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Design & Bahn

Special exhibition

Since Oct 2021

1.10.2021 until 12.6.2022

Germany's first exhibition on the history of railway design to open in 2021

The Design & Bahn exhibition is the Deutsche Bahn Foundation's main contribution to the European Year of Rail 2021

The Design & Bahn exhibition will present the development of railway design in Germany in 20 distinct segments – beginning around 1900, when railway design began to grow in significance, and continuing into the present and the near future. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the ideas behind the design of ICE trains, how railway colour schemes have changed over time, and what a flat iron and a locomotive exterior have in common.

The exhibition features a large number of individual exhibits which have never been seen before or have not been accessible to the public for a long time. These range from rare 1:10-scale models from the early 1900s and original S-Bahn train doors from the 1930s to colourful fabric patterns from the 1970s and a competition model of the ICE T created by the Neumeister Design company. In video interviews, various individuals who were involved in design processes discuss their experiences, the challenges they faced and the visions they had.

The exhibition will be complemented by a comprehensive companion volume, containing many pictures and articles by notable industry experts from academic institutions and organisations such as the Technische Universität Berlin, the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, the Archive of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm (School of Design Ulm) and museums throughout Germany. This unique book provides a sweeping look into how railway design has changed over time in Germany – from vehicle and communication design to ideas put forth by the early Deutscher Werkbund (German association of craftsmen) and visions for the future


Zur Ausstellung erscheint ein umfangreicher Begleitband mit zahlreichen Abbildungen und Textbeiträgen namhafter Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern, u.a. der Technischen Universität Berlin, der Fachhochschulen Potsdam und Düsseldorf, des HfG-Archivs Ulm sowie vieler Museen aus der gesamten Bundesrepublik. Das Buch gewährt erstmalig einen summarischen Einblick in die Designentwicklung der Eisenbahn in Deutschland – von der Fahrzeuggestaltung bis zum Kommunikationsdesign, von den Ideen des Deutschen Werkbunds bis zu Zukunftsvisionen.

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90443 Nuremberg

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday 9 to 17 o'clock
Saturday, Sunday, holidays 10 to 18 o'clock
Monday closed

Admission prices
Adults7 €
Families (2 adults and up to 4 children)14 €
Children (aged 6 to 17)4 €
Reduced price
6 €
School classes (per person up to and including 12th grade)
2 €
Children up to 6 years of age
Current DB employees

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