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DB Museum (German Railway Museum)

Lessingstr. 6, 90443 Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
+49 800 32687386
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Great museum with some very interesting exhibits. Reasonable entrance charge, and the visit also... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sandk84
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I note that some reviewers are unhappy about the lack of English. There is an English audio guide... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jane R
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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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Lessingstr. 6, 90443 Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Thank sandk84
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Reviewed 22 April 2018

Well presented exhibits and fortunately I was with my friend who understands German and could translate for me as no English subtitles.

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

If you are a train enthusiast then this is a must for you. A huge museum with everything a train enthusiast would love to see. Pictures, authentic train cars, and locomotives. There is also rolling stock to see a few blocks away, just follow the...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Spent a couple of hours in this museum, has a great variety of different trains to view. Note that not all of the exhibits are available in alternate languages other than German.

Thank Amy P
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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

It was €6 for an adult and it was worth it in terms of the number of trains and models on show. The model railway was fun as were the descriptions and the scaled down models on the first floor, as they were in English....More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

History of the German railroad from the beginning. Also some real locomotives on display. Enjoyable for railfans and families.

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

The DB museum is very interesting, big and modern, it is suited for families, my kids loved it. It is not too expensive.

Thank Picki
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Response from Glenn S | Reviewed this property |
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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