Hans-Peter Porsche Traumwerk
Tin-toys, model railroads and sports cars were a life-long passion for Hans-Peter Porsche. His dream was not only to treasure, but to pass on: to share his private collection with all those who share his enthusiasm. It has come true in the village of Anger, situated in breathtaking scenery close to Salzburg and Munich.
Hans-Peter Porsche was born in 1940 as one of four brothers. As designers, managers and entrepreneurs, all of them were dedicated to the continuation, enrichment and development of their father’s life work.
Ferdinand Porsche, Hans-Peter Porsche’s grandfather, shaped automotive history both as an engineer and visionary, he invented the electric hub motor, engineered aircraft engines, built the first two-seater sports car – and finally the first prototype of the Beetle in 1934.
Ferry Porsche, Hans-Peter Porsche’s father, always participated in this lifelong dream, before finally fulfilling his own: with the 356er – the first sports car with the name Porsche, based on the Beetle created in 1948. With his Traumwerk, Hans Peter Porsche has left his own mark on the creative legacy of his family.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.Robert Frost
Ships and steamers were the hi-tech transporters of the 19th century. Thanks to the state-of-the-art Imperial Navy fleet, sailor suits became the children’s outfit of choice. Toy manufacturers responded with matching, prototypical ship models made of sheet metal. Later, large ocean liners brought wealthy passengers, emigrants and mail across the oceans faster than ever. Moving times – captured in Hans-Peter Porsche’s tin toy collection.
Europe’s largest publicly accessible private collection of tin toys: Hans-Peter Porsche’s exhibition comprises about 2,100 exhibits from the years 1860 to 1930. Many of them are rarities, all fully functional.
German toymakers such as Hilpert had been known for their tin toys since the end of the 18th century. By the mid-1800s, companies such as Märklin and Bing of Nuremberg were also in the tin-toy game. Advances in photolithography techniques, including the ability to print directly onto the tinplate before it was folded and shaped into its final form, should have been a boon to these already prosperous companies, but by the end of the century, many German toymakers still decorated their products the old-fashioned way, thanks to the large numbers of skilled workers who were adept at hand enameling and spray painting with stencils.
In addition to Märklin and Bing, other pre-World War I German toymakers of note included Karl Bub and Georges Carette, as well as Ludwig Lutz, whose transport toys were often sold under the Märklin and Bing names. Between the wars, Schuco produced a menagerie of wind-up animals, which are among the most collected tin toys today, while Fleischmann launched armadas of tinplate floating ships, some of which were powered by steam engines produced by Doll & Cie, which Fleischmann acquired in the late 1930s.
190 model trains of the Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB and SBB operate in their respective region. From Semmering to the Swiss Gotthard mountain, Friedrichshafen in Germany and Austrian town Bregenz, they navigate 5 vertical meters, pass numerous famous buildings and countless scenes from everyday life, from spectacular to hidden. 30 HD projectors turn night into day and vice versa – 24 hours in 17 exciting minutes.