Berlin has seen a remarkable evolution since the fall of the Wall. Its industrial spaces now host an abundance of striking private art galleries, and the city’s landscapes have been redefined by cutting-edge architecture and thought-provoking monuments. Enjoy a six-day, behind-the-scenes immersion into the best this German metropolis has to offer, including its electrifying contemporary art scene, perhaps the finest in Europe.
Begin with an exploration of the city’s Cold War past, including sections of the Berlin Wall that international artists have transformed with murals. Have lunch atop the famous Reichstag, with panoramic views of the city. On Museum Island, admire the impressive gatherings of ancient splendors, including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, built in the 6th century B.C. and meticulously reconstructed, and the bust of Nefertiti. Later, a tremendous highlight will be a private visit to the Sammlung Boros, a former World War II-era bunker that houses a superb private collection of contemporary art, with masterworks from Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ai Weiwei, and several emerging local artists.
A full day will be devoted to the UNESCO-listed royal gems of nearby Potsdam, featuring the neoclassical Marble Palace; Cecilienhof, a Tudor-style country house that was the site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference; and Frederick the Great’s opulent 18th-century palace and gardens. Conclude with exclusive curatorial tours of the Daniel Libeskind-designed Jewish Museum Berlin and the Berlinische Galerie, a multidisciplinary journey through Berlin’s modern art scene since the 1870s.