Stuttgart Germany Birthplace of the Car

For anyone with any interest whatsoever in cars, they should, at least once in their life, make a pilgrimage to Stuttgart, Germany, the home of the car.

Stuttgart is the capital of Baden-Wurttemberg in southern Germany, and it is the place where three great early engineers, Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler and Willhelm Maybach did the pioneering work which eventually morphed into the modern automobile.

Karl Benz is credited as the inventor of the car as he worked on the internal combustion engine, and was the first to patent the process which enabled the car to be successfully built. Daimler, on the other hand, invented the first high speed petrol engine and invented both t he motorbike and the four-wheel motor car, with Maybach being one of his associates. Crucially, all three men combined their skills to form the automobile company Daimler-Benz, of which Mercedes Benz is one of the best known brands.

Stuttgart is home to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, a state of the art museum, which traces the history of the automobile from the first automobile to be produced in 1886 right up until contemporary vehicles. It is an ideal place to not only ogle many historic and revolutionary vehicles, but to also fully appreciate the impact that the car has had on our lives.

The museum is enormous, covering 16,500 square metres on nine levels. The exhibition presents 160 vehicles and over 1,500 exhibits, divided into Legend rooms and Collection rooms. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is open every day except Mondays.

Another great Stuttgart motoring institution is Porsche, which was created by Ferdinand Porsche in 1931. In fact, the Porsche logo even features the rampant horse of the Stuttgart Coat-of-Arms.

Porsche built everything from tanks to tractors, but is best known for the design of the Volkswagen Beetle, and Porsche’s own iconic sports cars. The Porsche Museum has more than 80 cars on permanent display, plus special exhibitions. The Museum is built near to where modern Porsches are built, and in the same place as the Porsche Design Office, where the original Volkswagen was designed.

Germans must not like Mondays for, like the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Porsche is also closed on a Monday.

Another interesting motoring attraction to visit in Stuttgart is the Meilenwerk, which is not a museum but a place where car repair shops and service providers, shops and tuning bays, classic car traders and showrooms are located. Here you can even buy your own classic car as at the Meilenwerk, classic cars and collector’s pieces can be bought and sold, restored and serviced by professional providers.

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