Seriously for 8euro you should not miss this museum if you are in the Stuttgart area... it is an interesting look at German and world history through the eyes of a industrial manufacturing powerhouse. They have many cars and they talk about the development of the car in germany from the 1800s through a look into the future.
With the 8euros you get an excellent audio tour that can give you multiple types of tours. If you are a gear-head, they have information about the technology, what new inventions and technology went into the car you are looking at . If you are more of a social history kind of person they have information about how the car affected life and the world around it. Or if you just want a general information and short interesting stories they have a general category and of course they have a "for kids" selection that makes it interesting for the whole family.
The building itself is beautiful and an architectural masterpiece. If all you are interested in is the building and structure itself... you would be happy to have seen this tour.
You can make the museum a whole day adventure or as short as 2 hours. It would be difficult to do with less than 2 hours in my opinion but I'm sure it can be done.
Had a bit of a snag when entering. They couldn't get the wifi to work but I have my backup plans - I always do! It was a lovely museum with not just the history of automobile but the history of Germany. You get a nice audio guide upon entering. Very typical of German things, everything is precise. You need to aim the audio guide at the target by display board, and from there, you can then hit play.
My favorite part was the origin of automobiles and how it was used a sport. There were many beautiful car models. If I were younger I would not have appreciated it but now that I was more mature, I can see the museum isn't all about Mercedes Benz - the only one I own is Sprinter. Everyday driving I've always gone with the ultimate driving machine for a good driving experience, and the fiat convertible for ease of parking in San Francisco. So I would not have called myself a Mercedes Benz person but you don't have to be to appreciate it. Through a multi floor walk about, you learn about the automobile's history, and realize how it is somehow links with Germany's own history, including WWII and post WWII recovery. One thing I should probably google further is to see if this museum has anything to do with the Guggenheim in the Upper East Side. There are definite design similarities, in my opinion. But I'm not quite sure.
If you are driving to it, you can park in the garage adjacent to the museum. Not far at all. I was there for about 3 hours and not too expensive to park. The museum store was quite interesting as well. I liked how it had so many model cars, including those famous racing ones. I am not a car enthusiast, far from it, I simply found the design aesthetics coupled with German history fascinating. The Mercedes-Benz thing, turned out to be almost an afterthought in the end.
If you like cars, and you are near Stuttgart, you have gotta stop by. A really great collection of cars from some of the folks who helped invent the modern day automobile!
For a small fee, you get a super fancy audio guide and they send you up the elevator to the top floor of the museum, where you get a basic history in the single-cylinder "grandfather clock" engine, and how they used it to make a horseless-carriage. You wind down circular ramps to the lower levels of the museum, with minor 20th-century history lessons along the way. As you make your way back to the ground floor, you progress through M-B's history and end up with a fantastic display of their racing heritage. Finally, you go past a café and a collection of their concept cars, and go further down to the -1 level, where there's a fancy restaurant, gift shop, and a full-scale Mercedes dealership.
There's a parking garage available for a small fee, but I found street parking along Mercedesstrasse just before the museum.
PS - The Google-map seems to be a block away... just head for the oddly-shaped circular-triangle tower building.
I love cars and personally I'm Porsche guy but this museum is incredible. Compared to the Porsche and BMW it superior, much more displays, they did invent the automobile.
As you walk up to the museum you see this moder building and realize it has the Mayback shape once inside. You get on a elevator that gives you the feeling of being in a spaceship and it just gets better as you make your way down all the displays. Eventually you end up at the shop and restaurant where they have decent food, good beer and some nice trinkets and oh yeah you can also buy your self a car there.
I own a C Class and had a chace to drive the S Class in the autobahn at 130 MPH which made this visit even better!
You can easily spend all day in this museum!
Two of the most prolific automobile companies in the world call Stuttgart home, Porsche and Daimler. To come to Stuttgart and not visit both of the museums dedicated to these historic companies would be nothing short of tragic.
I previously reviewed the Porsche Museum. I entered that museum not much of a fan of the brand and left wanting to buy one, a desire that is still with me today nearly 3 months since I visited that museum.
But this is a review of the Mercedes-Benz museum, right? So let's talk about it. This museum did not leave me with the same feeling as the Porsche Museum, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Read on...
First, GET THE AUDIO GUIDE.
This museum is beautiful. And a very fun experience. You enter the museum through a glass elevator and see some of the earliest examples of combustion engines ever created. From here the musuem guides you through the development of the Mercedes-Benz brand from its conception in the late 1800s to the most modern machines it builds today.
But where this museum really stands out is its approach of telling the story of the brand in context of what was going on in the world at the time. If you get the free audio guide, it gives you three options for each vehicle exhibit; the basic background story, the story of the specific car in social context, and the engineering behind creating the specific car. A very effective approach which gives more meaning and understand to why things were done a certain way and how the company has changed through the years in its vision for automobiles.
And then comes the first sighting of the epic 300SL. Perhaps the very reason you came to this museum in the first place, to see one of the most legendary automobiles ever created. And it is beautiful. It and the two variations sitting with it, shining, smiling, glistening in perfect white light. Don't miss these beauties.
