Germany travel tips north – from Flensburg to Frankfurt
From north to south
- Close to Denmark in Seebüll there is a museum devoted to the Lutheran expressionistic artist Emil Nolde. This was the house he designed himself and lived and worked in from 1927 till his death. Here are also the nine paintings of the Das Leben Christi series. www.nolde-stiftung.de
There is also a restaurant and hotel at the Emil Nolde Stiftung, Seebüll, a very beautiful place to stay in the quiet and empty world in the very north of Germany.
- Near the entrance of the Nikolaikirche stands the sculpture thee Geistkämpfer by Ernst Barlach. In the church windows by Johannes Schreiter, a 14th-century baptismal font and an impressive pulpit with Moses and the Ten Commandments (1706).
Around Caspar David Friedrich:
- Rostock, Hanseatic town with an old centre.
- Greifswald: Birthplace of Friedrich with a Caspar David Friedrich Centre.
- Rügen: island in the Baltic Sea with a great variety of landscapes that inspired Friedrich. Boat trip along the chalk cliffs and the beaches of Sassnitz.
- Stralsund, once a powerful Hanseatic town.
- Wismar, whose historical centre is on the Unesco world heritage list.
- The Riesengebirge.
- Museum with Gertrude Chapel, studio, exhibition space and print room with works by Barlach of the Ernst Barlach Stiftung Güstrow.
- In the Dom is the Schwebender Engel by Ernst Barlach.
- St. Annen-Museum with sacred art of the Middle Ages. The museum has the largest collection of retables in Germany.
- The St. Petrikirche has exhibitions.
- Marienkirche with windows by Johannes Schreiter.
- The Petrikirche has exhibitions.
- The Barlach Museum in the Jenisch park.
- The Kunsthalle is a top museum with old art, 20th-century art and contemporary art. Especially a lot of German art. With the Creation cycle by Meester Bertram and several rooms with works by Caspar David Friedrich.
- There is a monument for WW I by Ernst Barlach near the town hall.
- The St Petri Kirche has 20th-century windows and a sculpture of Bonhoeffer (outside the church).
- Recently built Evangelische (Lutheran) church in Hamburg-Neu-Allermöhe.
- Barlach House. The house in which Ernst Barlach was born is now a museum with good information about the artist.
- A good, quiet and not expensive place to stay when you visit Hamburg is Hotel am Freihof, Am Marktplatz 6-8, Wedel, located close to the S Bahn that takes you into Hamburg. The old Lutheran church that lies at the other side of the square from the hotel has a beautiful interior with windows and sculptures by Siegfried Assmann.
- Recently built Evangelische (Lutheran) church.
- Nannen-Kunsthalle Emden, mainly 20th-century art. COBRA (Appel, Constant, Jorn, Alechinsky) and Die Brücke ( Kirchner, Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff, Müller, Pechstein en Nolde), Der Blaue Reiter ( Marc, Macke, Münter, Jawlensky, Feininger) and Modersohn-Becker, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Beckmann, Jean Dubuffet, Antonio Saura and Antoni Tàpies. www.kunsthalle-emden.de
- Johannes A Lasco Bibliothek, Grosse Kirche Emden, Kirchstrasse 22, with small museum with painting and portraits and information about the history of the Reformed church. www.jalb.de
- North of Bremen is the old artists’ colony of Worpswede, with a museum and several artist’s houses with the impressionistic and especially expressionistic works of the artists who lived and worked here. Paula Modersohn-Becker is the most well-known and innovative of these artists. In this town there are also lots of galleries and sculptures in parks etc. The nearby village of Fischerhude with the house and museum of works by Otto Modersohn is also worthwhile.
- Dom Museum. Art objects from the St. Petri Dom, sculptures, paintings, books. With exhibitions.
- Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Böttcherstrasse 6-10. The first museum in the world dedicated to a female painter. Paula Modersohn Becker (1867-1907) was a pioneer of modern art.
- Museum in Roselius-Haus, Böttcherstrasse 6-10, a renaissance house built in 1588, with as highlights of the small collection paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder en sculpture by Tilmann Riemenschneider.
- Galerie Graphiker Maria u. Hartmut Berlinicke, Wildeshausen, Harpstedter Str. 23, Wildeshausen. Hartmut Berlinicke is a protestant artist and religion teacher.
