Science at your fingertips: see how the world works at museums of nature and technology

Those with a passion for nature and technology are spoilt for choice by Germany's fascinating museums. Best of all, many of the exhibitions allow you to learn by doing. So, if you've always wanted to ride on a steam engine, understand how solar technology works or hear whale song, these are the must-see museums for you.

The German Mining Museum in Bochum offers an extensive insight into the significance of mineral resources – from prehistoric times to the modern day.

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Munich boasts the world's largest science and technology museum, which features a wide range of technological marvels, experiments and much more besides.

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Spread over about 26,000 square metres, the Germany Museum of Technology in Berlin is one of Europe's largest technology museums.

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The Andernach geyser is situated in the volcanic region of the eastern Eifel. The carbon dioxide that propels the geyser stems from a magma chamber below the young volcanic rock.

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Haithabu Viking Museum – just outside Schleswig – is among the foremost archaeological museums in Germany.

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The exhibition in Hamburg's International Maritime Museum tells the story of explorers, conquerors, captains and sailors – a journey through 3,000 years of human history.

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The Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost is a captivating, scientifically based educational centre and exhibition that offers visitors of all ages an insight into the many different aspects of our climate.

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The Mildenberg brickworks centre in Brandenburg is one of the preeminent sites of industrial culture in Europe.

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