The Sophisticated Architecture of the Mercedes-Benz Museum

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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.

Even if museums usually are not your piece of cake, I can hardly imagine someone not enjoying seeing the beautiful old cars 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, like Tuebingen) 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 the 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.

 

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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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