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DB Museum (German Railway Museum)

Lessingstr. 6, 90443 Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 800 32687386
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Great museum and superb model railway

A very diverse collection of german railway equipment is on display at this museum. For the train... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Althrotravel
DB Museum Nuremberg

The museum houses a diverse collection of railway equipment, including many items from before the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Graeme T
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Lessingstr. 6, 90443 Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A very diverse collection of german railway equipment is on display at this museum. For the train enthusiast, this museum is a great place to visit not just for the exhibits but also for the outside display in the railyard next to the main station....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The museum houses a diverse collection of railway equipment, including many items from before the DB existed. Everything is well presented and is generally interesting to the general tourist and enthralling for train nuts ( like me ).

Thank Graeme T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free for Interrail pass holders so only costing us 1 Euro each for the audio guide the museum made for an excellent value morning activity. Almost all the written material is in German only but the audio guide brought the artefacts to life. Possibly German...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If trains are your thing, then do not miss this museum. It nicely covers the history of the german railway system for close to two hundred years. Unfortunately, there were very few visitors when I was there. I speak german, so I did not notice...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Deutsche Bahn Museum is located one stop U-Bahn from main train station. It's opened every day except Monday. The main exhibition, charting almost two centuries of rail history, starts on the ground floor and continues with more recent exhibits on the 1st floor. Also there’s...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of information and sights to see, would have liked to have had some translated to English since it is all in German. We still liked it either way.

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Reviewed 3 July 2018

Great museum with some very interesting exhibits. Reasonable entrance charge, and the visit also included an open air section across the road, which we nearly missed!

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Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

I note that some reviewers are unhappy about the lack of English. There is an English audio guide that fills in some of the gaps available for only one euro.

Thank Jane R
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

DB Museum offers a overall view of the german railway services, from its beginning to actual time. Some machines were exposed, as weel as a wonderful collection of models in scale 1:10 of engines and wagons. There is also a room with an huge electric...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

I've visited many railway museums around the world so my expectations of this one were high but were not met. Firstly there is no help for non german speakers so it becomes quickly boring for foreigners. There are some mustn't miss items Adler, King Ludwigs...More

Thank David R
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The exhibition sections “On separate tracks: the railway in divided Germany from 1945 to 1989” and “History of the Stations” are still closed according to the Museum’s web site. I would estimate that 75% of all sections are... More
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