- Gemäldegalerie. Also known as the Old Masters Museums is one of the world’s most impressive collections of European painting exhibiting an astonishing range of European art from the 13th to the 18th centuries from the great European masters including Botticelli, Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian. www.smb.museum/smb/standorte/index.php?lang=de&p=2&objID=35&n=5
- Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart. Berlin’s most important exhibition space dedicated exclusively to contemporary art from the 1950s to the present. www.hamburgerbahnhof.de
- The Jewish Museum Berlin opened in September 2001. But already two years earlier, the empty new building by architect Daniel Libeskind was an unexpected visitor attraction. About German Jewish history and artists. www.jmberlin.de
- Bode Museum. The museum’s treasures include the sculpture collection with works of art from the middle ages to the 18th century. Halls devoted to the Italian Renaissance and the German late Gothic school. Best known for its Byzantine art collection and the coin cabinet. Roman and Byzantine works from the 3rd to the 15th century A.D. www.smb.spk-berlin.de
- Alte Nationalgalerie. The museum houses one of the most impressive collections of 19th century European art in Europe including masterpieces from Caspar David Friedrich and the French impressionists. www.alte-nationalgalerie.de
- Neue Nationalgalerie. The New National Gallery next to the Kulturforum complex was the stunning 1968 glass building by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed to house Berlin's permanent exhibition of 20th century European visual art. A must for fans of German Expressionism. www.neue-nationalgalerie.de
- Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum. This small but unique museum is dedicated to the life and work of Berlin’s best-known woman painter Käthe Kollwitz (1967-1945). Käthe Kollwitz is known above all for her haunting Expressionist character studies and harrowing images of human torment. The collection consists of over 200 prints, lithographs, drawings, woodcuts and sculptures. www.kaethe-kollwitz.de
- Emil Nolde Museum, Nolde Stiftung Seebüll Dependance Berlijn, Jägerstrasse 55, with changing exhibitions of Nolde’s work. www.nolde-stiftung.de
- Museum Berggruen. One of Berlin’s most popular modern art galleries. Its modernist highlights include works by Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Braque and Giacometti.
- Huguenote Museum. Museum about the French Protestants in France. In a chronological order the history of the Protestants is told and shown through paintings, documents and artefacts.
- Holocaust Memorial. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe consists of the Field of Stelae designed by architect Peter Eisenman and the underground Information Centre and is maintained by a Federal Foundation. www.holocaust-mahnmal.de/en
- Gallery: Künstlerhaus Berlin, unter dem Dach der Katholischen Akademie, Hannoversche Straße 5, Berlin-Mitte. www.kuenstlerhaus-berlin.de
- Gallery: St. Matthäus-Kirche, in the Kulturforum am Matthäikirchplatz, Berlin. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Stiftung Matthäus of the Evangelischen (Lutheran) Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg sees it as its special mission to further the dialogue between the church, theology and the arts. In 1931 Bonhoeffer was confirmed as pastor in this church. http://www.stiftung-stmatthaeus.de
- Jüdische Galerie, Oranienburger Str. 31, Berlin. Gallery with work by contemporary Jewish artists from East-Europe, Israel and Germany and older Jewish artists like Chagall and Liebermann. www.juedische-galerie.de
- Exhibitions in Kirche Am Hohenzollernplatz.
- In the Evangelische (Lutheran) Kirche zur Heimat is a series of reliefs by Waldemar Otto (1929).
- Maria Regina Martyrum Kirche, Heckerdamm 230-232, Charlottenburg, built in 1963 in Berlin-Charlottenburg. A church built to commemorate the Jews that were killed in WW II in concentration camp Plötzensee that was located opposite the site of the present church.
- Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche. The Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is the symbolic centre of West Berlin, an anti- war memorial to peace and reconciliation. The Church remained heavily damaged until 1956 when the new building was built following Egon Einermann’s winning project for an adjacent modern church including an octagonal hall and a bell tower.
- Evangelische (Lutheran) church Berlin-Wartenberg from 2000, Falkenberger Chaussee 93, Berlin-Wartenberg.
