Discovery tour milestones in the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

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Discovery tour: Milestones.

The year 1886 marks the beginning of a fascinating success story with the inventions by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler. Motorisation on land, on water and in the air takes its course. The world’s first motorcar was followed by other inventions that had a decisive influence on the history of automotive development. Experience the Mercedes-Benz milestones.

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.

Legends 2: Mercedes – Birth of the Brand.

Product names and trademarks are much more than just identifiers and symbols. They embody the very essence of a brand and offer a concise way of communicating the image of its products. This is particularly true in the car industry.

Legend 3: Times of Change – Diesel and Supercharger.

After World War I, DMG also developed supercharged engines to boost the performance of automobiles. However, DMG and Benz & Cie., which merged to form Daimler-Benz AG in 1926, did not just want to provide vehicle owners with greater performance. They also knew that fuel efficiency was important.

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 6: New Start – The Road to Emission-free Mobility.

The 1980s mark the beginning of great social and political changes. A greater sensitivity for environmental issues gains social importance. At the same time, the end of the Cold War, globalization, an increasingly networked world and major economic crises present new challenges.

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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