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Alte Nationalgalerie: Our most recommended tours and activities

Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport

1. Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport

The Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island allows you to see more of Berlin for less. This is your ticket to the main attractions of the German capital with many tourist highlights, including sightseeing tours, attractions, theaters, restaurants and more, offering discounts of up to 50%. A complimentary guidebook is also included, helping you to make the most of your stay with tour suggestions and handy insider tips. Opt for free transport within zones A and B (Berlin) or A, B, and C (covering Berlin and Potsdam) when you select your Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island option. Located in the city center on an island in the Spree River, Berlin’s Museum Island boasts a complex of 5 internationally acclaimed museums: the Pergamon Museum, the Old Museum, New Museum, Old National Gallery and Bode Museum. Together they form a world-famous and unique architectural ensemble, which was declared a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1999. With this ticket, you will have free access to them all (one visit per day per museum). See the antique collections of Berlin’s State Museums at the Old Museum and go back to Ancient Egypt at the New Museum. The Bode Museum houses Byzantine art and Oriental sculptures, while at the Pergamon Museum you can see splendid examples of Islamic art.

Berlin: Entry to Alte Nationalgalerie

2. Berlin: Entry to Alte Nationalgalerie

Explore the Alte Nationalgalerie, a "sanctuary for art and science", the idea for which goes back to Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The collection is based on a donation from the banker Joachim Heinrich Wilhelm Wagener, who left the works of the Dusseldorf school of painting and Belgian history painters to the Prussian state. In 1876, the National Gallery was opened as the third museum of the Spree Island and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was used as the Alte Nationalgalerie of the 19th century. See sculptures like the breathtaking Sleeping Beauty and works by French Impressionists such as Manet, Monet and Renoir. Discover Romanticism and the time of Goethe with the "The Monk by the Sea", the "Gothic Cathedral at the Water" and the Group of Princesses. Experience exhibition talks and guided tours with various themes for children and adults.

Berlin: Pergamon & New Museum Tour and Museum Island Pass

3. Berlin: Pergamon & New Museum Tour and Museum Island Pass

Hosted by an expert guide, you will not only be able to admire the impressive artifacts and architectural structures, you will also take a journey through history and gain a critical understanding of the collection's relationship to Berlin's past and present. Hear stories about how heavily destroyed the museums were after the end of WWII when the Museum Island was almost a complete ruin. Only in 1999 was Museum Island awarded UNESCO status. This tour will introduce you to the Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Egyptian, Antique art and culture. The guide gives a very detailed explanation of how these cultures began, why they were important throughout history and what is their heritage today. Visit the famous Ishtar Gate, learn when it was built and why, as well as the beautiful bust of Nefertiti and the Market Gate of Miletus. After the tour, visit the remaining museums of the Museum Island at your own pace. The Bode Museum offers sculptures dated in the Middle Ages up until the early Renaissance and a collection of artifacts from Byzantine art. If you wish to see ancient Greek and Roman decorative art, you should visit the Altes Museum that contains a permanent collection of ancient Greek and Roman vases and statues. In the Alte Nationalgalerie, you can enjoy exhibitions of Neoclassical, Romantic, Impressionist and Modernist art.

Berlin: Women of Berlin Walking Tour

4. Berlin: Women of Berlin Walking Tour

Find out all about feminism, fascism, resistance, and the fight for equality through the lives of the women of Berlin. Start your tour at Hackescher Markt, in the heart of Berlin's Mitte district. Cross over Museum Island and walk through the charming city center streets as you learn about Berlin's many extraordinary women. Discover the known and lesser known stories of feminist May Ayim, the world's first female Rabbi Regina Jonas, hear about Rosa Luxemburg and Marlene Dietrich, and learn how German women were left to remove the rubble from post-WWII Berlin’s streets by hand in 1945. Hear the story of how one girl that grew up in East Germany became one of the most powerful and respected world leaders of the modern age. Discuss the differing politics of feminism in East and West Germany, and take a hard look at the inequality which is still present in Berlin today.

