It’s entirely possible that you’ll get side tracked on your way to the Martin Gropius Bau by the remnants of the Berlin Wall at Checkpoint Charlie, and the Topography of Terror outdoor museum. Stick to your path though, and you’ll enjoy an exhibition hall of grandeur and quality that brings classical and renaissance styles together in one of Berlin’s most instantly recognisable buildings.
Originally a museum for the applied arts, it was severely damaged in the final weeks of World War II and only achieved historical monument status in 1966. Meticulously renovated in the 1970s, it was renamed after its original designer and has since become one of Germany’s most respected exhibition spaces.
Amongst its 20 or so annual exhibitions, Martin Gropius Bau has seen retrospectives of Frida Kahlo and Le Corbusier alongside quirkier events such as a Mexican Aztec sculpture show. Today, Martin Gropius Bau is the central venue for the Berliner Festspiele, the 50-year-old cultural institution that runs several of Berlin’s big festivals including the Musikfest Berlin and the International Literature Festival.
The dishes at the Restaurant Gropius are as diverse as the rotating exhibitions of the museum. Whether it’s quiche, bratwurst, or tagliatelle, everyone will be able to find something. We also highly recommend sitting outside in the beer garden during the summer.
Usually German museums steer clear of over-doing exhibition merchandising, but the Martin Gropius Bau seems to have understood the value of it, selling tasteful and desirable items. Visitors can find a great selection of books and gifts and there is even a little chamber devoted to children’s books and toys.
+49 (0) 30 254 860
Monday 10.00 – 19.00
Wednesday – Sunday 10.00 – 19.00
Determined by exhibition
U-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz (U2)
S-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz (S1, S2, S25)