Matthäikirchplatz | Mitte, near Potsdamer Platz
The Kulturforum, much like the Museum Island further East, is an amalgam of cultural institutions grouped in a single location. It is not as beautiful as the Berliner Dom or Schinkel’s Altes Museum, but it represents the architectural style of the 1960’s. In the same area you will find the Philharmoniker, the Gemäldegalerie, the Kunstgewerbemuseum and the Neue Nationalgalerie (under renovation), by Mies van der Rohe (the only true beautiful building in the area). Depending on the current calendar of exhibitions, you may end up spending quite some time visiting the area.
By the way, every Tuesday, at 1pm, there is a free concert at the Philharmoniker’s atrium.