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Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

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Standing in the center of Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau was designed by Heino Schmeiden and Martin Gropius, the great uncle of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement. Built between 1877 and 1881 in a classically inspired neo-Renaissance style, the building stands alongside a piece of the Berlin Wall. It now houses contemporary art collections and serves as a major international exhibition and event venue. More than 20 large-scale art, photography, and anthropological exhibits stop here every year--past exhibits have focused on Native American tribes, Frida Kahlo, and Anish Kapoor. The high-ceilinged cafe is a good place to stop for refreshments. In warm weather, you can eat outside in the garden. To visit Martin-Gropius-Bau on your trip to Berlin, use our Berlin trip itinerary builder.
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  • I visited the museum for the first time, to see the Luther 2017 exhibition ‘The Luther Effect: Protestantism 500 Years in the World’. Clearly the other two major national exhibitions in Wittenberg and...  more »
  • We went to visit he Luther Effekt Exhibit in this beautiful building next to the Topography of Terror and near the the Potsdammer platz. The Luther exhibit was very informative. Interesting read on th...  more »
  • Exhibitions, conferences, atmosphere... Everything is here for an exceptional cultural moment. The programming of the expos, conferences, projections, debates is eclectic and both constant, always in a concern for quality of the presentations and speakers. It is an exceptional Museum in Berlin.
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  • The great crime of the nazis is portrayed in a real and terrifying way. The world can never be allowed to forget the abuse of humankind that is the nazis. Never.
  • Very well done exhibitions, free audioguides in German and English, even with a child version. But tickets are pricy, around 15€ per exhibition.
  • interesting exhibitions and very nice restaurant to sustain the hours in there. restaurant prices are incredibly low for the quality of food served.
  • Good art exhibits in classic building, next to the largest fragment of the Wall and the museum of Naziism on the site of the Gestapo headquarters.
  • Well, if Berlin Film festival is your thing, MGB is the place to be. Festive, interesting and exquisite.

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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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