• Off the beaten track: With the 350 SE in South Africa.
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    Off the beaten track: With the 350 SE in South Africa.

    Guest feature

    Text and photos: Philipp Wente

A metropolis in the middle of a national park.

South Africa. The southern-most country on the continent where the human race began. The mother country. A direct flight to the only metropolis situated in the middle of a national park. With around four million inhabitants, Cape Town is the second largest city in the country after Johannesburg. And a dream destination for generations. Even the landing approach to Cape Town International (CPT) airport is an experience: to the right, the turquoise-coloured ocean and on the left Table Mountain and Lion’s Head at the foot of which Cape Town is situated. Starting from here, I am going to drive through the Western Cape region for the next two weeks. Without a defined destination. Or to be more precise: without a defined travel destination. The aim: just to travel.


W 116 in silver green metallic.

I have arranged to meet Marcus Hoelper at the airport; a German who earns his living renting classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles to tourists, photographers and locals. He is waiting with his 350 SE (W 116) in silver green metallic, but needs to leave soon for the next handover. So his instructions are brief: drive on the left, obviously. It’s a right-hand drive, of course. “Have you ever driven on the left?” “Yes, yes, I’m an England fan and I’ve been to India.” “Good. The spare wheel is in the boot. Oil too. Please check the coolant regularly. Any more questions? No? Fine. Then have an exciting time. Have a good trip. See you in two weeks.”


Sovereign and elegant, almost glamorous.

So here we are; the 350 SE and I. I take a good look at it from all perspectives. Its lines: clear. In contrast to modern bodies, the surfaces are of an almost simple structure. Chrome trims, aluminium, the baroque wheel rims, the wonderfully discreet colour – all that gives it a sovereign and elegant, almost glamorous appearance, even after 38 years. I stow away my suitcase in a boot the size of a cellar and go to the driver’s door … oops, that was the front-passenger door. So over to the driver’s door, I sit down in the armchair-like seats and adjust the mirrors. And start the V8 engine which snarls distinctly for a moment and then turns over rhythmically and almost without vibration. Indicate right and our adventure can begin.


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The V8 is the rhythm section.

Nelson Mandela Boulevard, M2, leaving Cape Town. Past Woodstock. Palm trees waving in the wind remind me of the flailing hair of the hippies during a Janis Joplin concert. The V8 is the rhythm section. A monotonous humming sound, only interrupted by short solos consisting of aggressive snarls when overtaking. The accompanying theme: the rustling of the palm trees in the wind. I pass the exit at Stellenbosch on the left. Maybe I’ll drive to the Winelands later. For the moment, I’m enjoying the smell of freshly burnt stubble from the fields. A pleasant barrique flavour hangs in the air.


Close to Strand, I take the R44 in the direction of Betty’s Bay. On the left the steep mountains, towering up into the heavens. They rise up from the turquoise ocean on the right. In between runs one of the most beautiful roads in the world, which they have named the Whale Coast Route. Spacious beaches, devoid of people, black flags with sharks drawn on them. On the horizon, far beyond the Atlantic blue, you can make out the Cape of Good Hope and the Twelve Apostles in the haze of the day. See you soon, Cape Town.


The shimmering road.

Baboons squat by the side of the road. The older ones gaze stoically towards the cliffs. The ocean doesn’t seem to be their thing. But it is mine. I drive on, mountains to the left, the ocean to the right. After days of sand and sea, of white and turquoise, I am drawn inland. There are many vineyards and fruit plantations and a lot of brown, barren landscape. From the top of the Tradaouw pass, the road is steep down to Barrydale. Putting the automatic into “N”, the downhill race can begin. The 350 SE starts rolling. And gets really fast. The tight bends allow a maximum of 120 km/h. A brief speed rush. And then I arrive in the valley: back to “D”. Drive and dream at around 70 km/h. I drive for what seems like an eternity without seeing a single soul. The road shimmers and my thoughts clear.


