Hoofs, wheels and tyres – permanent exhibition on road transport

In the last 200 years, ground-breaking inventions in road transport have enabled increasing numbers of people to travel the world. This exhibition presents the pioneers of this field, trailblazing bicycles, motorbikes and automobiles, and looks at how changes in road transport have had an impact on our everyday lives.

Ausstellungsraum Straßenverkehr
  • Until the invention of the “dandy horse” by Karl Drais some 200 years ago, people could only get as far as their own feet or horses would carry them. And when Carl Benz and his patented motor vehicle clattered through Mannheim around 70 years later, the scene was set for individual mobility.

    Benz Patent Motorwagen
Familie an der Smartwall in der Ausstellung Straßenverkehr
  • As you wander through the exhibition, admiring our superb examples of two- and four-wheel vehicles (made predom­i­nantly in eastern Germany), you will realise just how far road transport has come since then. Trace the past, present and future of road transport by hopping on the penny farthing, immersing yourself in the future lab or sampling the sounds of transport at the audio stations.

    Frau auf Hochrad
  • Gläser Karosserie in Dresden

    Gläser Karosserie GmbH in Dresden was one of the best-known coachbuilders in the 1920s and 1930s and made bespoke bodies for luxury cars by Horch, Audi and Mercedes, among others. A section of the exhibition is dedicated to this since-forgotten company with several large exhibits including a Röhr 8 Type F and an IFA F 8 model. The highlight is a newly restored NSU-Fiat 1100 from 1938 with an unusual display: While one half shows the completely restored car body, the other half is open and offers a glimpse into the vehicle’s interior, revealing hidden aspects of the body construction. The exhibition is completed with an overview of Saxon car makers between 1918 and 1933, demonstrating that Saxony was a cradle of automobile production.

Our highlights

  • Röhr 8 Typ F

    Röhr 8 Typ F

    Magnificent exterior, refined interior: In the 1920s and 1930s, those with deep pockets would buy a Horch or a Röhr, with a bodywork made to their own specifi­cations. The bodywork of our Röhr 8 Type F, built in 1933, was made by the Dresden-based company Gläser, one of the most highly sought-after car body construction firms in Germany at that time.

  • Wartburg 355

    Wartburg 355

    With its fibreglass-reinforced plastic bodywork and large rear hatch, a first for the German automotive industry, the Wartburg 355 was ahead of its time. How might the roads of the GDR have looked if the state government had invested in domestic manufac­turing? Sadly, the coupé never progressed beyond this prototype made in 1968/69.

  • Ein Mädchen steht nachdenklich vor der Smartwall in der Ausstellung Straßenverkehr

    The Future Lab

    What might the future hold for road transport? Our Future Lab, an informative, modern, interactive exhibit on the transport of tomorrow, gives you the opportunity to explore this question from a variety of different angles. Transport experts are on hand to tell you what they know, but we want to get your opinions and ideas too. Why not try drawing what you think the car of the future might look like?

Source: DresdenEins

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Lageplan Museum - Dauerausstellung Straßenverkehr

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