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Vintage Skoda Car Museum

Skoda vintage cars museum.

Tour availability: Tour available in summer season Tour available in winter season
Price: C NE1
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Only four automakers in the world can boast an unbroken tradition stretching back more than a hundred years. Skoda Auto is one of them. Museum is open every day . Seeing the factory must be booked ahead and it is not possible on weekends.

5-6 HOUR ROUND TRIP

A combination with Kost castle , Sychrov castle , Skoda car faktory , Novy Bor crystal factories , Melnik castle or Ajeto glassworks is available.

Only four automakers in the world can boast an unbroken tradition stretching back more than a hundred years. Skoda Auto is one of them. The Skoda Auto Museum will draw you into its story, which has been taking place in Mlada Boleslav since 1895.
Find out about the history of Skoda car production from the beginning to the latest models. The exhibits include the Voiturette, the first car produced in Mlada Boleslav.
The Sleeping Beauty exhibition presents vintage cars in their original condition – unusually, they are awaiting renovation right here in the museum. Visitors have a unique opportunity to compare old cars that have not yet been renovated with those that have already been restored and are part of the main 100 Years of the Company Exhibition.
The engine is the heart of every car – the Skoda Auto Museum therefore devotes separate space to them. The engine gallery is arranged chronologically, to demonstrate sixty years of developments in engine design.

THE SKODA CAR MUSEUM was opened in 1995 in the town Mlada Boleslav on the occassion of the hundreth anniversary of Laurin & Klement Car factory - one of the oldest European car factories.
In 1895 - The mechanic Vaclav Laurin and the book-seller Vaclav Klement - both bicycle enthusiasts , started manufacturing bicycles of their own design, a few years later Laurin & Klement began producing motorcycles. Then at the turn of the century production of motorcycles was replaced by automobiles from 1905 onward.
The first Laurin & Klement automobile - Voiturette A - the grandfather of automobiles - was a great success , later becoming a Czech automobile classic.
In 1925 , fusion with the Pilsen Skoda Co. was accomplished this marked the end of the Laurin & Klement trademark.
After the political changes in 1989, the Government decided on cooperation with the German Volkswagen Group. The Skoda-Volkswagen joint venture began to operate in 1991 under the name Skoda, automobilova a.s..

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HISTORY IN DETAILS
At the beginning of December 1895 the mechanic Václav Laurin and the book-seller Václav Klement, both bicycle enthusiasts, started manufacturing bicycles of thein own design, patriotically named Slavia in the nationalist atmosphere of the end of the 19th century. A few years later, in 1899, the Laurin & Klement Co. began producing motorcycles, which were soon successful and gained several racing victories. After initial experiments at the turn of century, producing of motorcycles was gradually replaced by automobiles form 1905 onward.
Like the motor cycles, the 1st Laurin & Klement automobile, the Voiturette A was a full success, later becoming the archetype of Czech automobile classic. It soon formed a stable position for Company in the developing international automobile market, so that the Company could soon start operating on a wide scale. The volume of the production increased and soon exceeded the potential of a private enterprise, and in 1907 the founders of the Company initiated conversion to a joint-stock company. The international character of Škoda’s operations became increasingly important. The production facilities were extended constantly and after 1914, Škoda took part in the production for the armed force.

Due to the country’s economic development, the joint venture with a strong industrial partner became essential in the nineteen twenties in order to strengthen and modernize the Company, which was at that time producing numerous types of passenger cars, trucks, busses, airplane engines and agricultural machinery. In 1925, fusion with the Pilsen Škoda Co. was accomplished, marking the end of the Laurin & Klement trademark. In early 1930s, the automotive business was again organized as a separate joint-stock company within the Škoda Group (Automobile Industry Co., ASAP). After the crisis, the Company achieved a break-through with the Type Škoda Popular.

The German occupation in 1939 to 1945 caused a considerable disruption in the history of the company, which was integrated into the industrial structure of the German Empire. The civilian production programme was immediately limited and production was turned to its needs. In the course of a large-scale nationalisation which began immediately after the end of the war, the Company became a national enterprise named AZNP in 1946. Within the political and economic changes of that time, it acquired the monopoly of passenger car production.
Based on the traditional production processes and past success, the Czechoslovak economy managed to maintain a relatively good standard in the post/socialist period for several decades, in spite of the changes brought about by planned economy and efforts at unduly rapid growth. This standard only became questionable towards the end of the nineteen sixties due to development of new technology in the western world. The permanent stagnation of the economy started after the seventies, also affecting the Mladá Boleslav automobile manufacturer in spite of the company’s leading position in the East Europe marker. Production grew again only when the model range Škoda Favorit went into production in 1987.
After the political changes of 1989, under the new market economy conditions the Government of the Czechoslovak Republic and the management of Škoda began to search for a strong foreign partner whose experience and investments would be capable of securing long-range international competitiveness of the company. In December 1990, the Government decided on cooperation with the German Volkswagen Group. The Škoda – Volkswagen joint venture began to operate on 16 April 1991 under the name Škoda, automobilová a.s., becoming the fourth brand of the Volkswagen Group alongside VW, AUDI a SEAT.

NE , 1 hour from Prague
Trips:
1)Skoda museum in town Mlada Boleslav trip number CNE1 - 5hour round trip
museum is open every day from 9,00a.m. - 5,00p.m.
2)Skoda museum CNE1 and seeing the production in Skoda car factory CNE2 - 6hour round trip
sight-seeing of the factory must be booked ahead , it is possible to see the factory only from Monday till Friday

Trips combinations :
3)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 + Melnik castle-wine-tasting CN1 - 8hour round trip
4)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Melnik castle-wine-tasting CN1 - 9hour round trip
5)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 + Nelahozeves castle-gallery CNW1 - 8hour round trip
6)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Nelahozeves castle-gallery CNW1 - 9hour round trip
7)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 + Kutna Hora medieval town CE1 - 9hour round trip
8)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Kutna Hora medieval town CE1 - 10hour round trip
9)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 + Kourim CE4 or Prerov folk architecture mueums CE5 - 8hour round trip
10)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Kourim CE4 or Prerov folk architecture mueums CE5 - 9hour round trip
11)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 + Kourim CE4 and Prerov folk architecture mueums CE5 - 9hour round trip
12)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Kourim CE4 and Prerov folk architecture mueums CE5 - 10hour round trip
13)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 + Kourim CE4 or Prerov folk archit. mueums CE5 + Kutna Hora medieval town CE1 - 11hour round trip
14)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Kourim CE4 or Prerov folk architecture mueums CE5 + Kutna Hora medieval town CE1 - 12hour round trip
15)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 + Terezin conc. camp CNW3 - 9hour round trip
16)Skoda historical cars museum CNE1 and Skoda car factory CNE2 + Terezin concentration camp CNW3 - 10hour round trip
17)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Novy Bor crystal factories CN3 - 12hour round trip
18)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Ajeto glassworks CN8 - 8hour round trip
19)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Novy Bor crystal factories CN3 - 8hour round trip
20)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Ajeto glassworks CN8 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 9hour round trip
21)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Novy Bor crystal factories CN3 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 9hour round trip
22)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Sychrov castle NN4 - 8hour round trip
23)Skoda car faktory CNE2 + Sychrov castle NN4 - 8hour round trip
24)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Sychrov castle NN4 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 9hour round trip
25)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Kost castle NN5 - 8hour round trip
26)Skoda car faktory CNE2 + Kost castle NN5 - 8hour round trip
27)Vintage Skoda car museum CNE1 + Kost castle NN5 + Skoda car faktory CNE2 - 9hour round trip




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