The 55-year-old left the instrument, made in Italy in 1748, on a regional train in Munich on Friday evening after arriving back at the southern city’s airport from a trip to Asia.
“He got off the train but he forgot to take the violin with him. Police launched a search and found it still on the train, still on the seat where he left it,” a spokesman told AFP.
“He needed treatment from a doctor but it was nothing dramatic. He was just a bit nervous because he thought he had lost it.”