From Wartime to Spacecraft

by Nicole Karsch-Meibom
Contributing writer

If you love classic cars, Formula 1, locomotives or aircraft, there is a perfect day trip for you. Visit the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim and the Technik Museum in Speyer. Only 44 kilometers away from each other, both locations are in the vicinity of Mannheim and Heidelberg, east of Kaiserslautern.

Starting with Sinsheim, ladies, pay attention. You might find it hard to get your husband out of the Auto & Technik Museum again. It’s like a rich buffet of technical history delights. A French concorde, a Russian Tupolev, Mercedes and Maybach cars and 3,000 further exhibits attract visitors from all over the world. For example, the museum hosts the largest Formula 1 exhibition in Europe.

On the other hand, lovers of historical transportation will also be delighted to find vintage cars, motorcycles, aircraft and locomotives.

“There is hardly any subject missing,” said museum spokeswoman Simone Lingner. “Visitors from the USAG Kaiserslautern might be especially delighted to find the military exhibition with fabulous vehicles like the DEMAG Half-track or the Opel Blitz 3to Truck and the display of American dream cars like the Chevrolet Corvette 1954 or the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz.”

In the special exhibit section, visitors can control the DeHavilland Venom jet by using a joystick, or meet an industrial robot interacting with the visitors in the Roboshop.

“As if this wasn’t enough,” Ms. Lingner said, “there’s the IMAX 3D film theater hourly showing spectacular films in the third dimension on one of the world’s largest screens.”

The Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim (Museumsplatz, 74889 Sinsheim, 07261-9299-0) is open all year-round from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.

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To continue the technical gourmet tour, visit the Technik Museum in Speyer with its masterpieces of technology. This museum can be visited on the way back to Kaiserslautern.

Visit the BURAN space shuttle from Russia in Speyer and the largest space flight exhibition in Europe. Next to an impressive collection of aircraft — a real Boeing 747, Fokker, De Havilland and Antonov, to name a few tasty sights — spectators can visit the German Navy submarine U9, the midget submarine “Beaver,” commissioned as a secret weapon in 1944, the One-Man-Torpedo, and much more in the naval section. However, the Museum Speyer also focusses on
historical vehicles, such as the delightful Delahaye Moored ballon car from World War I or the elegant Daimler Bus, as well as fire engines, historical agricultural equipment and locomotives.

Hours of admission are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is open year-round.

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