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Mercedes-Benz Museum picture LEFT: A vintage Mercedes-Benz car outside the museum. INSET BELOW: Gottlieb Daimler's "Reitwagen" motorcycle, an Argentianian bus, a sign on a retired  taxi from Porto, Portugal, and the Mercedes-Benz Center next door.

Visitor information

photoLocation and directions. The Mercedes-Benz Museum is part of the Mercedes-Benz campus in Untertürkheim, just across the Neckar River from Stuttgart's city center. From the Hauptbahnhof or main railroad station in Stuttgart, take the S1 subway train two stops to "Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion." Follow the signs to the museum, which is across Mercedesstrasse and a few meters down the road from the football stadium.

For more detailed instructions on how to reach the museum by car, by train, or from Stuttgart Airport, see our page of directions to the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

photoOpening times. The Mercedes-Benz Museum daily except Monday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The ticket counter closes at 5 p.m., but I'd suggest arriving no later than 3:30 p.m., since there's a lot to see in the museum.)

Prices. Ticket prices vary, depending on whether you're an adult, a student, a child, a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club, etc. Guided tours and use of the Simulator ride cost extra.

Accessibility. The Mercedes-Benz Museum was designed to meet or exceed 21st Century accessibility standards.

photoShops. The shops on the lower level of the museum have souvenirs, auto accessories, car models, logo wear, toys, books, etc. for visitors of all ages. (If you want to buy a restored classic car as a memento, skip the shops and head directly to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center a few kilometers down the road.)

Restaurants. The museum has a very pleasant bistro, a full-service restaurant, a bar with an outdoor terrace in nice weather, and a café.

The Mercedes-Benz Center

Mercedes-Benz Centre photoAre you looking for a new car? Do you just want to look at new cars? If so, the Mercedes-Benz Center (not to be confused with the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center), which is connected to the museum by an 80-meter passage, is worth a peek.

The Mercedes-Benz Center is a cross between a World's Fair pavilion and a car dealership, with 130 examples of current vehicles on display. It also has regularly changing exhibitions on research, car design, safety, etc. If you've picked up a new Mercedes during your trip, you can get it tweaked or tuned in one of the dealership's 16 service bays.

Related Web links

Mercedes-Benz Museum
The museum's Web site offers a visual tour in Flash and QuickTime. (For quicker access to practical information, use the direct links in my "Visitor information" section above.)

Gottlieb Daimler Memorial photoAllow time for a side trip to the nearby Gottlieb Daimler Memorial, where the inventor of the modern internal-combustion gasoline engine pioneered a "universal motor" for horseless carriages, the world's first motorcycle, and the world's first motorboat. (The greenhouse-workshop is located in the Kurpark of Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, which you can easily reach by car or public transportation from the city center.)

Stuttgart photoStuttgart Marketing GmbH
Use the Motor Stadt's official tourism site to plan your trip, book a hotel, buy tickets for entertainment and sports events, etc. Stuttgart is a surprising city in many ways, with attractions that range from thriving shops in Germany's longest pedestrian zone to vineyards, wine and beer festivals, mineral baths, and the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.

Stuttgart photoStuttgart is also the capital of Baden-Württemberg and a port of call for cruise vessels on the Neckar River, which runs past the city center.

(If you come during Advent, don't miss the Stuttgart Christmas Market, which is said to be one of the largest in Europe.)

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