Nuremberg Transport Museum / DB Museum

2020. Corona. Travelling is a different game. Yet our Fernweh acted up too often. So we arranged a train trip to Germany and Austria. Specifically to Leipzig in Saxony, several spots in Bavaria and returning home with ÖBB‘s Nightjet from Innsbruck in Tyrol to Brussels in Belgium.

After Leipzig, we went to Nuremberg.

The Nuremberg Transport Museum (Verkehrsmuseum Nürnberg) is based in Nuremberg and consists of Deutsche Bahn‘s own DB Museum and the Museum of Communications (Museum für Kommunikation)

It also has two satellite museums at Koblenz-Lützel (the DB Museum Koblenz) and Halle (DB Museum Halle). The Nuremberg Transport Museum is one of the oldest technical history museums in Europe

In February 2007 the official name of the DB Museum became the Company Museum of the Deutsche Bahn AG (Firmenmuseum der Deutschen Bahn AG). If I remember well, the tickets just said ‘DB Museum’. 

It is a milestone on the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH). 

Visit and collection

As many railway museums have, there’s an inside and an outside. So make sure not to forget to cross the street. 

The exhibition is comprehensive, with attention to the beginnings, the 19th century, a divided Germany, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and World War II, the post-war occupation, the division between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) and reunification and privatisation. 

There’s a lot of real life, life-size rolling stock to admire, including Ludwig II of Bavaria‘s opulent private train. 

Any good?

DB Museum is not the National Railway Museum in York but it’s good and – if you’re into trains – worth quite a few hours of your time.

Beware! Not everything is bi- or trilingual. But their are tours in German, English and French.

Communications

Upstairs you’ll find the Museum of Communications. We walked through quickly. If we had taken time to read, it would have been interesting. Although it felt aimed at a younger audience.

More railway museums.

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