One of the most enchanting roads.

“Rise early,” I was advised. While the valleys are still dark, the highest peaks are just being caressed by the first light of the day. To the left lies the Swartberg Pass in the direction of Prins Albert. Gravel. The whole way, uphill, downhill, gravel. For 27 kilometres. Birds are standing aimlessly around on the road with dassies dozing next to them. Gemsboks are startled because usually no car drives this way at this time. The last clouds are disintegrating above the mountain range. The sky is nothing but blue from now on. It is cool up here. It’s an archaic mountain landscape, rough, barren, brown and black only, untouched. Of a simple, almost overwhelming beauty. Zigzagging steep bends, sometimes bordered by stone walls, sometimes with nothing. And then again and again, there is the view. It must be one of the most enchanting roads that man has ever built.


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Into the light, with a star on the bonnet.

In Prins Albert, I treat myself to a copious breakfast as the sun comes up. Afrikaans houses from the 18th century decorate the main road of the cosy, small town. Before setting off back, I drive to the only fuel station. Here in Africa, the following rule applies: always start your journey with a full tank, with enough oil and with at least 5 litres of water. So, back to the Swartberg Pass.


At Eerste Water, a river with crystal-clear, cold mountain water, I have a break. The freshwater crabs as big as a man’s hand and the many small fish which are endemic to the region show no reaction to my feet in the water. Driving uphill, I drive straight into the sunlight: the star on the bonnet seems to melt into the grey-coloured gravel. I’m enjoying every moment.


All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the author and sometimes not of the Daimler AG.

  • Guest feature: AMG and Puch – as different as the four seasons.
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    Guest feature: AMG and Puch – as different as the four seasons.

    Along the Elbe with an early Puch G and a Mercedes-AMG G 63.

    Fuel consumption combined: 13.8 l/100 km;
    combined CO₂ emissions: 322 g/km.*

Traditional meets contemporary.

Opposites attract. Contrasts sharpen the senses. In November, the Nikkei Nine restaurant opened its doors in the Vier Jahreszeiten (lit.: Four Seasons), Hamburg’s 5-star Fairmont hotel. Located on the banks of the Alster, the hotel bathes in light, bringing a fresh, exotic and international flair to the city. We pay the metropolis on the Elbe a long overdue visit – and not just in any old cars.


We can do contrasts, too. Together with photographers Stefan Bischoff and Andre Josselin, model Hanna Fischer joined up two other models: a 37-year old Steyr-Daimler-Puch 230 G and a brand-new Mercedes-AMG G 63 for a ride across the bridges over the Elbe, drawing contours with the two red off-road vehicles that couldn’t be any more defined. Old and new, strikingly complementary – just like the new restaurant in the old hotel.


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No chips today.

Sankt Pauli. The cold December wind blows from the Reeperbahn across the Heiligengeistfeld giving the closed snack bar a lonely and grey appearance. In the evening, a cuisine awaits us derived from the dishes made by Japanese immigrants in South America. So we don’t want to spoil our appetites with chips anyway.


A clear bid for individuality.

Every single corner in Hamburg, every tributary of the Elbe and every building radiates that old, Hanseatic flair. In recent years, city planners have proved themselves experts in enhancing the raw charm of the port with bright accents. Between the HafenCity and the Dancing Towers on the Reeperbahn, the city has always remained true to itself, but has still managed to go with the times. The same can be said of the two G-Class models with which we are here. The early 230 G from 1980, then sold as the “Puch G” in Austria, Switzerland and the other bordering COMECO countries, appears almost innocent. The G 63 from 2016 has the same form and a similar colour, but is a completely new interpretation of the off-roader. Traditional and contemporary. Class.


Limousine-like.

