Touch the space capsule and see Concorde at the Auto and Technical Museum in Sinsheim

Whether you want to take a look round the cockpit of an aeroplane or a space shuttle, stroll through a submarine or ogle some racing cars (old and new), Sinsheim's prestigious Technical Museum is the place to come. This is a place where the whole family can witness milestones in the history of technology. One of the museum's most important exhibits is Air France's Concorde, a member of the iconic supersonic fleet that was grounded for good in 2003. Technology and aeroplane enthusiasts can still come to Sinsheim though and take a tour of the plane, feeling what it must have been like to cross the Atlantic in three hours. By way of comparison, the museum compound also has a Lufthansa jumbo jet and visitors can even walk along one of its wings. The astronautics exhibition hall contains another treat: a real space capsule! The Soviet craft completed 25 missions in all and was transported to the museum by ship, down the River Rhine. The space suits on display show just how flimsy the astronauts' protection actually is. Those celebrating 125 years of the automobile and interested in seeing what a racing car looks like close up, or which car designs were cutting edge in the fifties, should make their way straight to the automotive section, where 60 Formula 1 racing cars and more than 300 classic cars are ready and waiting. Blue Flame, the fastest rocket car of all time, is another exhibit not to be missed here. And after all that walking, the museum's Imax dome is perfect for resting weary legs. Projected onto the cinema's domed ceiling instead of a screen, the film submerges visitors in a world of Pharaohs, astronauts and jet aircraft pilots. The Technical Museum is open 365 days a year and is located directly opposite the Rhein-Neckar arena.

Auto & Technik Museum
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