Berlin is well known as a city of culture, a city where everyone can be themselves, and a city that is always changing. The German capital is at the forefront of the art domain, teeming with history and creates many trends in the modern world. You only have to look at the amount of vegan restaurants that have appeared over the last 12 months to see how much Berlin likes to move with the times.
All of this means that the city is a great place to spend a cultural city break. And anyone visiting in 2017 will arrive in time to enjoy these brand new museum experiences.
The Gate is a new museum that has opened up just metres from one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate. The exhibition fuses moving images with words spoken by important figures to take visitors on a journey through 300 years of history. Not only will you learn about the constructions and demolition of the Berlin Wall, which once stood on this very spot, you will also see how the city as a whole has changed over the years. It’s informative and moving in equal measures.
500th Anniversary Of The Reformation
2017 marks half a millennium since Martin Luther spearheaded the reformation of the church in Germany. To commemorate this, the German Historical Museum is hosting an exhibition from April until November which highlights all the changes that this movement ushered in. ‘The Luther Effect: 500 Years of the Reformation’ will show the establishment of Protestantism throughout Europe and how, since 1517, Luther’s actions led to drastic reform within the church, politics and everyday society.
At the end of World War II, the Barberini Palace was destroyed by allied bombing and this is how it remained until 2013. However, over the past three years, the Italian townhouse has been rebuilt using the same materials and techniques so that visitors can once again enjoy its beautiful façade. Opening in January, the reconstructed palace will be home to the Museum Barberini, an art gallery that will focus on Impressionist and modern art pieces that are part of German businessman Hasso Plattner’s personal collection. The halls will also feature many works produced by the Old Masters.
The German Spy Museum
Whilst this museum opened in 2015, it is now under new management and has changed its name from the Berlin Spy Museum to the German Spy Museum. Visitors can uncover lots of sneaky secrets that have been used in the field of espionage in the past, as well as doing some modern day spying fit for the digital age. Interactive exhibits challenge you to navigate a corridor of laser beams and see just how secure your chosen password is. There’s no better place to delve into this covert world than in the Capital of Spies.
2017 is set to be a big year for the German capital and so, if you are planning a Berlin city break, contact us today. We can tailor-make your perfect trip and even offer a free Berlin Welcome Card.