SINSHEIM AUTO & TECHNIK
Most Family Fun Technical Museum in Europe
If it clinks, clanks, roars, rolls, climbs, shoots you’ll find it at the Sinsheim Auto and Technik Museum. Driving on the A6 autobahn between Heilbronn and Heidelberg you look out your rental car window to see a Concord Supersonic jet taking off. But wait, they aren’t flying anymore. Then, you notice a Russian TU-144 SST right in front of it, like a formation flight. Then a whole collection of other full size aircraft stuck on stands outside a large building like a giant’s model display. This is the Sinsheim Technical Museum, a complex of museum buildings packed full of the most incredible collections of machines, along with an IMAX theater and outdoor displays and playground for kids.
There are other technical museums, car museums and aeronautical museums that are perhaps more precise and detailed about explaining the historical advance of technology (see Mercedes Benz Museum) but I haven’t found one that is as fun as Sinsheim. Here you can put a coin (2 euros to be precise) into a slot and fly a full sized jet plane, or drive a tank from a set of controls. They’re mounted, so they don’t go anywhere, but you make them turn and climb. Or make a mechanical Wurlitzer pipe organ spin and sing.
For motorsport fans, Sinsheim Museum has the largest permanent Formula One collection in continental Europe (see Donington Park Grand Prix Collection) along with motorcycles, land speed record holders and classic cars. For aficionados of WWII looking for rare samples of German Wehrmacht armor and weapons, the Sinsheim Technik Museum has them, Panzer Tanks, 88’s, Folkwolfe and Messerschmitt fighters, weapons, guns, artillery with a full collection of Allied World War II weapons as well post war, modern tanks, howitzers, rockets and missiles - Nato, German, American and Russian. A collection so overflowing, more and more are parked out back.You’ll find full sized steam train engines here with wheels that move. Steam tractors and fifties vintage pink Cadillacs. Overall, there are 3,000 exhibits - 300 classic cars, 200 motorcycles, 40 racing cars, 20 steam and electric train locomotives.
But the Sinsheim Museum isn’t all boy’s toys. There are collections of fashion dresses, furniture, social history, musical instruments and celebrity memorabilia collections of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jackie “O”, fifties Rock n’ Roll and Sixties “Chic”. Outdoors there are playgrounds and self operating rides for the family. Kids can climb up into a collection of full sized aircraft and slide to the sand box or splash down in an escape pod.
Sinsheim Museum of Auto & Technik
is open every day of the year. €16
adults for the whole experience including the IMAX theater €12 for
children. Separate museum or IMAX only tickets can be purchased. The
complex has a restaurant and its own hotel. There is also a sister museum
with more of the collection located in Speyer (see Speyer Technik
The Sinsheim Technik Museum is about an hour from Frankfurt Airport or
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