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L’île des Musées à Berlin

Formée par cinq bâtiments aux allures de temples, l’île des musées de Berlin forme un ensemble unique au monde et abrite des trésors retraçant 6 000 ans d’histoire de l’humanité. Classé au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO en 1999, le site qui occupe une partie du centre historique de la ville est la clé de voûte du paysage muséologique berlinois et le plus grand projet d’investissement culturel d’Europe.

Un historien écossais du nom de John Strang écrivit un jour qu’il faudrait des jours pour jeter ne serait-ce qu’un coup d’œil à tous les trésors du Musée de Berlin. Et c’était à une époque où il n’en existait encore qu’un seul : l’Ancien Musée (Altes Museum), construit sur l’île de la Spree en 1830 selon les plans de Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Considéré comme le premier musée de Prusse, l’Altes Museum fut suivi du Nouveau musée (Neues Museum) en 1859, de l’Ancienne galerie nationale (Alte Nationalgalerie) en 1876, du Musée de Bode (Bode-Museum) en 1904 et du Musée de Pergame (Pergamonmuseum) en 1930. Les bâtiments de l’île des musées abritent principalement des œuvres du XIXe siècle et des collections archéologiques qui rassemblent des merveilles telles que la porte d’Ishtar, le grand autel de Pergame, la porte du marché de Milet, le buste de Néfertiti ou le « chapeau en or de Berlin » datant de l’âge de bronze. On entreprit, après la réunification, de fusionner les collections qui étaient pour partie divisées entre l’Allemagne de l’Est et l’Allemagne de l’Ouest. Stockés dans des dépôts extérieurs en raison des dommages occasionnés par la guerre, les fonds furent peu à peu retournés dans leurs salles d’exposition d’origine. Le Nouveau musée resta ainsi près de 60 ans à l’état de ruine avant d’être restauré et reconstruit, à partir de 2003, sous la direction du célèbre architecte britannique David Chipperfield. Derniers volets du projet, un nouveau bâtiment, la galerie James Simon, constituera l’entrée principale pour l’ensemble de l’île et une promenade archéologique reliera les différentes collections, aussi bien d’un point de vue spatial que thématique, donnant ainsi accès à un panorama exceptionnel sur les cultures du monde.

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Musée de Pergame (collection d’antiquités, musée d’art islamique, musée du Proche-Orient), Nouveau musée (musée égyptien et collection de papyrus, musée de la Préhistoire et de la Protohistoire) :

du lundi au dimanche de 10 h à 18 h, les jeudis jusqu’à 20 h

Le grand autel de Pergame exposé au Musée de Pergame sera fermé à partir de l’automne 2014 pour une durée d’environ cinq ans.

Ancien musée (Antiquités), Musée de Bode (collection de sculptures, musée d’art byzantin et collection numismatique), Ancienne galerie nationale :

du mardi au dimanche de 10 h à 18 h, les jeudis jusqu’à 20 h

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Shopping in the city

I am continuing my little Berlin report. We planned to go shopping and sightseeing at the weekend with Nóri. Unfortunately, shops in Germany are closed on Sundays so we had to do the shopping part on Saturday... We were walking in the streets in the city centre in the morning and we went into interesting design stores when we spotted them. I like talking to the locals because a lot of nice memories come back in connection with Germany. I was 11 years old when I first spent a longer period of time in summer at a German family. It is funny to think back that I could hardly understand anything from what they were trying to tell me, I was so embarrassed that I answered "Ja" to everything... :) We left the shopping centres to the afternoon where we could really enjoy our shopping mania. We found a Primark shop here, too, well known from London... :) If you ever enter this shop, you will surely leave with more than one shopping bag. :) The sales were still on which meant that we bought almost everything for 3 or 5 Euros. It was the earthly heaven itself, I could hardly stop myself from putting the whole store into my basket. By the end of the day, we got totally exhausted and couldn't wait to relax after these two long days... X x Festy

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Studio Kaprol fashion show and backstage

I couldn't wait for the second fashion show on Friday because the marketing person of Studio Kaprol contacted me a few weeks ago to ask us to take some photos of their backstage and post them on our blogs. It was a great experience for me to get a glimpse again behind the scenes of an international fashion week. It had only happened to me once on my first fashion week in New York. Then, the series of pleasures continued as we got private VIP seats to the second row among journalists and celebrities from Berlin. I was extremely happy to be able to watch this special show from such proximity. It started with an art movie and then the models walked on the runway in an unusual way, wandering around and staying on the stage. There were more and more of them up there, then they got together and finally brought the designer forward. I found it a really good idea to present these loose street wear clothes in such a creative way. X x Festy

