Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart
Once home to Berlin’s oldest train station, the Hamburger Bahnhof is now a premier storehouse of post-1960 western art. Spacious, light, and effortlessly sleek inside, the building merges its past with its present in an extraordinary way. Traces of its former function exist in the high ceilings, original stained glass windows, and endless corridors, but these characteristics lend themselves perfectly to the gallery space.
Among the permanent collection are contributions by German artists Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer, as well as paintings by Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Robert Morris.
The gallery’s cultural programme has consistently focused on temporary progressive and contemporary art exhibitions. Carsten Holler’s LSD inspired Soma, for example, invited visitors to stay overnight in a surreal installation with live reindeer. It was hugely successful and exemplifies the gallery’s commitment to non-commercial but rich and evocative experiences.
Sarah Wiener is well known in Germany for her appearances as a culinary expert on television, but she also created the menu here at Hamburger Bahnhof. Her reputation may mean high expectations, but you won’t be disappointed. The Austrian and Mediterranean cuisine is delicious. The café is also accessible for external visitors.
The shop does not appear to be particularly large but you’ll be surprised by the huge and eclectic selection of books, catalogues, postcards, and art prints. It’s definitely worth a look.
+49 (0) 30 3978 3411
Tuesday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday 11.00 – 20.00
Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
U-Bahn: Naturkundemuseum (U6)
S-Bahn: Hauptbahnhof (S3, S5, S7, S75)