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The Carl Benz Tour to the Birthplace of the Automobile

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The Carl Benz Tour to the birthplace of the automobile with milestones in the fascinating history of the development of the Mercedes-Benz brand.

Drive a classic car through Baden-Württemberg’s routes famous for their automobile history.

Take the wheel of your classic Mercedes-Benz SL and discover milestones in the fascinating history of the development of the Mercedes-Benz brand. Join us as we make our way through Baden-Württemberg along roads that played a part in the history of the automobile, and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of a land that is rich in more ways than one. Enjoy picturesque villages and the gently rolling countryside on your journey from the past to the future. You will follow the footsteps of the inventor of the automobile on the historical route of Bertha Benz. Your visit to the workshop of the historic Benz factory will bring the spirit of the inventor back to life. The excursion to the Maulbronn Monastery, a former Cistercian abbey and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is as much a symbol of contemplation with six cylinders as our visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum. It seems to have been created especially as a place for us to continue our impressive journey through the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand into the future.

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The Carl Benz Tour to the Birthplace of the Automobile

Your travel highlights.

  • Discover veritable treasure troves when it comes to the classic car with the star
  • Guided Tour at the Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Visit of the historical Benz Factory
  • Impressive landscapes of Neckar Valley and “Württemberger Weinstraße”
  • Wine Tasting at the winery Heitlinger Hof
  • Drive along the historical Bertha Benz route
  • Heidelberg Castle and Maulbronn Monastery (World Heritage Site)

Your travel highlights.

  • Discover veritable treasure troves when it comes to the classic car with the star
  • Guided Tour at the Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Visit of the historical Benz Factory
  • Impressive landscapes of Neckar Valley and “Württemberger Weinstraße”
  • Wine Tasting at the winery Heitlinger Hof
  • Drive along the historical Bertha Benz route
  • Heidelberg Castle and Maulbronn Monastery (World Heritage Site)

The Carl Benz Tour to the Birthplace of the Automobile

The trip at a glance.

Day 1: Swabian Tuscany

Your journey starts among picturesque vineyards at the winery and Hotel Heitlinger Hof, your home for the next two nights. Your eyes will light up when you see a dozen Mercedes-Benz SLs lined up in the bright sunlight after enjoying lunch with your fellow travellers. Sink into the driver’s seat, turn the key and breathe life into the cylinders. Charming vineyards, picturesque timbered houses and romantic villages will be your accompaniment during the first stage of the trip, which takes in the “Württemberger Weinstraße” in the direction of Maulbronn Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage site), the best preserved monastery north of the Alps. The cloistral city, with its elaborate timbered houses and romantic gardens, has retained its charm, which you can experience during your guided tour through the centuries. Upon your return, chef Jochen Hanser will spoil you with the finest cuisine.

Day 2: A vision becomes reality

It is a well-known fact that Dr. Carl Benz invented the automobile in Mannheim in 1886. What people do not know is that nobody wanted to buy one back then. When his wife, Bertha, got behind the wheel and drove the first long-distance journey in 1888, things started to change for the better. Today, you will follow parts of the original route and discover original venues. In Ladenburg, not only will you experience the atmosphere that might have surrounded Carl Benz when he built the Motorwagen, but you will also travel back in time and learn about the strange and sometimes bizarre visions of the future of those days and how the innovations and mobility of the 19th century might have looked through the eyes of the young visionary. You will have the opportunity to visit the Heidelberger Schloss – the epitome of German Romanticism – the ruins of which are nestled on a hillside overlooking the historical center of Heidelberg. Mighty castles, deciduous woods and golden yellow fields alternate with the deep green vine branches in the steep vineyards of the Neckar valley, as you drive your classic cars back to the hotel along quiet rural roads. See, taste and understand: in the wine cellar of the Heidlinger Hof you will be able to sample selected premium wines before ending the day with a delicious dinner.

Day 3: A journey through the history of the automobile

Following the roadbook, you will leave the gentle hills, the golden yellow cornfields and the deep green vineyards of the Neckar valley behind you as you head towards Stuttgart. The Mercedes-Benz Museum, the only place in the world that covers automotive history from the very beginning, is the highlight of today’s stage. And of course you enjoy the privilege to drive in front the main entrance upon the museum’s hill with your classic roadster. You will continue your journey through time, enjoying the spectacular architecture of the building and its exhibits, on a guided tour through the eventful history of Mercedes-Benz. You will, of course, encounter the classic cars you have been driving for the last few days in the exhibition and you can now proudly declare that you did more than just admire them. On your way back to Tiefenbach you will experience the lovely Neckar-valley once again and rev the six cylinders of your roadster a last time before finally heading home.

Trip details

Back to the Future.

  • Baden-Württemberg
  • 3 Days
  • July

Overview of dates.

We can offer you the following dates for the Carl Benz Tour:

Time Price Number of guests
06―08 July, 2018 1.295 € p.P.* max. 18**
13―15 July, 2018 1.295 € p.P.* max. 18**

Other dates and individual groups from 12 people on request.

*Single room supplement on request.

**Two people always travel in one vehicle. Models will be swapped.

The General Terms and Conditions of Nostalgic GmbH and Co. KG, which you can view here shall apply.

Services.