Berlin: Skip-the-line Pergamon Museum and Museum Island Tour

5. Berlin: Skip-the-line Pergamon Museum and Museum Island Tour

Enjoy expert live commentary on a guided tour of the Pergamon Museum at the Museum Island in Berlin. Learn all about ancient civilizations, from Egypt to the Near East, with extended tour options to visit other museums in the area. If you choose the standard option, take a guided tour of the Pergamon Museum. See ancient architecture, German post-antiquity art, and Middle Eastern and Islamic art housed under one roof. Your private guide will help you to navigate the museum while providing expert commentary on the exhibits of art and antiques from ancient Rome, Greece, Babylon, Persia art, and beyond. Among the museum’s highlights, you will find the famous Pergamon Altar built during the reign of the Ancient Greek King Eumenes II in the first half of the 2nd century BC, a 17-meter-high Market Gate of Miletus, and the Babylonian Ishtar Gate. Choose the 3-hour option for the same guided tour of the Pergamon Museum with additional private transport. This option includes a reliable pickup and drop-off service at your accommodation in Berlin. Choose the 4-hour option to enhance your visit to the Pergamon Museum with a guided tour of the Museum Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See highlights such as Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berliner Schloss, State Opera, and the Bebelplatz. Benefit from skip-the-line tickets to the Berlin Cathedral. Admire awe-inspiring Baroque and Renaissance style interiors with beautiful works of art and views from the dome. Choose the 5-hour option to add private transport to the 4-hour itinerary. This option includes a reliable pickup and drop-off service at your accommodation in Berlin.

Berlin: Self-Guided Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt

6. Berlin: Self-Guided Walking Tour and Scavenger Hunt

Step back in time and discover Berlin's history with a self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt. Using your phone as your guide, see the Schloss Bridge, Bebelplatz, the Gendarmenmarkt, and much more. Start your tour at the Neptunbrunnen in the heart of Berlin and set out to discover Germany's largest city. Move at your own pace as you listen to stories and anecdotes, solve puzzles, and learn about Berlin's past as the capital of Prussia. Get to know Berlin's Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hear interesting stories about the Prussian architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and discover why Schiller was unable to keep his promise to attend a gala specially arranged for him. Pause your self-guided city tour at any time. Take a break, pop into one of the many cafes or restaurants along the way, and once you're ready, just open the app to continue your adventure. 

Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket & 2 Guided Walking Tours

7. Berlin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket & 2 Guided Walking Tours

Explore Berlin on foot and a bus with this combination ticket. Cruise through the city on a hop-on hop-off bus, learn the history behind Checkpoint Charlie, and walk past the enormous Berlin Cathedral. After booking your tour, download the Vox City app. Within 2 days, use the app to track the location of your nearest tour guide and meeting point. If you want to explore the city more after your guided tour, use the app for some self-guided sightseeing. Join the Historic Berlin walking tour and follow your guide through the heart of Berlin. Walk by the beautiful Berlin Cathedral and continue to Museum Island. Head east to marvel at the striking Berlin TV Tower and stroll through bustling Alexanderplatz. Switch over to the Traces of the Cold War walking tour to see Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, and Potsdamer Platz. Hear about the troubled history of Germany's capital, its many museums, and its intriguing culture. Give your feet a rest and hop onboard a red double-decker bus tour. As you drive through Berlin, admire the views from the open-top deck. Explore the whole city in this drive from Tiergarten to the East Side Gallery. When you want to see a sight up close, hop off at one of the 23 tour stops across the city, including the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Wall, Madame Tussauds, and the Berlin Zoo.

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What people are saying about Alte Nationalgalerie

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,539 reviews

Really great, varied - also child-friendly - guided tour through the Pergamon Museum, the entire Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral (including the viewing platform = wonderful) and the Humboldt Forum. Thank you for the 4 unforgettable hours Mr. Kristiansen! It was great!

Very individual guidance by Mr. Kristiansen. It was possible to do justice to the entire area including Pergamon, Cathedral and Humboldt Forum from different perspectives. 4 hours flew by.

The visit to the museums was very interesting and the guide Jamie taught us the most important of both with a lot of information and pedagogy.

Buying my ticket on GYG saved me waiting in the looooong line at the ticket counter! So glad I got to experience this beautiful museum.

Very convenient for all transport and museums. It saves time and money. I recommend.