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“Interesting and Entertaining”

DB Museum (German Railway Museum)
Ranked #10 of 180 things to do in Nuremberg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 come back to Nürnberg.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Liked this museum a lot. Excellent collection both of actual train engines and cars, and of paraphernalia about the DB. Exhibits are all in German but they have audio tours in various languages. Very interesting exploration of history of rail in Germany and an open and frank examination of role of DB during WWII. But the big engines are of course the showstopper, and the ultra-luxe personal train of Ludwig. And worth seeing is the biggest set-up of model trains i've ever seen with a dozen active lines and hundreds of cars all being operated by a central conductor.

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

Although I was apprehensive about going to a train museum, it was in fact rather interesting, ranging from Mad King Ludwig's decadent carriage, to WW2 trains and cold war trains. I am not a huge train lover, but it was interesting to see how trains were used and how they have evolved.

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Spent best part of a day wandering around this museum. Great exibits and well layed out. The audio guide in English was very useful since my German is rudimentary at best. Great value for money. The only drawback is that there very few places to sit down which can make the visit very tiring if you take your time to examine all the exibits.

2  Thank popeye3
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

My husband went here in both 2006 and 2012, so that he could show it to his adult son--I went in 2006. That was enough for me, as it is truly exhaustive in every detail of trains and their historic development. A world class museum on the subject

2  Thank NativeCalif
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