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.

Seven thousand years of Gallo-Roman history are brought to life at the European Archaeological Park in Bliesbruck-Reinheim, right on the French border in the Saarland .

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As soon as you go inside you find yourself in a dark room. The objects on display in the cabinets at the Saarland exhibition have an almost theatrical effect.

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Villa Borg, situated in the town of Perl in the Saarland , paints a vivid picture of life in the Saarland, Lorraine and Luxembourg region some 2,000 years ago.

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

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The Andernach geyser is situated in the volcanic region of the eastern Eifel. The carbon dioxide that propels the geyser stems from a magma chamber below the young volcanic rock.

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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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The German Mining Museum in Bochum offers an extensive insight into the significance of mineral resources – from prehistoric times to the modern day.

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