There is more than one Concorde in the Museum!
One is the Russian Tupolev 144, and the other is the French/British Concorde. You may remember seeing on the news back in June, 2003, the Concorde being transported by road from Karlsruhe Airport to the Sinsheim museum. You may have been in amongst the crowd of tens of thousands of people watching this historic event!
We are still in Hall 2, which is where the entrance stairs to the entry of the Concorde is. This area is known as the flight deck, for not only can you view the super-sonic planes from the outside, but we could go inside right up to the flight deck and look out the window just as the Pilot would have done. The Plane isn't level, so be prepared for a climb uphill to reach the Cabin. You have to remember too, that we are looking at seating that was the fashion over 13 years ago.
We went in both Concorde's ! A very interesting part of the exhibition and very popular.
In April there was only a very short queue, but I read it's very long in peak season.
Included in the admission price
As with all Museums, at the finish you walk out through the shop, here was no different.
The shop is huge, and contains many collector's items and model kits. There was something for anyone looking for a gift, including videos, DVD's, clothing, calendars, keyrings, the list goes on. I have no idea of what the prices were like. I just had a look through-out the shop, bought a good book on the Museum for my memories, and that was all.
You can have a look at the online shop, website listed below.
It was the year 1907, when the first Peking to Paris Car race was held. Five automobile pioneers set out for the first time to race in the Rally that would take then over a distance of 16,000 km from Peking over the Himalayas and across Asia to Paris.
Many attempts were made in the following 90 years.
Hermann Layher, the director of the museum, and 5 other club members decided the were going to enter the 1997 competition. Three teams were formed, one driving a Mercedes 280 SE, another a 1968 Landrover, and lastly, an old, open American La France, [Funkenblitz], the oldest vehicle in the field of contestants. Preparations were made for the great race, and the time came. The first 4 days they covered around 2000 kilometers from Peking to the Himalayan foothills. Next, was the steep climb over the summits of the world‘s most colossal mountain range, a test for man and machine. One of the teams suffered hypothermia and was sent back to Germany, later recovered and joined the race again..
The “Funkenblitz“ survived the rally, still in good shape. At the Museum, I viewed these vehicles and a map and other information of the famous "PEKING TO PARIS CAR RACE"
This is something I didn't expect to find in this type of Museum. Located in Hall 1, were glass cases, in which Film Stars and important people were located. Doris Day was one, and in her glass case, was a mannequin in a dress she once wore, hat and other accessories of the era. They also had the style of car she drove on display.
There were quite a few of these, I just can't remember their names. Out in the open were others, such as Elvis Presley and the type of car he owned was on display.
You will find them next to the American car display.
Have you ever seen these? I have seen quite a few on my travels. I always admire eople that do this, they are so clever!
Here, in Hall 1, I came across a sculpture of an Easyrider on a Harley Davidson Motorbike. This idea was taken from the film "Easyrider," which Peter Fonda featured in. I loved it! Do you think it looks like Peter Fonda? Who-ever it is, the Bike and the Rider are excellent in my eyes!
The Military exhibition is huge! It covers vehicles, models, uniforms, documents and articles of day-to-day life of the Military. There were numerous Tanks, Blitz trucks, Assult guns and a lot more. More information on the website.
After visiting the Concorde and other Planes, it was back down the stairs and into Hall 2 to complete seeing the rest of the display.
Music was playing, but not the type we thought a band would be playing! No, it wasn't a Band, it was one of the old time mechanical Music Machines belting out the music. These are scattered around the Hall. If you wish to see and hear them working, just put a euro coin in the box, and hey presto! the band plays and the girls dance!
Here, you will find the biggest self playing dance organ in the world, built by Mortier in Antwerp -Belgium in 1912.
The dance organ contains 900 pipes, one saxophone, two accordions with 41 piano keys and 120 bass keys and a complete percussion part. It plays the whole range of dance music as well as classical music.
There are many of these mechanical music machines scattered around Halls 1 & 2.
The Museum also has an excellent collection of historic tractors and towing vehicles in Hall 1.
On show are Lanz-Bulldogs, American tractors, Fordson, John Deere and McCormick from the beginning of the last century.
