Germany’s largest art and culture museum spans the millennia to show off painting, sculpture, crafts, arms and armor—if something’s part of Germany’s national heritage, it’s here, making this former Carthusian monastery (plus modern annexes) the equivalent of the Smithsonian Institution or the British Museum. A tour begins before you even get inside the door, with the Way of Human Rights: 29 columns inscribed, in different languages, with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1948. (An oak tree represents all others whose languages aren’t on the pillars.) The effect is especially haunting in a city that once laid such waste to human rights.
- Frommer's Staff