Berlin Jewish Museum
Since opening in 2001, the Berlin Jewish Museum in Lindenstrasse has already gained an international reputation for its significant architecture and unique exhibitions that bring history alive. The bulk of the museum is housed in a windowless and doorless steel-clad, silver building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, sited alongside the yellow Baroque edifice of the Berlin Museum. The building is remarkable and designed to be intimidating. Visitors enter the Jewish Museum through the Berlin Museum to explore the exhibition rooms, which are clustered around a main axis void, designed to signify the empty and invisible aspects of Jewish history. The whole museum is beautifully designed and the exhibitions can be quite overwhelming emotionally, although this is to be expected for a museum showcasing such tragic history. The collection is a good mix between personal stories and mementos and more formal history; it is also quite interactive. The collection is extensive and will require at least a few hours to see in its entirety, particularly as the gardens are also worth a stroll.
Address: Lindenstrasse 9-14
Telephone: (0)30 2599 3300
Transport: U1, U6 to Hallesches Tor or U6 to Kochstraße
Opening times: Monday 10am to 10pm; Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm.
Admission: €5 (adults), children under six free; concessions available