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.

Opened in 1926, the Zeiss Planetarium is the oldest planetarium in the world and also the biggest in Germany thanks to its 25-metre dome.

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Founded in 1899, the Deutsche Bahn Museum in Nuremberg is Germany's oldest railway museum.

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The Gutenberg Museum, an exhibition devoted to the history of printing, offers an insight into the world of the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz.

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When August Horch named his new Zwickau-based company in 1909, he translated his surname into Latin – and Audi was born.

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The German Emigration Center, which received the European Museum of the Year Award in 2007, traces the history of the more than seven million people who emigrated overseas from Bremerhaven.

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A trip to the Toy Museum of Nuremberg is an unforgettable journey into the past.

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Set in an elegant patrician residence in Lübeck's old quarter, the Willy Brandt House is an educational centre, museum and memorial dedicated to the German Chancellor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Willy Brandt

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Around a third of visitors to the Women's Museum in Wiesbaden come from Germany's neighbouring European states, Scandinavia and the US.

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