Pergamon Museum, Berlin

Pergamon Museum, Berlin (must see)

Famous for its skillful reconstruction of fragments from ancient civilizations, including its prized possession – the colossal Pergamon Zeus Altar dating back to the 2nd century BC, this museum proudly houses one of Europe's most comprehensive collections of antiquities, with many full-scale architectural marvels on display. While a massive expansion and renovation project is in the works, set to conclude by 2026, parts of the exhibition will remain accessible to the public throughout the transformation. Even so, it's an immense place, and conquering it all in a single visit is a heroic feat in itself!

The museum's riches are divided into three main thematic sections, with the crown jewel being the Classical Antiquities Collection: a deep dive into the Greco-Roman era, showcasing remarkable artifacts such as the entire Gate of Miletus and, of course, the aforementioned Pergamon Altar. There's also the Islamic Art Museum and the Ancient Near East Museum, where visitors can admire the facade of an 8th-century castle from present-day Jordan, the Ishtar Gate (a masterpiece worth the price of admission on its own), and the Babylonian Processional Way, accompanied by some of humanity's oldest written documents, exquisite paintings, ceramics, wonderful ancient carpets, and intricate window frames, among other gems.

The museum offers a plethora of other cool sights, special rooms, and fantastic photo opportunities that can captivate even those with a passing interest in antiquities. And if you're up for a jaw-dropping experience, make sure to visit the Pergamon Panorama, located in a separate building just a short 5-minute stroll away. The best part? It's included in your ticket price and offers a multi-level view of the astonishing Pergamon Altar that must be seen to be believed!

Tips:
Save yourself the hassle and purchase your tickets online, as with a designated time slot, you can skip the line. Plus, they offer free audio guides in various languages to expertly navigate you through the myriad of treasures inside.

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Sight Name: Pergamon Museum
Sight Location: Berlin, Germany (See walking tours in Berlin)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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