The museum also has some rooms off to the side where they display special exhibits such as Mercedes cars owned by heads of state or celebrities, and Mercedes utility vehicles like busses, police cars, snow plows, etc. These exhibits are also worth your time but do somewhat break the flow of the museum.
Perhaps one of the more fun areas is the bottom floor race car display. Every 10 minutes or so a spotlight shines and another engine roars to thundering life. The engine screams as it completes a lap over the surround sound speakers. My favorite was the Formula One car. Hang around for awhile and just listen.
The Mercedes-Benz museum is true to the reputation of the brand. Refined luxury. A type of luxury that is not intended to smack you in the face, but gain your appreciation through its thoughtful engineering and reputation. You may not leave this museum ready to buy a car, but that isn't the point. The Porsche Museum smacks you in the face with its awesomeness and you can't help but be amazed. The Mercedes Museum doesn't care if you like what it has to offer because it is better than you and it knows it!
I spent six hours here in one day. The cars are great and the restaurant in the basement serves delicious food for very reasonable prices. The part in the audio guide about Mercedes being "forced" to manufacture for the German war efforts seems dodgy.
Get the iPhone app before you arrive.
Mercedes-Benz museum is literally the best technical museum in Baden-Württemberg and along with Schlossplatz the main sightseeing of Stuttgart. From architectural point of view, the museum building is a design masterpiece.
During approximately 2-hour audio-tour of the museum, you can take a journey through the 120-year history of the automobile. A lift takes visitors to the uppermost level of the museum, from where two sweeping tour routes (7 Legend rooms or 5 Collection rooms) spiral down through nine levels to the starting point.
Mercedes-Benz museum has a big souvenir store and a cafe. The store has a number of items that cannot be purchased anywhere else.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone who has a remote interest in engineering and particularly the industrial heritage of Germany to visit this excellent museum. They have a surprising amount of original pieces here, and where the original is not available some great replicas. From the first ever car, motorcycle, powered airship to the precursor to the modern lorry, from the early 1900s which was used to carry beer!
The celebrities gallery includes the G-Series based (I learned that yesterday!) bullet-proof Pope-mobile, and Princess Di's J-Reg SL500. Lewis Hamilton's championship-winning McLaren Mercedes also gets a look in.
Entry is only 8 Euro including a great audio guide, and it's well worth the money. You need at least 2 hours to see everything, and probably quite a lot more if you want to study it in detail.
Also worthy of note: the S-Bahn at Nekkerpark is only every 30 minutes on Sundays, so make a note of the train times to avoid a freezing wait on the platform.
This very interesting exhibition is worth a visit. You learn more about cars than in any other museum. This is due to very good audio guide that anyone gets for free at the entrance.
The exhibition goes from the beginning of the automobile, more exactly from the first car engine and classic cars to the newest mobiles from mercedes. You may see also special cars, like the Pope mobile and utility cars, eg. coaches or unimogs. Also many old-timers are exhibited.
Unfortunately it is closed on Mondays.
Amazing museum with a great look at the history and how MB was involved in it for good or for bad. After visiting all of the car manufacturer museums in Germany MB is by far the most impressive and amazing of them all. After owning a couple MBs in the past, I have additional respect for the company, brand, and their impact in our times.
I visited back in 2009. Very excited to return! Fantastic museum and definitely a must see when in the area.
Awesome museum to visit. Lots of impressive models and history around what was going on when they were built. The U-Bahn though does not run down that street during the week. Only F, Sat, Sun does the U-Bahn take you all the way but you can take bus 56 there. The price is only 8euros and you can spend here at least 2-3 hrs. CHeck out the retro design for their elevators.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is a phantastic car museum. I believe it is even better than the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, the BMW Museum in Munich or the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. I use to take foreign company visitors with me for sightseeing to show them the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The exhibits demonstrate some of the strengths of Germany in an impressive and unforgetable way. The architecture is smashing. In the reception visitors are well received by english speaking staff and get good advice where necessary. Escalators are first taking the visitors up to the heighest floor. From there one can spiral down floor by floor to ground level. The exhibits are cars and history. The close connection between history and technology and their mutual correlation is perfectly illustrated in this museum. The roaring and partly fatal political, social and technological trends are nicely displayed and commented. This is why I love this museum very much. Everything started in 1886 with the first combustion engines. Then we learn about more and more improvement. Among other things wars are driving forces. The climax of the exhibition is certainly the Gullwing (Mercedes 300 SL). This car is one of the most beautiful sportscars ever build. Manufacuring started in 1954 and it had at that time sensational 215 HPs and a maximum speed of about 250 km/h. Technical progress did a lot and today even small Mercedes SLKs are easily exceeding these specifications. The museum with its large windows allows for stunning views on Stuttgart and the surrounding areas with several highways surrounding the place. These views are matching pretty well with the exhibits. After the tour visitors might discuss their impressions in the cafe or in the restaurant or think about purchasing a new car. My son asked me once: Daddy, please tell me, why are most elderly people driving Mercedes-Benz and most younger people driving BMWs?
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