One of the great German collections of European art from the 13th to 18th centuries, the Gemäldegalerie is one of Berlin’s buzzing cultural hubs. Situated in the Kulturforum just west of Potsdamer Platz, it’s a huge, sprawling building with 72 rooms covering more than a mile of floor space, gathered around a central hall the size of a football pitch.
Since its unveiling in 1830 and rebuild in 1998, the Gemäldegalerie has taken a methodological approach to its art exhibits. Each room is categorised into a ‘statement’, involving between one and five artists or works that share some specific commonality. The 1,600-strong collection particularly favours early Dutch and Italian art, and masters on display include Dürer, Cranach, Raphael, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Rembrandt.
The floor plan is also chronological, and as you walk through the galleries the works tell a story of the social and cultural interests of their times. It also makes what could be an intimidating space easy to navigate and discover.
The canteen serves lots of typical German dishes and offers plenty of space as it also caters for the whole Kulturforum building. During summer, we recommend the Biergarten in front of the building. Have a Berliner Weiße (flavoured beer), ice-cream, a Bratwurst or Kartoffelpuffer, and observe the crowds heading to the Philarmony next door.
The Gemäldegalerie, the Kupferstichkabinett, Kunstgewerbemuseum and Kunstbibliothek all share the same building, subsequently they also share the Wasmuth Museumshop. The shop has books about individual artists as well as thematic books from mythology, iconography, Renaissance, and Mannerism. You can also find many posters and postcards. Many of these items are also available at the museum’s online shop.
+49 (0) 30 266 423 040
Tuesday – Wednesday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 22.00
Friday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00
U-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz (U2)
S-Bahn: Berlin Potsdamer Platz (S1, S2, S25)