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Fine Art in Germany – The „Big Four“

Visitors to Germany are able to choose from a variety of destinations where they can enjoy fine art at a range of outstanding museums. Four of those museums – the Bavarian State Painting Collections, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the Dresden State Art Collections and the Weimar Classics Foundation – are often referred to as the “Imaginary German National Museum”.

The four most important german art cities


The Museum Island in BerlinThere is a huge range of culture on offer in Berlin. The buildings on Museum Island are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and include not only the Alte Nationalgalerie, but also a unique collection spanning the history of art and culture in Europe and the Mediterranean area. The oldest exhibition space on the island is the Altes Museum, which was built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and houses the Antique Collection.

Many visitors to the Egyptian Museum at the Neues Museum come to see one of the most beautiful sculptures in the world – the famous bust of Nefertiti. This is complemented by the Bode Museum with its Sculpture Collection, Museum of Byzantine Art and Coin Collection. The youngest building on the island is the Pergamon Museum, where the impressive Pergamon Altar (under refurbishment until 2019) and Ishtar Gate attract large numbers of visitors to the Museum of Islamic Art. Our Website will help you with a suggestion for a city trip to Berlin.


MunichMunich is particularly well renowned for the art collections held at the Pinakothek galleries. The Old Pinakothek focuses on European art of the 14th to 18th centuries, with a wealth of paintings by Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Dürer, Leonard da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt and Titian transporting visitors away to this fascinating era. The New Pinakothek holds an outstanding collection of 19th-century art including pieces by Romantic painters such as Caspar David Friedrich and Carl Blechen as well as Impressionist paintings by Max Liebermann, Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. The Modern Pinakothek is home to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, with exhibits ranging from classical modernism to contemporary art. You can find a possible city trip to Munich at our Website.


Dresden is particularly famous for its treasure trove of Baroque art and works by the Old Masters. It is also home to the Historic Green Vault, which presents an exceptional collection of valuable ornaments, gilded vessels, beautifully decorated natural materials and fine jewellery in an authentic Baroque treasury. In addition to Raphael’s world-famous Sistine Madonna, the Old Masters’ Gallery at Zwinger Palace exhibits paintings by European artists of the 15th to 18th centuries and is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Lucas Cranach. On our Website you can find a suggestion for a city trip to Dresden.


Goethe and Schiller in WeimarArchitecture is a special area of focus in Weimar. In addition to Goethe’s house and the Duchess Anna Amalia Library, many visitors come to the town due to its links with the Bauhaus. If you can imagine to visit the beautiful cultural city Weimar, please have a look at our suggestion for a city trip to Weimar

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