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Cite du Train

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Address: 2 rue Alfred de Glehn, 68200 Mulhouse, France
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+33 3 89 42 83 33
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Since 10th March 2005, the Cité du Train has been offering a dynamic tour...

Since 10th March 2005, the Cité du Train has been offering a dynamic tour due to the redevelopment of the collections.In a building with multi-coloured façades, a tour designed in the form of a 6000m² film set takes visitors on a voyage of discovery through one of the most prestigious European train collections.Spectacular scenography, constantly changing events, audiovisual montages and sound and light shows take young and old alike to the very heart of the great railway adventure.

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Nostalgia in spades

The sheer size of this museum is impressive. The exhibits, too, are extraordinary in numbers and historical significance. Particular congratulations to SNCF, whose engineers must... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Cambridge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sheer size of this museum is impressive. The exhibits, too, are extraordinary in numbers and historical significance. Particular congratulations to SNCF, whose engineers must have spent decades restoring so many pieces of France's history to working order. Someone had a mania for collecting stuff - whole trains of stuff - and then found the space to keep it. The... More 

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Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

It's the largest (in surface) train museum in the world. It contains an impressive collection of steam powered trains. The exhibits are displayed by time reference, from early steam stages to the later diesel-electric and TGV technologies. Most of the trains cannot be visited from inside but cabins can be seen well from the outside due to clever lighting and... More 

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Weedon Bec, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

I am not really a railway enthusiast, more of a "casual" lover of steam trains & history, but I absolutely loved this railway museum on the outskirts of Mulhouse, in north-east France. The museum consists of two halls. The first is quite dark but I thought it really evocative and the actual exhibits themselves were well lit. Old locomotives, passenger... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

I wanted to take a short break from the Christmas markets of Strasbourg - nothing wrong with them - just a change. So I chose the Cite du Train outside Mulhouse ('Moolooze'!). A short trip on the TER and then catch the No.3 tram to the "Musees" stop (there are two museums here - CdT and the EDF one). It's... More 

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Avranches, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Heard that this was ''the biggest train museum in the world'' so took children to see it. First area was a bit dark and scary for 6 yr old but rest was more open and bright. Disappointed they did not have a TGV on show (just front end)

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Bonjour, Très surpris par votre commentaire dans lequel vous regrettez de ne pas avoir vu un TGV dans notre exposition... More 

Beziers, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The audio starts automatically and you are told that at each point of interest there is a number to be keyed into the audio unit to give information on each exhibit. This is a common system in many museums and normally works very well. What you are not told in the Cite du Train is that the numbering system ONLY... More 

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Fairly well presented history based on an extensive collection of railway artefacts. Audio guide is a bit hit and miss and no staff around to ask for assistance in the display halls. Model section was disappointing, no clear vision in creating the displays, lack of information about the case contents which all seemed very random. Working layout (50c) nice for... More 

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Mulhouse, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

It is the history of French Railways from 1844(steam trains)to nowadays,the TGW with the speed record of over 500km/h. If you are in the region you have to visit this very interesting museum. The restaurant is average,to long waiting,the food was cold but no problem to ask to reheat it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We came across this almost by chance and weren't disappointed. The museum goes from the early days of steam right up to today's TGVs. You can get hands on many of the trains. And ride with a drivers' eye view of the THV breaking the train speed record. Our children of 5&3 also loved it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

This museum is massive and has an impressive collection of trains from several centuries. It features a great outdoor section and offers some activities for children (such as riding a tiny train). We were very impressed and would definitely recommend it to others (not only to train enthusiasts).

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