When the robust, angular off-road vehicle was first presented in 1979, off-roading became socially acceptable. All-wheel drive was no longer just something for the local communes and forest wardens, but also of interest to well-off private customers. The G-Class was different; it was an individual vehicle for modern individualists. 38 years later it is still being produced in Graz with a high degree of manual work involved, but has been technically further developed and leaves nothing to be desired with regard to comfort. Today, a G-Class symbolises an active lifestyle. Most owners no longer hound their Mercedes-Benz across off-road terrain, but they could if they wanted to. With no restrictions.


Welcome to the Nikkei Nine.

The furnishings of the Nikkei Nine also impressively reflect how tradition flows into modernity in the culinary field. Here, you won’t find the somewhat dark, gold-decorated gaudiness that we associate with many Asian restaurants. Everything is brightly lit, the seating for around 100 guests is well spread out and a tempting scent hangs in the air.


A breath of fresh air within dignified walls.

How many different and surprising tastes can we experience in one evening? In a small adjoining room, Osaka-born Yuki Hamasaki makes the finest sushi variations which he expertly seasons with home-made wasabi.


Fish imported from Japan and locally-produced, hand-picked ingredients pamper the palate. The journey through the far-eastern delicacies is accompanied by fine wines or lass of sake. But only for those of us who have no more driving to do today.


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Pearls of the night.

Hanna doesn’t want to return yet. She wants to muse over the impressions of the afternoon and evening and drives the Puch G down to the Elbe, to a lonely spot opposite the port facilities. A quiet rumbling and squeaking drifts across from the cranes; the heavy industry on the other side never rests. However, the big city is slowly falling asleep. An evening full of contrasts lies behind us. Culinary variations in a modern restaurant, surrounded by the traditional walls of the Vier Jahreszeiten hotel. Added to that, two red-painted works of automotive art, with 36 years of development separating them. What an experience. Hanna closes her eyes, looking forward to whatever comes next.


Mercedes-AMG G 63 (W 463): The Beast. As much as it is a beast it is also a true icon or a statement on wheels.

Guest Feature: GTspirit Winter Experience 2017.

AMG wolf pack: The second edition of the GTspirit Winter Experience took place during a weekend in January.
Text: Des Sellmeijer
Photos: Michael Schoellhorn

All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the author and sometimes not of the Daimler AG.

AMG supplied three different winter cars: the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC (X 166), the Mercedes-AMG G 63 Edition 463 (W 463) and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC (W 166).

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC: Fuel consumption combined: 11.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 276 g/km.*

Mercedes-AMG G 63: Fuel consumption combined: 13.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 322 g/km.*

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC: Fuel consumption combined: 12.3 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 288 g/km.*

Weekend with AMG wolf pack.

At a recent weekend in January, supercar owners and car enthusiasts from over nine different countries met up for the second GTspirit Winter Experience. Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG provided us with three all-wheel drive vehicles for the winter tour from the German city of Munich to Sölden in the Austrian Alps. The AMG wolf pack was complemented with several teams who joined the event with their own cars.

AMG supplied three different winter cars to the GTspirit crew: the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 Edition 463 and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC. Although on paper they might look very similar – large SUVs all equipped with the famous 5.5 litre AMG V8 biturbo engine also known as M 157. But in reality each of the three cars has its own distinct character.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S – the sports car.

The GLE 63 S 4MATIC is the sports car of the three. The 5.5 litre V8 produces a maximum of 585 hp and 760 Nm of torque, with a lower weight than the other two it rockets from 0–100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and tops out at an incredible 280 km/h. To put that into perspective: the nil to 100 sprint is as quick as the former CLK 63 AMG Black Series. And it is not just fast in a straight line – thanks to some clever technology and AMG suspension setup it is incredibly quick through corners as well with body roll reduced to a minimum.

The GLE 63 S 4MATIC (W 166) is the sports car of the three. The 5.5 liter V8 produces a maximum of 585 hp and 760 Nm of torque.
The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC (X 166) is the ultimate travel car. It packs the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and performance. And it is easy to drift, too.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 – the Gran Turismo.

