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  • Discover Berlin’s fascinating art museums and architecture, with a focus on its historical collections

  • Enjoy an extended visit to the Gemäldegalerie, part of the Kulturforum, where the collections comprise works of art from early German and Flemish painting to Italian Old Masters

  • Visit the royal hunting lodge in the Grunewald – Berlin’s oldest existing palace building – and the 18th century Sanssouci Palace

"Tom Abbott is in a class of his own. A polymath, courteous, considerate and amusing"

– ACE customer on a previous art tour in Berlin 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. In 2025, ACE is delighted to present two complementary tours exploring these in depth, the first of which will focus on the historical art and architecture to be found in and around the city.


We will spend a full day absorbed in the Gemäldegalerie’s captivating assembly of 13th to 18th century paintings, where a guided tour from our Tour Director, coupled with free time to look around independently, will enable us to become intimately acquainted with its rich collections. These range from early German and Flemish painting to 17th century Dutch art and works by the Italian Old Masters.


Berlin’s world-famous Museum Island is arguably the cultural heart of the city, comprising several important museum buildings established by the Prussian rulers. We will spend time exploring the Altes (Old) Museum, which opened in 1830 and houses ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan artefacts, as well as the Neues Museum, originally built to designs by classicist architect Friedrich August Stuler as an extension to the Altes Museum and showcasing cultural history from across the world.


A further highlight will be a visit to the Humboldt Forum, located in the reconstructed Berlin Palace and home to non-European art including the collections of the former Ethnological Museum and Museum of Asian Art. Meanwhile, the Bode Museum, the ‘moated castle’ on the River Spree, proudly accommodates the world’s largest assemblage of ancient sculpture, with exhibits dating from the early Middle Ages to the late 18th century.


We will make an excursion into the Grunewald Forest to 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. A further highlight will be an excursion to historical Potsdam to visit the UNESCO-listed Sanssouci Palace, built in the Rococo style by Frederick the Great.


Berlin’s architectural treasures will come to the fore on a coach tour taking in key sites such as 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 a visit to the Schloss Charlottenburg, a magnificent Baroque palace, where we will discover both the Altes Palace and the New Wing.


This tour will be based at the comfortable three-star Martas Hotel Albrechtshof in Berlin, conveniently situated 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 for groups including the Arts Society as well as ACE. Tom’s expertise ranges from the Baroque and Rococo to German Romantic painting, landscape gardens and modern German history.


Complementary Tours

In 2025, ACE is pleased to present two complementary tours to Berlin, each led by art history expert and longstanding Berlin resident Tom Abbott, of which our April departure is the first, focusing on the historical art and architecture of the city. The second departure, in September 2025, will focus on modern and contemporary art and architecture.


For details of our second departure, please click below:


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Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, six breakfasts, one light lunch, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £395.

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