Stuttgart: The birthplace of the car

Make the most of your visit to The Battery Show Europe by spending a couple of days exploring our host city, Stuttgart.

Known as the ‘birthplace of the car’, after Karl Benz invented the first petrol-powered automobile here in 1886, Stuttgart remains an automotive hub of global importance. Below, we have handpicked some of the city’s best vehicle-related tours and museums.

Porsche Museum

First stop is the Porsche Museum, boasting a 5,600-square-metre exhibition space and more than 80 vehicles to be inspired by. From Ferdinand Porsche’s first build to the iconic 911, the museum showcases the achievements and engineering feats of the luxury carmaker.

(Opening hours: Tues-Sun 09:00-18:00) 

Visit the Porsche website here

porsche museum

Mercedes-Benz museum

Continue your journey through history at the Mercedes-Benz museum – a tribute to the inventor of the car and an insight into how motor vehicles came to be.   The museum tells the story of Mercedes-Benz through the years, with 160 vehicles on display ranging from some of the first automobiles to legendary racing cars and futuristic research vehicles.

(Opening hours: Tues-Sun 09:00-18:00)

Visit the museum website here

mercedes museum


Across the city is Motorworld, a collection of shops and display rooms. View luxury and classic cars (some are for sale, should your souvenir budget allow) and browse branded items, from driving gloves to keyrings.

(Opening hours: Mon-Sat 09:00-20:00 and Sun 10:00-20:00)

Visit the museum website here


V8 Hotel

When it is time to turn in, the V8 Hotel inside Motorworld has 26 car-themed rooms. Book the British Racing room to sleep inside a Jaguar; cruise into the USA in room Route 66; or head on to the beaten track in the off-road room. The quirky features will have you racing up the stairs.

Visit the V8 Hotel website here

v8 hotel room

We can’t wait to welcome you to The Battery Show Europe, and for you to experience what Stuttgart has to offer!