Culture & history from A to Z

From the Stone Age to the peaceful revolution – museums of cultural history

For thousands of years people all over the world have been shaping the era they live in. What did they used to think, how did they live, love and celebrate? What was life like twenty, 200 or 2,000 years ago? Discover recent history and the distant past in Destination Germany.

The Museum of the Bavarian Kings in Hohenschwangau in southern Bavaria traces the history of the Wittelsbach dynasty from its very beginnings through to the present day.

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The Museum of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany brings to life the period from the end of the Second World War to the present day.

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The Museum of World Cultures in Frankfurt boasts an extraordinary collection of 67,000 artefacts from Oceania, Africa, South East Asia and the Americas.

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Established in 1979, this Nazi documentation centre in Cologne is Germany's biggest regional memorial site for the victims of the Third Reich.

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The Nibelung Museum in the city wall of Worms opened in 2001. Inside, the Song of the Nibelungs is brought to life using the latest multimedia technology.

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This memorial provides information on the historic Nuremberg Trials on the site where they originally took place.

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Dark corridors take you down into the Möller hall with its Ferrodrom science centre and fire-spewing columns, while the viewing platform of the blast furnace requires a lofty ascent.

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