DB Museum Koblenz

Going to a train museum courtesy of a special train: DB Museum Koblenz is a branch of the main one in Nuremberg. It’s a place for all train fans.

Koblenz is connected to Cologne via both regional and intercity trains. But I always wanted to take one of those special event trains. These are trains with exclusive tickets and often museum trains. My train was announced as the TEE (Trans Europ Express), but the locomotive wasn’t from the TEE.

Part of the fun was that the employees wore older uniforms too. The train was headed directly to the train museum in Koblenz-Lützel without a stop at Koblenz Central Station. I had a whole “Abteil” (six seats) for myself.

Boarding a museum train
Walkway of the museum train

Arriving at the DB Museum Koblenz

Miniature train market

I haven’t been to the main museum in Nuremberg, but even the Koblenz branch is quite big. There are plenty of old locomotives formerly used by Deutsche Bahn or the earlier Reichsbahn. Since it was a special day (the “summer festival”), various vendors were selling miniature trains at the museum.

Now, I owned a miniature train as a kid, but only a very basic set. I’ve also been to the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. Despite the latter’s popularity, owning a miniature train has become a hobby for usually older men.

Other than locomotives, various train cars are exhibited and free to enter. The seats have changed quite a bit over the years, the ashtray was removed and of course there is no way to charge your iPhone in these train cars.

Steam locomotive

Of course, the first thing that most people think about when they hear “old train” is an actual steam locomotive. The museum has one of these too and it was active when I visited.

On most tracks there is no traffic though and if you over ever want to pose for a selfie on a train track, the DB Museum Koblenz or other train museums is the safest place to do so.

Museum trains

Other branches

Deutsche Bahn operates three train museums in Nuremberg, Koblenz and Halle. The branches in Koblenz and Halle are only open on Saturday.

Note

I visited the museum before the pandemic, hence people without face masks. Currently (November 2021) a negative corona test or a proof of vaccination/recovery is required for ages 15+. An appointment is not necessary.

DB Museum Koblenz: Location + more info

Museum website (German/English)
https://dbmuseum.de/en/koblenz/

Location
Schönbornsluster Straße 14
56070 Koblenz

Opening hours
Every Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Old train seats
DB Museum: Old train walkway
Inside an old train, seats
DB Museum old locomotive
Old Reichsbahn train
DB Museum locomotive
Miniature TEE
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Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Loves to travel in Japan, but is open to explore the major and lesser known sights of Germany.

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