|09-10-2010, 06:13 AM||#1|
Drives: N54 e82
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bayern, Germany
Fränkische Schweiz - model train and motorrad museums...
Last weekend I went for a drive into my “little swiss” nature park. The real name is “Fränkische Schweiz”, but most Americans call it the “little swiss”. It is a state park in Bavaria, one of the nicer ones in all of Germany. Fränkische Schweiz is well known to be a Nature Preserve, fishing, camping kayaking and nice curvy roads for the motorcycle lovers. The BurgenStrasse (Castle Road) runs right thru it too – so there are many castles and ruins - to stop and look at along the drive. Did I mention this area is very picturesque! It also happens that they make some great beers in this region too. In some of the caves here they have found dinosaur bones – and cave man fossils and such. I have driven in and around here often, and I am always discovering new great roads to have fun on.
I have this book on the Fränkische Schweiz attractions. I had been meaning to go visit a small model train museum and motorcycle museum in this area. Last weekend I did just that.
First the model train museum. It is not really a museum per se, but rather one mans collection of model trains and “train stuff”. I think it got so out of hand that he built this detached little guest haus – to house all of his stuff. Its worth a look. Just for something to stop for a few minutes and look around.
For my second stop I traveled to this eccentric guy who collects old motorcycles. I am not really into bikes, but anything mechanical I do find fascinating. Visiting this place brought me straight back to the USofA. You know those Americana type places… that sell antiques in the front yard. That is what this place reminded me of. I also discovered that Germany had Hillbilly’s too! These two guys were a little, well… shall I say a little strange to “visitors”. But they had a TON of motorcycles and old stuff. I found it also interesting to look around and snap as many pics as I could.
I am sorry for some of the poor quality photos I took there. It was kind of dark and the guy wasn’t happy I was taking so many pictures. lol These guys lived, ate and slept motorcycles. My apologies Herr Bruenner & son! And YES, he really looks like one of the ZZ-Top guys! Lol I knew I might be in trouble when the paved road ENDED at his haus!
Bruenner’s Motorrad Museum
I won’t post all my pics. But here is the link to them, if you want to see them all.
Ok, onto my pics…
My 1-er... with a fossil slug…
Fränkische Schweiz map…
Model Train Museum
Dedication to model trains…
Pre-WWII it was called the Reichs Bahn and now it’s the Deustche Bahn. DB.
They also sold some cool car models too. BUB
And now the Motorrad Museum…
We all know the BMW blue and white logo… but how many of you know about EMW?
Eisenach Motor Werk… in the former East Germany (aka DDR motorcycle production)
EMW was forced to change the logo to red and white – so too not be confused with BMW logo!
All the bikes on display there were made in Germany. many infact were made in this region of Germany. Zunndap, Triumph, Sachs, Adler, Miele, ect…
They had lots of cool old signs on display…
They had a ton of VDO parking meters there too. Now they are obsolete.
Yes… those are REAL cob-webs. lol
I never knew Miele made bikes! I thought only vacuum cleaners and wash machines!
Single cylinder BMW bike…
And another EMW…
Some clean running bikes…
Wankel twin rotor power for a BIKE!
Wankel power’d bike...
STOP and yell… sign…
Fire dept water pump engine…
BMW & MB wheels…
A nice guide book on this area…
And here is a video I found on YouTube that shows how nice this area is to drive. Its filmed from a motorcycle and shows how curvy the roads are. It also shows some of the castles and rivers and mountain rocks along the way.
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