I am traveling to Berlin for 3 days starting on May 30th, 2013 with my daughter and we want to visit the Pergamon and Neues Museums on Museum Island. I am having difficulty using the website referenced in the Rick Steve's guide. The english option on the website does not translate much and using a translator website is proving cumbersome. This is confusing trying to find general tickets without paying for the special exhibit or finding the dates that match. I searched the postings and there was another website given but it is not up and running anymore. Any suggestions? Do I need reservations? Or can we go on the first day we are there and get reservations for one of the next days?
Five years ago, in mid-July, we just walked in. I can't even remember what the fee was. The Pergamon is very good and worth your time.
When I was last there I just walked right in to the Pergamon. That was a September and there was a large number of visitors, but it wasn't hugely crowded and some galleries were downright empty. The Neues wasn't open yet but I'd imagine that would be about the same. They may have a multi-ticket option so be sure to look for that when you arrive if you are going to both. PS - The Pergamon is amazing. Though in desperate need of an overhaul, it might be one of the most underrated museums in Europe.
I was at both last May. I bought the 3 day Museum Pass from the kiosk on museum island (it looked like a small trailer and was very close to the Neues Museum) and was able to walk right in to both the Pergamon and the Neues on the days that I visited; I asked about reservation, but they told me I could just go straight to the museum; so I'm not clear if the reservation is required when you have the pass. If you need a reservation, you can make one when you buy the pass. I think it was 19 EUR ... a great value given that the Pergamon and Neues together cost more than that.
Thank you Laura. The Rick Steve's book is contradicting I appreciate the insight and the time everyone puts in to answering questions.
I agree the Pergamon is amazing. I just walked in, when I visited some years back, just after the wall came down and "east Berlin" became part of "Berlin". I was blown away knowing I was looking at things that supposedly are talked about in the Old Testament!