The GLS 63 4MATIC is the ultimate travel car of the three with space to fit up to 7 people plus luggage. The power output is the same as in the GLE 63 S, but due to its slightly higher weight it sprints from 0–100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and tops out at 270 km/h. The GLS is incredibly easy to drive and despite its sheer size it is a car easily to fall in love with. It packs the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and performance. And believe it or not but it is easy to drift, too.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 – the Gran Turismo.

The GLS 63 4MATIC is the ultimate travel car of the three with space to fit up to 7 people plus luggage. The power output is the same as in the GLE 63 S, but due to its slightly higher weight it sprints from 0–100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and tops out at 270 km/h. The GLS is incredibly easy to drive and despite its sheer size it is a car easily to fall in love with. It packs the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and performance. And believe it or not but it is easy to drift, too.

The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC (X 166) is the ultimate travel car. It packs the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and performance. And it is easy to drift, too.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 Edition 463 – the Beast.

Last but not least we present the G 63 – as much as it is a beast it is also a true icon and a statement on wheels. The M 157 engine produces 571 hp and 760 Nm of torque in the G 63. This allows for a 0–100 km/h sprint in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h. That makes it the slowest of the three, but the G has some aces up its sleeve. How about true 4WD and three electric locking differentials making it unstoppable on any terrain.

This G 63 is no ordinary G 63 – it is the special Edition 463. The Edition 463 references the internal model code for this generation G-Wagon W 463 which has been in production since 1990. Later this year Mercedes-Benz will unveil the new G-Class which will have a brand new chassis for the first time in 27 years.

This G 63 is no ordinary G 63 – it is the special Edition 463. It references the internal model code for this generation G-Wagon W 463 which has been in production since 1990.
Mercedes-AMG G 63 (W 463) – The Beast. As much as it is a beast it is also a true icon or a statement on wheels.

First checkpoint: Kochel am See.

The unique winter experience starts at Munich Airport where some of the participants arrive from very diverse countries like the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. The first part of the tour leads the pack through Munich and south towards Garmisch on the German Autobahn. The area has been blessed with the first proper snow fall of the year and arctic temperatures so the surroundings look like a true winter wonderland. After a dash on the legendary Autobahn we exit to reach our first checkpoint: Kochel am See. This little village is located at a small alpine lake at the foot of the Alps and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. And to make it even better the snow clouds make way for blue sky and sunshine.

First checkpoint: Kochel am See.

The unique winter experience starts at Munich Airport where some of the participants arrive from very diverse countries like the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. The first part of the tour leads the pack through Munich and south towards Garmisch on the German Autobahn. The area has been blessed with the first proper snow fall of the year and arctic temperatures so the surroundings look like a true winter wonderland. After a dash on the legendary Autobahn we exit to reach our first checkpoint: Kochel am See. This little village is located at a small alpine lake at the foot of the Alps and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. And to make it even better the snow clouds make way for blue sky and sunshine.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 (W 463) – The Beast. As much as it is a beast it is also a true icon or a statement on wheels.

Over the Kesselberg, past the Walchensee.

From Kochel am See we continue south on the scenic B 11 over the Kesselberg past the Walchensee towards the Austrian border. At Mittenwald we exit the main road and take the narrow L14 up towards Leutasch. For the first time the road is snow covered and we can test the capabilities of our cars’ all-wheel drive systems. Equipped with winter tires, the GLE 63 S, GLS 63 and G 63 have no problem making it up the twisty mountain road.

Drifting the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC (X 166) in the snow. Equipped with winter tires there is no problem for the GLS 63 to make it up the twisty mountain road.
Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle: The GTspirit Winter Experience 2017 in Austria.

On to Sölden.

Meanwhile we have crossed the border between Germany and Austria and there is nothing more than a sign to indicate we switched countries. As we pull up to our rustic lunch restaurant Ropferhof we have a scenic view down into the Inn valley. After a few selfies we get back into the cars to head to our final destination: Sölden!

