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Train World Brussels: Top Belgium Museums 2023


Summary: We spent about 3 hours at Train World Brussels for the first time on a rainy January, and it was one of our kid’s favorite things to do in Belgium, along with Autoworld. It’s a well-done indoor Museum featuring engines kids can climb in, some of which feature lights and sounds that operate.

Train World

Train World is fun for the whole family interested in trains and railroad history. Train World is a railway museum open to the general public in Brussels, offering a detailed look at the history of the Belgian railways and rail travel in Belgium and Europe.

Train World Brussels Steam Engines

As you walk into this unique rail experience, you will see many displays showing how trains and rail transport have changed over time, from the oldest steam locomotive to present-day high-speed trains and the railway network.

Some of the world’s most important and rare trains are among the more than 100 trains in the museum’s collection. People can look at the many trains on display and learn about their history and how they were made. Learn about the construction of the first rail line and the very first steam locomotives. There’s also an interesting exhibition on the Orient Express.

The large number of steam engines on display is one of the best parts of Train World. These beautiful steam locomotives have been beautifully fixed up, and visitors can see what life was like when steam engines were the main way to get around. Visitors can also see how trains have changed over time through displays that show how steam engines gave way to diesel and electric trains.

Train World Brussels Steam Engine

Some of the most well-known and royal trains on display are:

  • The “Red Arrow” is the most well-known train that Train World has. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Belgian royal family and high-ranking government officials having state visits took the Red Arrow, a luxurious train. This legendary train has been beautifully restored, and people can look around at the different cars, such as the dining and royal carriages.
  • The “Flying Banana” was a strange and colorful train that took people from Brussels to the coast of Belgium in the 1950s and 1960s. The train is known for its sleek, modern look and yellow and black color scheme. People can look around the train’s compartments and learn about its history.
  • The “Taurus” is a modern electric train in Belgium in the 2000s. The train is known for its advanced technology and sleek, air-friendly design. People can look around the train’s compartments and learn about the newest technology used in modern trains.
  • The “Palais des Beaux-Arts” was a fancy train that took people between Brussels and Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. The train is known for its fancy furnishings and amenities. People can look around the train’s compartments and learn about the history of luxury train travel.
  • The “EMU” is an electric multiple units, one of the set’s newest trains. People can look around the train’s cabins and learn about the technology and how it works.
  • Pays De Waes, an 1844 tank locomotive

These are just a few famous trains on display at Train World. The museum has much more to see, like old trains such as steam engines and different train carriages.

Train World Brussels Royal Coaches

The interactive exhibits on railway history are another fun thing to do at Train World. There are several listening stations in the museum where people can hear trains and learn about the different kinds of signals and horns that trains use. There are also many hands-on activities in other train rooms, such as interactive installations where people can play with train models and a simulator experience where people can drive a train. 

Visitors, including kids, can also go on guided museum tours. Many of these tours are interactive and made to keep kids interested. The tours give an in-depth look at the history of trains and rail travel and are led by guides who know a lot about trains and love them. 

Unique opportunity for kids to drive a train simulator:

Train World Brussels Simulator

Train World also has a shop where people can buy souvenirs and other train-related things. There is also a café where people can eat. Traditional Belgian food, like fries and waffles, is served at the café. Anyone visiting Brussels should try them. 

Rainy Day Activity

When it’s raining in Brussels, families can go to Train World and have a lot of fun inside. The museum is a great place to learn about the history of trains and rail travel, and it also has a lot of hands-on exhibits and activities that will keep kids busy for hours.

Train World Brussels Climb On Engines

One of the best things about Train World is that it’s inside, so it’s a good choice for days when the weather isn’t great. The temperature and humidity in the museum are controlled, so people can enjoy the exhibition spaces without worrying about the weather outside. 

Train World is also great because it is a big museum with many different things to see and do. This means that people can look around the museum for hours and still not see everything. This is helpful on rainy days when you might want to stay inside more because it gives you a lot to do and see.

Train World has a lot of special events throughout the year, like train rides, workshops, and activities for kids, in addition to the temporary exhibits. Families can enjoy the museum in a different way and learn more about trains and rail transportation at these events.

Train World Brussels Model Train

Train World also has a model train exhibit, and there is also a restaurant on site and a gift shop to pick up some railway memorabilia.

Getting to train world

Train World is in the Brussels neighborhood of Schaerbeek. From the city center, there are several easy ways to get there. The easiest is a train from Brussels central station. Discounts are available for having a Train World Museum ticket, and kids ride free on trains.

The metro is a good way to get from the city center to Train World. The museum is near the Schaerbeek metro station, which is on line 5 of the Brussels metro system. From any of the central metro stations, like Gare Centrale, Arts-Loi, or Bourse, visitors can get on line 5. It takes about 10 minutes to get there.

Train World Brussels Train Station

Train: Another option is to take a train from Brussels-Central station to Schaerbeek station. The Train World museum is just a few minutes’ walk from the station. 

Bus: People can also take lines 71, 72, 79, and 89 and get off at Schaerbeek Station. 

If you want to drive to Train World, there is a parking lot for visitors, but it might be hard to find a spot during busy times.

Train World Tickets

Brussels City Card

The Brussels City Card can be a great option since it lets you enter multiple Brussels museums and attractions for a set price. On our visit to several museums one day, it was cheaper to buy the 24-hour pass than to buy each museum ticket separately.

With the Brussels City Card, you can access numerous museums, sights, and public transit in Brussels, Belgium. It depends on your schedule for your trip to Brussels and whether it is a good deal. The card may be cost-effective if you want to use public transportation and visit several attractions. Click below to learn more about the City Card.

For Regular single day tickets:

Click here to buy Train World tickets. The cost of admission to Train World can vary depending on the visitor’s age.

  • Adult tickets (18-64 years old): €12
  • Reduced tickets (65+ years old): €9
  • Children (6-17 years old): €7
  • Children under 6: Free

Additionally, some museums offer free admission for certain days of the week or for visitors who hold a Brussels Card or City Card, which offers discounts for various tourist attractions in the city.

Train World Brussels Entrance

Ultimately, this railway world is a unique and fun place to go with kids interested in trains and the development of railways in Belgium and the European continent.

Also, check out the Top things to do in Brussels with kids, Things to do in Bruges, and our review of Autoworld Brussels.

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