquisite snacks in selected restaurants in the neighborhood as you go. Try various local dishes instead of one big meal, with this varied selection representing Kreuzberg’s multicultural and innovative spirit. Try original Berlin recipes, intercultural crossover dishes, and international delicatessen. After this culinary and cultural experience, get ready to for your next adventure: experiencing Kreuzberg's infamous nightlife.

Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

3. Alternative Berlin by Bike: Kreuzberg & Friedrichshain

A guided bicycle tour is the best way to discover Berlin. Cycling is not only an easy way to get around the city but also brings you close to the action. Even visitors who already know Berlin well are amazed at the new perspectives they see on this tour. This tour usually runs on bike paths and safe, quiet roads. Start at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and cycle toward Volkspark Friedrichshain and Karl-Marx-Allee. In Friedrichshain, bike around Boxhagener Platz and the RAW Tempel. This area is home to great nightlife, but there's still plenty to see during the day. Continue along the East Side Gallery and over the Oberbaumbrücke to Kreuzberg. Discover back courtyards, explore beautiful parks, and ride along the banks of the River Spree. See Görlitzer Park, and experience the alternative way of life in the colorful SO36 district of Kreuzberg. You’ll not only learn many interesting facts but hear various anecdotes about the city and insider tips.

Alternative Berlin Experience

4. Alternative Berlin Experience

Take a 4-hour walking tour and discover Berlin's dynamic culture and lifestyle, and see why it fascinates so many visitors year after year. Creative, tolerant, multi-cultural, and liberal; no other city balances tradition and trends, density and open space, underground and cosmopolitan areas, quite like UNESCO's first "City of Design." On this premier alternative tour you will step off the tourist trail and explore the entire cultural landscape from a local perspective. From alternative underground, to urban and cosmopolitan, your guide will compare the many flavors, colors, and vibes of the East and West Berlin neighborhoods. Stroll through landmarks of the city's subcultural and countercultural history, and see some of the world's most breathtaking street art and graffiti up close. Stop at the Turkish neighborhoods in Kreuzberg, and visit Berlin's African and former Jewish communities. Take a peek at the city's colorful gay community, with a stop at one of Berlin's extravagant neighborhoods. Then, find out more about Berlin's hiphop and reggae scene at a delightful African beach bar and market. Listen to some amazing stories of the many different cultural movements that have taken hold in this unique city over the years, and discover the true identity of the city as you explore and experience the real Berlin.

Berlin: Kreuzberg evening tour – Criminal and cuddly

5. Berlin: Kreuzberg evening tour – Criminal and cuddly

Begin at the Kotti, which is a central place in Kreuzberg. In a short introduction, your guide will give you an overview of Kreuzberg’s history, life, and culture.  Kreuzberg was founded as a typical working-class neighborhood in the middle of the 19th century. People lived in huge building complexes, some in the fifth or sixth backyard. Discover these places at Oranienstraße and try to imagine life back in the days when it was almost impossible to breathe fresh air and when many people could not rent a whole flat or a room but instead slept on just a mattress. Most people in the working class had a radical left-wing view. So Kreuzberg turned into a critical neighborhood with constant demonstrations. Your guide will tell you about The Mother of all Street Fights. Visit SO36, a legendary music club, where anarchistic punk and new wave bands entertained audiences in the 1970’s and 1980’s and provoked the government and police. Discover Görli Park, the Central Park of Kreuzberg. Get to know Berlin’s Jack the Ripper. After two hours, see Kreuzberg from a different point of view. Say your goodbyes, then start your next adventure in Kreuzberg's famous nightlife, or if you prefer, to relax after this exploratory city tour.

THE WALL: asisi Panorama Berlin Ticket

6. THE WALL: asisi Panorama Berlin Ticket

Visit the Panorama, an artistic representation of what life was like in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. Experience Kreuzberg on a fictitious autumn day in the 1980s. With your day ticket, take in the scenes of everyday life. View the alternative life of SO 36 in West Berlin, separated from East Berlin and yet only a stone's throw away. See the so-called Death Strip and border facilities. From the visitor’s platform, experience how mundane, and yet how gruesome life was in the shadow of the Wall. The exhibition also features a documentary on the artist, Yadegar Asisi from his early ideas to the creation of the Panorama.

Berlin: The Feuerle Collection Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

7. Berlin: The Feuerle Collection Guided Tour with Entry Ticket

The Feuerle Collection combines international contemporary artists with Imperial Chinese furniture and ancient Southeast Asian art. Located in a former Second World War bunker - renovated by the British architect John Pawson - the museum encourages a conversation between different periods and cultures. As you explore the collections, gain a new perspective on the ancient and contemporary works surrounding by impressive architecture and sophisticated light design which will stimulate all senses.  Meet your expert guide and begin your walk through the collections. Marvel at stone, bronze, and wood Khmer sculptures from the 7th to the 13th century, Imperial Chinese lacquer and stone furniture. In addition, find wood and stone Chinese Scholar furniture from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty dating from 200 BC to the 18th century. They are complemented by works by contemporary artists, including Cristina Iglesias, Anish Kapoor, Zeng Fanzhi, James Lee Byars, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Adam Fuss. Discover why these pieces have all been chosen and collected by the museum’s founder Désiré Feuerle - a connoisseur of Asian art who was a pioneer in juxtaposing antiquities with contemporary art through a series of ground-breaking exhibitions in the 1990s. The first Silk Room exhibition is also accessible until 8 April 2022 on the upper ground floor of the collection. The silk Room has focus on a selection of recent works by British artist and author Edmund de Waal, juxtaposed with unseen pieces from the collection. ”The idea behind this exhibition is to juxtapose the poetic content of Edmund de Waal’s work and the timeless character of extraordinary Asian achievements from the 6th and 16th century. De Waal is a contemporary artist, but his soul I see in Rembrandt, in the beauty of Italian Renaissance painters, and in historic philosophy. De Waal is a storyteller, who transports you to dark grounds, but also into the beauty of light. For that reason, de Waal’s waves can be found both in ancient Asian art, and in the great achievements of European masters of Wunderkammern, as if these were seen through the eye of a Morandi. de Waal creates magic imaginary boxes which contain beauty in the eyes of the spectator. Most people would see him linked to porcelain, but I think his creations using porcelain go much further and beyond the feeling porcelain creates in our eyes“. (Désiré Feuerle) We thank the Studio Edmund de Waal and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Berlin: Mampe Schnapps Brewery Tour and Tasting

