Car enthusiasts can learn all about the Mercedes-Benz story and see hundreds of rare vehicles at the luxury car company’s eponymous Stuttgart museum. The collection covers everything from early automobiles to Formula-1 race cars and futuristic concept designs. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum hosts themed temporary exhibits throughout the year.
For a seamless visit, book tickets online before you go. Various guided tours also make it simple to explore the museum’s collection, and many pair a visit with a driving trip along Germany’s famous Autobahn.
Things to Know Before You Go
Children age 14 and under receive free admission.
A range of hands-on activities are held for younger visitors, including an “Inventor’s Workshop,” drawing classes, and special kids’ tours.
Free audio guides are provided in eight languages.
Paid English-language tours are held Tuesday–Sunday mornings and can be booked in advance.
Large luggage is prohibited in the galleries, but the museum has a free cloakroom.
Dining options include an on-site bistro, a deli, and the upscale Bertha’s Restaurant.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is barrier free and fully accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is located east of central Stuttgart, across the Neckar River. If using public transportation, take bus line 56 or the S-Bahn line S1 from Stuttgart’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) to Neckarpark. For those who plan to drive, the museum offers ample paid parking. Access to the Mercedes-Benz Museum may be restricted during VfB Stuttgart’s home games, in which case it’s best to arrive via the S-Bahn.
When to Get There
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is open every day except Monday. The ticket office shuts one hour prior to closing time. The museum participates in the Long Night of Museums event every March and hosts the annual Mercedes-Benz Concert Summer (Konzertsommer) at the adjacent Mercedes-Benz Stadium in July.
The Porsche Museum
Stuttgart has long been a manufacturing capital, and Mercedes-Benz isn’t the only automotive heavyweight in town. If you’re a true car enthusiast, also plan a visit to the city’s Porsche Museum. In addition to its cutting-edge architecture, the museum showcases 80 rare Porsche models, from early automobiles to concept and race cars.