We’re in for a Wonderful FASZINATION MODELLBAHN in Mannheim from the 11th through the 13th of March, 2022.

After the entirely successful relaunch of Faszination Modellbau Friedrichshafen in November 2021, FASZINATION MODELLBAHN is now also preparing to shine in the glorious spring month of March. With lots of well-known brand manufacturers, clubs and associations on board – along with their fans – the international trade fair for model railways, specials and accessories will take place in cult venue Maimarkthalle Mannheim at the heart of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area from the 11th through the 13th of March, 2022. Ground-breaking premieres, cool innovations for the year 2022 and technical updates, not to mention the nostalgic feeling, the team spirit and lots of hands-on activities, are all on the agenda. Highly interested professional visitors and families alike are guaranteed a full-blown exhibition of railway miniatures with all the trimmings!

Cheerfully colourful miniature landscapes herald the beginning of the 2022 model railroading season in Maimarkthalle Mannheim, which is preordained for FASZINATION MODELLBAHN. Products recently premiered at the Nuremberg trade fair will be on display in all their glory for the first time to visitors at FASZINATION MODELLBAHN. As always, in addition to lots of extravagant model railway layouts in all gauges, passionate model railroading fans will also be able to look forward to specialised small-series manufacturers and renowned exhibitors with their cutting-edge innovations. After Faszination Modellbau’s tremendous restart success, project manager Sascha Bürkel is also brimming with excitement for FASZINATION MODELLBAHN 2022: “Looking everywhere at happy faces and the beaming eyes of children is the greatest affirmation you can get as a trade fair organiser.”

A Colourful Bouquet Full of Model Railroading Highlights

The colourful spectrum of the model railroading universe will unfold to its fullest extent at the first insider event of the year: modern express trains, historic locomotives, steam-powered iron horses and passenger cars of all eras and gauges will glide along bright rails through fantastically beautiful landscapes. Brought to life by digitally recorded sound and realistic lighting technology, adorned with lifelike miniature figures, natural materials and cargo, the exhibition layouts inspire the spectators at FASZINATION MODELLBAHN again and again.

Full-Blown Exhibition of Model Railway Layouts

The numerous creative model railway layouts designed by the clubs and associations with great attention to detail demonstrate what the rolling stock looks live and in action, along with various modelling accessories and the latest digital technology features. They passionately present their elaborate model railway layouts in the best light at FASZINATION MODELLBAHN, and amaze visitors with their great wealth of ideas. Model railway enthusiasts can look forward to faithful replicas, immerse themselves in fantastic stories and landscapes and experience the world of model railroading up close in a very special way!

Flourishing Knowledge and Shopping Highlights

Visitors looking for valuable, first-hand professional tips concerning the latest models and applications are definitely on the right track at the Model Building Forum: For the entire duration of the FASZINATION MODELLBAHN, interested visitors can attend expert presentations held by brand-name manufacturers and model railway outfitters covering new products and complex content dealing with the subject of model railways in a professional atmosphere. It’s a great opportunity for gathering knowledge and getting a head start at home! Expert advice and great shopping deals for your own railroad operations will also be available from the specialised dealers, who will round out the trade fair’s offerings with a large assortment of special tools, electronic components, materials and the latest model railway software to make model railroading hearts beat faster.

Hands-On Activities with Guaranteed Fun for the Entire Family

The pleasure of creative, haptic modelling and technical tinkering, as well as the joy of experiencing and exchanging ideas, will make FASZINATION MODELLBAHN 2022 a hotspot for children and teenagers who will finally be able to craft and build, solder and screw, glue and cut, create and arrange together again. Das BDEF Junior-College Europe is the ideal meeting place for these activities. Do-it-yourself projects will be possible at several stations and small dioramas can be created under professional guidance for the visitors to take home. This makes FASZINATION MODELLBAHN a popular family event with guaranteed fun for all!

We’re Letting Off Steam in the Maimarkthalle!

Clouds of fog in the exhibition hall with that unmistakable scent? Of course it can only be coming from the faithfully detailed, handcrafted, authentic steam-powered treasures on their pedestal displays. Live steam is the magic word with reference to steam engines, hot-air and Stirling engines, as well as flamelickers with fascinatingly easy-to-understand mechanical systems that thrill young and old alike. The steam-powered models will let off lots of steam in the Maimarkthalle once again in 2022!

And thus it’s off on an exciting journey of discovery from 11 to 13 March 2022, with three days of full-blown model railroading fun for all. Expert visitors and families are already being eagerly awaited by FASZINATION MODELLBAU 2022 at the Maimarkthalle in Mannheim.

Detailed information concerning the 8th FASZINATION MODELLBAHN, international trade fair for model railways, specials and accessories, is available at www.faszination-modellbahn.de.


2022 Exhibition Dates

11 to 13 March 2022




Maimarkthalle Mannheim
Xaver-Fuhr-Str. 101
68163 Mannheim


Opening Hours

Friday through Sunday

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Admission prices:

Day pass, adults: €12.00
Discounted day pass: €10.00
(young people between 9 and 17 years, pupils, students, retirees and other entitled persons with ID)
Family ticket: €30.00
(2 adults with 2 own children age 9 to 17)

Children up to 8 years of age are admitted free of charge.


Admission tickets are only available to visitors in advance, online from the ticket store. On-site ticket sales are no longer possible due to corona pandemic safety regulations.