The Sophisticated Architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum
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The Sophisticated Architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum

Red and Silver - Mercedes-Benz Museum

The Sophisticated Architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum

Like the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and many others across the world, the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart is worth a visit if only for its architecture.

Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum in Autumn

Inaugurated in 2006 the Mercedes-Benz Museum was designed by UN Studio, whose architects created a sophisticated geometry inspired by the shape of a clover-leaf.

Mercedes-Benz Museum Entrance

The spiralling structure is clearer once inside the building, with the museum experience following two paths from the top to the bottom in a shape reminding a double-helix. And even if museums usually are not your piece of cake, I can hardly imagine someone not enjoying seeing the beautiful old cars (more on this soon) that made the history of one of the most prestigious and innovative brands in the automotive industry.

Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum, Detail

In 2012 the Mercedes-Benz Museum had over 720,000 visitors, a third of which foreigners.

The numbers are quite impressive thinking that Stuttgart is not, in my opinion, the most  exciting city in Europe to visit, although a very good starting point to explore the surroundings like the pretty city of Tübingen, the lovely Baden-Baden and the Black Forest.

Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum

If you plan a trip across Southern Germany and the Baden-Württenberg you’re likely to arrive in Stuttgart, and while I wouldn’t recommend spending too much time in the city ( focusing instead on the more interesting surroundings) a visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum is a must.

Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart

Practical information:

Getting there (by public transport): from Stuttgart main station (Hauptbanhof) take the S-Bahn line S1 to Neckarpark (direction Kircheim). From there it’s a 5-10 minutes walk and although there are signs I didn’t find the system very clear so if in doubt… ask along the way if you’re heading in the right direction.

Opening HoursTuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Box office closes at 5.00 pm. Closed on Mondays and national holidays. 

Price: Adults —> 8 Euro. Children below 15 —> Free. Teenagers from 15 to 17 —> 4 Euro.

More info on Mercedes-Benz Museum website

 

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Note: I visited the Mercedes-Benz Museum as a guest of Deutsche Bahn and the Baden-Württenberg Board. As always, Wild About Travel maintains full control of the editorial content.

 

 

Travel addict and passionate about photography, Simon Falvo started Wild About Travel back in 2009. Leveraging her strong PR background, she developed an extensive knowledge of Digital Communications and Social Media Marketing. Besides travel writing SImon holds workshops and trainings, she collaborated with tourism boards for digital marketing campaigns and participated as a speaker at several events.
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4 Comments
  • Corinne
    Posted at 10:44h, 10 January Reply

    Simon, hi! Jim and I haven’t made it to this museum yet, but we’ll get there. We have been really inspired by architecture lately…so this post really spoke to me. Happy 2014!

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 11:09h, 10 January Reply

      I think you and Jim will like the Mercedes-Benz Museum. I also advise you to visit it inside as well as the collection. It’s truly beautiful and I found it interesting to see how the story and evolution of MB was entwined with the history of Germany/Europe.

  • Quyen
    Posted at 17:55h, 09 January Reply

    Wow, the architecture is amazing! I love visiting museums in different countries because I not only like what is inside, I like what is on the outside too!

    • Simon Falvo
      Posted at 18:40h, 09 January Reply

      It’s indeed quite interesting! Glad to read that you share my interest for museums also from an architectural point of view!

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