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  • Caspar David Friedrich, Monastery ruins Eldena, 1825

    Image in the public domain via Old National Gallery, Berlin

  • Schloss Charlottenburg

    Photo by Nils Lindner via Unsplash

  • The Lone Tree, Caspar David Friedrich, 1822, Alte Nationalgalerie

    Image in public domain via Wikimedia Commons

  • Portrait of Joachim II of Brandenburg as Prince Elector, Lucas Cranach the Elder, c. 1520, Jagdschloss Grunewald.

    Image in public domain via Wikimedia Commons

  • Bust of Nefertiti, Neues Museum

    Photo by Philip Pikart licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

  • Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, On All Souls' Day, 1839

    Image in the public domain via Old National Gallery, Berlin

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  • Discover Berlin’s rich art collections and historical architecture

  • Enjoy an extended visit exploring the collections of the Gemäldegalerie, part of the Kulturforum, comprising works of art from a range of time periods

  • Visit the royal hunting lodge in the Grunewald – Berlin’s oldest existing palace building

“Tom is the most informative and entertaining guide we have had”

– ACE customer on a previous Art in Berlin tour with Tom Abbott

Berlin, once variously known as the ‘Athens of the North’ and the ‘Sparta of the North’, is rightly famed for the wealth of its art collections. These range from the Alte Nationalgalerie’s memorable array of 19th century German painting and sculpture, to the Gemäldegalerie’s absorbing assembly of 13th to 18th century paintings.


The Bode Museum, the ‘moated castle’ on the River Spree, proudly accommodates the world’s largest collection of ancient sculpture, with exhibits dating from the early Middle Ages to the late 18th century.


On an excursion into the Grunewald Forest, we will discover Berlin’s oldest remaining palace. Commissioned in 1542 and idyllically situated on the banks of Lake Grunewald, the Jagdschloss was remodelled in a Baroque style in the 18th century and today houses paintings by Lucas Cranach.


The Boros Foundation holds a private collection of contemporary art in a converted bunker in Berlin. Meanwhile, ‘Berlin’s newest landmark’, the Humboldt Forum, is located in the reconstructed Berlin Palace and hosts a collection of non-European art.


We will also explore the city’s architectural and historical highlights during a tour taking in Potsdamer Platz, the Government Quarter around the Reichstag and the Alexanderplatz – including the Fernsehturm and the Stalinist architecture of former East Berlin.


Our tour concludes with visits to the Schloss Charlottenburg, a magnificent Baroque palace, and the nearby Käthe Kollwitz Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of works by the artist.


This tour will be based at the three-star Hotel Albrechtshof in Berlin, within walking distance of Museum Island.


This tour will be led by Tom Abbott, BA, MA, an independent art and architectural historian who has lived in Berlin for over 20 years. A proficient lecturer and tour leader, he has extensive experience running tours in Germany. Tom’s expertise ranges from the Baroque and Rococo to German Romantic painting, landscape gardens and modern German history.

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