Following up with my 10 Tips for Using and Maximizing a 3 Day Berlin Museum Pass, here is a suggested itinerary for those who want to see Berlin’s world famous museums, contemporary art, and photography in a packed 3 days.
Take the U-Bahn to Friedrichsstrasse or Oranienburgerstrasse and walk to the Museuminsel. Spend the day wandering the Lustgarten, visiting the Alte Nationalgalerie, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Pergamon Museum, and Bode Museum. The recently reopened Neues Museum is a spectacular building in and of itself. Make sure to observe the carefully reconstructed rooms, in addition to the priceless artifacts. The “Bust of Nefertiti”, the most beautiful woman in Berlin, is the reason everyone goes. Though not the largest museum, the Pergamon Museum was the highlight for me and worth at least 1.5 hours to see the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon. Take a break in the cafe of the Bode Museum (note that the Pergamon Museum does not have a cafe). You can also visit the Berliner Dom and Neue Synagoge, which are very close by Museuminsel but neither is included on the Museum Pass.
Take the U-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof and walk to Hamburger Bahnhof to see contemporary art in a former railway station. Then take the U-Bahn to Potsdamerplatz to visit the museums of the Kulturforum, including the Gemäldegalerie and Neue Nationalgalerie. You could pop around the Sony Center at the station exit, before you head to the museums. It’s not my favorite place but the roof is worth a look and the CineStar is where English-language movies show, in case you want to come back later. Take a lunch break at the Neue Nationalgalerie. A 15 minute walk along the canal takes you to the Bauhaus Archiv, but if you have time, take a side trip though the Tiergarten and make it a full hour. Don’t forget Bauhaus Archive closes at 17:00. You may want to do this day in reverse.
Take the U-Bahn to Zoologisher Garten and visit the Museum für Fotografie, just alongside the station. See the amazing work of provocative photographer Helmut Newton. Then take the U-Bahn to Nollendorferplatz for the Bauhaus Archiv, if you didn’t manage it the day before. Don’t forget to check out the small museum shop and cafe. Take the U-Bahn to Hallesches Tor and take the 10 minute walk, cutting through Mehringplatz, to Daniel Liebskind’s Jüdisches Museum. Give at least 2 hours to this massive museum, then continue walking to the Berlinische Galerie, which is among many artists’ favorite Berlin museums.
There are many more amazing museums on offer in Berlin. This suggested itinerary highlights some of the best that are covered on the 3 Day Berlin Museum Pass but are not normally free without the pass.
For free Berlin museums, check out Topographie des Terrors Museum and this list.