Museum Island of Berlin



Museum Island, Berlin, Germany
45 mins

About the tour

Here in Berlin we like to name places in a very correct way so it comes as no surprise that Museum island is an actual island full of museums in the middle of Berlin. The city´s biggest Unesco world heritage sight and one of the most visited places in Berlin whilst the collections shown here have interestingly little to do with Berlin itself. We find the Romans, Egyptians, the Mesopotamians and Greek but not too much German or even Berlin in the exhibitions. The buildings and names behind the collections on the other hand tell the great story of Berlin´s becoming as an art metropolis through the ages of kings and queens, democrats and dictators. We will start our tour at the tip of Museum Island and a view out to the river Spree which has been Berlin´s life line since its beginning. From there we will wander along the many magnificent museums, have a closer look at the old and new buildings and hear the stories from the finding of the Nefertete and why Egypt wants to have it back to why the Pergamon altar was not taken out of the museum during WWII. And along the way we can also wave Hi to our chancellor Angela Merkel who lives next to Museum Island.

Meet your local guide


Arja has worked for over 13 years as a full time tour guide in Berlin and all around Europe. She is a studied historian and passionate about all the big and small stories surrounding this beautiful city she calls home. Born and raised in Northwestern Germany she came to Berlin after finishing university in Hamburg with a Masters degree in history and American literature and having travelled the world for 4 years. With her family roots in the city she always felt drawn to the multitude of layers of life you can find in Berlin starting with her own family story. Telling stories is what she loves and meeting people from all over the world is the next best thing to travelling the world herself.

Arja has been guiding since Mar 2007

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Berlin with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Berlin. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Anne A.

20 January 2021

Typical German logic - keep the museums together!

Kathleen G.

19 January 2021

Arja is such a knowledgeable and entertaining guide! Many thanks for showing us Museum Island :)

Melodee C.

19 January 2021

Arja is another wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide from Virtualtrips.

Sara M.

19 January 2021

I enjoyed the tour and especially your quick laugh.

Laura H.

19 January 2021

I usually don't rate a tour below 4-stars, but this tour left me bewildered. I enjoyed the historical facts. However, all of the personal opinions, references, and attempts to be entertaining was a bit distasteful for me. I enjoy listening to tour guides who love the area and the people they talk about. There are too many negative people in the world already, and to invest an hour listening to someone add more negativity is not worth my time.

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