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.

Experiminta, the newest museum in Frankfurt , is a centre for maths, computing, science and technology located near the Festhalle exhibition centre.

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The F60, located in the Lusatia region near Lichterfeld in Brandenburg , looks like the Eiffel tower lying prone across the landscape.

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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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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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