The heart of the new DB Railway Museum is an exhibition landscape on the history of the railway in Germany. The walking tour- over 2,500 m2 on two stories - covers two centuries, including all their technological and economic, political and cultural aspects.

Its history ranges from the beginnings in England up to German reunification in 1989. Visitors will discover how the railway fundamentally changed all areas of human existence within just a few decades of the 19th century and laid the basis for a mobile society. However, darker sides in its development also accompany the success story of the transport system of the railway: very early on, it was used for military purposes and in the 20th century, the Reich Railway served as the logistical backbone for the war of annihilation and the Holocaust.

Within the larger political arena, you will also find ordinary everyday subjects such as the development of travel comfort or the working conditions of railway employees. The multi-media presentations of all of these topics are very varied and well-illustrated. Discovery rooms such as the cinema "Adlerama", walk-in tunnels, waiting rooms and train compartments make the tour through the exhibition a fascinating journey of discovery through railway history.

Key facts:

  • one of the oldest technological history museums in Europe
  • oldest rail museum in Germany, with the largest collection of historical vehicles
  • the museum is home to the oldest steam locomotive in Germany, the Nordgau
  • the DB Museum Nuremberg owns more than 150 historical railway vehicles
  • the public library of the museum contains an important collection of literature focusing on the history of the rails in Germany and related topics