Commissioned by Emperor Wilhelm II in a style that became know as ‘Wilhelminian Baroque’, the Bode Museum is a jaw-dropping edifice. The building is one of a select group of cultural and architectural splendours situated on Museum Island in the heart of Berlin, and reopened in 2006 after a ten-year refurbishment.
Rising magnificently from the River Spree, the building’s three-winged design is intricate and imposing. This regality is continued inside, where the exquisite entrance hall, sweeping staircases, and beautiful cupola are visual delights. For great views of the Bode, take a drink at the Strandbar Mitte on the north bank of the river.
The refurbishment also refreshed the Bode permanent collection. It now brings together the Museum of Byzantine Art, the Numismatic Collection, the old master paintings of the Gemäldegalerie, and one of Germany’s largest sculpture collections, dating back to the Middle Ages. The grandeur and variety of the furniture, sculptures, paintings, coins and medals, offer a true insight into the history and developing culture of Germany.
While Berliners prefer running off to trendy cafés at Hackescher Markt, the restaurant/café is possibly Berlin’s best kept secret and our favourite museum eatery in the city. We recommend swinging by for lunch and having some traditional Berliner cuisine such as Königsberger Klopse and Berliner Fricassee, or just a coffee some delicious cake. The Kofler & Kompanie venue also regularly holds concerts at its popular Sunday brunch.
Besides jewellery and writing accessories, the shop offers a great selection of art historical literature, and other educational books. Non-German speaking visitors will be pleased to find postcards on Berlin’s fascinating history.
Am Kupfergraben 1
+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)