I recently had the opportunity to visit the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, which is one of Europe’s most magnificent museums. The museum houses a massive collection of antique and vintage Mercedes-Benz automobiles dating from 1886 to today’s models. It also has some pretty unusual exhibits, such as remote-controlled cars that you can drive around the museum, a complete car for youngsters to sit in and play with buttons, switches, dials, and so on, and a spinning Mercedes-Benz logo on the ceiling.
I remember the details so vividly because I also lost my favorite cap when visiting the museum. Luckily, I found out I could have Amazon orders delivered to Germany so I bought a similar cap, although things will never be the same again…
Moving on, the section devoted to all things racing was my favorite section of the museum. This area of the museum demonstrates Mercedes’ prowess in motorsports as well as how Mercedes-Benz has always been on the cutting edge of automotive technology.
Carl Benz invented the automobile in 1886, and the museum tells its tale and narrates its history, bringing it to life through its placement in the contexts of technological advancement, everyday life, social history, and popular culture, among other things. The main characters are more than 160 automobiles of varying shapes and sizes. They cover a wide range of topics, including some of the first autos ever built and famous racing cars, and futuristic research vehicles.
At any time, the traveler can switch between excursions. Both tours conclude with the banked turn “Silver Arrows – Races and Records,” which reveals the brand’s actual, unadulterated legendry for the first time.
“The Fascination of Technology” is an additional component that allows visitors to witness what goes on at Mercedes-Benz daily while also providing knowledge on themes related to the future of the vehicle, such as driverless automobiles.
The segment starts with old racing cars like the 1886 Benz mentioned above Patent Motorwagen and progresses to pre-war racers like the 1937 W 25 Silver Arrow. It then moves on to post-war racers such as a 1954 W 196 R Streamline and a 1955 W 196 R Formula One racer in which Juan Manuel Fangio raced to his first-ever F1 victory.
Following that, it highlights Mercedes’ racing achievements in the 1960s and 1970s, with racers such as the 1963 W 196 R Formula One vehicle.
All of the racing cars are displayed in glass cases so that you can have a close look at them. But the real treat comes on the museum’s second level, where there’s a room dedicated solely to previous Mercedes racing successes, plaques of race results and prizes, and some really rare images of prior Mercedes-Benz racers.
There are also several special race cars on display, such as the 1986 Sauber C9 Group C racer (which is exceptionally sleek-looking) and many examples of Mercedes’ current racing machinery in both the American Le Mans Series and Formula One races.
It’s incredible how far Mercedes-Benz has come in the last 125 years. They’ve come a long way since their three-wheeled, two-horsepower “motorwagen” to being the most dominant team in modern-day Formula One.