In pictures: Porsche’s Museum near Stuttgart is a car heaven

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See all the legends in one place

Every car lover should visit the Porsche Museum at least once in a lifetime

Stuttgart is your regular German city, with its dreary concrete buildings and serious people minding their own serious business. But there's a catch – if you know where to look, you can reach its greener parts, huge parks full of centuries-old trees and birds chirping while wild gooses fret around.

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It's a mix of drab and fun, and this also applies to the cars made in the city's vicinity: Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have historical plants here; both have mixed German seriousness with incredible amounts of fun in their cars. And yes, you should visit their museums – they're pretty close to each other and worth a couple of days to enjoy!

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Visiting the Porsche Museum is easy. You just go to Zuffenhausen, either by using the city's great public transportation network or a car (but be aware that traffic can be a bitch there). The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (the last admission is at 5:30 pm) and closes only on Mondays.

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You have to pay 8 euros for an adult and half of that for a child up to and including 14 years of age. If you get there in the evening (after 5 pm), prices are halved once more. See everything you want about prices here.

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And yes, children will have a lot to see, so don't hesitate to bring them with you. You have to teach them young about iconic cars, you know?

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"In the beginning, I looked around and could not find quite the car I dreamed of. So I decided to build it myself."

Ferry Porsche

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The museum owns hundreds of cars, but it displays only around seventy of them because many are actually traveling at different roadshows and used in classic cars competitions.

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Yes, every one of the cars displayed is regularly driven – the museum is not a car graveyard like so many car collections. No, it breathes history and you can see these cars continue to live on, long time after becoming legends.

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"I've always liked speed. I own a car that I shouldn't be talking about because I'm an environmentalist, but the 1955 Porsche Spyder 550 RS is the finest sports car ever made."

Robert Redford

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You'll meet some of the first Porsches ever made; some of the most successful Porsches ever being driven – be it at the Le Mans or in other competitions dominated by the Stuttgart brand; and some concepts that redefined not only the brand's cars but also the automotive industry as a whole.

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Porsche made intelligent engineering a core brand value, along with the idea that there's no substitute for driving the original sports car at its finest. These weren't just slogans.

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"I have this old '57 Porsche Speedster, and the way the door closes, I'll just sit there and listen to the sound of the latch going, 'cluh-CLICK-click.' That door! I live for that door! Whatever the opposite of planned obsolescence is, that's what I'm into."

Jerry Seinfeld

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These ideas shaped the company and made it what it is today – a dynamic brand that has come a long way from the difficult early 90s when it almost died.

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Take your time to read the short history of each and every one of them – you'll need at most a couple of hours to see them all.

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And you'll leave enriched, yes, even if you cannot afford a Porsche right now. Who knows, maybe someday you'll look back at this visit as the defining moment that convinced you nothing is impossible.

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