Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart

Automotive industry is an integral part of the evolution of German history and economy and no visit to the country can be complete without a peep into atleast one of the many auto museums around the country. While in Stuttgart, I had a choice between 2 – Mercedes Benz or Porsche and needless to say I opted for the former since I always fancied owning and driving a Mercedes.

The building appears very modern and sleek from outside with a ramp to facilitate wheelchair bound visitors. Once inside, it is a peek into another world demonstrating how technology is pushing boundaries every moment. Karl Benz the founder had adopted the name Mercedes from one of his early dealers who had ordered a modified car for his daughter by the name Mercedes.

The entire set up is dazzling as we moved from room to room and across floors through the circular ramp observing the evolution of the automobile industry from two wheeler’s to four wheeler’s. The riveting display of vehicles is partly thematic and partly chronological. At the end of the visit, if time permits, do sit through the show that simulates a crash and it is definitely not for the feeble hearted !!

The best part of the museum is the Audio Guide which is blue tooth enabled ( which means no punching in numbers like the art museums) and gives a choice between history, technology and student summary.

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