Situated on Berlin’s famous Museum Island, the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) houses a vast and historic collection of German and European art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite suffering great losses at the hands of the Nazis, it still offers one of Europe’s largest and oldest collections of French and German Impressionism.
The third floor’s permanent exhibit shows the artistic pride of the nation. Landscapes from Friedrich and portraits from Liebermann adorn the walls, arguably outshone only by the world’s largest collection of works by Adolph von Menzel, Berlin’s most famous artist.
The Nationalgalerie building is also an attraction itself. Classical in design, it bares a similarity to the Roman Pantheon, with portico columns and a crowning dome that floods the main gallery with light. It’s a great venue to wander through rather than follow a preconceived route – you’ll never know what masterpiece you might happen upon next.
The Alte Nationalgalerie houses a little espresso bar, annexed to the gift shop. Complete your shopping experience by ordering a coffee or cake at the cashier once you’ve chosen your gifts and souvenirs.
Fallen in love with one of the paintings upstairs in the gallery? Well, there’s a good chance you’ll find your favourite work as a poster in the shop. Though most books are in German, you’ll also be able to find some classics by Kant and Goethe in English.
+49 (0) 30 2090 5577
Monday – Wednesday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 22.00
Friday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
U-Bahn: Friedrichstr. (U6)
S-Bahn: Hackescher Markt (S5, S7, S9, S79)