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    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...

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    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

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    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...

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    Technik Museum Speyer

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    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.

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    Museum for Historical Maybach Vehicles

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    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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    Mercedes-Benz Museum

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    Photo by Paul Hoenhorst on Unsplash

    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.

    Porsche Museum

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    Photo by Wessel Hampsink on Unsplash

    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!

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    Comments (36)

    • The "Fahrzeugmuseum Suhl" is worth a visit. fahrzeug-museum-suhl.de

      It has cars and bikes, quite a lot stuff from the GDR obviously, and you might end up asking youself "Is that a Supra?". Yes, they got Supras from the 1920s. Simson Supra to be exactly, but still sportscars of their time.

      You can even have a combined ticket to visit the nearby weapons museum as well. Reason being that Suhl has a history of producing hunting- and sportsguns as well as vehicles.

      And for another bike museum I recommend to visit italy and go to the Moto Guzzi museum in Mandello del Lario. Should be obvious what is on display there. ;-)

        11 days ago
    • Due to the current inconvenience it has had to be virtual tours only - found this old post drivetribe.com/p/not-going-out-but-not-quite-staying-NLXQiVZnQ72dGBuP4ctKYQ?iid=UZlhrU_NTo-cUuEw3jSETg which has been interesting but will still want to go in person when we can get out again. Did the two Ferrari museums and Lamborghini a few years ago and seeing the history in the flesh is much better...

        12 days ago
      • Yep, I know most of them are only doing virtual tours, but at some point they will reopen and we will be free again to move and visit places, so this kind of posts is a good way to look forward to better times, for me at least :)

        I've been (for the...

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          12 days ago
      • Always enjoy a visit to Italy!

          12 days ago
    • Having been over 40 automotive pilgrimage sites (egzostive.com/museum-guide-map/), it is safe to say that Germany is probably the best place for visiting car museums. I certainly miss a few sites from this list, one is Autostadt, with a formidable Museum called Zeithaus (egzostive.com/bezieheungskisten-milestones-in-wolfsburg/). Another hidden gem is PS Spiecher (egzostive.com/ps-speicher/), in Eibeck (North-East), not far away from Autostadt. Another secret tip is the Wartburg Museum, and the Audi Forum, wich is not huge but certainly high quality.

        9 days ago
      • I've heard about most of the ones you've listed, I am going to have a look to the website and add more stuff in the next post, thanks 😁

          9 days ago
      • In case you plan to put together the same thing for Italy, let me know. I did a very superficial Motorvalley tour in 2019 (just the rudimentary, Lambo and the Ferraris) along with Alfa, and MAuto Turin in 2017. But I missed a lot of places, like...

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          8 days ago
    • Val, you're absolutely right! There's a lot of fantastic car museums in Germany. The BMW museum in Munich is one of the very best, so is the VW museum in Wolfsburg, but there's also a surprising number of smaller, privately operated exhibitions like the Fritz Busch Museum in Wolfegg (Fritz Busch was a well known motoring journalist) or the car museum in Melle, which is located in an old furniture factory. Check out my website www.glovis.de for pictures 😊

        9 days ago
      • Oh, one more hint, in case you click on the name of the museum and only see a list of pictures, scroll down a bit and click on "album", this should bring up a nice photo gallery. I know, my server is a bit of a mess... 😉

          9 days ago
      • You should really build up a front page for that amount of photos... :)

          9 days ago
    • Don’t forget the BMW museum

        11 days ago

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