There is, however, another side to German museums. Behold! Germany's weirdest museums. From the country's spiciest wurst to a museum dedicated to hygiene, these institutes are dedicated to some seriously strange stuff.
The world’s largest pig museum (Schweinemuseum) found an appropriate home in Germany. The average German consumes up to 61 kg (134 lb) of meat a year and the cuisine is inescapably connected with pork.
Housed in an old slaughterhouse, the Pig Museum holds the largest collection of pig memorabilia with over 50,000 individual pieces in 29 themed rooms on 3 floors. Explore piggy banks from tasteful to tacky, gawk at the conjoined pig twins and read about pigs and sexuality - yes, really.
Finish your visit with a visit to the biergarten and enjoy eating one of our tasty piggy friends with dishes like schweinshaxe and krustenbraten.
Address: Schlachthofstrasse 2a, 70188 Stuttgart
Telephone: 0711 66419600
Hours: Monday - Sunday 11:00 - 19:30
Admission: € 5.90
Not as famous as the chocolate museum but just as sweet smelling is Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus. Discover the origins of perfume (also known as Kölnisch Wasser or Eau de Cologne) from this very location in 1709. Test your nose for obscure scents and buy a collection of favorites.
Note that the museum can only be visited with a guided tour and reservations are encouraged. The tour is available in a variety of languages including English and German.
Address: Obenmarspforten 21, 50667 Cologne
Telephone: 49 (0) 221-399 89 94
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00; Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
Admission: € 5.90
German Currywurst Museum
Currywurst are everywhere in Berlin, but what do you really know about this spicy sausage?
Did you know that 800 million currywurst are sold every year in Germany? Or that a trümmerfrauen (rubble woman) is reasonable for the unique blend of seasoning? Or that there are several songs dedicated to Currywurst? Learn all this and so much more at the Deutsches Currywurst Museum. And don't forget to get your sample before leaving the museum.
Address: Schützenstraße 70, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 030 88718647
Hours: Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Admission: € 11
The well-organized German Hygiene Museum examines the history and importance of personal care. The museum was founded in 1912 by a Dresden businessman who just happened to manufacturer hygiene products.
Today, it is among the most visited museums in Dresden with almost 300,000 visitors per year. Antique grooming and ophthalmology equipment is on display which is surprisingly inventive.
The museum also acknowledges its history in connection with the Nazi party. Ideas concerning race were connected with cleanliness and the National Socialists twisted this museum to reflect their own views on racial ideology.
Address: Lingnerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden
Telephone: 0351 48460
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Admission: € 7
Frankfurt’s Dialogue Museum invites visitors to explore their less-used senses by guiding them through dark rooms by employees called “The Dark Team”. Sound spooky? It shouldn't. This museum is family-friendly enough to host kids' parties.
Visit the “Casino for Communication” exhibit which has you play games without the gift of sight. If all this exploring leaves you hungry, visit the museum’s restaurant where food is also served in the dark.
Address: Hanauer Landstraße 137-145, 60314 Frankfurt am Main
Telephone: 069 9043210
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:00 - 17:00; Saturday - Sunday til 19:00
Admission: € 16
The small museum is within an old school house composed of two floors filled with over 1,000 beautifully decorated eggs. There are traditional hand-painted eggs, unique contributions like ostrich eggs, and depictions of eggs from around the world.
Address: Steigstraße 8, 72820 Sonnenbühl (near Stuttgart)
Telephone: 07128 774
Hours: Tues - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00; Sundays and holidays open from 11:00
Admission: € 4. 50; family cards for € 10
The tiny and fascinating Museum der Unerhörten Dinge showcases a collection of oddities, lovingly curated by Roland Albrecht.
Located between two buildings, this "cabinet of curiosities" includes items ranging from rubble from the forbidden Chernobyl “death zone” to Walter Benjamin’s typewriter to a leg from a full-scale plastic horse. What makes each piece special is meticulously documented (although visitors should note the info is in German, but there is a helpful English explainer online).
Address: Crellestr. 5-6 10827, Schöneberg, Berlin
Telephone: 030 7814932
Hours: Wednesday - Friday 15:00 - 17:00