Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), Utrecht

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Housed in a historical former train station, Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) documents the history of the industry and its development in the Netherlands. Visit the museum and travel through time from the origins of train technology onward through the golden age of rail at the turn of the 20th century to the present (especially relevant given the Netherlands' extensive train network). A number of exhibits display historical train cars in addition to full-scale replicas contained within the grounds of the museum as well as within the halls of the station building itself. Don't miss getting an up-close look at the last steam locomotive to be used in the country, Holland's first electric train, and the recreation of the "The Eagle"--the nation's very first locomotive from 1839. Keep in mind that you can access the museum via an hourly train service from Utrecht's central station. See Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) and all Utrecht has to offer by arranging your trip with our Utrecht trip generator.
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  • The impressive history of the Dutch railways. For young and old. A nice playground with terrace makes a day with children complete
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  • Nice historic trains, with much detailed stories around it. Fun hands-on things to do for children and the adults go the eyes look out. Absolute must.
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  • If you have young children, this museum is for the young and old! The locomotives, old and relatively recent are small jewels. You can watch, get into it, it's interesting! All trains are well developed, it's a beautiful Museum. A few attractions fun as a return back 200 years or maybe a small wagon black ds and ds the mine. But the most touching for me was to get ds a wagon leading to concentration camps. I was overwhelmed. We can imagine the plight of those who were forced to take...
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  • Great fun for the kids and adults alike... The virtual reality 4-D experience was really a big hit.. also the spooky train ride was wonderful... Recommended!
  • This is a great train museum in the Netherlands. It is located in station Utrecht Maliabaan so that it is easy to get to the museum by train. The stop train will travel once per hour from Utrecht central to Maliabaan. The museum has lots of different typed locomotives. Absolutely great for adults and kids.
  • Baby and Pram friendly (although best to come with 2 adults so you can take turns going in carriages). High chairs available in the cafe and baby change available. There is a mini train for kids to ride on and a small playground outside. Kids who can walk of all ages will enjoy it, but great for just adults too. The cafe had great apple tart! All the food looked tasty. Great place to come in a cold or rainy day as most of the museum is indoors. Free entry for museum card holders. English available in 50% of the areas but you can enjoy even the bits only in Dutch.
  • Explains the history of dutch trains and their evolution. Plenty of interactive explanations. Also a mini 'slow' roller coaster ride is available.
  • Kids love this museum. Adults who like trains enjoy the old rolling stock on display.

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As a major cultural and economic center, Utrecht has more than its fair share of centrally located hotels oriented towards business travelers visiting the city for a day or two. To stay longer without spending too much on a comfortable room, consider a self-catering apartment or guesthouse near the city's main train station. You can also explore the residential neighborhoods' family-run hostels, which offer simply furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi within walking distance of good restaurants and shops.
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