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“Smaller than some but a wonderful experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of DB Museum (German Railway Museum)

DB Museum (German Railway Museum)
Lessingstrasse 6, 90443 Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
800 32687386
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Ranked #10 of 112 things to do in Nuremberg
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Smaller than some but a wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This is arguably the first railway museum in the world and offers a valuable insight into German social history in addition to engineering genius. A definite must do!

Visited December 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
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“If you like trains… this is the place for you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I first visited this museum way back in the late 1960’s… it has been greatly expanded since then. It now also houses a communication museum, but since our time was limited, we had to concentrate on the rail exhibits. You can easily spend several hours learning about the history of the German rail system. There are several halls and outdoor exhibits with various pieces of historic rail equipment including the steam locomotive 05 001 which is the sister engine to 05 002 which shares a controversial steam locomotive speed record with the British LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard.

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“So thorough, but no English:-(”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

There was no English on any of the displays, but the history of the rail from birth thru the current day including, engineering, railroads part in the wars, the Princes rail cars, were all outstanding!

Visited October 2013
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Menorca
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“One of the best of Europe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

At the same time as the British, the Germans developed a very effective railway network which contributed to the development of the country as an industrial power. That started in XIX century, well before Germany existed as we know it now, when a string of kingdoms shared the actual German territory. One of the more prosperous and rich was Bayern and so was its railways network. The main hub was in Nuremberg, so it’s not a coincidence that the city is the home of the German National Railway Museum. The Museum is split in two sites. One is in a public building near the main station, where there are several exhibitions about the history of the Deutsche Bundesbahn, its origins, its key developments, some historic rolling stock (impressive the Royal train of Ludwig II, of Neuschwanstein Castle fame), the first electric locomotives, prototypes, equipment and systems. This part of the Museum also has a significant didactic area for kids, including driving cabins and a comprehensive H0 scale model layout with lots of trains running at the same time. A well furnished souvenir/memorabilia shop and a restaurant can be found next to the entrance.
The second part is across the road in a disaffected rail yard and there, there is an impressive collection of original famous locomotives and trains, from the world speed record steam engine BR05 Stromlinie to the popular VT11.5 TEE of the sixties. In definitive a must for any train enthusiast, model train collectors (most of the engines in the exhibition have been reproduced by all European model manufacturers), people interested in engineering and for kids and young people, of course.

Visited June 2013
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Keighley, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating for railway and history fans”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Although a lot smaller than a museum like the NRM in York, the DB Museum packs in a lot of interesting history, from the story of the first German railway (told via an entertaining 10 minute film, with English subtitles) to a lengthy discourse of the railway's employment in wartime and the how the post-war split into East and West lead to different developments for the networks.

There are a few locomotives displayed in the main building (although they are a little close together for anyone hoping to photograph them) and there is an additional building across the road with some more interesting locomotives, including some of the huge wartime steam engines. Then from there, there is a large outdoor section with more displays and an old signal box from which you can watch the main east end of Nuremberg train station, with local and express trains coming in and out. As a railway fan you could easily spend a good hour watching the trains and the location is great for photography.

Visited July 2013
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