- Marienkirche has a Dance of Death (Totentanz), a fresco of 22 meters long made in 1485 when many fell victim to the black death all over Europe. In 2016 the Crossroads Installation by Anna and Bernhard Blume was installed. Open daily and free entrance. http://www.marienkirche-berlin.de
- Museum Fluxus + , Schiffbauergasse 4f, Potsdam has a permanent exhibition of Hella De Santarossa (glass sculptures).
- Monastery Museum Jerichow. About brick architecture, cultural history and medieval artworks. With exhibitions.
Brandenburg an der Havel:
- Dom Museum Brandenburg. Extensive collection of robes, altars, books and sculptures from the 13th – 16th century. Also about the history of the diocese.
- Museum of the Evangelische (Lutheran) church province Saxony.
- Dom Treasury, Kleiner Domhof 300, Minden.
- Museum Bentlage Monastery, Bentlager Weg 130, Rheine: About the cultural and artistic history of Westfalen from the Middle Ages till now, with artworks and documents from the monastery and the castle. Reliquaries, sculptures by Heinrich Brabender of ca.1500. www.kloster-bentlage.de
- Treasury of the Dom and Diocese Museum, Domhof 12, Osnabrück. Closed on Monday.
- Felix Nussbaum Haus, with at the core of its collection the paintings by the Jewish artist Felix Nussbaum. Unlike any other artist of the first half of the century, the painter Felix Nussbaum, born in Osnabrück in 1904 and murdered at Auschwitz in 1944, recorded the experiences of the decades following the First World War in his paintings. In 1998 the Felix Nussbaum Haus, designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind, was opened. The architecture symbolises the constant movement and increasing disorientation in Felix Nussbaum’s life. The building conveys an atmosphere of omnipresent insecurity at every turn. www.osnabrueck.de/fnh/english/28755.asp
- Kloster Wienhausen, An der Kirche 1. With an exposition about the history of the monastery, medieval tapestries and other artworks. www.kloster-wienhausen.de
- Sprengel Museum, Kurt-Schwitters-Platz, an important museum for German expressionistic and French early modern works.
- Monastery Museum (Klosterkammer), Eichstraße 4, Hannover.
- Art collection of the Evangelische (Lutheran) Landeskirche of Hannover. Materials about in this church province executed cycles about the apocalypse, the Old and New Testaments, Genesis etc. With exhibitions.
- Recently built Evangelische (Lutheran) church in Hannover-Kronsberg.
- There are exhibitions in the Marktkirche.
- The Dom with a pulpit from 2001 by Helmut Hoos, a wooden crucifix from the 12th century and a 15th-century Christ on the Cold Stone plus passion pillar.
- Diocesal Museum, Domhof 4, Hildesheim with world-famous works from the Ottonian period.
- Museum of the Episcopal Generalvikariat, Domhof 18-21, Hildesheim.
- The Dom with its medieval Bernward doors: bronze cast with scenes of the holy history after the wooden doors of Santa Sabina in Rome; the Christ Pillar: bronze cast with images of the deeds of Christ after the stone Emperor Pillar in Rome; and a medieval bronze baptismal font. On the Unesco World Heritage list.
- Romanesque Michaelskirche. The St. Michael’s Church was designed as an image of the heavenly Jerusalem by bishop Bernward (960-1022). On the medieval wooden ceiling the genealogical tree of Christ (tree of Jesse). On the Unesco World Heritage list.
- Dom Treasure. Christian art from the 9th – 16th century, robes, goldsmith objects, ivory, manuscripts and paintings.
- Museum at the monastery church St. Servatius, Schlossberg 9, Quedlinburg.
- This old medieval town with many old half-timbered houses and a beautiful market square is on the Unesco World Heritage List.
- Monastery Museum Dormitorium Asbeck, Stiftsstrasse 20, part of the 12th-century monastery. With vestments, sculptures, liturgical objects, books. Also exhibitions contemporary art. http://www.heimatverein-asbeck.de
- Dom Museum of the St. Paul Cathedral. Artworks from the Carolingian period – 20th century. Liturgical objects. Treasury of international stature. Paintings, sculptures, reliquaries, robes. Closed on Monday.
- Exhibitions in the Überwasserkirche.
- In the Dom windows by Georg Meistermann.