Included in the price:

  • Nostalgic classic Mercedes-Benz SL (W113 and R107) for you to drive, including fully comprehensive insurance (excess of EUR 500)
  • Two nights with breakfast at the hotel Heitlinger Hof ****Superior in Tiefenbach
  • One Lunch
  • Two dinners at the Heitlinger Hof gourmet restaurant
  • One wine tasting session
  • Admissions, guided tours
  • English-speaking guide
  • Roadbook and vehicle service throughout the entire journey

Not included in the price:

  • Meals, unless otherwise indicated
  • Outward journey to Stuttgart

The legendary Mercedes-Benz

For over 125 years, unique innovations and timeless elegance have ensured that the three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz is pointing towards the future. In the first half of the 19th century, the lifetime achievements of two personalities – Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz – revolutionised the history of the car, laying the foundations for individual mobility. Ever since, ingenious engineers have been coming up with revolutionary inventions time and time again. Take the SL sports car for example, a fascinating success story from Mercedes-Benz, which, since its introduction, has become legendary. With its own special character and charm, it’s the number one dream car and luxury roadster of all time, even after more than 60 years. Two letters have rarely gained such charisma. The abbreviation SL, synonymous with “sporty and light”, could, thanks to the roadster’s sophisticated design, pioneering technology and how pleasurable it is to drive, equally refer to “superior living”. With its classic car trips, Classic Car Travel brings the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL to life with maximum pleasure behind the wheel and a passion for tradition.

Drive classic cars – a special driving experience

The charm of the classic car doesn’t only start once you’re behind the wheel. When almost a dozen Mercedes-Benz SLs are lined up, shining in the sun, your eyes will already light up. Spring 1963: return to the era when the W 113 was introduced. Its hardtop, which curves inwards slightly, is reminiscent of the type of roof that pagodas have in the far east, and is what gives this Mercedes SL series its characteristic name “Pagoda”. With both the W 113 and its successor, the R 107, it’s impossible not to be transported back to the golden seventies, when luxury class was a term used in the automotive industry to describe people who had “made it”. Feelings of nostalgia are conjured up as soon as you hold the ignition key to one of these legendary Mercedes-Benz SLs in your hand. But don’t get in just yet. First of all, transform your roadster into an open-top convertible. The handy stowage space for the roof under the bonnet, painted the same colour as the body of the car, will get you warmed up.

Now it's time: it won't start at the push of a button: you turn the ignition key – a magical moment – the engine starts up slowly, and is soon screaming out for you to take it out for a spin. Wonderful: you take in the round, analogue elements. Be it the chrome jewel gear shifting gate with its delicate Bakelite knobs in the Pagoda or the cherished root wood inlay in the cockpit of the R 107, the chrome-plated ventilation elements or the snappy wipers on the headlights: as a driver behind the wheel of this Mercedes-Benz SL, there's one thing that will really strike you: absolute control.

This feeling will stay with you whilst you drive, when the six-cylinder engine powers up. These vehicles continue to impress not only their passengers, but also passers-by. After just a few miles, you'll notice how people like you and 'your' Mercedes-Benz. Strangers will wave at you. Other vehicles on the road will forget the hustle and bustle around them for a moment and greet you by flashing their lights; other drivers will even give way to you. And suddenly you'll remember how bends used to feel, that ascending and descending take some concentration when driving. By now you've enjoyed an original driving experience that you'd previously deemed lost. Welcome to the world of classic cars. With Classic Car Travel, you'll manage to square the circle: to slow down whilst driving. You won't need to worry about anything, thanks to the Mediterranean sun at your destinations, the wind in your hair, carefully selected picture-postcard routes an all-inclusive package with Classic Car Travel.

Our models

MERCEDES-BENZ 280 SL (W 113) THE SPORTY, LIGHT PAGODA

How do you get highly accomplished power deployment and impressive elegance under one roof? Engineers and designers solved this problem with flying colours in the spring of 1963. The Mercedes-Benz SL W 113, successor to the legendary 190 SL and 300 SL super sports car, was introduced and was, from then onwards, known to its fans as the “Pagoda”. It effortlessly balances the comfort of a touring saloon with the liveliness of a sports car, and is, to this day, the most elegant and desirable convertible for anyone who appreciates the simple elegance and spirit of the sixties. Hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra loved this classy car.

MERCEDES-BENZ 300 SL (R 107) THE STAR AMONGST STARS

In April 1971, a new Mercedes-Benz SL finds its way to people's hearts: the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL (R 107). The roadster presents itself as powerful and prestigious, having been given a removable roof by its creators. Under its long bonnet, an eight-cylinder engine roars into life for the first time. In fact, the R 107 really belongs to the German movement of 1968, as the ultimate decision to create it was made on 18 June 1968. In Hollywood, Dallas and the Königsallee in Düsseldorf, stars, celebrities and nobility sauntered around the streets in this elegant car. Plenty of chrome and distinctive bumpers and window frames give the vehicle a self-confident, sovereign look. The R 107 quickly became a bestseller. In addition to the comfort typical of a Mercedes-Benz, a number of small details make life with this car a real pleasure. Charming detail: the rechargeable torch built into the glove compartment.

Your route through Baden-Württemberg