The Automatenmuseum in Espelkamp is the Nr. 1 museum in Europe as far as coin-operated machines is concerned. The surface is limited, but the diversity in machines is huge.
I truly recommend a guided tour, because the experienced and highly motivated staff loves to share their knowledge about this wonderful collection. I visited the museum on different occasions, and the setup and theme change regularly what keeps it interesting to come back.
Besides that the hotel is simply outstanding, and the food is great.
What’s most impressive is probably behind the doors... Sascha and his team continuously restore machines, develop contacts with collectors and they work on a database of the coin-op history with the focus on Germany and the rest of Europe.
In this way the Automatenmuseum helps preserve the history of a niche industry and i thank them for it.