- RELíGIO - Westfälisches Museum für religiöse Kultur, Herrenstraße 1-2, Telgte.
- The Catholic Martinikirche has beautiful windows by Dieter Hartmann (1990). Also elaborately decorated medieval choir stalls, modern Stations of the Cross and altar by Theo Heiermann (1989), a 16th-century crucifixion etc.
- Treasury at the St. Martinikirche.
- The Heilig Geist Kirche (Catholic) built in 1964-1966 is worth a visit, a great example of modern church architecture. Architect: Georg Dieter Baumewerd. The concrete church has Corbusier-like traits, with recurring pillar forms in the architecture and in the space around the church. A pattern of trees all around the church. Inside the imposing Schrott-Kreuz by Waldemar Kuhn, blue-white painted walls by Fred Thieler that contrast with large colourful pieces of cloth. www.kirchenrundgang.heilig-geist-emmerich.de
- In the Museum Kurhaus work by Joseph Beuys and art from the Middle Ages till now. Also a collection of works by sculptor Ewald Mataré (1887-1965).
- in Schloss Moyland, just outside Kleve, an extensive collection of works by Joseph Beuys, brought together by the brothers Van der Grinten who were friends of Beuys.
- In the Dom an altar by Ben Willikens.
- Icon Museum Recklinghausen, Kirchplatz 2a, Recklinghausen.
- Centre for International Light Art. With works by Rebecca Horn, James Turrell and Joseph Kosuth. www.lichtkunst-unna.de
- A charming city with beautiful churches.
- Museum of the monastery of Xanten. With art from the 6th - 19th century. Paraments, reliquaries, sculpture and graphic work. With exhibitions.
- Alfred Grimm made for the Lutheran and Catholic congregations of Dinslaken a life-size bronze monument to commemorate the deportation of children from the Jewish orphanage.
- Josef Albers Museum Quadrat Bottrop, Im Stadtgarten 20, Bottrop.
- Diocesal Museum of the Archbishopric and Treasury of the Dom. Large museum with Christian art from the 10th – 20th century, paintings, sculptures, paraments and goldsmith work. With exhibitions.
- Exhibitions in the Stadtkirche.
- Luther House.
- Melanchton House.
- Dom Treasure Essen. More than 100 liturgical objects and artworks from the 9th – 18th century. Also goldsmith work. With exhibitions.
– Treasury of the congregation of St. Ludgerus. Around 90 artworks from early Christian to the 19th century. Especially medieval art.
- Museum für Niederrheinische Sakralkunst in the Paterskirche. Tue – Sun 11 – 17; Thu 11 -19.
- Gallery at the Pax-Christi-Gemeinde, Glockenspitz 265, Krefeld.
- Joseph Beuys in the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum. Beuys was born in Krefeld.
- German Textiles Museum, Andreasmarkt 8, Krefeld, with also liturgical robes. Closed on Monday.
- A Franciscan monastery and church dedicated to Mary, Queen of Peace church built in 1968, designed by architect Gottfried Böhm in the form of a crystal, with beautiful windows full of symbolism.
- Bibelmuseum Wuppertal, Museum for biblical history, Wolkenburg 106. www.bibelmuseum.de
- Art-historical collection of the bishopric Aachen. Works from the 20th century.
- Minster Treasury, St. Mariä Himmelfahrt, Abteistraße 37, Mönchengladbach.
- The ‘Objektfenster’ of the Evangelische (Lutheran) Church Unsere Arche in Hünxe - Bruckhausen (1992) by Alfred Grimm has made this place a kind of pilgrimage place for lovers of glass art.
Neuss (near Düsseldorf):
- Sonderbund Chapel with windows by Johan Thorn Prikker and murals by Erich Heckel and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a so called Gesammtkunstwerk.
- Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, Lessingplatz 1, Wolfenbüttel. A research library and museum on the history and development of the book, with many old manuscripts and books. www.hab.de
- Wolfenbüttel has an old center with more than 600 half-timbered houses.
Volkenroda (near Mühlhausen):
A recently built ecumenical church the Christ Pavilion (2000) in Volkenroda (Thüringen).
- In the Late Gothic 15th-century chapel of the castle Luther regularly preached. In the choir an altar by Lucas Cranach, who was a friend of Luther.
