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Beauty in all its forms: art and architecture in Germany

From Old Masters to modern masterpieces, Germany is home to extraordinary treasures of the art world spanning every period and century. Marvel at fine art in all its forms of expression and discover architectural wonders that defined their eras.

In the Museum of Modern Art in Freiburg , masterpieces from the classic modern period up to the present day bear witness to the major artistic movements of the past 100 years.

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Founded in the mid-19th century by King Ludwig I, the Neue Pinakothek in Munich was the first public museum in Europe dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.

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The NRW Forum in Düsseldorf presents regularly changing exhibitions that challenge each subject within its cultural context.

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Even the young Johann Wolfgang Goethe was enraptured after a visit to the Dresden Art Gallery: "My amazement goes beyond words!" he is said to have exclaimed. Today's visitors will be equally impressed, whether they look round the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in the Semper wing of Zwinger Palace or the separate Galerie Neue Meister at the Albertinum on Brühl Terrace, a gallery that was established in 1965.

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The Old Synagogue in Erfurt (1100), which was only rediscovered as such in the 1990s, is the oldest fully intact synagogue in central Europe.

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The Saarland Museum in Saarbrücken covers a broad span of history from the Middle Ages to the present day.

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The Schirn building itself is a bit like a modern art work in the heart of Frankfurt's old quarter, a light, angular design contrasting with the grand, red sandstone cathedral and the Römer , the old town hall. This art gallery lies in the heart of the city – and is an important focal point in Frankfurt's cultural life. It is also one of the most celebrated galleries in Germany and in Europe.

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