In Speyer, not far from Mannheim and Heidelberg in the south western part of Germany, there is a great museum of technology, that I was unaware of until just recently.
I got the tip from my German ship modeling pals and we took the opportunity to visit it on our way home from the exhibition in Zeiskam.
It’s a traditional museum of Technology, only its BIG. Several large halls of vehicles, both civilian and military plus an outdoor exhibition.
In the first hall here were two Fokker Triplanes, one real one and one replica. There was a Me 109 G4, the first Gustav I’ve seen and the remains of a Me 110. Of course, there were cars and other vehicles including a bike with steel springs as tires. The music, you could sometimes hear, was played by a mechanic orchestra.
The outdoors exhibition included a Jumbojet that had been largely stripped inside, so that you could see the structure of it. There was also a walkway, that allowed you to walk out on the wing.
The hall with space technology, included a Space Shuttle and Soyuz module.
I had a long drive home to Berlin ahead of me, so I could only spend a little more than an hour in the museum, but what I saw really made me want to come back.
If you are traveling in southern Germany, northern France or Belgium, it’s definitely worth the time to spend a day at the Speyer Technik Museum. I will, next time I’m there.
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