Discovery tour for curiosities in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

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Discover curious exhibits in the Mercedes-Benz Museum that tell very special, frequently extraordinary stories.

Discovery tour for curiosities.

An engine that looks like a grandfather clock; a fire truck with an engine but pulled by horses; the Klemm-Daimler light aircraft, suitable for circumnavigating the world; a measuring car with an umbilical cord and the legendary “Uhlenhaut coupé”: discover curious exhibits in the Mercedes-Benz Museum that tell very special, frequently extraordinary stories.

Welcome in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

You start your discovery tour in the 19th century. At that time, the horse was still the most used form of transportation.

Legend 1: Pioneers – The Invention of the Automobile.

Working independently, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz were the brains behind the first automobiles, which turned their wheels first in 1886. A combination of their brilliant inventions and the input of equally inspired partners such as Wilhelm Maybach helped to get the world on the move.

Legend 2: Mercedes – Birth of the Brand.

When Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz first launched their respective companies – Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) and Benz & Cie. – they used their own family names to vouch for the quality of their products. While Carl Benz continued to pursue this strategy, a new name came into the equation at DMG courtesy of Emil Jellinek, one of the firm’s best customers. During motor races, he participated under the pseudonym “Mercedes”, the name of his daughter.

Collection 1: Gallery of Voyagers.

With the invention of the automobile, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz newly defined mobility and also travel. In the early days of the new means of transport, however, travel was an elite pleasure, a privilege of the well-to-do upper classes. The bus democratized motorized travel, and large groups of the population were able to enjoy the new dimension of mobility.

Collection 2: Gallery of Carriers.

As the inventor of the truck and the van, Mercedes-Benz revolutionized goods transport. Gottlieb Daimler built the first truck in 1896. In the same year, Carl Benz developed the first van, called “delivery vehicle” or “business vehicle” at the time. With their inventions, they laid the foundation stone for the motorized transportation of goods.

Legend 3: Times of Change – Diesel and Supercharger.

Automobiles and airplanes are more closely related than it would appear at first. As early as 1888, Gottlieb Daimler had supplied the engine for an airship owned by Leipzig-based bookseller Friedrich Hermann Wölfert. Both Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) and Benz & Cie. started developing engines specifically for aircraft even before World War I. 

Legend 4: Post-war Miracle – Form and Diversity.

The German economic miracle after World War II would have been inconceivable without vehicles from Daimler-Benz. The political fathers of the social market economy, the Deutschmark and the economic miracle had themselves chauffeured through the flourishing country in representative Mercedes-Benz saloons and cabriolets. 

Legend 5: Visionaries – Safety and the Environment.

In the development of new models, Mercedes-Benz engineers have by tradition accorded high priority to safety and the environment at all times. After the invention of the automobile in 1886, it was initially a question of giving the new means of transport operational reliability and easy handling.

Legend 7: Silver Arrows – Races and Records.

Racing successes are an important part of the Mercedes-Benz story. Ever since the first automobile race in 1894, Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands have repeatedly used motor races to prove their performance and reliability. The company’s proud record in the motorsport arena is, of course, dominated by the Silver Arrows that have become part of car racing history. 

End of the discovery tour.

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