Production facilities with highly skilled personnel were the key requirement for mass-production of the "penny-farthing" bicycles introduced from England to the continent in the last third of the 19th century.

Nuremberg, with its many metalworking plants, was uniquely qualified and became a center for bicycle production as the two-wheelers became the world's first means of individual transport. A large collection of historical bicycles and an authentic bicycle shop from the late 1920s bring visitors back to this time.