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The world of rail explained

Ever wonder why a train doesn't slip off its tracks even though you can't even steer it? After all, it's not stuck to the tracks. Or is it? The DB Museum has the answer to this question and more. Come and visit us!

Trains are huge vehicles, fast and noisy. There's always so much going on at a station platform. You have to pay attention when a train is arriving – don't get too close. Here at the DB Museum, the trains on display are still big. And they're loud too – sometimes. But they're not dangerous. You can get real close to Germany's first ever steam train. It's black and green with red wheels, and it’s called called the "Eagle". At our museum, you can even touch all kinds of exhibits.

What was it like for King Ludwig of Bavaria to travel in his own private train? He was the second Ludwig to rule Bavaria, Ludwig II in other words. What did he do when surrounded by so much gold and velvet in his carriage? Did he ever spill his tea? Who tidied up for him? You'll find out at the DB Museum!

Would you believe us if we told you an ICE train, our biggest, fastest trains, can fit inside a house? It's the truth! There's even one in the DB Museum: it's a model! Come and see it.

From when steam trains ruled the rails to rail travel today

Why do trains travel on rails? Ask anyone at the DB Museum. We can also tell you why the first carriages were drawn by horses and not by huskies!

Then steam locomotives pulled trains. They were heavy, loud and dirty, but they were fast and exciting. People fell in love with trains. Countless passengers wanted to take them to travel between towns and cities and the countryside. We can tell you who built the railways, where people used to go on holidays long ago and if important people like Germany's head of government travel by train. You'll find out from our images, photos, films, audio recordings and – of course – from our museum staff. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

The railways in miniature

Train stations and railyards are huge things, and while the trains there are very impressive, you don't really get a chance to look at them properly. It's also hard to see the station – too many trains are in the way! Things are different at the DB Museum. Here, you can see what it looks like when an entire train is in a station. You can even watch trains go through an entire mountain. How? It's really easy: just come and see our model railway. Though its trains are smaller than in real life, they reproduce every detail for you to see up close. Our model trains run every hour from 9:30am-4:30am.

Come and visit us in the museum, and bring your friends along. We just know you'll love it here.