Welcome to the "Alte Salzstraße" (Old Salt Route) – located between the Hanseatic cities of Lüneburg, Lübeck and Hamburg. The geographical position on the ancient trading route – once a Via Regia – and the vicinity of the three important centres of the Hanseatic league gave birth to the idea of dealing with the topic of draught horse transport.
Already for about 20 years, the museum has documented the global development of horse-driven transport.With its focus on the age of industrialisation it leaves no doubt that draught horse mobility is much more than carrying people or goods from one place to another. Instead horse-driven transport is kinetic energy – literally and comprehensively. To put it crudely, we could say that transportation in industrialised countries came along on four legs – horse's feet. This is because neither steam engines nor electric or petrol engines were able to handle heavy loads before the beginning of the 20th century. The Zugpferdmuseum is about a type of ‘living and moving’ industrial history.