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Gemaldegalerie, Berlin

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Spend time with the world's leading collections of European paintings--and the largest collection of Rembrandt pieces--at Gemaldegalerie. This museum in the heart of Berlin features more than 3,000 European artworks from the 13th through 18th centuries. You can wander chronologically through the exhibits, admiring the works of renowned artists such as Botticelli, Dürer, and Titan. Because of the museum's sheer size, the onsite bistro makes for a nice stop between galleries. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gemaldegalerie by using our Berlin trip builder.
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  • the Gemäldegalerie is the Museum no. 1, not to be missed in Berlin. the collection is exceptionally rich, in a magnificent building, large and clear. very nice presentation of the works. audio guide in french very well designed.
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  • After the Louvre, this museum is a heaven for art lovers! I was overwhelmed being surrounded by countless great paintings! I honestly didn't want to leave! Rembrandt, a Vermeer!!!, Rubens, Pittoni, Ti...  more »
  • Spent a few hours in here. Could've spent longer if it was open longer! Some incredible art. Must visit.  more »
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  • Great collections of Renaissance paintings - Rembrandt, Rubens, Caravaggio just to name a few. I spent three hours there and managed to go through 2/3 of the rooms. The lighting was decent but the most important paintings had class cover which caused reflections. I enjoyed the pencil drawings in one smaller rooms (most people walked past it)! It gave great perspective to the darker parts of the human mind of that era.
  • While the collection is vast and varied and it can take hours to go through the well-organized galleries, the height at which many of the paintings are hung combined with the distance at which you have to stand and aggravated by the greenish-tinted protective glass and overhead skylights makes actually viewing the paintings almost impossible. I kid you not. There's so much glare on the paintings that in some cases half of the painting is obscured. I am not certain if it's better if you're taller, but it doesn't matter. Museums should take into consideration all people of all heights when hanging their art. I traveled 5,500 miles to see their Rembrandts and am disappointed at how little of the images I could actually see through the glare. As a student of painting and as an artist, being able to see the entire image and to also be able to move in close enough to discern technique are vital one's improvement and education. I attach the best images I could get by angling my camera obliquely to the paintings, not a good way to get an undistorted image for later study. There is no substitute for in-person study and this collection is, for the part, hung in such a way as to utterly frustrate that endeavor. I gave the museum 4 stars for the variety and completeness of the collection but maybe it ought to have been 3 because it was impossible to see the paintings in their entirety free from glare.
  • A wonderful gallery full of an astonishing amount of paintings, many of them up to 700 years old! The guards are over zealous that is my only criticism. I walk pretty fast around larger galleries and museums as my brain can only take about an hour and then it is full up. I go around fairly fast and stop at what catches my eye. The guards found this suspicious though I was accompanied by a pretty woman and am in my 40s and dress as an unassuming man does - which is to say I am not in the least rock n roll. Anyway at first it was quite funny - you walk forward three steps and so does this guard, back and back she goes. But after a while it became tiresome. Still, I recommend this gallery whole heartedly. Lots of great paintings, lots of freakishly drawn babies. Thank god painters finally figured out how to draw babies.
  • A rather vast selection of art and other works. Some superb exhibitions. Cafe is nice and the staff are all very friendly.
  • Really nice artwork, seems to focus on German artists but you can definitely see art from all Europe. Totally recommended.

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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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