Trip to Stuttgart
On Saturday, January 15, 2000 Tom Rooney and I drove to Stuttgart.  We had heard good things about the car museums there.  We met our objective of visiting both the Mercedes and Porsche Museums.  Both companies have factories in Stuttgart. 

The Mercedes Museum was by far the best, occupying an entire building on the Daimler-Chrysler site.  The admission was free and they have mint condition cars covering the entire history of the company from 1886 to present day.

After the Mercedes Museum, the Porsche Museum was somewhat of disappointment.  Not that the Porsche Museum was bad, it just was not on the same level as Mercedes.   They had maybe 20 cars that occupied one room.  If you look at the pictures you'll see what I'm talking about.

I took pictures of every single car in both museums are there are some really good shots.  The Mercedes pictures all have captions with the dates because I was able to buy a book with the facts to match up with the pictures afterwards.  The Porsche museum didn't have a book,  so no captions for their cars.

Other than go to the car museums,  we didn't do much else besides eat pizza and drink some Dinkel Acker beer (we have yet to find a bad beer in Germany) and walk up and around a vineyard in the middle of the city. 

From what little we saw of the city, Stuttgart is a fairly modern, mostly industrial city.  It's fairly modern because it was bombed very heavily in WWII.  The terrain is hilly with vineyards right in the middle of the city, which makes for a very nice contrast.  We had a nice day for our trip.  There aren't any pictures of Stuttgart because it was a hazy day and visibility was not good.

On the drive down,  we saw a lot of evidence of the terrible windstorm that came through France and Germany in December 1999.  In southern Germany,  there were a large number of downed and snapped trees that reminded us of hurricane Hugo in Charlotte.  And that was in Germany.  France got the worst.

Fun trip.  Saw lots of cars.  Took too many pictures.   Next time I'll pace myself.


Route from Frankfurt to Stuttgart

See the pictures!!
Mercedes Museum Pictures -1

Mercedes Museum Pictures - 2
Porsche Museum Pictures


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