Best Art Galleries in Berlin

Berlin is one of the best places on the planet for visiting art galleries.

Berlin might be the most art- and artist-friendly city on the planet. There's long been talk that the Berlin Luft, or air, inspired creativity (as well as debauchery) in people here. Whatever it is, the German capital is crammed with galleries, making it an ideal spot for gawking at creative masterpieces. Here are the six best galleries.

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Capitain Petzel

This gallery, set on three floors, in a Cold War-era apartment block on dazzling Stalinist architecture-lined Karl Marx Boulevard, exhibits intriguing and sometimes avant-garde works by local and well-known international artists.

Karl Marx Allee 45

Capitain Petzel
Inside Capitain Petzel gallery. Capitain Petzel

Contemporary Fine Arts

CFA is a world-class gallery exhibiting an ever-changing legion of artists' work from around the world. The gallery does an admirable job showing the works of both up-and-coming artists as well as some of the art world's rock stars.

Grolman Strasse 32/33

Contemporary Fine Arts
Three Thieving Magpies: MAX BECKMANN IM DIALOG CECILY BROWN, ELLA KRUGLYANSKAYA, DANA SCHUTZ: Max Beckmann, Cecily Brown, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Dana Schutz Contemporary Fine Arts

Julia Stoscheck Collection

Housed in a former Czech cultural center, JSC is a collection of time-based art with hundreds of works by dozens of artists mostly hailing from Europe and North America from the 1960s to the present time. There is also a larger branch in Düsseldorf.

Leipziger Strasse 60

Julia Stoscheck Collection
Colin Self, Siblings (Elation VI), 2018, live performance MoMA PS1, New York). Photo: Maria Barranova. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Maria Barranova

König Galerie

Set in a Brutalist former church from the 1960s, König is the domain of Johann König who opened up the gallery in 2002 when he was 21 years old. The space displays the work of new and younger generation upstart artists.

Alexandrinen Strasse 118

Kathryn Andrews, Circus Empire, 2019, installation view, Photo by Roman März, Courtesy the artist, KÖNIG GALERIE Berlin / London, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles. KÖNIG GALERIE

Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien

Set in an erstwhile hospital from the mid 19th century and also a haven for squatters starting in the 1970s, this structure is now an exhibition space and home for artist studios. The art here veers to the overtly political. The complex also offers walking tours.

Marianen Platz 2

Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
The entrance hall of Bethanien (during Backjumps # 3 in 2007). Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien

Sammlung Boros

A must for any art lover. Set in a massive, rotund World War II-era bomb shelter in Mitte, Sammlung Boros is one of the premier galleries in Berlin. The rub? Visiting is by appointment only. Visits, on weekends only, can be booked via the gallery website. The art on display here is a nice mix of local and international artists.

Reinhardt Strasse 20

Works of art on show at the exhibition 'Olafur Eliasson - Werke aus der Sammlung Boros 1994 - 2015' at Langen Foundation on April 17, 2015 in Neuss, Germany. ( Mathis Wienand/Getty