A gem in the world of Frankfurt museums awaits passengers at the end of tram line 12 in Schwanheim: The permanent exhibition Von der Pferdebahn bis zur Neuzeit (From Horsecar Days to Modern Times) provides a comprehensive overview of the evolution of mass transit in Frankfurt, bringing history to life through lovingly restored vintage vehicles. The exhibition - covering almost 4,000 square meters, both indoors and out - encourages visitors to discover, remember, recount, and relive the past.
More than two dozen rail vehicles and omnibuses are housed in the original depots and grounds of the former Frankfurter Waldbahn-Gesellschaft (1889-1929), as well as in the landmarked Schwanheim terminal. A collection of documents, photographs, tickets, uniforms, route maps, and a panorama signal post round out the 125-year retrospective. The museum’s highlights include the first horse-drawn tram run by the Frankfurter Trambahngesellschaft, dating from 1872, and a vintage 1900 steam engine--although visitors are also invited to take a look into the future.
Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays in Hesse. Dedicated and competent volunteers (members of the HSF association) are on hand to answer all queries, and also welcome guests to the extraordinary events sponsored by the association.