See the Concorde, a Space Shuttle, Formula-1s, Vintage Cars at the Sinsheim Museum:
Sinsheim is a town in the southwest of Germany, about 22 kilometers southeast of Heildelberg. Its main tourist attraction is the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum, the largest privately owned museum in Europe with more than 1 million visitors a year.
A Unique Sinsheim Museum
With more than 3,000 exhibits ranging from the Concorde, Tupolev TU-144, Formula-1s, locomotives, vintage cars, military vehicles and more, the Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum is indeed unique. It’s not often that one gets to look around the cockpit of an aeroplane or a real space shuttle, wander through a submarine or ogle at some vintage and new racing cars, all in the one location. For anyone with an interest in the history and milestones of technology, this Sinsheim Museum is a must to visit.
Sinsheim Museum Highlights
One of the most important exhibits of the Sinsheim Museum is the Air France Concorde, a member of the iconic supersonic fleet. Although the Concorde was grounded for good in 2003, this is the opportunity for most of us, who didn’t get to fly the Concorde to visit Sinsheim and take a tour of the plane and imagine what it must have been like to cross the Atlantic in three hours. By way of contrast, in the Sinsheim Museum compound is a Lufthansa jumbo jet and visitors can even walk along one of its wings.
The astronautics exhibition hall contains another treat: a real space shuttle! The Soviet craft completed 25 missions in all and was transported to Sinsheim Museum by ship, down the River Rhine. The space suits on display show just how flimsy the astronauts‘ protection actually is.
Cars that Thrill
2011 celebrates the 125th anniversary of the German automobile industry and those interested in seeing what a racing car looks like close up, or which car designs were cutting edge in the 1950s, should make a bee-line for the automotive section, where 60 Formula-1 racing cars and more than 300 classic cars are sure to draw lots of oohs and aahs. Blue Flame, the fastest rocket car of all time, is another exhibit not to be missed here.
And after all that walking, the Sinsheim Technik Museum’s Imax dome is the perfect place for resting weary feet. Projected onto the cinema’s domed ceiling instead of a screen, the film submerges visitors into a world of Pharaohs, astronauts and jet aircraft pilots.
The Sinsheim Auto & Tecknikmuseum is a truly amazing Museum and one that the whole family can enjoy. For technology enthusiasts and fans of vintage cars, it is recommended that you allow a whole day for your visit. The Museum is open 365 days a year and is located directly opposite the Rhein-Neckar arena.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Sinsheim, the Hotel Sinsheim is just next to Sinsheim Museum train station. You can search for other Sinsheim hotels, read hotel reviews and book your Sinsheim hotel online HERE.
How to get to the Sinsheim Museum
The Deutsche Bahn station “Sinsheim Museum / Arena” is just a five-minute walk from the Museum main entrance.
About an hour’s drive from Frankfurt, the Auto & Technik Museum is located directly next to the autobahn A6 between the cities of Mannheim and Heilbronn (Southern Germany) . Leave the autobahn at the exit Sinsheim-Süd (Nr. 33b) and follow the directional signs which will guide you to the museum.
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