Event and photo location

Event and photo location

Hold your family or company celebration in a unique ambience between old steam engines weighing tons, or are you looking for a special location for your photo shooting?


In our round house we offer seating for up to 200 people. From beer tent sets to restaurant seating, from bratwurst grills to gala menus, you will find a wide range of options in our facilities. We also have a suitable offer for small groups or children’s birthday parties with up to 30 people!

The outdoor area around the locomotive shed and the turntable is ideal for smaller open-air events. Party tents can also be erected for this purpose or the open wagon repair hall can be used.

The shed and outdoor lighting provides good basic illumination. Additional ambient lighting adds atmospheric lighting effects for a special flair, especially at a later hour.


We will be happy to assist you with the planning and put you in touch with suitable caterers. To get to know the local conditions, we recommend arranging an on-site appointment with your caterer before the celebration.

We bring a nice change to your event!

Combine your event with our opportunities and offer your guests a varied programme of demonstrations, tours of our collections or a driver’s cab ride on our steam or diesel locomotives.

By train to the celebration

We are also happy to offer to take you and your guests directly to the museum on our historic museum train, for example from Darmstadt central station.

Have we caught your attention? We will be happy to support you and create a customised offer.

Special trip

As a “living museum”, we regularly offer special trips with our operational vehicles on the tracks of the German railways. Would you like to enjoy such an experience exclusively with your group of guests? No problem! We can take you with our steam train to (almost) any destination to which rails lead.

Thanks to our buffet car, the train can also be catered for (externally or by us) on request. For more information, contact us by e-mail:

Photo location

Whether you are dedicated to “urban exploration” or photo sessions with models, you will always find the right photo motif (subject matter) with us.  The different areas between vintage, working worlds of the past to “lost places” form a great setting  for your photos. You will find locomotives from all decades as well as historic passenger coaches which plush-covered 1st class seats as well as those of the  wooden class.

Extraordinary photo motifs

Are you an amateur photographer(s) looking for unusual photo motifs? You are welcome to get to know the museum creatively as part of a special guided tour (also outside regular opening hours). For professional photo shoots with a model or wedding couple, we will also provide you with a staff member who will instruct you and show you the most beautiful spots.

Rules for photo shoots in the Bahnwelt (in German)

Experience the railway museum at twilight hour

Our special highlight for all photo enthusiasts is the “Twilight Hour”, an event where the grounds of the Railway Museum are opened exclusively for photographers to take impressive shots of our various vehicles and to experience the museum in a special atmosphere. Around the locomotive shed, the various vehicles will be appropriately illuminated and presented. In addition, glowing studs are forged in the historic forge, which provides unique motifs in the dark.

The “Twilight Hour” usually takes place on the eve of the “Dampflokfest” in September.
Please refer to our event calendar.

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