Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Berlin's Kulturforum and the Gemäldgalerie with Art Historian

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Germany, Berlin, Berlin
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  • 3 hours
  • Berlin
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Enjoy this 3-hour private tour of the Kulturforum Complex. It is known as Berlin’s Modernist answer to Museum Island and includes unparalleled collection of classical masterpieces in the Gemäldgalerie (worked by Botticelli, Coreggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer).

Highlights

  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by an art historian
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

When the Prussian collections got into serious difficulty housing its extensive artefacts, plans were made for a second museum hub in Berlin as early as the beginning of the 20th century. Yet it took until the 1950s before the Kulturforum, a collection of cultural buildings, was eventually designed and built at the edge of West-Berlin close to Potsdamer Platz (at that time right at the border where the Soviet, British and American sectors conjoined). Thus the Cold War division of the city was also mirrored in the public art collections that were once literally scattered on both sides of the Berlin Wall. The Kulturforum can also be understood as the modernist answer to the Museum Island. After a discussion about the modenist outlines of the Kulturforum, and a walk by such stunning buildings such as the Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Mies van der Rohe and the organic State Library and Philharmonie both by Hans Scharoun, we will concentrate on the spectacular paintings of the Gemäldegalerie.

During the Cold War the Old Master paintings ranging from the 13th to 18th centuries were in a temporary exhibition space in the suburban Dahlem district in West-Berlin. After the German reunification of 1990, these art works did not return to their historical home on the Museum Island. The Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery) completed in 1998 was especially designed to be this historic collection’s new home. That is why the Gemäldegalerie presides over one of the world’s finest collections of European masterpieces by Van Eyck, Bruegel, Dürer, Raphael, Tizian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Rembrandt’s Cornelis Claesz Anslo and his wife Aaltje and Samson threatening his father-in-law are neighbors of two of the finest works of the Dutch master Frans Hals, the almost impressionistic Malle Babbe and the portrait of the One-year-old Catharina Hoofdt and her nurse, a version of Sandro Botticelli’s Venus Rising and Antonio da Correggio’s Leda with the Swan.

Inclusions
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Private tour

Exclusions
  • Entrance fees to Gemäldgalerie (Painting Gallery) adult: €10, students,seniors €5
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Departure Point

Am Kupfergraben 4a, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Traveler pickup is offered
Unless hotel pick up has been arranged, please meet your guide 15 minutes before start time at the default meeting point, Café Wilhelm, Am Kupfergraben 4A, 10117 Berlin.


Return Details

Berlin, Germany

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You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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