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Historic Germany

Routes, museums, entities and regions that showcase the Ages of Germany. From pre-history, its time as part of the Roman Empire, the Medieval Era and up to and including contemporary history.

Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany star
Cologne´s Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum, the world´s largest and most comprehensive chocolate museum. A futuristic building, designed as a boat moored alongside the River Rhine, it is an inter-active museum where you can visit a mini sub-tropical forest with cocoa plants, learn about chocolate history, and watch as a chocolate bar begins life as cocoa beans and ends up ground, processed, molded and wrapped in silver foil.

Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece star
It took over 600 years to complete Cologne Cathedral. When construction began the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire, but it didn't finish until 1880; in a newly United Germany with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building it is one of the country's most important monuments.

Cologne Cathedral - Story of a Gothic Masterpiece star
It took over 600 years to complete, and construction had begun when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire but wasn´t finished until 1880, in a newly United Germany with Wilhelm I as its first Emperor. A stunning building Cologne Cathedral is one of the country´s most important monuments.

Germany's Prehistoric Solar Observatory star
Solstice was an important seasonal midpoint celebration for the pre-history agricultural civilization that 7,000 years ago created Germany's Goseck Circle. It pre-dates Stonehenge by at least two millennia and is probably the world's oldest solar observatory.

Germany's Romantic Road star
It's a spectacular journey, through stunning scenery filled with contrasts and historic medieval towns, into a world from the past. Germany’s Romantische Strasse, Romantic Road, a theme route showcasing southern German culture from food and wine to art and architecture. And of course history.

Germany's Ruhr Valley - The Ruhr Metropolis star
Germany's rejuvenated Ruhr Valley has a 750 year industrial history, now transformed into a region of plants, animals and culture the 53 towns and cities were a "European Capital of Culture". A tribute honoring the way the region emphasizes European cultures, and links connecting them.

The Dutch Quarter, Potsdam, Germany star
Just outside Germany's capital Berlin, and far away from the Netherlands-German border, there is a 'Dutch Quarter'. Since the 18th Century a settlement of 134 simple Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland, has been set amongst the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.

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