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.

Originally opened back in 1962, shortly after the Berlin Wall was built, the museum at the legendary Checkpoint Charlie traces the history of the divided Germany and is one of the city's most popular visitor attractions.

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Since 1957 the Pharmacy Museum has been located in Heidelberg Castle, in one of the most beautiful and important Renaissance buildings in Germany.

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The many facets of Janssen's artistic talent form the focus of the Horst Janssen Museum in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony .

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Leopold Mozart, the father and first music teacher of Wolfgang Amadeus and the man who discovered his son's musical genius, was born in Augsburg in 1719.

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The Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe owns the largest collection of interactive media artworks in the world.

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The birthplace of one the most influential German scholars of the 19th century, the Karl Marx House in Trier is among Germany's most important historical museums.

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Housed in a former locomotive engine shed, Lokschuppen in Rosenheim, Bavaria is known for its regularly changing exhibitions and ranks among the top ten exhibition venues in Germany.

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