Sometimes, you don’t want to spend your vacation laying around on a beach. If you’re an art lover, you might be looking for a city that can provide you with a vibrant arts scene filled with unique culture and great collections. Luckily, there are plenty of cities throughout the world that offer just that. Ready to plan an art-oriented vacation? Start by taking a look at these eight cities, which offer world-class museums, one-of-a-kind collections, and must-see displays.
1. Berlin, Germany
This European city is a leader when it comes to art. It’s filled with great art venues, new architecture, cutting-edge exhibits and high-end art galleries, per Shermans Travel. A priority while you’re there should be the Museumsinsel, also known as Museum Island, which is a complex of five museums on the site of an original city settlement.
“This UNESCO World Heritage arts center features the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), celebrated for its German and French Impressionist paintings, plus works by celebrated German artists like Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Caspar David Friedrich, Max Lieberman, and Berlin’s own Adolph von Menzel. The island plays host, as well, to the Altes Museum (Old Museum), dedicated to antiquities from Rome and Greece, and the Pergamonmuseumm, named after the fascinating 180 BC Greek temple it houses,” according to Shermans Travel.
But if that’s not peaking your interest, you can also try the Dahlem Museum, a cluster of four museums filled with exotic art from India, Asia, Africa, and the South Seas, as well as pieces from Native American and Early European cultures. Make sure to try and make room on your itinerary for the Gemaldegalerie, a museum that features paintings by many great European artists.