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Mercedes-Benz Field Trip!

Friday's class field trip took us to the Mercedes-Benz Museum...

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A sculpture of one of the early racing cars in front of the museum provided an opportunity for a group photograph that I took of the students...

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The museum itself, is really one of the better designed museums that I have visited. It combines an excellent inclusion of all the peripheral history of what was going on at the time during each decade to couple with the trends and what was being invented throughout the history of Mercedes-Benz. The chronological viewing, the building's architecture, and a well designed format that allows each visitor to follow through from the beginning of Daimler and Benz's inventions all the way to today makes this a must see museum for all. It takes anywhere from 90 minutes to a full 3 hours to take it all in - depending on an individual's pace, how much you read, and how long you view each floor of the historical path.

Since we are staying in the birth home of Gottlieb Daimler, one has to begin with his invention of the first 4 wheeled automobile...

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The museum is quite fascinating to all. One does not have to be a car buff to enjoy it because of the integration of history, industry, and how the company evolved over the years. Therefore, it is an excellent museum to visit regardless of gender, age, or interest, as there is something for everyone to absorb and enjoy.

Some particular products stood out for me and had me pulling out the iPhone to snap a shot...

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These touring cars really would have been on my wish list had I lived back in the day...

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I was fascinated with the post WWI sanctions that caused the company to diversify and create other forms of products to generate revenue and ramp up manufacturing within their facilities. One of the first bicycles that was created by the company (and many have been created since - especially from the 2000's to today including their award winning eBikes from the Smart Car division)...

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The three silver arrows of the Mercedes-Benz emblem came about as it depicted land, water, and air for their 3 product lines (cars, coaches, trucks, bikes, boats, motorcycles, planes, engines for planes, etc...). I was unaware that Daimler and Benz - although competitors in the early decades - never actually met each other. The merger took place after their deaths and the name Mercedes-Benz first appeared in the 1926 models. Throw in the fact that the name Mercedes came from a Viennese diplomat whose daughter was named Mercedes. That's probably all standard knowledge for car buffs, but it stood out as interesting information for us - especially me since I am far from being any kind of a car buff.

Here we have the model that was used by Hitler...

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Eventually, after touring all of the cars, trucks, ambulances, etc...I made it down to the race cars after about 2 hours of touring the historical path of the company...

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Beyond that is a section on the Smart Car, and it all leads through the Mercedes-Benz gift shop and finally right into the dealership where you can buy any of their products.

We had lunch in the restaurant to cap off our visit, then headed back to Schorndorf after our 6 hour field trip.

Saturday was a scheduled day trip to Tübingen which I will cover in my next post.


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