The Mercedes-Benz Museum is a must visit when you are in or around Stuttgart. It is a beautiful showcase of Mercedes-Benz cars and tells the history of the company and that of the automobile industry. If you would like to read up about the history before you go, there is information available on the Mercedes Website
We took a trip to the museum with a friend and her young daughter. It was easy to reach with public transport. The process of buying a ticket was quick and the staff spoke English.
Know before you go
- The Museum is open most of the year.
During VfB Stuttgart’s football home matches and other major events access to the Mercedes-Benz Museum may be restricted.
- The museum is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 09:00 to 18:00. Closed on Mondays. See the Website for Visitor Information
- The prices per ticket at time of publishing were €10 per adult and €5 per child.
- Ticket discounts for groups and elderly people. You can buy evening tickets at a reduced price (from 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket desk closes at 5 p.m.)
- There is a restaurant/bistro where you can buy snacks and drinks.
- Parking and good public transport options available
- Tours available
- You will need about 2 hours to go through the museum. Wear comfortable shoes
- More information on the Mercedes_Benz Museum Website.
You start the tour by swiping your ticket at the turn styles, you can get an audio guide here. The audio guides are available in a selection of languages. You then go to the top floor in a very futuristic looking lift, and are greeted there by a “one horse power”
The first section of the Museum showcases the history of the automobile and also that of the company. There are beautiful old engines, cars and trucks on display as well as examples of the mobility ideas of the time. Each section of the museum focuses on a specific theme. There are classic cars, period cars from the 30’s to 50’s, trucks, buses and tractors.
There is a section devoted to racing. Here you can see some of the Mercedes racing cars and trucks. There is also information on the company’s involvement in F1 racing. In this section there is a race simulator. It is a virtual reality experience of the different types of racing cars, mixed with a bit of a history lesson. You pay extra to go into the simulator.
Another section focuses on technology and the future of Mobility.
There is a section showcasing cars from famous people or events. The display is updated as the availability of the cars changes. When we visited, the car belonging to Princess Diana was on display, the SUV from Jurassic Park, the car the Pope used on some of his trips and many more historic models.
The awesome stuff
It is an interesting and informative museum.
Easily accessible via train, bus or by road.
The displays are well presented.
The less awesome stuff
It can become overcrowded during the peak times like weekends.
Taking photos can be a challenge due to the low light inside.
It is well worth a visit and a must for auto enthusiasts.