Berlin

The German railway net is probably the densiest in the world and the Deutsche Bahn one of the largest and most modern transport companies worldwide. Nontheless, delays of trains are not precluded, even at weekends, on holidays or in winter time.

The Deutsche Bahn http://www.bahn.de/i/view/overseas/en/index.shtml
offers various services to get the travelers informed as soon as possible (including via cellphone ) about delays or possible problems due to construction sites at the rail net.

information here:
http://www.bahn.com/hilfe/view/pk/en/ticketbuchung/zugpuenktlich.shtml

Special offers of Deutsche Bahn for travels through Europe:
http://www.bahn.de/i/view/overseas/en/prices/europe/europaspezial.shtml
?dbkanal_007=L17_S02_D002_KIN0001_IS-europaspezial_LZ001

recommendation: If possible, use the evenings or nights for traveling, even for long-distance travels (e.g. to Vienna). You will spare some costs for hotels and you will be able to be at the musems when they get open. This will enable you to have some quiet time with the paintings.

information about overnight travel offered by Deutsche Bahn:
http://www.bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/prices/europe/overnight-travel.shtml

Information compiled by Adelheid Rech

The Glass of Wine, Johannes Vermeer The Glass of Wine
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1658-1660
Oil on canvas, 65 x 77 cm.
Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz,
Gemäldegalerie
, Berlin
WOman with a pearl Necklace, Johannes Vermeer Woman with a Pearl Necklace
Johannes Vermeer
c. 1662 - 1665
Oil on canvas, 55 x 45 cm.
Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
travel & public transport Long-distance rail connections to many European cities, mainly via Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
accommodations Berlin has nearly 900 hotels!
museum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Gemäldegalerie http://www.smb.museum/smb/standorte/index.php?p=2&objID=35&n=5&lang=en about the Gemäldegalerie:
http://www.smb.museum/smb/kalender/details.php?objID=17479&typeId=10
  • address:
    Matthäikirchplatz
    10785 Berlin
  • public transportation to the museum:
  • U-Bahn U2 (Potsdamer Platz)
    S-Bahn S1, S2, S25 (Potsdamer Platz)
    Bus M29 (Potsdamer Brücke);
    M41 (Potsdamer Platz Bhf / Voßstraße);
    M48, M85 (Kulturforum); 200
  • opening hours:
    Mondays closed
    Tue 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Wed 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Thu 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fri 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Sun 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • visitor services:
    Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
    Generale Directorate - Visitor Services
    Christoffer Richartz
    Genthiner Straße 38
    D - 10785 Berlin
  • telephone and fax:
    +49 - (0)30 - 266 42 2201
    Fax: +49 (0)30 - 266 - 42 2202
  • e-mail:
    besucherdienste@smb.spk-berlin.de
misc.
  • Berlin as a large metropole offers a vast number of cultural events in all categories and for every taste. Some of the most renowned museums (among them the reconstructed Neues Museum housing the famous bust of Nefertiti http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nefertiti and the Pergamonmuseum featuring the world famous Pergamon Altar http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pergamon_Altar ) are situated on the so-called Museumsinsel. http://www.museumsinsel-berlin.de/index.php?lang=en&page=0_1
  • For enthusiasts of classical music in top quality:
    Berlin has three operas: The historic Lindenoper (building by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Unter den Linden), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Bismarckstr. 35; the opera of the former West-Berlin) and the Komische Oper Berlin (Behrenstr. 55-57, near Brandenburg Gate), mainly for operettas and musicals. Berlin is the home of the world-famous orchestra Berliner Philharmonie. The characteristic building (Kemperplatz, near Potsdamer Platz/Kulturforum) can be visited over the days
    at guided tours.
  • Atmospheric sightseeing tours with bus and boat (on the river Spree) provide special sights
    on one of the liveliest cities of the world.
  • Berlin City Bus & Boat Tour (hop-on hop-off):
    http://www.berlin-tours.net/?event=offer.detail&offerId=871