‘Berlin Brain’

Around Berlin

British architect Norman Foster was the brain behind the ‘Berlin Brain’, a cranial-shaped 2005 masterpiece of modern architecture that houses the Freie Universität Berlin’s Philological Library. Inside are four floors sheltered within a naturally ventilated, bubble-like enclosure draped in aluminium and glazed panels. An inner membrane of translucent glass fibre filters the daylight, while scattered transparent openings allow momentary glimpses of the sky.

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1. Freie Universität Berlin

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The Free University is one of three public universities in Berlin, with nearly 31,500 students hitting the books in numerous buildings spread across…

2. Museum Europäischer Kulturen

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Everyday culture and cultural contact in Europe from the 18th century to the present is the focus of this museum, which also examines such topical themes…

3. Freilichtmuseum Domäne Dahlem

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Pat a potbellied pig or clamber on a historical tractor at this open-air museum that’s actually a modern working farm attached to a rambling manor house…

4. AlliiertenMuseum Berlin

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The original Checkpoint Charlie guard cabin, a Berlin Airlift plane and a reconstructed spy tunnel are among the dramatic exhibits at the Allied Museum,…

5. Botanischer Garten & Museum

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Berlin’s vast Freie Universität Berlin–affiliated botanical gardens boast 22,000 plant species. It's an inspirational spot to reconnect with nature…

6. Kunsthaus Dahlem

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This private art museum in the monumental studio of Nazi-era sculptor Arno Breker presents modernist works created in Germany in the years between WWII…

7. Brücke-Museum

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In 1905 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner founded Germany’s first modern-artist group, called Die Brücke (The Bridge)…

8. Marlene Dietrich Grave

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Germany's first actress to hit the big time in Hollywood, Marlene Dietrich was born in Schöneberg in 1901. In 1992 the 'Blue Angel' moved into her final…