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

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The Wadden Sea National Park and World Heritage site is at your fingertips at the Multimar Wattforum Centre.

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The Museum of Natural History in Berlin is one of the five largest natural history museums in the world.

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Freiburg's Museum of Natural History is a fun and educational day out for all the family.

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The Natural History Museum in Mainz contains valuable collections from contemporary and prehistoric times.

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It was around 150 years ago in Mettmann near Düsseldorf that Germany's most famous resident was discovered: Neanderthal man, now the star attraction at one of Europe's most popular and innovative museums.

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The Ozeaneum aquarium in Stralsund is the latest addition to the German Oceanographic Museum.

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