Do you like car museums? Germany is the place for you then!
A list of the car museums you can find in Germany, there's plenty of choice...
Sometimes I hear people say that Germany looks like a boring place to visit, I strongly disagree, there's a lot to see, and if you are a car enthusiast, this country sounds like heaven. Just to be brutally honest, as I'm Italian, Italy has plenty of beautiful car museums, but the issue here is the price of the tickets, Lamborghini museum (now Mudetec) has tickets starting from 15 euros, for an exhibition surface pretty small, Porsche Museum (Stuttgart) in comparison is almost half of the price, and the cars on display are more than 80...
Anyway, as I should have spent the past week in Germany but due to the current situation we're in, my holiday had been canceled, I'm turning my disappointment in a useful guide to Germans's car museums, with the hope to be soon able to go there, meet my dear friend and in the wait plan an even better itinerary.
There is plenty of choice, starting from Stuttgart where you can find Mercedes Benz and Porsche Museums, from Munich and The BMW Welt and Museum, and then Mazda, Maybach, Volkswagen, Unimog, Audi and so many more. Let's have a closer look to what's around there.
Technik Museum Sinsheim
This museum in Sinsheim ( Baden-Württemberg) has a variegated and massive collection of vehicles, looks like a must see for everyone who's fascinated by cars and transports in all their forms. The museum, displays more than 300 cars in various exhibitions areas, Sports and vintage cars, Formula 1 an historical race cars, a Mercedes Benz and Maybach collection, American cars and motorbikes. Other than that, there are Military vehicles, agricultural machinery, locomotives, and planes. For example, the visitors can see up-close both of the supersonic passenger aircraft ever made, the Concorde and the Tupolev Tu-144. The overall collection is impressive, and really they have everything, tanks, jet fighters, muscle cars from the 50's and prototypes, even dragsters...A special mention goes to the DMC-12, the Project Car Brutus that you can may remember appeared in Top Gear and The Blue Flame dragster. The ticket is only 17 Euro, and permits you to visit also the nearby Technik Museum in Speyer. There's an option to buy a two day pass as well, and looks like a good idea, looking at the huge exhibition area 50,000 m2, afterall it's the largest privately owned museum in Europe...
Technik Museum Speyer
The Technik museum in Speyer is the sister museum of the above mentioned Sinsheim Technik museum. Same tickets, different exhibitions, along with vintage cars, military vehicles, locomotives and planes, there's a Soviet Spacecraft where the visitors are allowed to walk in. Among the pieces displayed there are a Boeing 747-200 aircraft, an U9 submarine, and Houseboat, most of the big vehicles are accessible to the visitors. The museum also offers a Miniature and a Maritime Museum, and in a separated structure a museum with vintage toys, weapons, uniforms, dolls and other rare objects.
Museum for Historical Maybach Vehicles
Located in Neumarkt, this museum is the only one dedicated exclusively to Maybach cars. It's a private collection, with around twenty cars on display showing the evolution of this brand trough the years. The exhibition area is pretty small compared with the previous museums mentioned but, the location is very stylish and very well organized, other than the cars there are engines and models, and an overall dedication to show the history of this brand, that's one of the most luxurious ever made.
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Moving to Stuttgart it's possible to find some of the major car museums in Germany, starting from the Mercedes-Benz museum. The museum is a little gem of architectural design, a nine floors building that recalls the double helix of DNA, inside is modern and with plenty of natural light with different areas dedicated to the history of the brand. The visit usually starts from the last floor, where the exhibition is dedicated to car's invention, with the first models and projects made by Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler. The visit continues with the birth of the Mercedes brand and its development through the years, until arrive at their projects for the future. Last but not least there's an area dedicated to the Silver Arrows and to the glorious moments in Motorsport achieved by the brand. Tickets starts from Euro 4.90 for an evening visit to 9.75 for a daytime visit. Around the museum it's also possible to visit the Gottlieb Daimler Memorial and Gottlieb Daimler birthplace.
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After a visit to Mercedes Museum there's nothing better than a visit to Porsche museum. The building is a masterpiece of modern design, the main structure seems almost floating in the air thanks to the 3 "V" shaped columns supporting it. Inside there are more than 80 Porsche on display, along with some small exhibition. The museum offers a panoramic view on Porsche history and its development through the years, with a dedicated area to races and temporary exhibitions. Tickets have the reasonable price of Euro 9.70.
The list is long, and will continue in a second post, thanks for reading!