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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 had taken 600 years, but in 1880 Cologne Cathedral was completed at last. Construction began when the city was part of the Holy Roman Empire, but finished 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
For the prehistory agricultural civilization that 7,000 years ago created Germany's Goseck Circle, Solstice was an important seasonal midpoint celebration. The circle predates Britain's Stonehenge by at least two millennia and it 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 - From Coal to Culture 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 18th century Dutch Quarter in Potsdam star
Just outside Berlin's three remaining city gates, and far from the Netherlands-German border, is a "Dutch Quarter". Das Holländische Viertel, an 18th century settlement of 134 Dutch styled homes, built for artisans from Holland and set among the opulent palaces and parks of Potsdam.

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