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Basics::
Address: Am Bavariapark 5, 80339 Munich, Germany
Web: http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/verkehrszentrum/information/
Opening times: Daily except public holidays 0900-1700
Admission: Adults six euros, children 3 euros

Visit date: June 2016

Access by public transport: U-Bahn U4/5 to Schwanthalerhöhe, bus 134 to Theresienhöhe.

Collection: This is the land transport collection of Munich's gigantic Deutsches Museum of science and technology, covering all forms of land transportation, both private and public. The public transportation collection includes 4 steam locomotives, 3 electric locomotives, 1 steam railcar, 4 EMU cars, 3 passenger carriages, 2 freight wagons, 4 tramcars, 2 buses, and 1 trolleybus. Highlights include an original steam railcar from the Pilatus rack railway, the steepest non-cable railway in the world; the Grand-Ducal Oldenburg State Railway 0-4-0 no. 11 "Landwührden", the first locomotive manufactured by the Krauss company; the Royal Bavarian State Railway class 53/6 4-6-2 no. 3634; and a driving motor car from the prototype ICE high-speed train unit. As well as the public transport exhibits, there are many private cars also on display.

Presentation: The museum occupies the former trade fair halls of Munich, divided into three sections, covering "Traffic and City Transport", "Travel", and "Transport and Technology". All the exhibits are static and labelled in a mixture of German and English. The "Travel" section is historically arranged to cover the development over the years of long-distance land travel, both technologically and socially, while the other two halls are more thematically arranged. The museum is definitely recommended if you are in the region.
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Basics:
Address: Historische Straßenbahnhof Leipzig-Möckern, Georg-Schumann-Straße 244, 04159 Leipzig
Web: http://www.strassenbahnmuseum.de/
Opening times: Third Sunday of month, May-Sep, 1000-1700
Admission price: €2 adult, €1 reduced (child under 14, registered disabled, Leipzig Card holder). Tram journeys additional.

Visit date: September 2015

Access by public transport: Local tram routes 10 and 11, bus 80. On open days historic trams also operate hourly from central Leipzig as route 29E.

Collection: Despite the limited opening hours this is a fairly large and well-kept collection with 19 electric motor tramcars (some to be restored), 14 trailer cars (some to be restored), one horse tramcar, a trolleybus (under restoration), and several service and road vehicles. Particularly notable or interesting vehicles include a motorised mobile shop tramcar, now used as the museum shop, "Villa Helga", a trailer preserved in its state as recovered, when it was being used as a bungalow, Grosse Leipziger Strassenbahn 308 of 1896, claimed to be the second oldest tramcar in Europe in operable condition and a survivor of the first class in mainland Europe to be fitted with air brakes, and Leipziger Aussenbahn 20, a suburban tramcar with elaborate Jugendstil decoration, upholstered seats, and a heating stove complete with chimney protruding through the roof.

Presentation: On open days various cars are used intermittently for route 29E and tours, with the others static in the depot. They are quite close together, but easy to examine and board. Most vehicles are labelled, but in German only. There are other technical and historical displays. Overall, strongly recommended if you are in Leipzig when it is open.

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