Stuttgart, a city known for innovation and invention, is the place to be for automobile lovers and luxury travelers who enjoy creative design, history and luxury cars. Stuttgart has two of the most famous car museums in the world: Mercedes-Benz and Porsche; the workshop where Gottlieb Daimler invented the engine in Bad Cannstatt; and his original home and museum in Schorndorf; a car themed V8 hotel with the second on the way this year; factory tours and restaurants to name just a few of the highlights. This year Stuttgart is celebrating its automobile history in earnest. Not only is the automobile itself celebrating its 130th birthday but the Mercedes Benz Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Stuttgart’s Mercedes Museum.
The Mercedes Benz Museum began a countdown to its own festivities on January 29th celebrating the 130th anniversary of the invention of the automobile and culminating in a big museum celebration June 4 and 5. The motto for the celebration is, “Zukunft braucht Herkunt” or “No Future without a Past.” The museum takes visitors on an outstanding historical tour through 130 years of automotive history with audio guides available in eight languages. There are seven “Legend Rooms” that depict in chronological order the history of the automobile from the invention to present day. Five “Collection Rooms” display the diversity of the brand profile. Car lovers will flock to the “Silver Rooms – Races and Records” that not only displays famous racecars but also allows visitors to experience racing for themselves with two simulators.
When celebrating the Mercedes-Benz Museum, visitors can immerse themselves in the entire history of Mercedes starting with its founder Gottlieb Daimler. Daimler’s birthplace in Schorndorf as well as his greenhouse/workshop in Bad Cannstatt, both sites offer extensive insights into the inventor and the creation of the first engine. Daimler was born in Schorndorf in 1834 as a baker’s son; his first home has been meticulously restored and portrays the inventor’s childhood. In Bad Cannstatt, where he lived with his family when he was married, he and William Maybach used the greenhouse as their first workshop. It was here that the first engine was created in great secrecy; neighbors often complained about the two men who made so much noise in their greenhouse. Today it is the site of the Gottlieb Daimler Memorial where you can view their workshop including original sketches and designs for the engine.
Porsche Museum. Courtesy German National Tourist Office.
The famous sports car manufacturer Porsche also calls Stuttgart its home base. Race car enthusiasts will be drawn to the Porsche museum not only for the cars within but also the building’s beautiful design. The awe-inspiring Porsche Museum building, built in 2009, received the “Best of the Best” design award in 2011. Last year the museum added the “Inspiration 911” sculpture with three different generations of the Porsche 911 series mounted on posts 78 feet high driving straight into the sky. It symbolizes that Porsche is always pushing to the future. Located in front of the museum, the sculpture is a permanent addition to the museum and headquarters.
The contemporary Porsche building interior is extraordinary and visitors are transported up a high escalator to start the chronological presentation of over 80 vehicles. There are a few specialty exhibitions every year but essentially the Porsche Museum is a “rolling museum,” and the automobiles are still functioning and drivable. Many of the cars are taken to different vintage auto races and shows, such as Goodwood Festival, and that way the car museum displays a constantly changing picture. The museum has its own working auto garage, and the glass partition allows visitors to watch experts at work on the classic Porsche cars. On top of the workshop is the largest image archive in the automobile sector; it comprises over five million pictures, a media archive with more than 1,700 hours of film material and a library with over 3,000 volumes on automotive themes.
For visitors craving even more cars and even perhaps now looking to buy, there is no place better to be than Motorworld Region Stuttgart. It is a car lovers dream, with its total area of 25,000 square meters of workshops, retail stores, service providers, restaurants, theme conference rooms as well as theme exhibitions. Opened in 2009, the Motorworld has a unique ambience with the motto “everything under one roof,” offering not only vehicle restoration facilities and salesrooms, but also excellent catering, allowing visitors to enjoy the sophisticated combination of a classic car museum, an exhibition of sports cars, workshops and fine food. Visitors can see all of this and the classic vintage cars, collector’s items, accessories or car maintenance for free. Motorworld is so enticing that more than 500,000 visit this unique place every year.
Motorworld rounds out its services with the incredible V8 Hotel that focuses on everything automobile, with quirky car themed rooms. The car themed rooms include the “Car Wash Room” where guests can make themselves at home between wraparounds, pipes and a tunnel controller just like in a proper car wash. Other fun and unique themes are: Route 66, drive in cinema, filling station, motor racing and workshop. Visitors from all over the world have enjoyed the distinctive style and design. A second V8 Hotel will be opening at the end of 2016. Now more Motorworld visitors will have a chance to not only see their favorite cars but sleep in them as well. As with the first V8 hotel, 16 of the 153 rooms are planned as car-themed rooms. In addition, there will be a sales area for classic cars and high-end sports cars on the ground floor of the hotel.
Courtesy SouthWest Germany (www.tourism-bw.com)
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