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Lobby of Kiel Municipal Art Gallery inside the new town hall
Goethe National Museum, Weimar
St. Anne's museum quarter
Carl Bosch Museum

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.

The breathtaking Audi Forum in Ingolstadt is an automotive world of discovery popular with millions of visitors – not all of whom are interested in cars. read more »

Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) are two of the leading figures in German cultural history. read more »

The Glass Technology Laboratory founded by Otto Schott in 1884 is now the Schott Glass Museum, which recounts the fascinating history of his company's products and technology. read more »

Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach in Thuringia . In Eisenach today there are more than 250 original exhibits on display inside the 600m² museum dedicated to him: Bach House. read more »

The Bach Museum in Leipzig , which reopened in 2010, is a testament to 21st century museum culture. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

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. read more »

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