Known as the “Land of Ideas”, Germany has long been regarded as a land of poets and thinkers. Tourists can enjoy myriad unique cultural activities ranging from music and theatre to a burgeoning art scene. With plenty of major art fairs held throughout the year in Germany’s major cities, art enthusiasts will always find a new and exciting art exhibition to visit. But with such a vast array of world-famous art collections and museums options, which one to choose? Here are the five best Germany cities for art and culture lovers.
While in Berlin, art and culture lovers should drop by the Altes Museum, which houses many antique collections after its restoration, among other things. Built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the Altes Museum has been around for more than 350 years and features stunning archaeology from the Cyprus and Roman provinces, and other classical antiquities. If you are still looking to explore more of Berlin’s cultural happenings, then head out to the Berlin Palace. Located on Museum Island, Berlin Palace used to be the home of the kings of Prussia and the German emperors, and after its lengthy reconstruction that started in 2002, the palace now boasts three new façades of the Stadtschloss as well as the Humboldt Forum, which is slated to be finished in September 2019.
The second-largest city in Germany has long been known as a cultural centre with impressive exhibition spaces including museums and galleries. The Deichtorhallen, for example, exhibits artworks by contemporary painters, sculptors, and designers, while the Kunsthalle Hamburg is the largest art museum in Germany, founded in 1850 and which houses permanent collections from north German, Flemish, and Italian artists to French and German drawings and paintings.
Dubbed as the world's largest museum of science and technology, The Deutsches Museum in Munich features more than 100,000 objects from the fields of science and technology. From mining to atomic physics, Deutsches Museum, which covers an impressive 50,000 square metres, also includes artefacts from the Stone Age. If you’re around Bavaria, don’t miss out on visiting The Nymphenburg Palace or “The Nymph Palace”, which used to be the summer residence of Bavarian electors and kings. Its gargantuan space includes a grand hall, pavilions, the queen’s bedroom, the palace chapel, and, of course, the Nymphenburg Park, complete with breathtaking lakes, canal, cascading waterfalls, and shooting geysers making it all more than Instagram-worthy.
A haven for art connoisseurs, Cologne is filled with high-quality galleries and museums featuring classical and contemporary art. Start out at Galerie Artclub and continue to Skulpturen Park, where contemporary sculptures have been found since 1997. If you are in Cologne during the early months of the year, don’t miss out on the city’s annual art fair: Art Cologne, which was established in 1967 and is known as the world’s oldest art fair.
From the Archaeological Museum to the German Architecture Museum and The Frankfurt Goethe House, Frankfurt seems to have it all. For example, art aficionados get the chance to visit the birthplace and house of Germany´s most famous author and poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, where period furniture and paintings are still perfectly intact. Meanwhile, the Archaeological Museum located inside the Carmelite Church exhibits documentation and a presentation of Frankfurt’s archaeological findings from the pre-historic, Roman, and modern eras.
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From Baroque-style palace gardens to independent, gorgeous art spaces around town, a visit to any of the German cities will fulfill every art and culture lover’s wildest dreams. What are you waiting for?