The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is home to more than 125 years of company history. Mercedes-Benz is the oldest car manufacturer and the history goes back right to the first car that was built in the year 1886. In the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, this history is illustrated in an impressive way.
In 2016, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart celebrates the 10 year anniversary. Since the opening, more than seven million people have visited. The museum building has a unique architecture. The museum body, which seems to have no straight walls or corners, is 47.5 meters high. In spite of the size, the building still looks very dynamic with its curved shapes.
In the Mercedes-Benz Museum you will find 160 cars and 1’600 exhibits on an area of 16’000 square meters. On seven levels the museum explains the company history and the development of the car industry in the context of contemporary history.
Come along and join a tour of the Mercedes-Benz Museum
The history of Mercedes-Benz is explained by means of seven legends which narrate the chronological history of the brand. Five Collection rooms, which are dedicated to a topic of automotive history, supplement the tour.
The seven levels are dedicated to the seven legends: pioneers, Mercedes, times of change, post-war miracle, visionaries, new start and silver arrows. The five collection rooms cover the aspects of voyagers, carriers, helpers and celebrities and the last one is reserved for special exhibitions.
Equipped with an audio guide, we are transported with a lift to the uppermost level and back into the year 1886. Here the tour starts and gradually spirals down through the museum and through the automotive history.
The amount of material that you can access on your audio guide is huge. In total, there are 42 hours of information, original records and interesting stories available. No wonder that we only listen to a fraction of it.
Legend 1: Pioneers (1886-1900) – The Invention of the Automobile
The Benz patent motor car, designed by Carl Benz, was the world’s first automobile with a gasoline engine.
The Daimler riding car, designed by Gottlieb Daimler und Wilhelm Maybach, was the first vehicle with a gasoline engine and the world’s first motorcycle.
Legend 2: Mercedes (1900-1914) – Birth of the Brand
The Mercedes-Simplex 40 HP is the oldest Mercedes still in existence. It was the direct successor to the 35 hp Mercedes designed by Wilhelm Maybach, which was the world’s first automobile of the modern age.
Collection 1: Gallery of Voyagers
The short-nose bus LO 1112 has been produced in the Mercedes-Benz plant in Buenos Aires. It was purchased in 1969 and operated by Hector Prieto in Buenos Aires.
Legend 3: Times of Change (1914-1945) – Diesel and Supercharger
The Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster is the car of the rich and famous in the 1930s.
Legend 4: Post-war Miracle (1945-1960) – Form and Diversity
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL production sports car presented in 1954 was the dream car of the 1950s. It is also known under the name of Gullwing. The vehicle is based on the successful competition version of 1952. Its space frame weighs only 50 kilograms and is particularly sturdy, but did not allow normal doors because of the high-side struts.
Legend 6: New start (since 1982) – The Road to emission-free Mobility
With the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive, Mercedes-AMG starts a new era. The local emission-free super sports car is the most powerful AMG high-performance car of all time and has four electric motors.
Legend 7: Silver Arrows – Races & Records
With the W 196 R streamlined car Mercedes-Benz returns to Grand Prix racing. At the first race of the new Formula 1 car on July 4, 1954 in Reims Juan Manuel Fangio and Karl Kling land a double victory. With the improved version of the streamlined car he wins the 1955 Grand Prix of Italy and is at the end of season world champion again.
Information about the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart
Address: Mercedes-Benz Museum, Mercedesstrasse 100, 70372 Stuttgart
Admission price: Day ticket EUR 8, day ticket reduced EUR 4
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday closed
Arriving by public transport: From the main station take the S-Bahn line S1 in direction Kirchheim (Teck) to NeckarPark (Mercedes-Benz).
The bus of the Stuttgart City tour is stopping right in front of the museum too.
Arriving by car: From Karlsruhe take the A8 until motorway interchange Stuttgart, take the exit Vaihingen. Then take the A831, then take the B14 towards Stuttgart-Zentrum and continue on the B10 / B14. Follow the Mercedes-Benz Museum signs.
From Ulm take the A8 to the exit Esslingen-Zentrum, then take the B313, then the B10 towards Stuttgart until the exit Stuttgart-Ost. Follow the Mercedes-Benz Museum signs.
From Heilbronn take the A81 to the exit Zuffenhausen, then the B10 towards Stuttgart-Zentrum and the NeckarPark traffic guidance system towards Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt/Esslingen and then follow the Mercedes-Benz Museum signs.
Parking: Parking is available in the museum parking garage and in the parking garage P4. For the first to the third hour the parking fee is EUR 1 / hour, from the fourth hour EUR 2 / hour.
Catering: In the museum there is a coffee bar and a restaurant
In the Mercedes-Benz Museum you will learn everything about the history of the automobile manufacturer. On seven levels you can immerse yourselves into the development of the company and the automotive industry.
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