The Transportation Museum in Nürnberg is now officially called the DB-Museum because it belongs to the German Railway System (DB = Deutsche Bahn). It documents the history of the railroads in Germany from the beginning (which was right here, since the first line was between Nürnberg and Fürth) to the present day, or nearly so.
Opening hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Admission is EUR 5.00, or EUR 4.00 if you get a reduction.
You can get a reduction if you have a rail ticket or a local transportation ticket that is valid on the day you are there.
This museum promises "a fresh look" at "950 years of city history." It was closed for three years in the late 1990s, and reopened in the year 2000 with "a new concept" and "26 completely redesigned museum rooms, the new exhibition forum and the large Nuremberg multivision show NORICAMA."
Like most museums in Nürnberg, the Fembo House provides you with an audio guide which is included in the price of admission. Unfortunately in their eagerness to provide a fresh and exciting look at the city's history they have tried to use the audio guide to dramatize some of the historical events.
For instance they have an imaginary radio reporter doing a live broadcast of a banquet celebrating the end of the Thirty Year's War. This can be an effective technique if it is done well (as in the 1940s CBS radio series Hear it now with Edward R. Murrow), but the Fembo House version is highly amateurish and even contains an obvious factual mistake. The reporter is allegedly looking out through the glass window and describing the scene in the street below, even though one of the exhibits in the same museum informs us that large windows in those days were always opaque. This was because clear glass had to be imported from Venice and was terribly expensive.
After this I decided to skip the multivision show NORICAMA. So if you see it, please let me know how it is.
The museum is located in what is Nuremberg's only remaining large late Renaissance merchant's house and show’s a view of the city’s last 950 years. Included in the entrance fee is an audio guide that takes you through the museum telling the history of the house and of two of its former inhabitants.
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Albrecht Dürer's House was the home of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer from 1509 to his death in 1528, the house was originally built around 1420. The museum shows all stages of Dürer and his work. In the screening room, the multivision show "Albertus Durer Noricus" allows a unique novel view of Dürer's work and features period furnishings, a re-creation of Dürer's workshop in which visitors can view demonstrations of printmaking techniques along with a guided tour of the house from an actress who plays Agnes Dürer, the wife of the artist.
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Guided tour in English, 2:00 pm every Saturday
Adults: 5.00 EUR
Reductions: 3.00 EUR
Nuernberg has a long history of toymaking and the Toy Museum was created in 1971 around the nucleus of the private toy collection assembled by the Bayer family.
The museum provides an overview of toys through the ages, and has a particularly good collection of locally produced, high quality mechanical tin toys that is guaranteed to bring out the little boy in even the most grown up of men!
It doesn't take a genius to guess that this museum is a sure fire winner with little people, and it's a great place to give them a break after a few hours of sightseeing. On the top floor, there is a playroom where they can play with an impressive selection of (non vintage) toys, which provides a particularly welcome refuge in bad weather.
For those who are particularly interested in this subject, there is also an annual Toy Fair in Nuernberg each February.
The Nürnberger opera house is located close to the railway and telecommunications museum. You can easily get to it from the railway station by taking the Frauentorgraben street. No further information about it available at the moment, sorry!
That is a great experience – to see how toys and games changed during the years, from Antiquity to the present day. Wooden toys, dolls, home-made toys, high-tech toys,you could be lost there for hours
It is opened very day and costs 5 euro/adults
The Railway Museum in Nürnberg is the oldest in Germany and has the largest collection of trains and carriages. The museum is spread over 2 buildings and an outside yard. The museum has a replica of The Adler which was the first train to operate in Germany between Nürnberg and Fürth. The museum slowly brings you from The Adler right up to date with a mock up of the ICE. If you want to rest your feet there is a cinema which provides the story of the Adler. There is special coverage of the Nazi era and the two Germanys where it illustrates the differences between the two railway systems. From this exhibit I learnt that the double decker trains were introduced in the GDR because so many people used the trains it was a way of getting more passengers into a carriage. Because all the exhibits are only in German an audio guide is a must. For anyone with children the museum will keep them interested. The second hall only has must not touch rolling stock. The outside area does have a signal box overlooking the in use railway tracks which is hands on. The museum is closed on Monday and I would recommend checking their website for up to date information on ticket prices.
This museum provides an overview of the Third Reich with a particular focus on the role of Nürnberg in the war, especially about the rally grounds (on which it is located). As an American, this museum provided me a different perspective of WWII than I had seen before and I would really recommend a visit. Overall, this museum provided me with a better understanding of why so many people were supporters of the Third Reich and how that movement was built. Perhaps most fascinating were some of the movies (the best are the ones with more sit down space) - one which detailed the events and preparations of a rally about halfway through the exhibit, and the one at the end where Germans speak about their own personal experiences (this one is longer, but really worth staying for). I spent 3 hours in the museum itself and this was doing a very thorough job of seeing everything. If you're shorter on time, some of the general topics - the rise of the Nazi Party, the Holocaust, the war campaign, have a chance of overlapping with other museums and perhaps prior knowledge and might not warrant as much time spent on each item. Everything's written in German, but there are free English audioguides which state exactly what is written and translate all the movies.
