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Railway Museum – Cité du Train

To you the dream and the beautiful mechanics

The Cité du Train is the largest railway museum in Europe, and it is located in Mulhouse!

History of the museum

Born of a passion, created to last

As with many other museums, it is the passion of an industrialist that is at the origin of the French Railway Museum.

In fact, it was in 1964 that Jean-Mathis Horrenberger, an industrialist from Mulhouse, had the idea of opening a museum dedicated to his passion: the railway. Seduced, the city of Mulhouse, the Société Industrielle de Mulhouse, the Ministry of Transport and the SNCF joined his project.

With Michel Doerr, a specialist in rail transport and a member of the Association Française des Amis du Chemin de Fer (AFAC), he developed the museum’s collection. This was presented to the public in 1971, first on the site of the former Mulhouse Nord steam depot, then in 1976 in its current premises in Dornach.

Becoming the Cité du Train in 2005, the museum was then completely renovated to present thousands of railway objects and 151 pieces of equipment from the French railway heritage collection. It now incorporates a very lively staging, rich in sounds and videos, for an even more exciting experience!

50,000 m2 dedicated to the train

The size of the museum and its collection are impressive: the Cité du Train is among the 10 largest museums in the world dedicated to railroads!

On the show route, the railroad comes in exciting themes: vacations, mountains, railroaders, etc. And also the official trains, so the car of General de Gaulle equipped with a 2.10m bed ☺.

Board for a trip back in time, and discover the fabulous steam locomotives, including the Buddicon No. 33 “Saint Peter”, which is the oldest preserved in Europe. In the “Steam, how does it work?” area, you can even see and hear the 232 U 1 steam locomotive start up every 20 minutes!

Relive the arrival of diesel, electricity, and the evolutions of train travel throughout the 20th century. Admire the lines of the first train running at 200 km/h, the Capitole, put into service in 1976, and the mythical lines of the first TGV, star of the rails since 1981.

3 reasons to visit the Cité du Train

Luxury, Orient Express, models: the railway dream within your sight

Admire the refinement of a Pullmann car, return to the golden age of dining cars to savor their perfect layout, discover the salon cars offered to wealthy families in the 1950s…the world of train travel has long cultivated luxury.

Have you always dreamed of it? Close your eyes and board the legendary Orient-Express and travel across lands and times to live imaginary rocky adventures.

Awaken your inner child and fall in ecstasy before the fabulous world of model trains – we bet it’s not just the youngest who will have bright eyes!

Events and animations to discover

Travel on board the “Mini Express”, 420 meters of ride among the trains to discover the outdoor area of the Cité du Train in an original way!

If you come on a weekend in summer, don’t miss the little train of Sambaldur-sur-Mou: rescued from the scrapyard in 2014, it will bring back memories to the nostalgic of the funfairs of yesteryear and will make the joy of the children!

Also in summer, take advantage of your visit to the Cité du Train to make your baptism of the rail in a draisine, alongside the driver himself ☺.

And the Cité du Train regularly organizes exceptional events, such as a dinner aboard the Orient Express, concerts in the midst of the locomotives, and theatrical guided tours…
Stay informed so you don’t miss out!

Take advantage of your visit to discover Electropolis!

The Electropolis Museum is a homage to the electricity fairy. It presents a unique collection of objects related to the discovery of electricity and its use in industry, household arts, etc.

The centerpiece of the museum’s collection, the impressive Sulzer-BBC machine, which supplied electricity to the DMC spinning mill, puts its 170 tons into operation every day.

It would be a shame not to take advantage of the proximity of the two museums to visit them in the same day, wouldn’t it?

The Cité du Train thus offers a combined ticket with the Electropolis Museum, for an additional 5 € in adult rates.

How to enjoy the museum?

2 rue Alfred de Glehn 68200 Mulhouse

Tram: line 3 or Tram-train, stop “Musées”

Car: free parking in front of the museum

Bike: Vélocité station at Dornach station

Full price: 15 €
Reduced price : 12 €
Children (4 to 17 years old): 11 €
Free for children under 4 years old
Family offer: 44 € (4 people including 2 adults maximum)

Combined ticket with the Electropolis Museum:
Adults: €20
Children (4 to 17 years old): €14

The Cité du Train is part of the Mulhouse City Pass! Get a great rate to visit this park and enjoy many other benefits.

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