There are more than 6,000 museums in Germany, covering almost every niche imaginable, from mustard, erotica and sausages to culture, cars and archeology. Just a short wander around any German city will take you to a dozen or more institutions asking to explore them. But for those looking for creme de la creme, we offer you our selection of the most interesting, impressive and impressive museums in Germany in honor of International Museum Day.
1. Pergamon Museum, Berlin
The capital of Germany is Berlin has many wonderful museums for visitors and locals. However, our main choice should be the Pergamon Museum, which allows you to experience the beauty and scale of some of the ancient wonders of the world – including the Babylonian Gate of Ishtar, the Pergamon Altar and the Market Gate of Miletus – up close and personal, like nearly 4,000 people years ago.
2. Zenkenberg Museum of Natural History, Frankfurt
If you prefer dinosaurs, fossils, specimens and creepy crawls, head to Zenkenberg’s Museum Frankfurtone of the largest natural history museums in Germany and certainly one of the largest in the country attractions. The huge 400,000 exhibits on display at the museum trace the evolution of life and biodiversity over millions of years, from small trilobites to monstrous T-rexes.
3. Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart
Even if the machine and management not really yours, you can’t help but linger at Mercedes-Benz’s museum Stuttgartwhich traces the history of the automotive industry through the history of one of the most famous international companies in Germany. Impressively huge collection of shiny cars – including from the very first patented vehicle to Popemobile – will convince even those who do not have driver’s license that this is a wonderful day.
4. Green Shelter, Dresden
The purpose of a shocking robbery in 2019The Green Vault in Dresden preserves some of Europe’s best royal treasures collected by voters Saxony between the 16th and 18th centuries. Lovers of exquisite things will be amazed by the luxurious collections of precious stones, precious metals, jewelry, decorated chests, utensils, figurines and the largest green diamond in the world.
5. German Museum, Munich
Located on an island in the middle of Munich, The German Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world dedicated to science and technology. 100,000 exhibited objects tell the story of innovations from the Stone Age to the present day, including everything from axes and ships to dynamo and mobile aircraft. There is also a great children’s section that is suitable for everyone family.
6. Dialogue in Dunkeln, Hamburg
In this museum Hamburg, blind and partially sighted people take visitors to exhibitions created to copy real-world situations, such as visiting the market or crossing the street, in complete darkness, giving you an unforgettable experience of what the world is like for the visually impaired. Dialog im Dunkeln also offers “Dinner in the Dark” as well as Dialog im Stillen exhibitions in complete silence to promote inclusion and understanding as well as broaden your horizons.
7. Schokoladenmuseum, Cologne
If you’re looking for a sweet treat, look no further than the Chocolate Museum Cologne, a toothy delicacy that allows you to dive into the history of chocolate making (but not, unfortunately, not in its three-meter chocolate fountain, which is designed only for dipping waffles). Learn how the Maya and Aztecs first grew cocoa 3,000 years ago, learn about modern chocolate making methods and gather lots of tasters along the way.
8. Documentation Center, Nazi Party site, Nuremberg
Given Germany’s unwavering willingness to contemplate its difficult past, there is no shortage of museums covering the most infamous period in the country’s history. In this museum in Nuremberg, housed in one of the huge buildings that hosted Nazi rallies, these pompous, propaganda shows are used as a lens to study the National Socialist regime and how it captured Germany.
Image credit: Nuremberg Municipal Museums, Documentation Center, Nazi Party Gathering Site; Photo: Helmut Meyer zur Capellen
9. Beer and Oktoberfest Museum, Munich
There is nothing as dear to the Federal Republic as it is German beer, and this museum in the oldest townhouse in Munich is a testament to this love affair. Looking at the history of beer production in the village Bavaria and the world’s largest beer and folk festival, Oktoberfestit is real palace for beer lovers, complete with tours, beer tastings and four-story exhibits.
10. House of History, Bonn
While many German museums focus on prehistory or 20th century history, the Bonn Museum of Modern History, North Rhine-Westphalia, turns attention to the years after World War II, transporting visitors to an interactive chronological journey through the Cold War to the present day. Using films, sound recordings and physical objects, the museum makes history more tangible than ever before.
11. German Emigration Center, Bremerhaven
Germany’s response to Ellis Island in New York, the German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven is at a point where nearly 7.2 million people are choosing to start living in the New World. Traveling through a 330-year history of migration, the museum will transport you from the pier in Bremerhaven, New York through authentic copies of places, unique artifacts and interactive media stations, revealing the life stories of people who have traveled.
Image: © Deutsches Auswandererhaus / Werner Huthmacher
12. Experimental Science Center, Heilbronn
Located inside an exciting glass building, the Science Center for Experiments in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, opens a unique world of practical knowledge and experiments on an area of more than 25,000 square meters, including 275 interactive exhibits suitable for adults and children of all ages. Travel in space and time in the planetarium, conduct your own experiments in laboratories, turn your ideas into reality in Maker Space or find out how exciting science can be in a show.
Image credit: gGmbH experiment