I didn’t get a chance to write about the great car museums in Stuttgart because I was more focused on the VfB Stuttgart vs FC Schalke game as well as the other sporting events and fishing days that were happening about the same time. That’s why I thought now would be a good time to write about the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Car Museums which are both pretty close to each other as well to the Mercedes-Benz Arena, home of VfB Stuttgart. So unlike some cities such as Hanover, Kaiserslautern, or Augsburg where they don’t have much to offer in terms of visiting it other than a football game, Stuttgart has more. Like Ingolstadt and Munich having both a football club and a car museum, Stuttgart has TWO car museums! And they are within short driving distances of each other.
I’ll start off with the Mercedes-Benz Museum which is shaped like in this weird circular, oval shape so when people show up, they gradually go downwards so they can see the change in their vehicles as time went on. From the first simple cars to classical cars to eventually the modern day powerhouse, technological advanced automobiles that they are today. That was the intention of how Mercedes-Benz wanted to show their history. The museum also has a few oddball vehicles as well which make it neat.
Lastly, the other famous car museum is the Porsche Museum. The museum itself is this future white building that just sticks out which I cannot explain it. But the intention of the museum is for the guests to come in and walk in a circular motion to see the variety of cars there, almost like the Porsche Museum to tell the story. The major difference is that I found the Porsche museum to be the more attractive one over the Mercedes-Benz due to the sheer volume of race cars as Porsche is a pretty famous brand in the racing world. Some of the world champion drivers had their cars on open display in the Porsche museum.
So, there you have it. Germany’s famous car brands and automobile culture lies in these 4 museums:
Audi in Ingolstadt
BMW in Munich
Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart
Porsche in Stuttgart
I advise people to take their time in seeing these museums in southern Germany because going to all 4 in one day is a very hard thing to do because of the distances between the western two museums and the eastern two museums. Best recommendation that I can give is to spend some luxury time enjoying some time in both places particularly the football games and other tourist attractions in-between that will make it more pleasurable than trying to rush it all in one go.