If you love modern art, don’t miss the art fairs held in Cologne, Frankfurt and Berlin. And, of course, there are plenty of museums and art galleries to sate your appetite for art. Germany has more museums and art galleries than any other country in the world. More people are said to visit museums than football stadiums! In addition, there’s documenta, the world’s largest contemporary art exhibition. Held in Kassel every five years, it lasts for 100 days! If you still haven’t had your fill, you can hop onto shuttle buses late into the night and experience the Long Night of Museums, which is held in large German cities every year.
Like its art, Germany’s architectural heritage evokes great praise and has immense cultural and historical value. Germany is home to 42 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, from cathedrals to castles, stately houses to public buildings. What makes its architecture so special is the sheer diversity. Some of the finest buildings made in Carolingian, Romanesque, Gothic, Classical, Baroque, Rococo and Renaissance styles can be found in Germany. The Brandenburg Gate, Aachen Cathedral, Zwinger Palace, Würzburg Residence, Sanssouci Palace, Margravial Opera House, Trier’s Roman monuments and the old town of Regensburg come to mind.
Contemporary German architecture, with its functional design, owes a lot to the Bauhaus school that originated in Germany in 1919. Actually, modern world architecture owes a great deal to the Bauhaus. The distinctive characteristic of modern-day buildings in Germany is the absence of ornamentation. Form follows function.