And we’re off… to the best automotive museums in Europe
It’s nearly here, the day we’ve all been waiting for. For some, it will give a sense of freedom, liberation and overall joy. For others, it means we will finally be able to get some of that good old Mediterranean sun. I am of course, talking about the holiday, that one trip you take over the summer where you can be carefree and unwind from your 9–5 job.
So, the big question is, where do you want to go first? We are lucky enough that Europe has some of the best curated automotive museums in the world, so you really are spoiled for choice. As well as being icons in the world of automotive manufacturing there is something else that Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche all have in common: fantastic heritage museums. If you are a fan of the motor industry, these five have to be at the top of your must-see list.
If you fancy visiting Stuttgart in Germany this summer, you not only have one, but two incredible automotive museums; Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. With its vast collection and ever-changing exhibitions, the Porsche Museum is somewhere you will no doubt want to visit more than once. The architecture of the building itself is impressive, let alone the sheer number of vehicles on display, including the very first Porsche; the Type 64, to the oldest 911 and if racing’s your thing they have the length and breadth of Porsche’s motorsport history.
Just a short 15-minute drive down the road and you’re at the enormous Mercedes-Benz Museum. Spanning over nine floors with an overall square footage of 16,500, this building takes you back to 1886 with the first ever automobile invented by Carl Benz, all the way up to the present and even future models. With over 1,500 vehicles in their collection, Mercedes-Benz has everything an automotive fan could ever dream of witnessing, and then some.
After leaving Germany, why not head down to the charming towns in Italy. Home of the celebrated automotive manufacturers: Ferrari and Lamborghini. If red is your favourite colour, they have plenty of it at Ferrari’s not one, but two museums. The first is based at their headquarters in Maranello and another one dedicated to its founder, Enzo Ferrari down the road in Modena. Take a tour exploring how this brand has become one of the most recognisable in the world, thanks to the Prancing Horse. F1 fans, prepare yourselves to see the championship winning cars driven by the likes of Schumacher and Lauda on display.
Delve deep into the transformation that Lamborghini has made over the last 58 years at the Mudetec Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese. Not only can you see the historic Miura as well as newer models like the Aventador and Huracán, but here you are able to step inside a driving simulator and experience what it really feels like behind the wheel of a Lamborghini.
The past year and half hasn’t been easy for anyone, we’ve been unable to enjoy so many things that in the past we have taken for granted. But, no more. This time has taught us to go out and experience as much as we can, and I for one cannot wait. If you are looking for a new experience in your career, get in touch with Marc Brunel Recruitment to see how we can help you.
– Akash Cheeda