Special places – themed and general museums

If you want the full picture, then these are the places to go: from the film museum through to Handel House, themed museums retrace the steps of notable personalities at authentic sites or highlight specific aspects of human life. For variety in scope and theme, look no further than the general museums.

According to Goethe himself, he was born "on the stroke of twelve" on 28 August 1749. Today the Goethe House and Goethe Museum stand on the site of the house in Grosser Hirschgraben where he was born, which has been faithfully restored.

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The Buddenbrooks House, which provides the setting for Thomas Mann's famous novel about the decline of the Buddenbrooks family, now contains a museum that has served as a tribute to the Mann family's literary legacy since 1993.

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VW's 'transparent factory', designed by Munich architectural firm Gunther Henn, represents a new era in automotive manufacturing, a pioneering production plant – smooth, clean and transparent.

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In this Heidelberg museum you can discover the many sides of the extraordinary Carl Bosch, famous for the Haber-Bosch process for ammonia synthesis.

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At the Children's Museum in Frankfurt energetic and inquisitive children and families have the chance to experiment, research and take a closer look at things and discover how the world works.

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The Breadmaking Museum in the historical salt storehouse in Ulm was founded by the entrepreneur Willy Eiselen in 1955 as the first bread museum in the world.

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With its Human Adventure permanent exhibition and the Our Five Senses children's museum, the Deutsche Hygiene Museum is one of Dresden's most important and innovative cultural attractions.

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