Special places – themed and general museums

If you want the full picture, then these are the places to go: from the film museum through to Handel House, themed museums retrace the steps of notable personalities at authentic sites or highlight specific aspects of human life. For variety in scope and theme, look no further than the general museums.

Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) are two of the leading figures in German cultural history.

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The Optical Museum illustrates how optical instruments, such as spectacles, telescopes, microscopes and cameras, have developed over five centuries.

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Opened in 1926, the Zeiss Planetarium is the oldest planetarium in the world and also the biggest in Germany thanks to its 25-metre dome.

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The Glass Technology Laboratory founded by Otto Schott in 1884 is now the Schott Glass Museum, which recounts the fascinating history of his company's products and technology.

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The breathtaking Audi Forum in Ingolstadt is an automotive world of discovery popular with millions of visitors – not all of whom are interested in cars.

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The Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe owns the largest collection of interactive media artworks in the world.

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Since 1957 the Pharmacy Museum has been located in Heidelberg Castle, in one of the most beautiful and important Renaissance buildings in Germany.

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