6 Epic Car Museums in Germany That Every Car Enthusiast Needs to Visit

For the average gearhead or automotive enthusiast, there is no shortage of things to love about Germany. It’s hard not to find favor in a country that serves as host to the ever-mighty Autobahn and the famed Nurburgring.

However, this is far from all that is to be loved about German automotive culture. In fact, Germany is home to a diverse array of world-class automotive museums.

From the Mercedes-Benz Museum, to the Volkswagen Autostadt, the devoted automotive enthusiast could literally spend weeks on end, touring Germany’s most renowned automotive landmarks. To simplify the matter of determining which museums to visit, here are the most noteworthy car museums in Germany.

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1. Mercedes-Benz Museum

Mercedes Benz museum

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is a sight to behold for any automotive enthusiast. With nine-levels of displays, totaling 1,500 exhibits, visitors are walked chronologically through the story of Mercedes-Benz’s rise to the pinnacle of performance superiority.

The museum itself houses more than 160 vehicles of varying vintages, allowing enthusiasts from every walk of life to follow along with the historic automaker’s pursuit of perfection.

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Mercedes-Benz Museum Information: 

  • Website: https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/art-and-culture/museum/
  • Address: Mercedesstraße 100, 70372 Stuttgart
  • Phone: +49 711-17 30 000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tickets:
    • Day ticket regular: 12.00 € (approx. $13 USD)
    • Day ticket reduced (ages 13-17, seniors, volunteers, etc.): 6.00 € (approx. $6.50 USD)
    • Free entry for children (up to and including the age of 12)
  • Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m; (closed on Mondays)
  • Most popular attractions include the red roadster SL 320 previously owned and driven by Princess Diana. Also is one of the famous armored Pope Mobiles previously provided to the Vatican by Mercedes-Benz.

2. Porsche Museum

Porsche museum

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

A visit to the Porsche Museum serves as a no holds barred journey into the world of performance engineering. This museum offers it all, from self-guided tours, to all-inclusive private showcases, the Porsche Museum caters to all clientele.

Perhaps most outstanding is the fact that this museum is completely barrier-free, meaning that visitors can get up close and personal with their favorite performance vehicles.

Visitors can take an all-access production tour when visiting the Porsche Museum, allowing them unparalleled access to all assembly-related functions, from start to finish. Car enthusiasts can actually follow a Porsche-to-be from inception to post-production, every step of the way.

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Porsche Museum Information: 

  • Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m; (closed on Mondays)
  • The museum opened in 2009 and now contains more than 700 cars, including almost 200 racing cars.

3. BMW Welt & Museum

BMW museum

Location: Munich, Germany

The BMW Welt & Museum serve as two distinct destinations, within a stone’s throw of one another. For this reason, visitors should plan to spend at least 2 days onsite, in order to make the most of their experience. The BMW Welt showcases not only BMW Exhibits, but those from Rolls-Royce and MINI as well. 

Between the BMW Welt and Museum, a number of priceless prototypes, both past and present are on display, providing full transparency into all facets of BMW development. One can delve into the inner-working of BMW design and development, as if they were sitting at the drafting board themselves.

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BMW Museum Information: 

  • Website: https://www.bmw-welt.com/en/index.html
  • Address: 70435 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
    • BMW Welt: Am Olympiapark 1, München, DE 80809
    • BMW Museum: Am Olympiapark 2, München, DE 80809
  • Phone: +49 (0) 89 1250 160 01
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tickets (BMW Welt):
    • Free Admission
    • Parking garage is 2.50 € per hour (after 15 min)
  • Tickets (BMW Museum):
    • 5-hour ticket regular: 10.00 € (approx. $11 USD)
    • 5-hour ticket reduced (students, seniors, disabled, etc.): 7.00 € (approx. $8 USD)
    • 5-hour family ticket (max. 2 adults and 3 children): 24.00 € (approx. $26 USD)
    • Free entry for children ages 6 and younger
  • Operating Hours (BMW Welt):
    • Monday to Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to midnight
    • Sundays and Holidays: 9 a.m. to midnight
  • Operating Hours (BMW Museum): 
    • Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; (closed on Mondays)
  • This museum covers over 100 years of the history of the BMW. The 120 exhibits not only showcase the history of BMW vehicles but also include engines, motorcycles, aircraft, turbines, and vehicles in multiple variations. You can even pick up your brand new BMW, Rolls Royce, or Mini straight off the production line here.

