Visited by nearly a million people every year, the Mercedes-Benz Museum covers 125 years of automotive history. Opened in 2006, the museum covers 16,500 square meters and has 160 vehicles on display over nine floors.
Situated at the edge of Stuttgart in an area known as NeckarPark, also the location for Stuttgart’s beer festival, the museum is surrounded by the Mercedes-Benz and Daimler international headquarters and can be reached easily by car, bus or S-Bahn (urban railway).
Visitors used to be transported to the museum from the main gate of the Mercedes-Benz factory complex by secured shuttle. However, since the opening of the new building they can now roam freely and explore the architecture of the site.
Designed by Dutch architects UNStudio, the building’s unique shape is inspired by the double-helix structure of human DNA. The museum’s nine floors have been designed to be barrier free and allow visitors to move without obstruction among the exhibits and experience the history of Mercedes-Benz and automobiles first hand.
As well as taking away their experiences of the museum, visitors can also explore the Mercedes-Benz shop where they will find all kinds of souvenirs by which to remember their visit. Covering more than 500 square metres, the shop offers the widest range of Mercedes-Benz products, including desk accessories such as paperweights and Mercedes-Benz SL 4-shaped USB sticks, branded clothing and travel bags, and high-quality model cars. There is even the opportunity to buy the special-edition Chopard Mille Miglia watch which commemorates the famous yearly Mille Miglia endurance rally from Brescia to Rome and back.
The museum offers free audio tours in a variety of languages in addition to themed tours in English and German. Tours for larger groups can be booked in advance and be themed to a specific area of automobile history or Mercedes-Benz design, such as racing cars or commercial vehicles.
The museum restaurant sets the sort of high standards one would expect from Mercedes-Benz, and hosts regular events. On the second Sunday of the month there is a grand Sunday brunch buffet.
The highlight of the restaurant’s calendar comes twice a year with the Mercedes-Benz culinary events series, the Sternennächte, when for 10 evenings the casino on the top floor of the museum is transformed into a gourmet restaurant with a view of the first Mercedes and the surrounding vineyards.
Mercedes-Benz Museum, Mercedesstrasse 100, 70372 Stuttgart, +49 (0)711 173 0000
Tuesday-Sunday: 9am-6pm (last entry 5pm)