We began the third day of our museum-fest at the Alte Nationalgalerie. This museum has Romantic, Impressionist & early Modernist art. The audio guides covered a large number of the works. My favorite room had works from the French impressionists including Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Rodin, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Next we took a quick walk through the Altes Museum that has Greek and Roman sculptures and artifacts.
We ate our picnic lunch in Lustgarten, which is just beside the Altes Museum and across from the Berlin Cathedral.
After lunch we crossed the Spree river to visit the German History Museum. The museum has a very large collection of artifacts arranged chronologically and a very good presentation of the synopsis of events.
We took a bus west to the Hamburger Bahnhof museum of contemporary art. After a coffee break we entered the museum and viewed a few temporary collections of very modern pieces.
The Berlin Wall Memorial was just a short tram ride away, so we went to see it. A small section of the wall as well as a guard tower have been preserved. The rest of the memorial has been reconstructed to create the “no man’s land” between the outer and inner walls.
We returned to our apartment for dinner and started packing for tomorrow’s return flights.
Ampelmann is the symbol on German pedestrian signals. The East German symbols were removed after reunification, but were eventually brought back by popular demand.
We’ve had a great time and recommend all four cities to anyone who wants to see this part of Europe. Kudos to our son Drew for planning our museum itinerary and for guiding us around the Berlin transit system like we were natives.