We were up early to get started, stopping quick for a frothy latte along the way, at a place called Die Deponie Nr. 3
Berlin has a cluster of museums close together on what is referred to as “Museum Island.” There are more museums on there than the ones we visited, but we only had so much time! Fortunately, I believe we saw most of the highlights.
A large portion of Museum Island is currently under construction, so we were routed through an alternate entrance.
Once inside, you can’t miss one of the world-renowned highlights, the Pergamon Altar. Built in the first half of the 2nd century BC, it was originally located on the acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamon.
In 1878, the German engineer Carl Humann began official excavations on the acropolis of Pergamon, an effort that lasted until 1886. The excavation was undertaken in order to rescue the altar friezes and expose the foundation of the edifice. Later, other ancient structures on the acropolis were brought to light. Upon negotiating with the Turkish government (a participant in the excavation), it was agreed that all frieze fragments found at the time would become the property of the Berlin museums.” source
Next was the market gate of Miletus. This large marble monument is from the second century AD, destroyed in an earthquake in the 10th or 11th century, and then excavated and rebuilt in the early 1900s.
And the final “showstopper” (trust me, there was a LOT more to the museum, but these are three big ones) was the Ishtar Gate. This was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon, constructed in 575 BC by order of King Nebuchanezzer II.
The “highlight” here was definitely the bust of Queen Nefertiti. There were no pictures allowed of her, but here is a picture from my good friend Google. She has a room all to herself at this museum. Special lady!