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Berlin Museum Marathon – Making The Most of a 3-Day Museum Pass

Berlin Museum Pass and Tickets

When I left my job in London to move to Berlin my colleagues made a collection and bought me The Berlin Pass, which includes a 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass.

Bought separately, the Museum Pass costs €19 and with it you get free entry to 55 of Berlin’s best museums and galleries.

Last week, I finally felt that I had the time and the energy needed to make the most out of it and, having drawn up an itinerary the night before, I set out on Tuesday to visit as many of the qualifying museums and galleries as possible.

Day 1

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Berlin

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart (Museum of Contemporary Art)*

Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité
 (Berlin Museum of Medical History at the Charité)

Gemäldegalerie (Old Masters Paintings)

Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Musical Instrument Museum)

Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery)*

Had they been open I would also have visited the Kupferstischkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) and revisited the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) whilst I was at the Kulturforum.

Day 2

Jewish Museum Berlin - Memory Void

Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin)*

Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology)

Altes Museum (Museum of the Ancient World)

I had much more planned for Day 2 but hadn’t grasped just how big the Deutsches Technikmuseum is.

Day 3

Allied Museum Berlin - Spy Tunnel

Alliierten Museum (Allied Museum)

Brücke Museum

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection)

Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)

I would also have revisited the Neues Museum (New Museum) whilst I was on Museumsinsel but there was a €4 entry fee, as there was a temporary exhibition.

A 3-Day Museum Pass costs €19 and in 3 days the combined total of the standard entrance prices to all the museums and galleries I visited was €87.  That said, I wouldn’t recommend that everyone tries to see 12 different venues with their pass.

When I decided to use my pass in this way I knew that I wouldn’t be able to spend as much time as I would like in the museums that appealed to me but I wanted to sample as many as possible and then return to my favourites at a late date.

Also, I was revisiting some (marked with *) for the sake of taking more photographs and checking for any changes since I had last been.

Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

It’s also worth pointing out that at the end of each day my feet felt the way they used to during my holidays in Berlin when I would sit on the edge of the bath with an icy cold beer in my hand and my feet in cool water until the throbbing stopped.

In the coming weeks I will post about my favourite venues that I visited during my Berlin Museum Pass Marathon.

The 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass is available from the participating museums and galleries and Berlin’s Visitor Information Centres or can be ordered online from visitBerlin.  There is also a list of the 55 museums and galleries the Museum Pass gives you access to on the visitBerlin website.

Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem

The Italian Garden and Main Greenhouse at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

With September providing a couple of unexpectedly sunny and warm days it seems appropriate to look back on my trip to the Botanischer Garten (Botanical Garden) in Berlin or Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem to use its full title.

It seems like a lifetime ago but actually it has only been a month.

The Botanischer Garten was pointed out to me from the train after my trip to Zur Bratpfanne for my favourite Currywurst in Berlin so far.  A visit was immediately added to my to-do list.

I entered the Botanischer Garten through the entrance on Unter den Eichen having caught the S-Bahn to Botanischer Garten station.

The history of the botanical garden dates back to reign of Friedrich Wilhelm in 1679, though it has only been in its present location since 1910.

A house at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Having admired a rather grand building in the grounds and the beautiful gardens in front of it, I turned to look out on a large Lily pond.

A Lily Pond at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Next I chose to walk through the Arboretum and Plant Geography sections of the gardens.  Whilst I was impressed by the well-maintained gardens and enjoyed looking at the plants, flowers and statues I have to admit to being a little underwhelmed at this point.

Meadow flowers at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

A statue at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Crocosmia at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

After this I went to the Botanical Museum contained within the grounds.  As the descriptions of the exhibits and any audio or video were in German and the sun was shining outside I chose not to spend much time here.  I did, however, enjoy the dioramas of various landscapes and there were some impressive items.

A diorama on display at the Botanical Museum (Botanisches Museum) in Berlin

Fungi on display at the Botanical Museum (Botanisches Museum) in Berlin

A sculpture of the head of a Botanist on display at the Botanical Museum (Botanisches Museum) in Berlin

It was when I reached the Greenhouse Complex (Die Gewächshäuser) that the Botanischer Garten came into its own and I became really enthusiastic about my visit.

A cluster of 16 (mainly interconnected) greenhouses is open to the public and houses an impressive collection of tropical plants and flowers.

The main greenhouse – Das Große Tropenhaus – is one of the largest in the world and measures 60m x 30m and stands 23m tall.

Many of the plants and flowers here are grouped by geographical region or species.  One of my highlights, and recommended by friends before my visit, was the Cacti collection.

Cacti in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Cacti in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Cacti in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

It was as well that I had been told about the Cacti collection as I found the greenhouses a little difficult to navigate and searching for them made me persevere and discover many more houses.

A mini waterfall in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Koi Carp in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

A Rhododendron in the greenhouses at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Coming out of the main greenhouse I walked through Café Anthurium and took the opportunity for some refreshment in the shape of a cold Berliner Kindl, which I took out onto the terrace overlooking the Italian Garden.

Cafe Anthurium, the main greenhouse and a pond at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

A statue at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Completing my circuit of the park, and approaching the house I saw on entering, I walked past a beautiful collection of Dahlias.

Dahlias at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Dahlias at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Dahlias at the Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) in Berlin

Having only visited once on a bright, sunny summer’s day, I’m looking forward to seeing the effects of the changing seasons on the gardens.  If I stay in Berlin more permanently I’m sure I will visit the Botanischer Garten often and would probably buy a Multiple Ticket (which gives 4 visits for the price of 3 and is valid for 1 year) or possibly even an Annual Ticket.

I would also like to see one of the classical music performances that I’m told take place at 6pm on Friday evenings during the summer.

With about 22,000 different species of plants covering an area of 126 acres the Botanischer Garten is the kind of place that could take days to examine closely but is a great place to spend a few hours or even a day.

I spent about 4 hours there and would have stayed longer if I hadn’t been meeting friends for dinner at The Bird that evening.

If you’re visiting Berlin and looking to do something out of the centre I would certainly recommend a visit to the Botanischer Garten in the summer (I will hopefully be able to endorse it year-round once I’ve visited more myself) and do yourself a favour and get Currywurst from Zur Bratpfanne on your way home.