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 Technology Museum in Speyer contains the largest exhibition on manned space flights found outside Russia and America.

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The State Museum of Prehistory in Halle is one of the most important archaeological museums in central Europe.

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Erika Pohl-Ströher is the granddaughter of Franz and Marie Ströher – the founders of cosmetics company Wella, which was based in Rothenkirchen in Saxony until 1945.

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The Viniculture Museum in Stuttgart traces the history of winemaking from Roman times to the present day using historical exhibits.

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In Xanten in North Rhine-Westphalia , on the site of the former Roman settlement of Colonia Ulpia Traiana, you can go on a journey back in time at Germany's biggest open-air archaeology museum.

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To visit the world's most extensive and significant exhibition on the history and technology behind the Zeppelin airship you can arrive by road, rail or even water.

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