A chance visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart.

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How meeting a couple in a bar…

Led to an afternoon surrounded by automotive splendour.

It started innocently enough as we relaxed in Hausbrauerei Altstadthof in Nuremberg after a day exploring this town, and it's beautiful Christmas markets.

Janis and I pulled up two seats to the bar, ordered our drinks and settled back to enjoy the evening, and reminisce 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.

Two beers, Nuremberg, Germany

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.

"Are you going to the Mercedes Museum then?"

The short answer was no; the 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.

Across the red and white roofs of the Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg. Germany

So in a moment we had a new item on our agenda

We decided the best idea was to head there on the day of our arrival. The run from Rothenburg ob der Tauber was only just over 90 miles/150km, and we were going to be on the autobahn 😉

Gathering in Markplatz, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Our itinerary now contained something very un-Christmassy

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Would 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.

Our Tip

You can buy your tickets online if it's not a last-minute affair. You just need to visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum site - 2020 prices are €10 per person.

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Start 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, that 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.

Benz Patent Motor Car, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

As you follow the spiral slope downwards, you step through the timelines of the two corporations of Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft & Benz & Cie.

Exhibits detail how Gottlieb Daimler's 'Grandfather clock' engine found applications in more than just motorcars.

The Grandfather Clock engine, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

The journey through time

As you follow the slope between levels, the global storyline is played out, touching on the impact of the First World War, and the struggles that followed along with the merger of the two corporations in 1926.

Mercedes double phaeton, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

All the while you get the opportunity to marvel at the wonderfully maintained cars that represent key moments in the timeline.

The dashboard of the 500 K special roadster, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Along the timeline, the brand comes to the blip in its history - Its collaboration with Germany's National Socialist Party or Nazi's as we know them. There was going to be no avoiding these dark years in the company's history.

The car of world leaders - 770 Grand Mercedes open tourer, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

From the darkness comes light and I am sure you don't have to be a car lover to appreciate the beauty of some of these creations.

The 300 SL coupé and 300 S convertible A, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
The gull-wing 300 SL coupé, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

The beauty goes deeper than the skin - the interiors of these cars are works of art.

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

This timeline continues right up to present day, and Mercedes-Benz's PR department have been hard at work highlighting the work that it has been making on environmental issues and sustainability.

The Collections

On several of the floors is a separate area dedicated to a collection of vehicles that detail how Mercedes-Benz has been at the forefront of innovation.

The collections range from the broad areas of motoring the brand reaches into, from the 'Gallery of Voyagers', with its buses, taxis, people carriers and the like.

An Argentine Mercedes-Benz bus, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

Through the 'Gallery of Carriers' (Trucks & utility vehicles), 'Gallery of Helpers' to the 'Gallery of Celebrities'. Cars of the rich & famous like Princess Diana's 500SL, Ringo Starr's 190 E 2.3 AMG and even a Popemobile.

Lady Diana's car and the Popemobile, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

These collections punctuate the journey through time.

Then 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 equally impressive.

You'll find a selection of interwar racers, the original Silver Arrows. The likes of the W25, W125 & W154

The Mercedes-Benz W 154 3-liter racing car and friends, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

The glorious 300 SLR '722' of Sir Stirling Moss that triumphed on the 1955 Mille Miglia. The number comes from the car's start time of 7:22 am.

722, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

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

Lewis Hamilton's F1 Grand Prix car, Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

I leave the museum satisfied, a worthwhile diversion from all that gingerbread & gluhwein.

Have You?

Visited the museum? Or were you tempted to visit the Porsche offering, also in Stuttgart?

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A chance visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart.

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