• Posted:Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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Get stranded on Museum Island in Berlin

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Get stranded on Museum Island in Berlin
Anyone chilling their beans in a Berlin hostel who wants to get out there and see a few of the sights, while putting in the minimum amount of effort possible, might be taken with the idea of rowing out to Museumsinsel - or Museum Island - which is home to a total of five different exhibition halls, surrounded by the river Spree.

Ok, ok, you got me. You don't have to row there - although that would be fun. The museums are accessible on foot from the mainland, so even those who are prone to seasickness are able to enjoy the monuments to human history that can be found within each of the buildings.

The museum website offers prospective guests lots of helpful information about the island, including details on a planned renovation that will hopefully be completed by 2015. Currently, they're constructing a Museumshofe - museum courtyard - that will come complete with libraries, archives and shops for eager-beaver guests.

Even if you're not that into artsy exhibits, a visit to the island itself is interesting in its own right and checking out the different buildings is a lot of fun. Each has been made to point in different directions and towards various parts of the city, like the Alte Nationalgalerie and Neues Museum which were constructed to complement each other and are facing south.

If you want to see another exhibition while in town, head to the Neue Nationalgalerie for a lesson in Surrealism, which features works by Andrew Breton, SalvadorDali and Max Ernst among many others. Looks good to me!

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