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Marina Hoermanseder fashion show

I thought that Friday is also worth mentioning and I should make a post about the fashion shows, too. We received standing tickets for Marina Hoermanseder's show so we could see the happenings from upstairs with Nóri. It was ideal to take photos from there because we could see the whole area. I love the feeling when the atmosphere of the fashion week catches me and I watch the creations of different designers with excitement. Marina Hoermanseder, Austrian designer, created an extravagant collection with the patterns of medical aids in the clothes. It was interesting to see a kind of knee machine on a fashion show that I had to wear after my sport accident... xo, Festy

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

So many things have happened during a day, it seems that we have been here in Berlin for a week already. We left Budapest in the morning with Nóri Oravecz and we landed in Germany at noon. Our accommodation is in the city centre so we can easily reach everything within 15 minutes. I was really excited because I had never been to Berlin Fashion Week before so I couldn't wait to sit on the shows and learn about German fashion. We were invited to two fashion shows yesterday. At first, we checked the creations of a talented Austrian designer, Marina Hoermanseder. Then, we had the opportunity to look at the backstage of Studio Kaprol, it was the first time I had received a VIP ticket on an international fashion event. We could watch the fashion show from the second row which is a fantastic feeling for a fashion blogger. :) We got an invitation to the closing party at night where we got to know German and Austrian journalists and designers. It was adventurous to get to the party... It took almost an hour to find one of the old factory sites of East-Berlin. The place had a special atmosphere with a ruined brick building, wall paintings and railways tracks. Finally, we found a huge building like a hangar where masked hostesses were welcoming the guests at the end of the red carpet. We entered a large room where the closing ceremony took place. We talked to a lot of fashion professionals, everybody was friendly and kind to us. One of the great advantages of Berlin is that the underground operates all night so you can get home very easily even after midnight. X x Festy

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West-Berlin is the best!

During our last day at Berlin we had a little sightseeing around the city with a hopp on hopp of bus. It was great to see all the statues and monuments all over the city, and the squares and of course Potsdamers Platz again. After that tour we shortly started to recognize the places what we have been visited so far, and the distance between them. For us our tour was ended at West-Berlin, where we checked the place where we had party on Friday night, we made some photos in front of the graffiti walls, and finally found our best restaurant experience ever! Sunday Brunch for 1O euros, in a restaurant called Via Nova, with an extremely nice stuff and food of course! If you have time to go there, visit them, you're gonna love it! Berlin, we love you, and it was so good to spend 3 days there! :) See you soon again. Nora

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E4 Berlin

shopping at Berlin

After our exciting Friday on Saturday we had a little shopping tour around Berlin. We've started our tour in the street, where you can find Boconcept, and after we visited the high category brands as well, where we met with the personal shopper of Sarah Connor. The last station of our shopping tour was Primark, where we bought a bunch of new stuff for us, where we were very excited about the sale. You need to try Primark, than it's a good thing to visit Potsdamer Platz and drink a coffee in Carac Gourmet, you won't forget that view! If you still want to go and have a big walk, just visit the Sony center, where you can have dinner, and you can see on the screen all of the famous celebrities, who has been visited the city so far. Just check Berlin. It can't be a mistake.

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Oravecz Nóra

We've just got the invitation some weeks ago for BFW, we were so excited! I have really good memories from my latest visit, and I was hoping that someday I can come back. And now I brought with me my fashion blogger friend, Festy as well. Yesterday we saw 2 fashion shows, the last one was my favourite one! It was so energetic and cool, nobody could take his eyes off from them! :) During the night we had a great party, because we were invited to the closing party of the BFW. We got know one of the journalists of Bild.de magazine, he was very nice, we had a short chat with him. Today we were shopping for hours, tomorrow I am going to tell more about that - what we visited ,where we had the shopping tour, etc. :) Tomorrow we are going to have our Big Bus Tour, so I can come back with great photos about the city! Stay Tuned! Nora

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Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt

#GermanyXmas - Christmas Markets in Berlin

Enjoy a stroll over Berlin's cozy Christmas markets.

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