Popular for its architecture and nightlife, Germany spread over western Europe, is a land amalgamation of forests, mountains, beaches and historical sites. Diverse culture, historic influence, and a variety of museums, the country has never failed to piqued the interest of travellers. While Munich’s iconic ‘Oktoberfest’ is something that makes Germany pretty popular, there are several other cultural experiences that are not worth missing out on! Ranging from scientific and technological museum exhibits, magnificent music of the orchestra, world heritage panoramas, here are 5 German cultural experiences that you should not miss out on:
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Digital Concert Hall)
The Berlin Philharmonic or the ‘Berliner Philharmoniker’ is a German orchestra based in Berlin, counted among the best handful and tasteful orchestral music experiences in the world. With Kirill Petrenko as its principal conductor, the Berlin Philharmonic facilitates music lovers to experience the joy of high definition instrumental harmony right from their living rooms, with its digital concert hall. With their Digital Concert Hall you can virtually experience the delight of 600 orchestral concerts from the comfort of your home. The concerts are broadcasted live each season, but in case you miss one, there are recordings available.
UNESCO World Heritage Panoramas in North Rhine-Westphalia
The North Rhine region is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Aachen Cathedral, Cologne Cathedral, Corvey Monastery, Zeche Zollverein and Augustusburg Castle. Even though we might not be able to visit this world heritage site physically, with the Rhine-Westphalia online panoramas you can experience a 360 degree tour of these five spots, right from the comfort of your home. This virtual experience is a combination of spectacular photography that creates a realistic spatial impression. Visitors can take a virtual tour of these places and even zoom in to catch details, while having a wholesome visiting experience without even moving from the couch. The Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces with the Zollverein colliery and Schloss Corvey Palace, are an architectural treat to the eyes.
While Elbphilharmonie’s concert hall might be empty as of now, the cultural experience has moulded itself into a digital form. Placed in the HafenCity quarter, Hamburg’s popular concert hall, Elbphilharmonie offers digital programs like children’s concerts, cultural events, guided tours, live stream music, etc. Elbphilharmonie’s concert calendar keeps getting updated with the addition of new musical events.
August Horch Museum (Birthplace of Audi)
Located in the original Audi factory, August Horch founded by August Horch in the year 1990, is the very birthplace of AUDI. The Horch museum is also the place, where Trabant was produced after the second World War. This museum is dedicated to Audi exhibits and exhibits of its sister brands like Horch, DKW and Wanderer. You can witness pre and post war models by Audi and prototypes of the Silver Arrow racing cars by Zwickau, here. One can take a look at August Horch’s study area, automobiles from the 1930s, racing in the 30s and even enjoy a virtual tour of Horch’s office and villa.
State Opera Stuttgart
One of Europe’s leading opera houses, the State Opera in Stuttgart is one of the world’s finest and has been awarded the ‘Opera House of the Year’ on 6 different occasions. With a history dating back to over 400 years, it is one of the oldest and most traditional orchestras in Germany. In the wake of the pandemic, Stuttgart has a digital program in place for opera lovers. Offering different operas at full length and free of charge, each week is lined with a new edition.
Live Clubbing in Berlin
The club culture in Berlin is pretty well-known worldwide. Even though the pandemic is holding back audiences to gather and party together, Berlin’s club culture can be brought right to your home. With a digital setup in place, the clubs in Berlin have cross-genre and interdisciplinary streams that offer a connect to local cultural spaces, artists and cultural workers. So far there have been streams from 425 locations in 92 cities worldwide with 2068 artists being featured.
Bremen’s Universe Museum
Ever wondered what a thrilling experience it would be to witness natural phenomena (like ice growing, making clouds) take place in front of your eyes? The Bremen’s Universe Museum is indeed a museum of the universe’ most magnificent happenings. Bremen’s Universe is a science museum with approximately 250 exhibits. In the Technology section of Bremen museum, one can build circuits, experiment with lighting, test sensors and learn more to discover more about technical objects and their functioning. The Mankind section allows visitors to explore interesting facts about the human body. There are interesting tests like the sense obstacle and sense of perception here. If growing ice, creating clouds are activities that sound interesting to you, the Nature section at Bremen’s is just the right place. There are special exhibitions of cosmic phenomena and augmented reality animations as well, along with a Children’s Area for 3- 8 year olds and an Outdoor Area.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with German National Tourist Office, India.