This area had Steam Engines on display, the best one I thought, was the Fowler's engine [first photo]. This steam powered tractor from England was built in 1917, and was used by a fairground and circus performers business for many years. It was built by John Fowler and Co. of Leeds in England, who were world famous at that time. The vehicle weighs an impressive 16 tons and was a multipurpose vehicle which could be used not only as a tractor, but also as a cable winch and to generate electricity.
If you like this type of machinery, then you will be in your element!
All you Motorbike fan's, you haven't been forgotten, there is over 200 in the Museum. They are located in both Hall's 1 & 2.
Some of them are quite rare, with only one or two left in the world today. Every motorbike is in running order, most are on loan to the museum from private collectors. I saw old fashioned Racing Bikes and even a funny one wheel motorbike from the 1920's. I have no idea how it works!
In this section of the Museum, is where you find the very old Veteran cars
Peugeot Vis-a-vis is my first photo, a car from 1892. It was one of the very first French automobiles to be built. The name "Vis-a-vis" [face to face] means the passengers were sitting facing each other. The vehicle was powered by a V2-cylinder-motor supplied by Daimler.
The 2nd photo is of a Kommisbrot [army bread] because of its shape. It was introduced into the market in the 1920's.
These are the types of cars you see here, all of them have information boards telling every detail about the Car.
Located in Hall 1, are many glass cabinets with mannequins dressed in clothes from the 1900's.
It's a chance to see perhaps what our Grandparent's wore, our Mother's and Father's and to compare with the fashion of now. How times have changed! Not only Dresses, but shoes, handbags, sunglasses, the works for the Ladies. Even the suitcases are very different to what we travel with today.
Another cabinet has clothes that are more modern, perhaps in the "hippie" era and around that time, different also to the fashion of today.
Across the pavement we walked into Hall 1. Straight away, the big American Car's grab my attention! Next to them are mannequins dressed in the clothes of the era, some were sitting in the back of the convertables, this easily could have been a scene from "Happy Days!"
Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Ford Fairlane, Chrysler, Ford Thunderbird, Buick and Chevrolet were all here, big cars, fuel guzzler's, thankgoodness they aren't on the road today!
They were great to have a look at though!
We had nearly finished with Hall 2 when I saw and extraordinary Hair dryer, or should I call it a "Brain sucker!" I have never seen anything like it before and really would have loved to seen it in action on a real live person!
Nearby, were old toys and quite a collection of old Prams, certain to bring memories flooding back for some older ladies.
We also went upstairs to a mezzanine floor where there was more on display. From here, was a wonderful view of what was exhibited on the ground floor. Do make the effort to go up here!
Time to move onto another building of displays.
The Concordes are not the only Planes in the Museum and not the only ones with inside entry.
The USSR not only has a Concorde, but other planes......
Like the Ilyushin Il-14P, made in the1950s as a replacement for the DC-3. This is a walk-in aircraft. The seats are no longer, but you can see the cockpit and toilet from behind glass. This plane was in service with Poland Air before the Museum obtained the Plane. It was then repainted in Bulgarian Air colours. The Ilyushin Il-18E was in service with Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie, the national airline of Czechoslovakia. It is now the entrance for the slide on the children’s playground.
A MIG-15 displayed indoors, is painted in the colours of the Soviet aerobatic team of the Moscow Air Defence Troops. The Czechoslovakian Aero L-39ZO Albatros trainer displayed as in a dive, is considered a beautiful Plane.
Other Planes are a Sukhoi Su-22M4, flew in the East German Navy before it was moved to the museum, a MIG-23ML and Mil Mi-8T helicopter from the East German Air Force, four Soviet and Czechoslovakian civilian aircraft can be found in the museum, also an aircraft crop duster and a Glider.
It is an excellent display of all types of Planes. Some you can enter, others are outside high in the air, and the smaller ones were in Hall 2, hanging above the vintage cars.
I wonder if I was born in the wrong era, because for me, vintage and veteran cars are the best!
Perhaps I should say to look at!
What a display they have here, over 300 vintage cars, from the beginning to the really smart looking Maybachs, Rolls Royce & Mercedes. In the Hall, is the largest private collection of vintage Mercedes with supercharged engines in the world, and the largest Maybach collection in Germany.
What adds to the display, are the models dressed in clothing of that era.
It is amazing the amount of leg-room you find in these old cars. Some are like an old lounge room on wheels!
More photo's in the travelogue