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DB Museum (German Railway Museum)

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Address: Lessingstr. 6, 90443 Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
Phone Number:
+49 800 32687386
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Having opened its doors in 1882, the DB Museum is now the world's oldest...

Having opened its doors in 1882, the DB Museum is now the world's oldest museum devoted to the railways. Its main building is located in Nuremberg, and it also has two other branches - one in Koblenz and the other in Halle an der Saale. Property of the Deutsche Bahn Foundation, the Nuremberg building may be old, but it is nothing if not modern, as its collections and exhibitions have been completely overhauled in recent years. The heart of the Nuremberg exhibition is a panoramic sweep of rail history in Germany from its humble beginnings around 1800 up to the present day, and even taking a look at what the future may have in store. Covering a total space of 6,800 m², it takes a different approach to most railway museums in that the history of train technology is just one aspect among many others. All of them are woven together to tell a much larger story. Scores of objects, from original locomotives to old advertising signs, are given their own interactive settings and vividly bring this tale to life. The original vehicles at the museum are another major draw for visitors. Some 40 rail legends are on show in two halls. They include the oldest surviving passenger coach in Germany, a replica of the country's first steam locomotive, the Adler, and a model of the ICE 4, the next generation of high-speed train. The museum's external exhibition space covers some 15,000 m² and includes a vintage train platform, interactive signal box and a display depot containing train-related treasures from the museum's various collections. Younger visitors can look forward to KIBALA, a railway paradise created specially for children to experiment and play with. It's got lots of buttons that need pressing, a train simulator and a miniature railway that shunts our little visitors around the entire exhibition grounds. The museum hosts different special exhibitions dedicated to specific topics, and its programme of events also includes a wide range of concerts, talks and celebrations that ensure there's never a dull moment at Lessingstrasse 6.

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A good way to avoid the rain

A great way to spend a couple of hours especially if its raining , really interesting ,lots of history go on a Sunday it free which is always good

Reviewed May 14, 2013
Dolgellau, United Kingdom
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Dolgellau, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

A great way to spend a couple of hours especially if its raining , really interesting ,lots of history go on a Sunday it free which is always good

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Lots of trains but also social history as well. An enjoyable couple of hours here spent understanding the development of German railways including the post war era (East and West). Some English translations but you need to speak some German to get the most from this.

2 Thank Robert P
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Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

I was particularly impressed by the variety of the exhibits - yes, obviously the real locomotives are the star attraction, but the historical displays are very detailed and interesting. Even if you know all about German history, the DB museum gives you a completely different perspective. Something for everyone.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

It's a very interesting for people how like trains and even who are not train lovers would find it interesting. Worth seeing

1 Thank kar808
Aarhus, Denmark
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We visited the museum together with our adult son. He is journalist and of course he must see the museum of "Communication". And indeed, the museum is very interesting whether your interest is technic, history, or communication. Just before the visit we had a nice lunch in the out door cafe at the entrance. We can highly recommed this museum... More 

2 Thank Claus R
Petersaurach, Germany
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

The DB Museum is about trains, lots and lots of trains. It's well organized and has both the history of trains, especially in Germany, and plenty of old and new trains to see and climb around in. Give yourself a few hours to see it all then go over to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum for more!

2 Thank jjdmcook
St. Petersburg, Russia
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

I used to think that such museums are mostly for guys but I've changed my opinion having visited DB Museum which provides lots of historic materials beginning from the very foundation of DB and up to nowadays, visual aids of different kind, the most impressive were trains and carriages in real size, one of them (at least we saw the... More 

2 Thank Zhurali
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Entry to this museum was free for us as we had an interrail ticket and this was an offer to promote the anniversary of interrail. The rail service of deutsche bahn is brilliant and the museum lets you appreciate the history of the railway. You can choose to get lots of facts about the railway and its role in history,... More 

1 Thank Nockie12
Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you played with German made Marklin trains when you were a child I recommend you to see this museum.You ‘ ll know every details about German technology on train transportation and railways with very nice displayed items.Also get audio , and you can take pictures without flash.There are very nice detailed pictures coming from the history showing how they... More 

1 Thank Omer M
Germantown, New York
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

My grandson (9) loves the place and so do I. It is a wonderful place to visit and when you leave, you know all there is to know about the railway and its history. We had only 1/2 a day for the museum. You need at least one full day to see and experience everything. I guess we have to... More 

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