Yuri’s Night in Stuttgart – Part 2

Today we took a bit of a break from the space-related work and took a trip into town, with our target set on the new Mercedes-Benz museum. It’s on the other side of town from Vaihingen where we’re staying, but the S-bahn took us there in just 20 minutes.

The museum was extremely impressive, both from the outside and inside. Three elevators carry visitors up to the top of the central concourse, and the trail then goes down in a spiral, starting with the humble beginnings of the first Daimler and Benz cars and ending with the latest luxurious supercars and a massive display of the legendary Silver Arrow race cars. I won’t say much more and let the images speak for themselves.

We stayed over three hours, there was just so much to see. Once we did get back to town we had some food (strange german sausage-pastries) and checked out some stores, before heading to the observatory. Most of the preparations for Yuri’s Night had already been done though, and we were treated a rather strange laser show in the planetarium, a mashup of mummies, dinosaurs, and astronauts.

Last but certainly not least we headed to the train station tower from which we could see much of central town, and then to a traditional german pub which served the most amazing dinner. We did not stay very late though, as we had a job to do the next day…