8. Berlin: Mampe Schnapps Brewery Tour and Tasting

Travel through the history of Berlin's liquor at the Mampe manufactory. Learn all about the brand's history from its origins 190 years ago all the way through its modern-day ventures. Sample different schnapps as you discover this classic Berlin manufactory. During your tour of Berlin's oldest liquor manufacturer, uncover some of the basics of liquor making. Take a tour through the factory and see how liquor is made. Select from a variety of tour and tasting options to meet your taste. Taste the spirits made at the Mampe manufactory and try a shot of Mampe's very own Bitter Drops made with the same recipe that has been used since 1831. The Mampe liqueur factory and store are located in the old building of a wheat beer brewery. High ceilings, huge windows, and the traditional brickwork offer the perfect setting for your tour and tasting, spanning over three floors in the middle of Kreuzberg's charming Bergmannkiez neighborhood.

Berlin: Guided Tour by Canoe

9. Berlin: Guided Tour by Canoe

Experience Berlin from a different perspective on a guided tour by canoe and paddle through the artistic Kreuzberg district to see highlights on the banks of the Landwehr Canal. Depart from the grasslands at Urbanhafen port and paddle towards the historic Admiralbrücke (Admiral Bridge). Admire the flea market on the shores of Maybachufer as you make your way towards the Wagenburg Lohmühle. Get a feel for the open-minded atmosphere of tolerant and multicultural Berlin and learn about the city's history. Hear amusing anecdotes about the most colorful parts of the city center as you paddle alongside famous attractions such as the Oberbaum Bridge, Molecule Man aluminum sculptures and Badeschiff beach bar. See the remains of the old border control of the Osthafen port, dating back to when the city was divided into East and West Berlin.

Berlin Combo Package: City Tour & Spree Boat Tour

10. Berlin Combo Package: City Tour & Spree Boat Tour

Discover Berlin's most interesting sights on this practical hop-on hop-off bus tour combined with a boat trip on the Spree. Simply hop on at the first stop, sit back, and explore the city. Get on and off as often as you like and take as much time as you want at each sight.  Stroll along Kurfürstendamm, learn more about the historical background of Checkpoint Charlie, admire the Brandenburg Gate and enjoy the Gendarmenmarkt. Enjoy a one-hour boat tour on the Spree. Discover Berlin from a different perspective as you glide past the city center's iconic attractions. The buses stop at the following stops:• Kurfürstendamm• KaDeWe• Lützow Square• Cultural Forum• Potsdamer Square• Checkpoint Charlie• Gendarmenmarkt• Neptune Fountain/Red City Hall• Alexanderplatz near Fix Bus Café• Karl-Marx-Allee• East Side Gallery• East Side Gallery/East Station• Neptune Fountain• DomAquarée – change here for boat tour: Pier Nikolaiviertel• Berlin Cathedral/Humboldt Forum• Unter den Linden – change here for boat tour: Pier Friedrichstraße• Brandenburg Gate/Reichstag• Berlin Central Station• Victory Column/Bellevue Palace• Zoo and Aquarium/Elephant Gate entrance• Kurfürstendamm/Memorial Church Shuttle to Charlottenburg Palace:• Kurfürstendamm• Charlottenburg Palace• Exhibition grounds

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4.6 / 5

based on 3,432 reviews

il museo è molto caratteristico e spiega molte cose riguardanti gli ebrei che non tutti sanno, dalle tradizioni e dalla cultura fino alla creazione e distruzione dei campi di concentramento. Esperienza molto toccante e particolare, consigliato soprattutto perché è gratuito, si possono lasciare le giacche e gli effetti personali presso il guardaroba (anch'esso gratuito) e la guida interattiva scaricabile sul proprio smartphone tramite app permette di capire appieno ogni elemento che si trova all'interno del museo.

This is an unexpectedly amazing museum. Some of the exhibits are quite unique and thought provoking among the classic exhibits of world history. Plan for a minimum of 2 hours. There is a cafe and a coat room, so it’s a very comfortable experience. A+++

oggi abbiamo avuto la fortuna di fare un tour della Berlina alternativa con Lorenzo che consiglio a tutti perchè è preparatissimo, disponibile e veramente gentile. grazie a lui il tour è stato davvero una bellissima esperienza

Excellent way to learn more about the history! I spent about 90 minutes there however more or less time can be spent there whilst still seeing everything. Would definitely recommend!!

Excellent and moving visit to the museum It is a definite must on your trip