Verkehrshaus der Schweiz (Transport Museum)
If you or your kids are interested in trains, planes, automobiles, and any other modes of transport, you can take the family to the amazing Verkehrshaus, Switzerland’s fabulous transport museum, in Luzern! Visitors can experience the past, present, and future of mobility with fun and educational life-sized interactive exhibits on different modes of transportation.
What the Museum Offers
- The centerpiece of the road transport hall is an imposing display store with 80 examples from different eras of road transport history, as well as a crash test facility.
- In the rail exhibit, you can find different types of trains as well as a train simulator where kids can learn to drive a train over bridges, through tunnels, and safely back into the station.
- The exhibit on water transportation will take you through the history of submarines, ships, and ferries, and even teach you how to navigate.
- The aerial cableway exhibition showcases the speed with which one can travel from the valley to the highest mountain peaks using a cableway—from the first generation of manually operated transport contraptions and ski lifts to the latest large-capacity cabins.
- In the section on aviation, historical airplanes, helicopters, and spectacular flying machines as well as numerous original items, models, dioramas, experiments, and simulators take you to new heights. What did the first rockets look like?
- The unique exhibition called “Space” answers such questions as: What do astronauts have to take with them to survive in space? What is the surface of Mars like? Among the exhibit’s highlights are a “Space Transformer” (a walk-in cube revolving at slow speed); a multi-axis trainer that simulates rotating in a space capsule; and a walk-on Mars landscape, complete with three full-sized Mars rovers.
In addition to mobility, the museum has an exhibit on information technology, which explains how a computer works and how problems in computer science are solved. Another section called “Media World” allows you to experiment with a range of media, including virtual reality goggles, a TV studio, a green-screen facility, and a 360° photo booth for taking all-round selfies. Finally, the newest exhibit, “Experience Logistics,” explains how goods and commodities circulate around the globe.
The Verkehrshaus also houses a planetarium, an IMAX cinema (check the website for the program), as well as the Swiss Chocolate Adventure—an adventure ride where visitors can learn about the discovery, provenance, manufacture, and transport of chocolate, as well as taste various Lindt creations—an exhibit for all of your sense!
The Verkehrshaus is about 60 minutes from Basel, but you should try to go early and prepare to spend the whole day as there is simply so much to see and do. They are open 365 days a year; opening hours are 10:00–18:00 in summer, 10:00–17:00 in winter.
Individual day passes that allow access to all exhibits, including the IMAX cinema, planetarium, and Swiss Chocolate Adventure, are CHF 56 for adults, CHF 42 for students under age 26, CHF 26 for youth under age 16, or CHF 12 for kids under age 6. You can also purchase tickets for the individual sectors, such as the museum, the planetarium, the IMAX cinema, or the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. Discounts on the admission are available with your COOP Hello Family Card, Swiss Museum Pass, TCS Touring Club Schweiz, Swiss Travel pass, KulturLegi, or by purchasing a SBB RailAway combi ticket.
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz