Saturday, January 30, 2016

Transportation museum not far from Kaiserslautern and Frankfurt

When we went to Badewelt (indoor pool) in Sinsheim, we saw what looked like an airplane museum on the other side of the autobahn. Jeff said, “let’s go there sometime!” During our stay-cation over New Years, we did just that, and would highly recommend an excursion to Sinsheim. The “Auto & Technik” museum is about 1 hour and 15 minutes away from the K-town area, and the brochure says it’s an hour south of Frankfurt. The 14 Euro ticket was worth it to us.

In addition to airplanes you can climb into, the museum includes lots of cars, including old American beauties. Then of course, are race cards, older European models, racing bicycles, and motorcycles. There’s a large section of military vehicles, which includes display cases of military uniforms. One massive room has farming equipment and throughout the building are old organs! You pay 1 or 2 Euro and the organ plays a tune!

On the roof are a bunch of airplanes, including a Concorde and an old Russian passenger plane. They are not handicapped accessible, and are reached by narrow spiral staircases. It is recommended that you wear sensible shoes, as the planes are on an incline with their noses pointed upwards! The cockpits are nifty to see, and kids can go down an indoor slide from the roof back into the museum.
Of course there is a restaurant and gift shop. Thankfully, the restaurant has a small salad bar in addition to hot foods, soup, and desserts. We didn’t see an IMAX movie, but several different shows were played with narration in German. Their sister “Technik Museum” in Speyer is less than half an hour away (closer to K-town), and features astronaut stuff, more planes, a sub, and fire trucks! We’ll let you know after we go there.

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