- Exhibitions in the Jacobikirche.
- Old university town with old city center with medieval churches and half-timbered houses.
- Exhibitions in the Moritz-Kirche.
- Galerie Schwind: work by the Leipziger Schüle with paintings by Michael Triegel.
- Exhibitions in the Dom.
- Exhibitions in the Dreikönigskirche.
- Exhibitions in the Kreuzkirche.
- Old Masters Picture Gallery Dresden has the largest Cranach collection with works by Lucas Cranach der Ältere and der Jüngere and works from their studio. Also works by many other old masters.
- Lindenau-Museum-Altenburg: an important collection of Italian medieval paintings.
- Exhibitions in the Katholisches Forum im Land Thüringen (Catholic Forum in Thuringia), Akademie des Bistums Erfurt (Academy of the Diocese of Erfurt). www.bistum-erfurt.de/kath.forum
- Exhibitions in the Brüderkirche.
- Neue Galerie with special collections of Beuys and Lovis Corinth and for the rest art after WW II.
- Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, Antiquities Collection and Old Masters: Albrecht Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Anthony van Dyck.
- Dom Treasure and Museum of the St. Petri Dom, Dr.-Jestädt-Platz 11, Fritzlar.
- Museum in the Grafschaft monastery.
- Deutsches Glasmalerei Museum Linnich. Shows the history of glass art from the end of the 19th century till now. Also shows works made for churches. With exhibitions. www.glasmalerei-museum.de
- Kolumba Art museum of the Archbishopric of Cologne, Roncalliplatz 2, Cologne. With works from Late Antiquity till now. Paintings and sculptures. With exhibitions. Closed on Tuesday. www.kolumba.de
- Museum Schnütgen, one of the most important museums for medieval art in Europe. The basis of the collection Christian art from the 5th to 9th century was formed by the chaplain of the Dom Alexander Schnütgen (1843-1918). www.museenkoeln.de/museum-schnuetgen/default.asp
- Treasury of the Dom, Domkloster 4, Cologne. Open: daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Reliquaries, liturgical objects and robes from the 4th – 20th century, manuscripts and medieval sculptures. www.dombau-koeln.de
- Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, centre for contemporary art and music, Jabachstraße 1, Köln. Founded by the Jesuit priest Friedhelm Mennekes. Aiming to build a bridge between contemporary art and the church. www.sankt-peter-koeln.de/wp
- Recently built Catholic church in Köln-Blumenfeld.
- In the Catholic St. Andreas Church windows from 2007 by Markus Lüpertz.
- Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Neumarkt 14-18, Neumarkt Passage. After more than 20 years of enthusiastic collecting, the museum's exhibits now comprise 270 drawings, about 500 prints, and all her posters and sculptures. Among the drawings - a focal point of the collection - there are some of her most impressive works, many from her later phase when she was predominantly preoccupied with the theme of death. www.kollwitz.de
- St. Andreaskirche, twelve windows by Markus Lüpertz.
- The St. Gertrud Church by Gottfried Böhm in Köln-Neustadt, built in 1965. Böhm also designed the furniture and various windows.
- Treasury of the Catholic parish church St. Servatius, Mühlenstr. 6, Siegburg.
- Dom Treasury, Klostergasse, Aachen.
- Sankt Foillan, Muensterplatz, gothic church with windows by Wilhelm Buschulte (1958 and 1960) and altar piece by Egino Weinert (1962).
- Münster with the Grosse Klais-Organ from 1961 with elaborate wood sculpturing by Manfred Saul.
Wachendorf (near Euskirchen):
- Exhibitions in the Evangelische (Lutheran) Pfarrkirche St.Marien.
- In the Hans von Soden-Haus of the Evangelische Studierendengemeinde Marburg, Rudolf-Bultmann-Straße 4, is a permanent exposition of 6 window-designs by Johann Schreiter for windows that were originally intened for the Heiliggeistkirche in Heidelberg. www.esg-marburg.de/ausstellungen.php#schreiter
- Dom Museum. About St. Boniface and his work. Christian medieval art, liturgical objects.
- Staurothek, Dom Treasure and Diocesal Museum. Christian artworks from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Paintings, reliquaries and liturgical objects. With exhibitions. www.staurothek.de