Inside the Mercedes and Porsche Museum in Stuttgart

Inside the Mercedes and Porsche Museum in Stuttgart


I’m one of those people for whom the car is the way I go from point A to point B. And look at that. I don’t read specialty magazines, I’ve never been to an auto parts store and I have no interest in knowing about the benefits of automatic transmissions. In other words, my interest in cars is limited to urban mobility issues. So it was journalistic curiosity that led me to the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museum there. Stuttgart, a city in Germany recognized as the birthplace of the automobile. And, as I expect here, I came back happy.

The interior of the Porsche Museum.

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Mercedes-Benz Museum

At the end of the 19th century, in various parts of Germany, engineers Carl Benz and Götlib Daimler sought to create the first car powered by an internal combustion engine. Benz received a patent for the invention for the first time in 1886. The year is the starting point for a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum, located in a futuristic building in the district of Bad Cannstatt, half an hour by train from the main station of Stuttgart . With the principle laid out in the lines above, I chose public transport. I took the S1 line towards Kirchheim and got off at Neckarpark (Mercedes-Benz) station. Sign boards showed me the direction of the museum during the 15 minute walk.

Comprising 160 vehicles and around 1,500 objects, its collection is spread over nine floors connected by ramps. In addition to their accessible character, their design was inspired by the spiral of human DNA, a shape found by the architects to symbolize the creative spirit of the German brand recognized by the three-pointed star.

Classic Mercedes makes the eyes of motorsport fans sparkle.

Classic Mercedes makes the eyes of motorsport fans sparkle.

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O a story It is supported by showrooms, which include popular passenger cars and utility vehicles. Information panels relate real-world facts to events in the carmaker’s trajectory. Between looking at the luxury model and the fire truck, I realized that Mercedes-Benz built safety features like an airbag and ABS brakes. I also learned that their first cars carried more water to cool the engine than oil to run it. Welcome to the history lesson.

At the end of the road, the ramps led me to the Silver Arrows section, as Mercedes-Benz cars were christened in the past, invincible in various car competitions. Among them, Formula 1. There are legendary cars, such as those that gave Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio two world titles and, of course, models driven by seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

'Silver Arrows' cars on display at the museum.

‘Silver Arrows’ cars on display at the museum.

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Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm, the Mercedes-Benz Museum (10 euros) is as elegant and luxurious as almost all of the brand’s shiny cars. But not elites. Even those who are not interested in cars end the tour less ordinary people than they entered. For those who insist on an audio guide, it’s free and available in eight languages ​​(no Portuguese).

Porsche Museum

Opening hours and admission prices are the same as those of the Mercedez museum. Additionally, the S6 train to Weil der Stadt will stop at Neuwirtshaus (Porscheplatz) station just 15 minutes after leaving Stuttgart main station (Hauptbahnhof). The composition door opened and I fell into the museum.

The bold aesthetic of the automaker’s cars is reflected in the architecture of the building, which seems to float at first glance. White dominates the floor and interior walls. Of the approximately one hundred designs on display, the multi-colored ones easily distracted this visitor. Randomly, my visit was private and undisciplined. I avoided anyone who stopped car by car, plate by plate with the technical specifications of the model at the time. And I often got quick lenses from those who seem to know everything about those cars and just need a picture of the engine. A photo, not a selfie. And you read it right. Engine.

The color of the cars contrasts with the museum's white floors and walls.

The color of the cars contrasts with the museum’s white floors and walls.

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People like this need to come back often, after all, the museum has a policy of swapping or mixing cars and items on display. And also because of temporary exhibitions. I saw a show about the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a traditional endurance race held in France since 1923 and for which Porsche holds the record, with 19 victories.

Hotel V8

In Le Mans, sleep is for the weak. Already inside Böblingennext to Stuttgart, the French race fills the dreams of those who stay in one of the V8 Hotel’s themed rooms. In the Le Mans room (daily from €174.80), the bedside table is made of flattened tires and the armchair is made in the shape of a helmet.

Le Mans Suite themed decor.

Le Mans Suite themed decor.

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It has worked out, after all, that there are two hotels of the brand (the oldest is called V8 Classic) within the Meilenwerk Stuttgart Region, the former Württenberg state airport converted into a multi-functional complex. In other words, there are many spaces, occupied by events, restaurants, exhibitions, windows where collector cars are stored, among other activities related to cars.

And there is a fetish to feed the anger of the car. There are shelters that resemble workshops, a gas station and even a car wash. Beds and other furniture were created from large pieces of car bodywork. Accommodating up to four people, the Mercedes Suite (from €622.25 per day) occupies four floors of the former airport control tower. In addition to the large bedroom, its 120 square meters include a living room, kitchen, bathroom and dry sauna and a terrace where you can see the horizon. And cars, of course.

In another suite, washing the car is a breeze.

In another suite, washing the car is a breeze.

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