If there’s one thing that Stuttgart is known for all over the world, it is cars. It is the birthplace of the combustion engine and home to two of the biggest names in automobiles – Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that there are Porsche and Mercedes museums in the city. But the museums have very different characters, one is definitely worth visiting than the other.
The Porsche Museum
The Porsche Museum was the first museum that I visited during my summer in Stuttgart, Germany in 2011. I think more than the cars, I was thoroughly impressed by the structure of museum. The contents of the museum are just Porsche cars, and as exciting as that sounds, it really wasn’t that impressive.
The museum showcases Porsche cars from every generation and really gets into what makes them so special. Sure, some cars in the museum will definitely make you drool, but that’s when you realise that you’re in less of a museum and more of a time travelling Porsche showroom.
So, go visit the building. It’s an architectural marvel! Enter if you’re tempted. Because as far as museums go, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is way more interesting and definitely worth your time.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany still is one of my favourite museums. Unlike the Porsche Museum, which is only about cars, the Mercedes-Benz Museum takes its visitors through a journey in time. It’s a journey of automobiles intertwined with the journey of mankind that starts with the invention of the internal combustion engine that was created a few blocks down the road.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum – The Coolest Museum In The World
The invention of the internal combustion engine has had one of the biggest impacts on mankind. It changed everything, from the way we live to the way we commute. Visitors start their tour of the museum once they step out of the iconic elevators in the museum. The first thing they see is a horse. That’s right a horse. The oldest mode of transportation. From there you’re taken down the evolution of travel and the problems that came with it.
Road accidents, the invention of airbags, traffic jams, the invention of buses, all the way down to WWII and present day. It’s a beautiful story told through the cars that Mercedes created. Some of the photographs in the museum (especially those taken during and after WWII) left a lasting impact on me.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is located in Bad Cannstatt, which is a good 30 mins away from Stuttgart. I remember changing trains to get there. And then once at the station, it’s a 5 min walk to the museum.
If you’re in Stuttgart, I highly recommend visiting the Mercedes-Benz Museum. After all, it’s one of the only awesome things to do in Stuttgart.