Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung - Koblenz - Germany

Address: Mayener Strasse 85-87, Koblenz (See map)
Telephone: +49 (0)2 61-400-1423
Website: http://www.bwb.org/01DB022000000001/CurrentBaseLink/W26EJCHY965INFODE

Shop: small shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: refreshments
Size of the museum/site: large
Year of visit: 2002
Overall rating:

Description: Near the historic city centre of Koblenz we bumped into one of Germany's finest museums. Two halls packed with all kinds of large military equipment and 4 floors filled with smaller stuff like guns, mortars, uniforms, and technical equipment. The primary goal of the museum is to show its visitors the technical side of the weapons that have been built in the past and are being developed nowadays.

No glass or fences in front of the tanks and other exhibits. So it is even possible to touch the famous Panther tank or the late Marder. Other vehicles (like the Russian T-55 and the Leopard shown below) are taken apart to show the visitor how a tank is assembled and where the crew sits to do its job. If you want to see uncountable pistols, rifles and machineguns you are at the right address. About 70 percent of the collection is army related, but you will also find some nice planes and helicopters and even a naval gun. Make sure you take your time when you visit this museum, otherwise you will miss some pretty good material in the packed halls.

In short: well-maintained and unique material. Fully worth its five star rating.

Various pieces of artillery on display.

SdKfz 129 also known as "Wespe", of which 682 were built from 1942 onwards.

Instruction model of the T-55.

Hind (MI-24) gunship that served in the East German army.

Nebelwerfer, which was capable of launching rockets as well as smokegrenades.

K3V2 24 cm Fieldcannon.Only 14 were made. They have a range of 39 kilometres.

KM m 11 (SdKfz 101) with 2cm Flak-Vierling mounted on a "Zugkraftwagen".

The front of the "Zugkraftwagen".

Collection of German machineguns.

Clustered stiehlgrenades.