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Mercedes Benz Museum
Mercedes Benz MuseumMercedes Benz MuseumNear Stuttgart, Germany in Untertürkheim within what is now DaimlerChrysler's main factory sits the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Arriving at Untertürkheim does not bring the excitement that you get nearing Maranello. There are no Mercedes-Benz flags in the shop windows nor do you see the Mercedes name bandied about, yet when you arrive at the factory gates there is no mistaking the fact that you are in the presence of some very serious automotive minds. Mercedes might lack the flair of Ferrari but certainly is more than a match in their record of success. To get to the museum you must use a special bus that takes you from just outside the factory to the museum's main entrance.The museum itself is a modern glass and steel structure that displays around 100 cars. Admission is free and the cars you'll see span the history of the automobile, for it was near this site that the very first gas-powered automobiles were built. Gottlieb Daimler, Karl Benz and Wilhelm Maybach strove to harness the internal combustion engine into a practical vehicle for personal transportation. Here you will see the results of their labour. The museum has a small store and a cafe. The store has a number of items such as die-cast cars that cannot be purchased anywhere else.

Mercedes Benz MuseumMercedes Benz MuseumMercedes Benz MuseumMercedes-Benz is very proud of the fact that they invented the first practical automobiles and upon entering the museum that is what you'll see. Be sure to grab one of their wireless radios for a description of all of the exhibits. The museum has angled floors that lead you up through the museum and the cars are arrayed in a more or less historical order. I understand that this museum has been or is being replaced by an entirely new building. Please check the Automotive Museums section for the latest informantion.

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