Being on a trip sometimes bring you to places that you never thought to visit. The Mercedes Benz Museum is to me one of those places.
I am not a big fan of museums. I have visited a lot of them, but I usually find them quite boring. And that is why I want to share this special place with you. In just 30 seconds walking through the main entrance and into the grand and welcoming hall my mind instantly went from boredom to enthusiasm. The Mercedes Benz Museum building is looking exciting from the outside because of the architecture, but so many museums do. On the inside on the other hand it is looking like a science fiction movie set with elegant and appropriate time capsules bringing visitors to the upper floors where the exhibition tour starts.
The architecture of the 7 storey building is constructed as a double helix to indicate that you are now inside the DNA of Mercedes Benz. The exhibition halls are also following a double helix pathway connected to lead the visitor from one beautiful car to another. The design of the building is also perfect to show off the heritage and history of MB as well as the evolution of technology and aesthetics through time.
The tour starts at the beginning with Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz and their cars from 1886. In the end you are at present time, but you will have seen everything. Formula 1 cars, Silver Arrows, buses and tractors. A bike, an early boat, emperors limousines and motion picture cars. You will have seen all the icons of car history.
One moment stuck with me from my visit to the museum. The sun was setting while we were looking at the entire history of Formula 1 safety cars. This is both the history of Mercedes Benz and Formula 1. At the moment it is the Mercedes Benz AMG GTS that saves the day at the Formula 1 race track.
In short this museum has it all. You may be interested in cars, but the Mercedes Benz Museum goes beyond cars in my opinion. Beautiful design in a beautiful setting, history and technology hand in hand. Even your wife and kids will have a good time!
Visit this summer. Stuttgart is the nearest airport.
Tickets are only 8.00 EUR for adults and complimentary for kids below the age of 15.