• Special exhibition at the Deutsches Museum in Munich

    A part of the exhibiton: Bulli, the green bull from the Herd of Mechanical Creatures.

    It’s been 200 years since Baron Karl Friedrich Drais von Sauerbronn, better known as Karl Drais, invented the first two-wheeler, which he called a “running machine”. It was the earliest precursor of the bicycle, which remains one of our most important modes of individual transportation today.

    The Verkehrszentrum is marking the 200th anniversary of Drais’s invention with a special exhibition. Due to open in July 2017, it will celebrate the many facets of Drais’s legacy: the bicycle itself, cycling and of course cyclists. The Balancing Act exhibition presents the ups and downs of cycling from its infancy up to the present day. Along with the history of bicycle technology, it explores cycling culture, the role of the bicycle in everyday transportation today and its potential role in the mobility of the future – not only in our part of the world, but also in Africa, South America and Asia.

    With input from the creative agency ‘Formation München’, we are working to depict the exciting history of the bicycle and the diverse world of two-wheeled travel in a richly illustrated presentation with numerous exhibits and exciting stories. The approach includes the involvement of visitors, who are invited to contribute their ideas and opinions and to play an active role in planning the exhibition.

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