The entrance to Berlin's Pergamon Museum on Museuminsel (Museum Island) (© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, photo by Maximilian Meisse)
One of Berlin’s main attractions, the Pergamon houses the outcome of Germany’s early-20th-century archeology excavations. The imposing Ishtar Gate of Babylon with its glazed blue bricks is a feast for the eyes, as are the Market Gate from Myletus, the reconstructed interiors of an Assyrian palace, and many other splendorous testimonies to the ancient world. The Pergamon is also home to the Museum for Islamic Art (Museum für Islamische Kunst), which is, after the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, one of the largest and most important collections of its kind. From September 2014 to all of 2019, the altar room will be closed for restoration works. Daily 10am–6pm (Thu until 8pm). €12/6.