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Germany’s automotive industry is second to none in Europe in terms of excellence of engineering, innovation and competence. It is estimated that one out of every five cars on the road around the world is a celebrated German brand. So it comes as no surprise that the country boasts a series of mind-boggling automobile museums. Belt up as we take you around the snazziest, the glitziest and the most awesome auto museums around the country.
At BMW Welt & Museum, Munich, get ready to be swept off your feet by the range of classic as well as modern cars housed in a building ensemble that can safely be described as an architectural wonder. While a visit to the BMW Welt is free, serious car geeks would find it worth their money to visit the museum too, which promises tours, tons of information and a bigger range of vehicles. The museum even offers you the chance to snap up your next car fresh off the assembly line or rent a vehicle on an hourly basis for a spin.
Am Olympiapark 2, Munchen, Germany +49 89125016001
Autostadt, Wolfsburg is no less than a temple for car lovers. The steel-and-glass cylindrical twin Car Towers has earned a place for itself in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Fastest Automatic Parking System. Here, up to 400 newly-produced vehicles belonging to the Volkswagen group are temporarily stored before being delivered to their lucky owners. In the multi-brand Zeithaus Auto Museum, visitors are walked through 125 years of the German automotive industry, the setting enhanced with admirable artwork, exciting vehicles and multimedia installations.
Stadtbrücke, Wolfsburg, Germany +49 800 288678238
The Volkswagen factory in Dresden is a magnet for car lovers from all over the world and takes visitors on an exciting journey through the history, present and future of Volkswagen vehicles. It was originally constructed as a centre for assembly of the brand’s luxury sedan, the Phaeton. Today, it is a museum where visitors get to admire Volkswagen car models, enjoy a multimedia theatre, take part in various interactive exhibits, learn about the production process, take a virtual tour through Dresden and even test drive their dream vehicles. The star of the museum is, however, is the high-tech four-door Sport Coupé Concept GTE.
Lennéstraße 1, Dresden, Germany +49 351 4204411
Classic Remise is an immensely popular museum-workshop located in Berlin and Düsseldorf. Private owners of vintage as well as swanky modern cars proudly show off their prized possessions in a climate-controlled setting. Visitors get to enjoy a wide range of cars across all known brands, purchase vehicles, tour the workshop where vehicles are serviced, get expert advice on anything related to automobiles and buy spare parts, accessories or souvenirs from the museum shop.
Harffstraße 110a, Düsseldorf, Germany +49 21122950570
Wiebestraße 36-37, Berlin, Germany +49 30 3640780