Heading to Stuttgart? Plan on spending a couple of hours exploring the Mercedes-Benz Museum!
- From Munich to Stuttgart | Travelling by train to Stuttgart from Munich Hauptbahnhof will take around 2 hours 20 minutes, if going direct. On a Saturday morning there’s plenty of choice, with trains departing from around 5:20 a.m. onwards. We took the 7:27 ICE train in the Dortmund direction, arriving in Stuttgart at around 9:45. Prices start at €19 per person for a one way trip.
- Booking Tickets | As mentioned in my Innsbruck post, I always book long distance train journeys through the Deutsche Bahn website or mobile phone app. It’s in English, so Google Translate doesn’t break any key functions and it’ll give you all the important information you need. If you’re booking train tickets via the DB website, you’ll also be presented with an option to add a day travel ticket for Stuttgart. As with the similar Munich travel ticket, this covers S-Bahn, regional trains, trams and buses in the Stuttgart region.| DB Website
- From Stuttgart Hbf to the Mercedes-Benz Museum | Don’t get on the S-Bahn without being covered by a valid ticket – a €60 fine per person would be a terrible start to the day! From Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof, find the S-Bahn line S1 heading in the direction of Kirchheim (Teck). Alight at ‘Neckarpark (Mercedes-Benz)’ and follow the street signs by foot to the museum. It’s a short, flat walk of around 10 minutes.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum
We visited on a Saturday in early February 2017.
- Arriving | As with most tourist activities, the earlier you can get there the better. We arrived at around 10:30 a.m. on a Saturday and found no queue, we were straight in at the free guest cloakroom to hang our coats up and there were still a few lockers available for large bags or bits you’d rather not carry. The museum got noticeably busier as the morning progressed but as it’s such a large space, we didn’t really encounter any problems with overcrowding. As we were leaving a couple of hours later there was a small queue at the ticket desk but nothing I’d call significant.
- Tell Me More | In a rather smart design move, visitors are ushered past the Audio Guide desk and into a lift that takes you right to the top of the building. The museum is laid out chronologically, starting with some of the oldest designs (whether original or replica) along with information on the founding of the business. Moving through the different floors of exhibits, connected by a descending ramped walkway, you’re moving through time and the closer to the ground floor you get, the nearer to present day you are!
- Exhibit Context | The Mercedes-Benz Museum has done a fabulous job of contextualising everything by lining the wall edges with images representing key moments in both world history and the history of the company. It grounds all the vehicles you see in their own time, giving Mercedes-Benz’s museum a surprising but welcome feeling of a visiting a history museum too!
- It’s Not Just Cars | Whilst the majority of the museum space is naturally car related, you’ll find bits of aircraft engines and propellers as well as exhibition spaces given over to vehicles grouped by theme (Voyagers, Carriers, Helpers and Celebrities). There’s even a London bus on show!
- Anything Else? | You’ll be given an audio guide on a lanyard at the start of your visit, though it doesn’t mean you have to use it. Everything is well annotated in both English and German languages throughout. We got to keep the branded Mercedes-Benz Museum lanyard too!
- Tick Tock | We spent a little over 2 hours walking through the museum, though admittedly skipped a little of the end floors. We were far more interested in the beautiful historic cars and looking at the collections grouped by theme than something from relatively recent memory. We were only in Stuttgart for the day and still had things to see!
Location | Mercedesstraße 100, 70372 Stuttgart, Germany
Opening Times | Tuesdays to Sundays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
Admission | Standard Adult €10 per person. Free for Children up to 14. Various Pricing Groups.
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Always check with the Mercedes-Benz Museum to confirm any exhibit closures, opening times and prices before you travel!