Immerse yourself in German culture at these 7 places

Popular for its architecture and nightlife, Germany, spread across Western Europe, is an amalgamation of forests, mountains, beaches and historic sites. Diversified culture, historical influence and varied museums, the country has never failed to arouse the interest of travelers. While Munich’s iconic ‘Oktoberfest’ is something that makes Germany quite popular, there are several other cultural experiences that are not worth missing! Between scientific and technological museum exhibitions, magnificent orchestral music, world heritage panoramas, here are 5 German cultural experiences not to be missed:

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (digital concert hall)

The Berlin Philharmonic or the “Berliner Philharmoniker” is a German orchestra based in Berlin, counted among the best tasteful orchestral musical experiences in the world. With Kirill Petrenko as principal conductor, the Berlin Philharmonic allows music lovers to experience the joy of high definition instrumental harmony directly from their living room, with its digital concert hall. With their digital concert hall, you can virtually experience the pleasure of 600 orchestral concerts from the comfort of your home. The concerts are broadcast live each season, but in case you miss one, recordings are available.

Panoramas of UNESCO World Heritage in North Rhine-Westphalia
 Cologne skyline at dusk
The North Rhine region is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Aachen Cathedral, Cologne Cathedral, Corvey Monastery, Zeche Zollverein and Augustusburg Castle. While we may not be able to physically visit this World Heritage Site, with the online panoramas of Rhine-Westphalia you can experience a 360-degree tour of these five places, from the comfort of your home. This virtual experience is a combination of spectacular photographs that creates a realistic spatial impression. Visitors can take a virtual tour of these places and even zoom in to capture details, all while having a healthy touring experience without even leaving the sofa. The Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces with the Zollverein coal mine and the Schloss Corvey castle are an architectural feast for the eyes.

Elbphilharmonie
The interiors of the Elbphilharmonie
While the Elbphilharmonie concert hall may be empty at the moment, the cultural experience has turned into a digital form. Located in the HafenCity district, Hamburg’s popular concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie offers digital programs such as children’s concerts, cultural events, guided tours, live music, and more. The Elbphilharmonie concert calendar is constantly updated with the addition of new musical events.

August Horch Museum (Audi’s birthplace)
A 1911 Phaeton the first Audi car designed by August Horch and Hermann Lange
Located in the original Audi factory, August Horch founded by August Horch in 1990, is the very birthplace of AUDI. The Horch Museum is also the place where Trabant was produced after WWII. This museum is dedicated to Audi exhibitions and exhibitions of its sister brands like Horch, DKW and Wanderer. You can see pre and post-war Audi models and prototypes of Zwickau’s Silver Arrow racing cars, here. One can take a peek at August Horch’s study area, 1930s automobiles, 1930s racing, and even enjoy a virtual tour of Horch’s office and villa.

Stuttgart State Opera
The opera house is one of the oldest in Germany
One of the largest opera houses in Europe, the Stuttgart State Opera is one of the best in the world and has received the “Opera of the Year” award on 6 different occasions. With a history stretching back over 400 years, it is one of the oldest and most traditional orchestras in Germany. In the aftermath of the pandemic, Stuttgart set up a digital program for opera enthusiasts. Offering various operas in their entirety and free of charge, each week is marked by a new edition.

Live clubbing in Berlin
Club music can now be played directly at home
The club culture in Berlin is quite famous all over the world. Even though the pandemic is preventing the public from gathering and partying, Berlin’s club culture can be brought straight to your home. With a digital setup in place, Berlin clubs have inter-gender and interdisciplinary flows that provide a connection with local cultural spaces, artists and cultural workers. So far, there have been streams from 425 locations in 92 cities around the world with 2,068 artists featured.

Bremen World Museum
An aerial view of the museum structure
Have you ever wondered what an exciting experience it would be to witness natural phenomena (like ice growth, cloud formation) unfold before your eyes? The Bremen Universe Museum is indeed a museum of the most magnificent events in the universe. The Universe of Bremen is a science museum with around 250 exhibits. In the Technology section of the Bremen Museum, one can build circuits, experiment with lighting, test sensors and learn more about technical objects and how they work. The Mankind section allows visitors to explore interesting facts about the human body. There are some interesting tests like obstacle sense and sense of perception here. If growing ice cream or creating clouds are things that you find interesting, Bremen’s Nature section is the place to be. There are also special exhibitions of cosmic phenomena and augmented reality animations, as well as a children’s area for ages 3-8 and an outdoor area.

This is a sponsored article in collaboration with the German National Tourist Board, India.