Our convoy of cars turns heads in every village we pass and the brawny V8 sounds echo between the traditional Austrian houses. Especially the G 63 is not a car for the shy – it puts itself in the centre of attention time and time again.

GTspirit Winter Experience 2017. Outside the spectacular glass building of the ice Q skiers slide by while non-skiers travel down with the gondola like James Bond in “Spectre”.

Like James Bond in “Spectre”.

The next morning we wake up to crisp mountain air, the thermometer outside shows -12 degrees Celsius – at 1,368 metres above sea level. Better put on some warm clothes as we are going to the top of the mountain at 3,048 metres today. With a spectacular 360 degree panorama and blue skies as far as the eye can see, the ice Q on the Gaislachkogl is there to match the view. Outside the spectacular glass building skiers slide by covered top to bottom to protect them from the double digit minus temperatures, but inside it is warm and cozy. After lunch the skiers and snowboarders slide down the Gaislachkogl while some of the non-skiers travel down in the gondola like James Bond in “Spectre”.

300 kilometres back to Munich.

After four action-packed days it is time to head home again – the 300 kilometres back to Munich allow one last time to drive the three AMGs back to back. The G 63 is a very unique car that has no match in terms of style and off road capabilities. On the road the G 63 is no match for the performance and handling of the GLE 63 S and GLS 63. Especially the GLS is a very pleasant car for long journeys with the air suspension and the long wheel base.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC (W 166): thanks to some clever technology and AMG suspension setup it is incredibly quick through corners as well with body roll reduced to a minimum.
Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle: The GTspirit Winter Experience 2017 in Austria.

Common passion for cars.

Four days after we started at Munich Airport we return to a very cold international airport. What an epic weekend it was – the perfect mix of driving, skiing, sledging and other winter activities but best of all was the international group of participants that all shared a common passion for cars and wintersports.

Common passion for cars.

Four days after we started at Munich Airport we return to a very cold international airport. What an epic weekend it was – the perfect mix of driving, skiing, sledging and other winter activities but best of all was the international group of participants that all shared a common passion for cars and wintersports.

Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle: The GTspirit Winter Experience 2017 in Austria.

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Confidently stylish and attractive: The C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) as an urban companion.

The C-Class Cabriolet – an open view of two metropolises.

Confidently stylish and attractive: the C-Class Cabriolet as an urban companion.

Openness as an attitude to life.

Two great cities, 24 young people and a shared idea: discover selected insider tips in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main with Mercedes me/My Guide. Savour the urban flair of these two cities – and experience the advantages of the new open-top C-Class.

Openness as an attitude to life in the C-Class Cabriolet (A 205).
Our local guide, Frankfurt photographer Vanessa Fuentes, has a heart for her city.

Mercedes me: Behind the scenes.

And we’re off: accompanied by Mercedes me/My Guide and a local, the teams set off to discover the coolest insider tips in the two vibrant cities. A host is waiting for the participants at each of the stops, providing exciting behind-the-scenes insights into the chosen locations. The best routes for entertaining excursions and many other recommendations are exclusively available at: mercedes.me/myguide.

Mercedes me: Behind the scenes.

And we’re off: accompanied by Mercedes me/My Guide and a local, the teams set off to discover the coolest insider tips in the two vibrant cities. A host is waiting for the participants at each of the stops, providing exciting behind-the-scenes insights into the chosen locations. The best routes for entertaining excursions and many other recommendations are exclusively available at: mercedes.me/myguide.

Our local guide, Frankfurt photographer Vanessa Fuentes, has a heart for her city.

Excellent outlook.

Freedom-loving, active, progressive – these are the compelling features of the C-Class Cabriolet. Qualities that are shared by the participants of the one-day city tour in Frankfurt and Berlin. There is plenty to discover while travelling with the C-Class Cabriolet and the SLC Roadster: exciting insights, new perspectives, and the exclusive comfort offered by the cars’ sportily designed interiors. Inspiring moments and thrilling experiences that are best enjoyed as part of a team.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) – looking good outside Hayashi in Frankfurt.
The participants in the SLC Roaster (R 172) and C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) at the Osthafen in Frankfurt, looking forward to the next stage of the tour.

