A must-try is the German classic, a “Berliner currywurst” (above), a sausage with curry sauce and chips, or go with the Kasesspaetzle, small potato dumplings with cheese sauce, and take it back across to the Lustgarten.
This grassy inner-city parkland is the perfect place for an impromptu picnic, which can be taken with beautiful views of Berlin Cathedral to one side, and the Altes Museum on the other. Of course, if it’s winter, or the weather is bad, simply dine in at Gran Café.
The tour of Museum Island’s cultural highlights continues now with a visit to Neues Museum, yet another incredible building, this time constructed in 1859, all but destroyed during World War II, and then painstakingly resurrected and re-imagined over 10 years from the late 20th century.
The Neues Museum houses the Egyptian Museum of Berlin, and though its attractions are numerous and varied, most visitors go directly to the bust of Nefertiti. This sculpture of the wife of Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten is perhaps the single most famous piece on Museum Island, if not all of Berlin. Crafted in 1345 BC, it is stunningly well-preserved.
It’s also worth spending time, touring the many artefacts from the Stone Age and later prehistoric eras. It’s worth noting, too, that you could dedicate an entire day to each of the museums on Museum Island and still not have seen everything interesting.