A worthwhile visit when waiting for the guided tour is a visit to the Castle Museum, a branch of the German National Museum housed up a steep stairway from the main courtyard. The two story area is predominantly devoted to weaponry of the 14-17th Centuries with several examples of suits of armor. There are several exhibits on the building of the castle.
As early as the late 15th Century, Nuremberg was a center for astronomical science. Regiomontanus, a Bavarian astronomer, first published advanced astronocial charts around 1500 and opened an observatory on the castle plateau. Albrecht Durer printed the first chart maps of the stars of both hemispheres around 1515. In 1543, the works of Copenicus were also published here, as Nuremberg was also a printing center. In honor, the castle museum features several displays of old astronomical instruments as well.
The setting of the museum is somewhat incongruous - opened in 1999, the walls are timbered but the decor is otherwise quite modern and minimalist with the exhibits widely spaced on a sealed wooden floor and illuminated by overhead strip lighting cans.
As elsewhere in the castle, the views of both the castle exterior and the surrounding gardens and city offer interesting photo ops.
This is one of the real must's of Nürnberg, far more than Lorenzkirche with the Engelsgruss: Spielzeugmuseum, the Toy Museum! Don't forget that Nürnberg has always had a prosperous toy industry, which made this city famous in the world. That's why you cannot miss this museum, located since 1971 in a house of the 17th century.
Inside you can see wonderful dolls in various materials (porcelain, wood and more) with their astonishingly detailed miniature houses. These toys made my mum very happy, while what I most enjoyed were metal toys: tin soldiers (whose standard dimensions were fixed in Nürnberg in 1848), but even more a big railway plastic with trains in miniature as well as models of other means of transport: particularly important are a firetruck of the beginning of the 20th century and a warship of 1914. However, if you don't like crying over the "old good days", you can also see modern toys in this museum.
After this description, you will be eager to visit the Spielzeugmuseum and to take as many photos as you can. What? No, no, no. You cannot photograph inside the museum, sorry! I was also quite disappointed when I saw that, but I respected the rule.
The museum is close on Mondays. All over the week, it is open from 10 to 17, but on Wednesdays it closes at 21.
Do not miss this museum, should it be the only attraction you have the time to see!
If a bit of passion would be necessary to push you to visit the railway museum, the museum of communications is ideal for everyone, even for children who can learn a lot about life in the last two centuries, thanks to many plastic models.
Many interesting things are exhibited: postman uniforms, post-cars, mailboxes, telephones and other telecommunications from the origins to the half of the 20th century. It is interesting to see that the telephones we or our parents used are already museum pieces! How fast time goes by!
Outside of the New Museum is notable for the harmonious contrast between its modern and transparent architecture and the adjacent medieval fortifications.
Inside, the unique juxtaposition of contemporary international art and design is equally striking.
The design section, drawn from the collection of the Bavarian State Museum for Applied Arts in Munich, offers a selection of international paradigms from 1945 to the present.
Special exhibitions and related programs are geared to fostering lively interest in contemporary art and design.
The New Museum, which also houses the Nuremberg Institute for Modern Art and the Designforum Nuremberg, is further enhanced by an auditorium, a book and design shop and the museum restaurant "Proun".
On a cold Sunday morning this kept us amused for seveal hours. Lots of old engines and carriages including King Ludwig's own "castle on rail" Good displays about the railways in the third reich and the old east German network too.
Not just for rail buffs, interesting for all.
More photos in a travellogue later.
This is actually two museums combined into one. The Communications museum covers the history of German post and telecommunications. It mostly looks like someone bought a job-lot of outdated switchboard equipment, and threw it together with some old stamps. I didn't find the Communications half so interesting, although I liked the kitsch telephones and kiosks from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. They reminded me of old European thriller movies from those eras.
The railway museum was much better with a huge collection of 1:10 model trains, as well as extensive amount of track for smaller model railways. There are also train simulations and old diesel locomotives that you could get in the cabin of and pull the levers. There were a lot of older men acting like kids and sheepishly having fun pretending to be engine drivers.
The big draw for me was the collection of full size trains, but the layout of the museum was as confusing as the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and I ended up wandering around without ever finding that section. I'd seen the pictures, but I swear I walked through every door in the building and found nothing. I should have asked at the reception, but I was hungry and became distracted by the smells coming from the attached restaurant outside...
Definitely worth a visit if you have any interest in trains.