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“Great trains”

Cite du Train - Patrimoine SNCF
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Mulhouse
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

This exhibit has fantastic examples of French trains throughout the entire history of railroading. The exhibits are interesting (you get to walk under a steam engine, see the innards of a steam engine, and view the components of a diesel. They have excellent examples and the presentation is well done.

Thank Jackalie B
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

This is apparently the biggest Rail Museum in Europe. It is broadly separated into 3 areas. The first area is a Hall with a range of exhibits (and audio guides in multiple languages). This area is dimly lit overall with marked arrows to denote the direction of the visit.

The Second area is a huge covered shed with lots of exhibits charting the history of the Railways in France. I visited in December and this area was cold. The lighting is also a bit difficult for photography. If you want decent pictures you must take a good TTL Flash Unit.

The final area is the outside. When I visited, it was pouring down and very cold so I gave it a miss, which is a shame but there was nothing to be gained by getting wet !

THe Bookshop was extensive and reasonable. Access by the Tram was good - a 200 metre walk from the Museum Entrance.

Thank Mike R
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

This train museum is the largest in Europe!! Great exhibits, well-informed staff. There are some stairs which allows the visitors to see inside of the wagons and to feel what was like to travel in the past with trains. The Orient-Express exhibit with Hercule Poirot interrogating the Chief of the Train Company was splendid!!!

1  Thank Iliana1905
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

The museum is well laid out, very spacious and the exhibits are arranged according to specific themes. The audio guide wasn't perfect by any means, in fact I soon gave up on it and I didn't see other visitors using it either.

One word of caution; not the museums fault, but the tram link from the centre of Mulhouse is a favourite place for pick pockets. In the tram car I was in there were three incidents. I lost my wallet from what I thought was a secure pocket.

Thank Gareth J
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

If you have a little time and like trains, this is an amazing place to spend the aforementioned time. The exhibit is massive and covers air conditioned and covered portions. Entry fee includes a audio guide.

Tip: the audio guide plays automatically in the first section, all playing prompts are in the other non-air-conditioned section.

Thank anarchius
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