More than 130 years history of the automobile industry covering 16,500 square metres over nine levels, 160 vehicles and in excess of 1,500 exhibits overall: Welcome to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. Many visitors are in awe of the sheer extent of history displayed here. Firstly, let us provide you with a little insider knowledge.
1. The world’s first motorcycle was a Daimler.
To be more precise, a vehicle by Gottlieb Daimler. Built in collaboration with his chief designer, Wilhelm Maybach, in the year 1885. The first vehicle anywhere to feature a high-speed combustion engine, they named it the “Reitwagen” (riding car). The facts: 0.38 kW (0.5 PS) performance! Top speed 12 km/h! The Reitwagen is a sensation. Indeed, it is the direct predecessor of the car, which was unveiled on the world stage one year later. An exact replica of the Reitwagen is on display in the Legends 1 area “Pioneers – The Invention of the Automobile”.