In Saumur, about 300 kilometres southwest of Paris, the impressive tank museum, Musee des Blindes, located. The museum spans over several eras and different wars. One part of the museum has an exhibition of tanks from the Second World War. The German part of this exhibition has a Tiger I tank on display, perhaps the most mythical tank in the entire Second World War. This Tiger belonged to the SS and was abandoned by the crew due to engine failure at the Falaise pocket in August 1944. It is in good condition but not drivable.

Current status: Museum (2014).

Address: 1043 Route de Fontevraud, 49400 Saumur.

Get there: Car.

My comment:

The few remaining Tiger I and its reputation makes it a jewel among the Second World War tanks. I don’t consider myself a "tank guy" but every time I approach a ”Tiger”, there is a special feeling that is difficult to describe in terms of words. To stand in peace and quiet and looking at a ”Tiger” can perhaps be compared to standing and watching a tiger in a jungle. Both are rare and both arouse respect in their respective fields. The museum also has a Kungstiger and as far as I know this is the only driveable one among the existing ones.

Of the other six remaining Tiger I (that I know about), albeit in varying condition, and can be visited, there are two in Moscow (Lenino-Snegiri and Kubinka), one in Vimoutiers, France, one each in Bovington, England, Cairns, Australia and Fort Benning, Gerogia, USA. Another one is said to be in private possession.

Follow up in books: Spielberger; Walter J: Tigers I and II and Their Variants (2007).