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“You do not have to love trains to visit this museum.”

DB Museum (German Railway Museum)
Ranked #9 of 147 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 December 8, 2014

As I wrote on the title, this museum is also a MUST when visiting Nuremberg. Our 3 y.o. son got really excited, there are different sections at every floor for trains and communication and on the upper floor there is KIMBALA, a large playground for kids. Also at the entrance there is a cafe-restaurant with good food and prices. We went there twice to eat and we were very happy.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

My Son and I visited the DB museum and had a blast! We both love the old transportation pieces and this museum does not disappoint! Highly recommend if in the Nuernberg area!

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Reviewed October 22, 2014

The birthplace of rrailway in Germany. That's what this musuem sshowcase. The vist was worth it for a sunday afternoon visit to nuremburg. I enjoyed particularly the cinema hall that shows the history of railway in deutschland

1  Thank Yaw C
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Reviewed October 2, 2014

I live in England and often visit Britain's Railway Museum at York so I was expecting something similar at Nuremberg, but I was disappointed.
There really aren't that many trains to see.
it really is a history museum of German railways, but the signage is entirely in German, so that spoils it.
On the top floor of the building (and included in entrance price) is a museum of communication, which I found far more interesting for the exhibits and having explanations in both German and English.

1  Thank Michael T
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Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was expecting big things here having been to several other rail museums on my travels. It is quite slick at telling the story of German railways without dumbing down for the kids too much. What isn't made very clear is that there are two sites - the main building with the pictures and models etc but across the road you get to see a small collection of rollingstock and preserved railside furniture. Your five euros gets you into both and if you wish the Communications museum.

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