Berlin, Germany

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Overview

Ensuring you see the best of Berlin’s Museumsinsel’s (Museum Island’s) vast collection can be a daunting task. Marvel at the UNESCO-listed Pergamon Museum’s and the Neues Museum's (New Museum's)  highlights on a guided tour and enjoy skip-the-line entry to both museums on this 3-hour cultural experience, which includes entry to all five of Museumsinsel’s museums. Travel back in time to the age of Enlightenment and admire classic artefacts including The Bust of Nefertiti, Market Gate of Miletus, and the Ishtar Gate. Receive personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.

  • 3-hour guided tour of the New Museum and the Pergamon including skip-the-line entry
  • Ideal for lovers of history and classic art
  • Bypass long lines with priority access to the Pergamon and New Museum on Berlin's UNESCO-listed Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  • Admire highlights including The Bust of Nefertiti, Market Gate of Miletus, and the Ishtar Gate
  • Receive free entry to all five of Museumsinsel’s revered museums

Your cultural experience begins at 10am, when you’ll greet your guide beneath the colonnade on the corner of Am Lustgarten and Bode Strasse. As you approach the entrance of the New Museum (Neues Museum), your guide provides an overview of the devastating WWI bombing campaign that almost completely destroyed the UNESCO-listed Museumsinsel (Museum Island).

Skip-the-line passes to both museums mean you’ll bypass long lines of tourists waiting to behold the vast collections of the Neues Museum (New Museum) and the Pergamon Museum (Pergamonmuseum).

Kick off proceedings with a tour of the Pergamon Museum (Pergamonmuseum), home to the opulent Collection of Classical antiques, the Middle Eastern Museum, and the Museum of Islamic Art. Feast your eyes on the famous Ishtar Gate, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the lovely tiles of the Processional Way, whose history and social context are explained by your guide.

On a guided walk, you'll see, too, the Egyptian and prehistoric treasures of the Neues Museum (New Museum), whose recent renovation has restored the 1859 structure to its former glory: highlights include the priceless Bust of Nefertiti and portraits of kings that demonstrate the progression of sculpture throughout history. 

Following your 3-hour museum tour, you’ll receive a ticket that allows entry to all five of Museumsinsel’s (Museum Island’s) exhibitions spaces. Admire works from the eras of Classicism, Romanticism, and Impressionism in the Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie); see the Pantheon-inspired rotunda in the Altes Museum; and marvel at Byzantine sculptures in the Bode Museum.

Reviews

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R
, Oct 2018

My husband and I recently booked this tour and Jamie was our guide. Talk about lucky! He is himself, a published archeologist, working actively in his field and was a wealth of information. Jamie was relatable and very likeable as well as interesting and knowledgeable. I am still pinching myself that we were able to see the bust of Nefertiti and the Gates of Ishtar! We learned about them so many years ago through a beloved high school teacher. It was amazing to see them in person! The back story on the reconstruction of the New Museum was fascinating. The tour was 4 hours but went incredibly fast. Worth every penny! We can't wait to come back to Berlin and do it again. Wear comfortable shoes.

M
, Aug 2018

Wow - Michael a transplant from Britain led this tour. It was like taking a course in ancient history. His knowledge of the history and the artifacts was mind blowing. Very thorough and certainly gave us more information than I think we would have gotten wandering around on our own. The skip-the-line feature at the Pergamon was worth it, too. It was unseasonably hot while we were in Berlin so were grateful we didn't have to wait on line to get into the museum with the miserable-looking hordes standing outside in the heat.

J
, Jul 2018

The museum was absolutely wonderful and the guide was very knowledgable. This along with no waiting to get in made it definitely worth it for me.

B
, Jul 2018

What a great tour, and just a world class guide. So informative, this is a must do!

J
, Jul 2018

The tour was spectacular - possibly the best museum tour I have ever had - and it was all due to the very well informed, superbly educated and charming tour guide named Mike. Mike's enthusiasm for, and deep knowledge of, the works on display was contagious and I would readily repeat the tour but I would only ever do it again if Mike were again my guide. He has spoiled me for all future guides.

r
, Jun 2018

This is a wonderful way to visit the museums. Mike was a fantastic guide. Our group of 20 included 2 children. Mike was excellent with them and kept them engaged, quizzing them on certain aspects he had discussed. He was very knowledable about the items in the museum and was much more informative and interesting than my experience with audio guides. He kindly held up our start time for two late arriving guests, and then added that wait time and more at the end to assure us a quality experience. We were very pleased with every aspect of Mikes guide service!

R
, Apr 2018

Now this was in a different class altogether. we had a whisper system earphones and an animated tour guide. He knew his history, could answer any question and brought the history alive. This is a must do!!!

C
, Feb 2018

This was one of my favorite tours ever! Our guide was amazing, the Ishtar Gate and Nefertiti defy description. I highly recommend this tour for anyone, art experts and novices alike!!

B
, Jan 2018

Mike Dempsey was just so great as a guide. Enthusiastic, great personality, and energy just oozed from him and you were back gently lead baci in time. Between his great insights and the fantastic exhibits, all this ancient history became real. Would recommend to anyone and everyone, just a joy and a great memory.

B
, Nov 2017

Wow! These museums are great, and our guide Michael Dempsey was equal to the task. Michael provided a good balance of background information, identification of important details and critical commentary about the historical context relative to what we found in the museum. There is so much to see in these museums. The guide was helpful getting us through the museums without missing the essential highlights. Michael's commentary was interesting, informative and awe-inspiring. Michael obviously believes that art is best appreciated in context, and he did a good job of communicating this to all of us approximately 15 who were in our group. I recommend this tour not only as a great way to get a half-day overview of highlights, but also as a starting point for a multi-day visit to this museum complex.


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