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DB Museum (German Railway Museum)

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Address: Lessingstr. 6, 90443 Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
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10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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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The DB-Museum has two 'sections' - Museum of Communication and Railway Museum. Museum of Communication - pretty interesting, quite informative, there's plenty of interactive... read more

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Erlangen, Germany
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Erlangen, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The DB-Museum has two 'sections' - Museum of Communication and Railway Museum. Museum of Communication - pretty interesting, quite informative, there's plenty of interactive objects everyone can try out. Railway Museum - very well organized; history, lots of model trains from old times to today with some information provided. One part of the museum - my favorite part:) - contains... More 

Thank hi_hippo
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I come here with my girlfriend on Easter Monday, it was one of the few things open in the city on that day but wanted to do it on our trip anyway. It was quite busy upon arrival but we managed to get in and pay quite fast. It was €6 per adult. We was quite disappointed when we got... More 

Thank Tom G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm interested in trains and I'm a fan of Deutsche Bahn, but my visit to this museum was a disappointment. As I started to walk through the exhibition I noticed all the labels and explanations were in German only, so I returned to the ticket desk to request an audio guide in English. The lady initially denied that such a... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this train museum. They have an audio guide for English speakers and many real trains inside. They do a great job of showcasing the all important Adler train.

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Good museum that take you threw the train history over the years. Unfortunately a large section was under rebuilding when we were there.

Thank Marius P
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Our young son loves trains so we had to take him there and he had a blast! Some very Kid friendly spots and overall informative for us older kids.

Thank richfng
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Variety of trains for the kids to explore but most of the exhibits on the ground floor were in German. Rent the audio for a better experience. We spent most of our time on the 3rd floor with the train ride and playing with the toy trains. Good option especially during winter time for young children.

Thank Elaine T
Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately we weren't offered the audio guide in English, so we struggled a bit. Saying, that however, we both found the museum and the exhibits absorbing. There are hundreds of photos and artifacts which spoke for themselves, although a bit of help with the German script would have been helpful! Well worth a visit.

Thank Azurian
Palm Springs, California
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

Only interesting if you are really into trains. I've been there before and really enjoyed it, but the refurbishment cuts the space and exhibition significantly, so until it is done, I really don't think it is worth it unless you have a city card and an extra hour.

Thank RicT137
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

A great museum and a must do. This museum presents the history of transport together with the future of German transport. It is very well presented and documented. Many items to see and interact with.

Thank Charles-Kevin A

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