The capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg is idyllically situated in a lush valley surrounded by woods, orchards and vineyards. The city is “only” 1,000 years old and started out as a horse farm (Stutengarten = mare garden). It was only after Napoleon conquered the region that the Swabian town became the capital of the Kingdom of Württemberg. After World War II, the Pietist town grew into one of the major cities of Germany, famous for its economic might (Mercedes, Porsche) and its cultural life (State Opera Hous, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra).
Automotive History: From the early beginnings until today
“The automobile is a temporary phenomenon. But the horse will always be there,” said Kaiser Wilhelm at the beginning of the 20th century. That is why the exhibition starts with the horse. It continues with motorized carriages right through to the latest inventions. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is the only museum in the world that can display history of the automotive industry from day one without any gaps. On nine levels and 16,500 square meters 160 vehicles and more than 1,500 exhibits are on display.
Travel back in time into Porsche history
Situated at the headquarters of Porsche AG in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is one of the most spectacular automobile museums in the world. On 5,600 square meters of exhibition space, approximately 80 vehicles are on display from the early beginnings to present day Porsche history, including racing cars, production cars, prototypes and trials. The rare exhibits are still being used in classic car races. In the museum workshop, you can watch how the oldtimers are being restored and prepared for their race.