The DB Museum founded in the year 1899 is the oldest railway museum in the world. Each year, far more than 200,000 visitors from all around the world visit the headquarters of the DB Museum in Nuremberg and the two outposts in Koblenz and in Halle/Saale. Under the umbrella of the Deutsche Bahn Foundation it keeps the German railway history of all eras starting around the year 1800 until now alive and makes it accessible to the visitors. You surely know the KIBALA, short for children railway land, in the DB Museum in Nuremberg.
On 8 June 2018, in the DB Museum a new area of the permanent exhibition opened the doors to the public. Under the title „In Germany of the two railways“ the guests can experience the countrywide largest exhibition on the subject of the all-German traffic history after 1945. It tells the story of the railway in Germany starting at the end of World War II and up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Germany two different society systems have been facing each other for four decades – a contrast which had also its effect on the development of the two state railways from that time.
The reopening of the modernized exhibition area is another new highlight in the headquarters in Nuremberg. A lot of extensive renovation and redesign has been carried out. The museum team worked almost two years on that project. On 700 square metres many objects and documents are presented that have been slumbering in depots and archives throughout Germany. These include vehicle models of the East German Reichsbahn which have never been shown before, the architectural model of a section of the Berlin outer ring or even strange exhibits as for example the Turkish crescent of the Federal Railway Orchestra of Wuppertal. More than 600 documents and objects are shown.
Already at the end of July 2018 there was another highlight in the DB museum: Featuring the pioneering diesel multiple units „TransEuropExpress“ (VT 11.5) and „Vindobona“ (VT 18.16) since 26 July 2018, it‘s the first time in railway history that the two railway legends can be seen together on the museum grounds in Nuremberg. Both long-distance trains were important for the development of railway traffic between the 1950s and the 1960s in both, East and West. The luxurious railway vehicles often used to be called as „Görlitzer“ (the diesel multiple unit of the series VT 18.16) or „Vindobona“. The designations have their origins in their manufacturer (VEB Waggombau Görlitz) or in the route name of the link between East Berlin and Vienna (Vindobona = Latin for Vienna) which was established in 1957.
Both trains can be viewed from Tuesday to Sunday at regular opening hours of the museum. Furthermore, six times the day, interested visitors can access parts of the inside of the two trains.
You can for example test whether your own reaction time would be sufficient for applying for a railway service job.