Open-air in Frankfurt.

She’s Mercedes at its best: In Frankfurt it’s “ladies first” because it’s twelve selected female participants and a savvy local guide who are taking to the wheel. The Frankfurt photographer Vanessa Fuentes accompanies the tour, revealing exclusive insights into the Main metropolis, various venues, and the people behind them.

Open-air in Frankfurt.

She’s Mercedes at its best: In Frankfurt it’s “ladies first” because it’s twelve selected female participants and a savvy local guide who are taking to the wheel. The Frankfurt photographer Vanessa Fuentes accompanies the tour, revealing exclusive insights into the Main metropolis, various venues, and the people behind them.

The participants in the SLC Roaster (R 172) and C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) at the Osthafen in Frankfurt, looking forward to the next stage of the tour.

Fashion and design in the heart of Frankfurt.

Beside the Frankfurt Stock Exchange it’s worth making a stop here to meet Kerstin Görling who has made a name for herself as a successful fashion blogger and the owner of Hayashi. At her fashion store, she presents and curates selected collections from both new and established designer labels. All of the team members would love to stay a little longer to talk about new trends or pick out one or two pieces, but the road is calling: a July afternoon, 27 degrees Celsius – a perfect day for open-top driving fun in the Frankfurt area.

Insider tips and exciting places: just as well that Mercedes me/MyGuide knows the best bars, restaurants, designers and stores in the city. On the way there’s just time for a stop at Blaues Wasser on the Main embankment, where Goran Petreski provides a penetrating portrait of this event venue’s history. And then we hop over to Morgen & Studio Rehberger where Tommy Tritsch delivers plenty of behind-the-scenes insights and invites everyone to a meal at the next opportunity as well.

The women’s team in Frankfurt enjoys the perfect blend of fashion, big city and Mercedes-Benz.
Preparing kosher pastrami sandwiches at Maxie Eisen. Enjoy!

Deliciously kosher in the style of the twenties.

After all of the day’s exciting impressions, the twelve women go straight to Maxie Eisen. This little bar in Frankfurt’s trendy Bahnhofsviertel pampers its customers with well-made drinks and kosher treats such as the incomparable pastrami sandwiches. High-end cuisine, a 1920s-inspired interior, and the central location make this place unique. It’s an excellent spot for the team to share their impressions of the tour and relax before bringing the day to a fitting end.

Deliciously kosher in the style of the twenties.

After all of the day’s exciting impressions, the twelve women go straight to Maxie Eisen. This little bar in Frankfurt’s trendy Bahnhofsviertel pampers its customers with well-made drinks and kosher treats such as the incomparable pastrami sandwiches. High-end cuisine, a 1920s-inspired interior, and the central location make this place unique. It’s an excellent spot for the team to share their impressions of the tour and relax before bringing the day to a fitting end.

Preparing kosher pastrami sandwiches at Maxie Eisen. Enjoy!

Open-air in Berlin.

In Berlin, it’s DJ and event manager Amin Fallaha who’s acting as the local guide for the twelve participants’ tour of the capital. He knows all the best venues and has lots of great insider tips up his sleeve – which means that the young men and women taking part get an intense, close-up feel for Berlin’s spirit, its international atmosphere and the huge range of art, culture and shopping on offer there.

Everyone’s looking forward to get started: local guide Amin Fallaha with team Berlin.
Ears wide open at the Funkhaus Berlin.

Berlin sound sensations.

The participants enjoy a guided tour of the buildings and studios at the Funkhaus Berlin to find out more about the secrets and stories behind radio production. The Funkhaus is no longer used for broadcasting but the various rooms remain extremely popular with musicians and music lovers thanks to their unique mix of acoustics and design. And it’s here that we meet Julien Bracht and Markus Nikolaus – the two members of Lea Porcelain – who combine krautrock, post punk and indie elements in their very own, melancholy way.