4. Audi Museum

Audi museum

Location: Ingolstadt, Germany

The Audi Museum provides visitors with an experience like none other, showcasing the growth and development of various Audi models, alongside the historical events of the days in which such development took place.

Equal parts automotive showcase and historical archive, the Audi Museum provides visitors from all walks of life an educational, yet entertaining look back into yesteryear.

Visitors to the Audi Museum are greeted by a large number of automotive-based exhibits, numbering 50 or greater at any given time. Approximately 30 motorcycles of various vintages are also on display. Perhaps most renowned is the Museum’s paternoster lift, which displays a total of 14 cars in continuous motion.

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Audi Museum Information: 

  • Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m; Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Exhibits showcasing the history of the Audi include 50 or more vehicles along with vintage motorcycles. 

5. August Horch Museum

August Horsch museum

Location: Zwickau, Germany

The August Horch Museum is yet another must see attraction for automotive enthusiasts vacationing in Germany. This particular museum focuses upon the rich automotive manufacturing history of Zwickau, Germany.

Audi, DKW, Trabant, and Volkswagen vehicles were all once manufactured within close proximity to the Museum itself, with all of which now being displayed on site.

On any given day, the August Horch Museum is home to approximately 160 large exhibits, along with many other smaller displays, within its 6,500 square-meter showcases. Visitors are literally walked through every successive generation of Zwickau automotive production, concluding with exhibits representing some of the most technically superior vehicles of today.

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August Horch Museum Information: 

  • Website: https://www.horch-museum.de/webroot/en/index.php
  • Address: Audistr. 7, Zwickau, DE 08058
  • Phone: +49 375 2717380
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tickets:
    • Adult ticket: 13.00 € (approx. $14 USD)
    • Reduced ticket (students, apprentices, disabled, etc.): 11.00 € (approx. $12 USD)
    • Free entry for children (up to the age of 6)
    • Family and group rates also available
  • Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m; (closed on Mondays and holidays)
  • The 6,500 square meter museum is home to about 160 large sized and numerous small-sized exhibits. Occasionally the museum presents special exhibitions for their visitors to enjoy. 

6. Autostadt

Autostadt museum

Location: Wolfsburg, Germany

The Autostadt is about as unique and intriguing as one could hope for an automotive museum to be, and promises to be an experience to remember for all who visit. Inside the Autostadt complex, visitors are treated to a near endless array of exhibits highlighting the finest in German automotive engineering.

The Autostadt complex itself is broken up into separate brand-specific subsections, known as “pavilions”. Individual pavilions are showcase for Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley brands, among others.

The Autostadt is also known for its theme-park-esque atmosphere, providing much to be enjoyed for visitors of all ages. For adults, several automotive test tracks are available for use.

Not to be overlooked, children are also provided the opportunity to drive electric-powered miniature Volkswagen Beetles, around a unique track of their own. The complex is also home to several word-class eateries.

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Autostadt Museum Information: 

  • Website: https://www.autostadt.de/en/start
  • Address: Stadtbrücke, Wolfsburg, DE 38440
  • Phone: +49 800 288678238
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Tickets:
    • Adult ticket: 18.00 € (approx. $20 USD)
    • Reduced ticket (seniors, disabled, etc.): 14.00 € (approx. $15 USD)
    • Children (ages 6 to 17 years): 6.00 € (approx. $6.50 USD)
    • Free entry for children (up to the age of 6)
    • Family rates also available
  • Operating Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • The Autostadt is known for its exhibitions of multiple brands of vehicles including Audi, Volkswagen, and Lamborghini. But as popular as its vehicle displays is the test tracks and simulators available to visitors to the museum. 

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