Berlin Museums in the Summer

Berlin Museums in the Summer

Museums with gardens

– © Max Liebermann Gesellschaft Berlin
– © Georg-Kolbe-Museum
Botanischer Garten Berlin – © Scholvien

The Berlin museum landscape is world-famous for its artistic treasures and collections. Major special collections – a recent example being the Gerhard Richter “Panorama” exhibition in the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) – attract visitors in their droves. But is it really worth visiting a museum on a hot summer day? Well, our summer museums show that it is indeed possible to combine culture and relaxation outdoors in the nice weather.

The Famous Sculptors’ Villa: the Georg Kolbe Museum

Georg Kolbe is one of Germany’s best-known sculptors. At the peak of his creative period in the 1920s and 1930s, he acquired a plot of forest land in Charlottenburg north of Heerstraße and built a studio on it, which is now the Georg Kolbe Museum . Exhibited here today are some 200 sculptures and 1,200 sketches from the Kolbe estate. The exhibition is supplemented by the works of 50 other 20th century sculptors, including Ernst Barlach and Max Klinger. There is also the Café K in the museum together with a small library. There are many Kolbe sculptures set up in the beautiful garden, flanked by Grunewald pine trees, surrounding the villa ensemble designed in the Bauhaus style.

Sculpture Park in the Waldsee House

The Waldsee House offers international contemporary art against a striking backdrop. As far back as the late 1940s, works by Hannah Höch, René Sintenis and Hermann Blumenthal were exhibited here, while even today contemporary art still finds a platform in this villa, which dates back to the early 20th century. A 10,000 m² (110,000 ft²) park directly on Waldsee is home to the artistic Sculpture Park. The Waldsee House also has its own café, which in the summer months serves home-made cakes in the garden among the sculptures.

The Liebermann Villa Summer Garden at Wannsee

The Liebermann Villa at Wannsee , is the summer house built in 1909 by the famous Berlin painter Max Liebermann, which he often referred to as his “palace on the lake”. A large selection of his paintings and graphics are exhibited here, many of them having a connection to Wannsee. The 7,000 m² (75,000 ft²) garden stretches from the villa to the edge of the lake. Liebermann designed the garden himself, and often used it as a retreat. He made some 200 paintings here during his late creative period. The enormous garden contains several species of plants that have since become rare, as well as a vegetable plot and shrub garden.

The Schmus Café in the Jewish Museum Berlin

The Schmus Café in the Jewish Museum Berlin with its range of new and traditional Jewish cuisine is located directly next to the museum’s light-flooded, glass-topped courtyard, and adjoins a wonderfully spacious garden containing a maze, which in summer represents a veritable oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Although the café doesn’t do kosher cuisine, it does dispense with pork, shellfish and crustacean dishes.

Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum

The Botanical Garden, situated in the Berlin borough of Dahlem, is one of the most important gardens of its kind in the world, with its some 1,500 plant species spread over an area of more than 43 hectares (106 acres). Intricate, winding paths guide the visitor through the various global vegetation zones. By this means, you can wander from the mountain regions of Europe to the Himalayas, and enjoy the glory of North American plants and flowers just as much as the delicate beauty of Asiatic plant art. A scent and touch garden gives the visitor an opportunity to concentrate on all-too-often neglected senses. Tropical and sub-tropical treasures are housed in a total of 16 greenhouses.

The Botanical Museum perceives itself as a scientific complement to the Botanical Garden, and contains information on the origins, planting and processing of the most important agricultural plants worldwide. There is also a department exhibiting the collection of plants from ancient Egypt built up by the botanist and African explorer Georg Schweinfurth.

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