If you are looking for a great place to spend one of Germany`s many rainy days or are bored at home on a Sunday, why not check out the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
One of the things Germany is famous for is its automobile ingenuityR12;in fact vehicles are Germany`s number one export and if the history of the automobile is of interest to you then you`ll want to take some time to visit this museum.
Aside from the wonderful collection of automobiles available you can learn about the entire 130 year history of the brand and it`s associates. Documented on nine floors, creating 16,500 square meters of automobile excellency. Currently the museum presents 160 vehicles and over 1,500 exhibits.
The very architecture of the building will draw you in, the idea for the building came from "the double helix structure of the DNA spiral that carries the human genome." It is meant to showcase the Mercedes-Benz brand and its purpose, which is to "reinvent itself" time and time again. At the museum you can experience a unique journey through time and automotive history, going all the way back to the birth of the automobile itself in the year 1886. You can learn about the industrial era, automobiles and WWII, the first race cars, the evolution of vehicle safety, and more. As well as get a glimpse into what the future of the industry may look like.
The museum offers daily guided tours, for both the museum exhibits and the architecture of the building. Audio guides are included in the entrance price and are available in both English and GermanR12;I want to point out that while it is an exciting and informative museum for adults that it is also a great place to bring the kids. Admission is free for children up to the age of 14 and there are some really wonderful interactive exhibits they can take part in. The audio guide has a kids section and children can receive a free "discovery book" when they enter the museum.
When finishing up a tour make sure to stop at the Mercedes-Benz Gastronomy for a great dining experience. Here, children up to the age of 7 get to choose between three free childrenR17;s dishes when accompanied by a dining adult. The museum is also home to the Mercedes Benz Classic StoreR12;here you can go shopping even on a Sunday. So if you forgot to get someone a birthday gift and it`s Sunday afternoon, this is the place to go. This store is home to a large variety of Mercedes-Benz products, including fashion accessories, clothes, watches, model cars, literature about the history of the brand and even a few children`s toys. You can also find a wide range of products displaying the famous
All in all it`s a great stop for any car or history lover. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00. *I`d also like to note that while you are not allowed to touch any of the vehicles while on tour that the museum offers special guided tours for the blind where they are allowed to touch certain vehicles and models. Guide Dogs are allowed in the museum and handicapped visitors are, of course, welcome! If you have any special needs the staff is very friendly and willing to help.
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