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On Monday I shared my photos of the stunning Egyptian collection at the Neues Museum from our recent Viking Sun ocean cruise to Berlin (via the port city of Warnemunde, Germany).
What's astonishing is that an equally captivating permanent collection of ancient Greek art is only a few minutes' walk at the Altes Museum. Both museums are part of Museum Island, the name of the northern half of an island in the Spree River in the central Mitte district of Berlin.
To be sure, Museum Island attracts an international crowd, but we never felt rushed or hurried during our visit at the height of the tourist season. The Altes is particularly walkable and inviting, with wide open spaces, lots of light and well-thought-out exhibits.
Check out the photos above for pictures of some highlights, ranging from a warrior shield from the 8th-9th century B.C. (nearly 3,000 years ago!) to breathtaking works of Greek art from 300 to 400 B.C. whose influence resonates to this day. We couldn't have found a better way to spend half a day in Berlin.