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On a small island in the middle of the River Spree, Museum Island has now been fully renovated and boasts five jewels in Berlin's cultural crown: the Alte Nationalgalierie, Bode, Neue, Altes and Pergamon museums.
There's also the Brandenburg Gate and Museumsinsel - museum island - set on an island in the river Spree.
Khaled Said graffiti made by Case on Berlin Wall finds a permanent place at Freedom Park on the banks of the river Spree.
Needless to say there are numerous guided bikes tours available to meander along the side of the River Spree that twists and winds through the centre, or through the many large parks that grace the home of Germany's government.
Sights are plentiful - take a River Spree excursion past the green Tierpark, marvel at exhibitions in world class galleries, ride Europe's fastest elevator to the top of Berlin TV tower.
Centered for the most part on the Museums-insel in the River Spree, the museums' buildings had been largely reduced to rubble by bombing and by street fighting during the first months of 1945.
Strandbar Mitte, one of the less touristy, is located right on the river Spree and is where Berliners come to relax on stripy deck chairs, enjoy mojitos on sand shipped in to create an artificial beach on the riverbank and watch the boats float by.
High quality apartments are to be built directly on the river Spree next to a renovated factory dedicated to residential and service use.
On arrival we joined a riverboat on the River Spree for lunch and then had a sightseeing tour of the city from the water.
While the recent profusion of galleries has moved into the multiethnic Kreuzberg district and industrial areas by the River Spree, the best place to start the arty marathon part of your Gay Grand Tour is on the gallery-dense Auguststrasse in the Mitte area, which is again Berlin's center after being appropriated by East Berlin in the postwar years.
In the other direction is the island in the River Spree where most of the city's museums are being developed, plus the imposing old Berliner Dom, the city's largest and most lavish church.
The first stop for the exhibition will be at the Altes Museum, which is part of the Museum Island in Berlin, located between the River Spree and Kupfergraben canal where the Island and its five buildings, Altes museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bodemuseum and Pergamonmuseum allow visitors a unique ensemble of architectural and cultural history.