It’s an incredible sound sensation to be able to experience music live in the extraordinary setting of the Funkhaus. Along the river Spree and through Köpenick, heading for southeast Berlin, taking in a piece of Brandenburg and then back to the centre via Schmöckwitz. A worthwhile little detour, as it gives our team the chance to enjoy the advantages of open-top driving to the full.

The team at the photo session with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet in Berlin.

Enjoying the view.

And now: relaxing in Wilmersdorf. The Monkey Bar has a remarkable view – beyond the Zoo you can see out to the west of the capital. The stylish bar offers its customers urban flair and, apart from creative cocktails, it also serves delicious little treats from Neni next door: an exquisite and diverse mix of Mediterranean, Persian and Austrian culinary influences. After a day packed with interesting encounters and new-found friends, there’s plenty of reason to party – and where better to stay up all night than Berlin?

Enjoying the view.

And now: relaxing in Wilmersdorf. The Monkey Bar has a remarkable view – beyond the Zoo you can see out to the west of the capital. The stylish bar offers its customers urban flair and, apart from creative cocktails, it also serves delicious little treats from Neni next door: an exquisite and diverse mix of Mediterranean, Persian and Austrian culinary influences. After a day packed with interesting encounters and new-found friends, there’s plenty of reason to party – and where better to stay up all night than Berlin?

The team at the photo session with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet in Berlin.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205): The Portuguese photographer Miguel Domingos is on the road and shares with us “Lisbon’s Light”.

The C-Class Cabriolet in “Lisbon’s Light”.

Guest feature by Highsnobiety: The Portuguese photographer Miguel Domingos is on the road with the C-Class Cabriolet and shares with us “Lisbon’s Light”.

Presence, detail accuracy und openness.

Honing the photographer’s eye requires presence, detail accuracy and openness. But like any skill, variety is essential in training it, keeping it guessing and always attentive. Portuguese photographer Miguel Domingos knows this all too well, living and working in some of the world’s most dynamic cities developing his talent. The new “Lisbon’s Light” video tells his story as he returns to his home in Lisbon and rediscovers the city.

On the road with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205): Honing the photographer’s eye requires presence, detail accuracy and openness.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205): Missing the therapeutic and calming nature of walking on the beach and feeling the time was right Miguel then returned to Lisbon.

An invaluable experience.

It doesn’t get much more intense than living in New York City, London or Paris but keeping up with the pace and the experience is invaluable. Miguel Domingos experienced life in all three, initially moving to London in 2002 to study fashion photography at the London College of Fashion. “I trained my eye by observing different environments and people,” he explained. However, the noise can quickly become too much, and the pace of life and work can wear you out. Missing the therapeutic and calming nature of walking on the beach and feeling the time was right, Miguel then returned to Lisbon in 2015 with the momentum he’d picked up in the three global hubs.

Miguel Domingos: “Now is an incredible time to be in Lisbon! So many things are happening, there’s a real entrepreneurial feel in town and new things are happening everywhere.”

Rediscovering the forgotten city.

Not only did he return to share his journey, but he also returned to rediscover the forgotten city. “Now is an incredible time to be in Lisbon! So many things are happening, there’s a real entrepreneurial feel in town and new things are happening everywhere.” Miguel continued to describe Lisbon’s unique light as an intensely bright shower illuminating the city, reflecting in the river and colouring the hills.

Photography is Miguel’s favoured form of expression through which he shares personal stories, those who’ve impacted his life and the places that have shaped him. “A great photograph is not only the set, composition and light but what emotion it provokes in the viewer,” he explained. “Follow your instinct, find your voice and don’t be afraid to share it.”


Guest feature: All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the author and sometimes not of the Daimler AG.

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