With numerous Old Master paintings from the Netherlands, Italy, France, and Germany, the long redbrick Alte Pinakothek holds one of the most significant art collections in the world. It was originally constructed by Leo von Klenze between 1826 and 1836 to exhibit the collection of 14th- to 18th-century works (started by Duke Wilhelm IV in the 16th century). Wittelsbach rulers through the centuries were avid collectors and today the collection comprises about 700 pieces.
Among the European masterpieces on view are paintings by Dürer, Titian, Rembrandt, da Vinci, Rubens (the museum has one of the world's largest Rubens collections), and two celebrated Murillos. Most of the picture captions are in German only, so it is best to rent an English audio guide, although the audio tour does not cover every painting. Nevertheless, this museum is not to be missed. Along with the Pinakothek der Moderne, Neue Pinakothek, and Museum Brandhorst, the Alter Pinakothek forms a central part of Munich's world-class Kunstareal (Art Quarter). Museums and collections here are of the highest quality, and are a few hundred meters apart. To save money, get a Tageskarte (day ticket), which provides entry to all these museums (plus the Schack Gallery, in Lehel) for just €12.
Jan 27, 2014
The artworks on display are remarkable, especially with the works from the old Masters. However, as most of the description are in German, it might be advisable to download a museum guide in your Smartphone beforehand. I've tried Periplus, and it pretty much explained all the highlights during my visit. You can check it out at www.peripl.us.