Out of all the tourist highlights, the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart is the most popular. And how could it not be? Stuttgart is, after all, the birthplace of this legendary automobile company and of internal combustion engines.
The towns are, moreover, around since the early 10th century, and their historic and architectural buildings hold many titles. But out of all the architectural marvels and museums there, I loved the popular Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart the most.
A visit to this place moreover motivated me to return to his place, hire a car, and do a one-week road trip in Germany.
Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart
If you are interested in learning about the automobile industry, or you’re a big-time fan of cars, the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, is a place to be. It showcases the company’s — and moreover the man’s — first few models of the automobile while keeping a perfect harmony with the cars of the past and the future.
And then, when you think of Germany, and Stuttgart in particular, it’s cars and cars only that should first come to your mind, after all, this is where the legend Gottlieb Daimler began his pioneering invention of the automobile.
And speaking of the three-pointed star, well there’s just so much history behind it!!
In the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, you learn the entire timeline of how the man designed his first internal combustion propelling engine — a technology we are still using more than 100 years later.
The entire exhibition is one of its kind in the world that documents a 130-year-old automobile legacy without a break.
And did you that Stuttgart is the only town in the world that has two car museums: one belonging to Mercedes and the other belonging to Porche?
I happened to visit the Mercedes Benz museum, in Stuttgart, during my blog trip with Stuttgart tourism. If you are interested, you can also read more on what to do in Stuttgart, as I spent two days in the town covering many other highlights in the town. But out of all the places I saw, the most beautiful and memorable highlight remains in this museum.
Covering a floor space of 16,500 square meters, the exhibition in the Mercedes Benz museum in Stuttgart is spread on its 9 different floors, presenting 160 vehicles and over 1,500 exhibits.
As I entered the museum, the impressive display of cars, as if a beautiful 3d-painting hanging out of the wall, came out as a bit of a surprise. I am not usually a museum person, but I instantly realised that this tour is perhaps going to be a memorable exception.
With my audio guide, telling beautiful stories in English, the elevator took me to the top floor, to a height of 34 metres, taking me through the history of the automobile industry to its point of inception.
As you get to the top floor and begin your journey, the first thing on display is not a car, but a horse, making it obvious that even the most complex technologies and designs come with the simplest of all ideas, and that’s exactly how a legacy begins.
As I wandered inside the museum I found myself wondering which car I would buy if I suddenly became a billionaire.
I decided this was my favourite as I love the colour green…
Or maybe this model, that every boy fancied while he was in high-school.
From dozens of impressive cars to buses to coaches, everything seemed to have its own gracious presence. Everything looked equally beautiful.
- The museum remains closed on Mondays, and can only be visited between 9 to 6 the rest of the days.
- Entry to the museum costs 10 EUR as an adult if you don’t have a discount card or a Stuttcard Card.
- To get to the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, you can take the U-Bahn to Neckarpark and walk 10 minutes to the museum, else you can also use the city hop-on-hop-off bus service that drops you right in front of the museum entrance.
- You can read more about it – from updated ticket prices to opening times – on the museum’s website.
I wrote this post as part of the #VisitStuttgart campaign with Stuttgart Tourism. Though my tour in the city was hosted, all recommendations and ideas are solely personal. I only recommend what I find worth appreciating.