A Mercedes governs the road with its power. The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany emulates power and amplifies innovation. When you travel to the Stuttgart area, spend the day in the sanctuary to design.
Stuttgart is the transport capital of Germany, home to the headquarters of Daimler, Porsche and Maybach. The prototype for the Volkswagen Beetle was built here. Stuttgart pioneered the light rail, or trams, in Germany.
A local genius, Karl Benz, invented the first automobile propelled by oil. Benz was a co-owner of an iron foundry. He started fiddling with engines to earn additional income. His 1879 patent for a two-stroke engine led to the creation of Benz & Company. Benz played with the idea of combining engines and vehicles powered by petro. In 1883, he received the patent for the gas car. Benz and company launched a line of cars and never looked back.
On the other side of the city, Gottlieb Daimler and his partner, Wilhelm Maybach, were creating a series of novelties, including a high-speed motor; a four-wheel car; and a gasoline-powered motorcycle. After years of success, Daimler became ill and died at age 62. Maybach left to start his own company. DMG management approached Karl Benz, and the two companies merged as Daimler-Benz, Daimler AG today. The Mercedes-Benz Museum tells its story.
The eight-story museum looks sculpted by Thor in circular steel, concrete and glass. The shape of each floor is the symbol of Mercedes’ three-point star, which shows a part of the past, present and future. For example, the second floor is about historical and current Mercedes trucks. Other levels focus on the legends of Mercedes-Benz; celebrity cars; sustainability technology; And future visions.
Racing is the soul of the company and the seventh floor is the most fun. From the beginning, Daimler understood the importance of the Grand Prix and other road races for its innovation and brand building. Careers played a key role in getting Mercedes out of the remnants of World War II. As a producer of vehicles for the German army, Allied bombers pulverized Daimler and Stuttgart. Motor racing emerged as an important post-war sport. The presence and the victories of Mercedes-Benz accelerated the sales of the whole world.
Stuttgart is an excellent stop on a German itinerary with other museums and some great castles, such as the spectacular Schloss Hohenzollern. The centerpiece is the Mercedes-Benz Museum. After a visit, you will give more respect to the Mercedes that just blew your doors on the highway. The races are in your DNA.