How meeting a couple in a bar…Led to an afternoon surrounded by automotive splendour.
Janis and I pulled up two seats to the bar, ordered our drinks, and settled back to enjoy the evening; reminiscing over what a fine day we'd had, and how shortly we'd be heading to our 4th Christmas destination in Germany, Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Then that thing occurred, that happens to all of us when we travel, we hear a familiar accent. We'd pulled up to another couple of Brit's.
We struck up a conversation, and one of the topics was the shock retirement of Nico Rosberg and the availability of one of the hottest seats in Formula 1.
When the conversation turned to our final destination, Stuttgart, the question arose.
The short answer was no; our Christmas markets had been the focus of the trip.
The second reason; we drive Audis, and we have done for over 15 years. I should be heading to Ingolstadt, home of the four rings, not Stuttgart - home to not only Mercedes but also Porsche.
Where is the the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart
How to get to the the Mercedes-Benz Museum
- By Air
The nearest airport is Stuttgart Airport, about 35 minutes (10.5mls/18.5km) from the museum by taxi. Take a browse through ebookers.com for departures from your local airport.
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- By public transport
The museum is around 4mls/6.4km from the centre of the city and can be reached in around 20-25 minutes by bus.
Planning a visit to the Mercedes Museum in StuttgartSo in a moment, we had a new item on our agenda
Where is the Mercedes-Benz Museum, StuttgartWould you believe it?
The Mercedes-Benz museum sits on Mercedesstraße or Mercedes Road, opposite a huge Mercedes-Benz site.
You'll also pass Mercedes-Benz Arena & the Porsche Arena on the drive to the museum - You're very much in Germany's 'Motor City'
Once discreetly parked up at the far end of the car park, which, as you've probably guessed, is about 70% Mercedes anyway, we head to buy our tickets.
The story at the Mercedes-Benz MuseumStart at the beginning
After purchasing your tickets, you are shepherded towards an elevator, that looks like it's taken straight from Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis. The elevator takes you to the top of the museum, and the start of the story.
The exhibits are priceless and detail how Carl Benz & Gottlieb Daimler independently shaped the future of the motoring world.
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Discovering the Mercedes-Benz MuseumThe journey through time
The many levels of the Mercedes-Benz MuseumThe Collections
On several floors is a separate area dedicated to a collection of vehicles detailing how Mercedes-Benz has been at the forefront of innovation.
The collection ranges the broad areas of motoring the brand reaches into from the 'Gallery of Voyagers', with its buses, taxis, people carriers and the like.
The best of the Mercedes-Benz MuseumThen perhaps my favourite section
The section dedicated to motorsport. Here there are true legends, a gallery of some of the most notable racing machines ever built. The list of drivers that have raced for them is equally impressive.
You'll find a selection of interwar racers, the original Silver Arrows. The likes of the W25, W125 & W154
This hall of fame takes you through its Le Mans victories with Sauber; it's truck racing exploits, the DTM battles it's waged against the likes of Audi, BMW, Opel, Alfa Romeo - to name but a few.
Before arriving bang up to date with its latest F1 Grand Prix cars
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