Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Germany Part 3 - Stuttgart, The Porsche Museum

After lunch at the Mercedes Museum, we drove to the nearby Porsche Museum!  They're not too far from each other, which was good because we'd spent a lot more time at the Mercedes Museum than we had thought we would since it was so incredible and we wanted to make sure we were able to get through Porsche.  We didn't really need to worry because the Porsche Museum was a) much smaller, b) less informative, and c) in the midst of the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary, so that was pretty much the only car on display.  Don't get me wrong, the cars were gorgeous!  But after the Mercedes Museum, the overall content was a bit of a let down.  They covered the technical evolution of the cars, mainly of the 911, and didn't really get much into historic context.  Nonetheless, we still had to follow S around and wipe his drool off the floor....



My favorite part was the old cars (my dream car is a Porsche Speedster....) and S and K had to assume drool wiping duties for me in this section.  They were SO PRETTY!  This section only totalled maybe 10 cars, though, so it was unfortunately short lived...

One of the interesting parts of the 50's anniversary ode to the 911 was the inclusion of 50 facts about the 911 stuck down along the floors of the museum.  The one above was my favorite - "The first Porsche Turbo driver in the world is a woman" - awesome!  We also made S pick out his favorite 911 model from the past 50 years - it took him over 10 minutes to decide and then after we took this picture he said "no, no, I changed my mind, I think I'd pick this one instead" and pointed to the red one just over his right shoulder.  His obsession with cars knows few bounds...




The only reprieve from the 911 exhibit (with the exception of the vintage cars) was the race cars.  I don't know if you can tell, but in the 3rd picture the race car is actually attached to the ceiling above us - I guess the aerodynamics of the car could actually allow for it to function upside down at high speeds!  In the fourth picture the third car was pretty interesting - it was painted pink and sectioned off with dashed lines like a livestock animal would be - it is referred to as the Pink Pig...



There were a number of other small supplementary exhibits as well including schematics, engines, trophies won by Porsche race cars, and my favorite in the fourth picture.  The Porsche cars have certainly evolved over time, but they haven't really grown significantly. The car illuminated in the picture is one of the first Porsche cars made and you can see the outer black sketch lines detailing the outline of modern Porsche cars.

After we toured through the cars, we naturally hit up the gift shop.  Their offerings were sort of odd - almost more art museum type souvenirs than car museum type.  We also decided to walk across the street to the Porsche dealership to ogle what we can't afford and see if their Porsche store over there had any better options.  On the way we tried to get a selfie of the three of us in the reflective panels that covered the outside of the Museum.


After the Porsche Museum we headed back to our hotel for a quick nap and then went out to dinner at this fantastic Wine Stube in downtown Stuttgart that was built inside some sort of castle tower.  The food was really tasty and K and I were definitely digging the Reisling!

Coming up next, a leisurely morning, a beautiful drive, and day 1 of the Black Forest!


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