Where to send your visitors when they come to you without preparation? After all you are the local and you should know what to do and what not to do in your town. The main touristic places are a good start to get the mental map of Berlin (or another city depending where you live) but going to the tv tower or the Brandenburger Gate once is enough. Museums are a good alternative, especially those with temporary exhibitions. For example the museum island doesn’t fit completely in this category.
The Berlinische Galerie is a place I like to revisit every now and then and I always try to join my visitors when they ask for modern art, photography or architecture. In addition to the temporary exhibitions there is a permanent collection which gives an overview of modern art in Berlin from 1945 until today.
I also like its location – in the middle of the triangle U-Moritzplatz, U- Hallesches Tor and U-Kochstrasse, at walking distance from Checkpoint Charlie and the Jewish Museum Berlin – that makes it ideal for visiting this semi-remote location in Berlin. Take the Alte Jakobstrasse and continue toward the Spree, the Fischerinsel and the Nikolaiviertel. At some point you will step on the wall path and soon reach the water.