Celebrating a significant milestone or achievement? Or simply want to gift yourself (or a very important person in your life) with a once-in-a-lifetime experience?

Try organizing a visit to three of the world’s top luxury car museums in Germany:

First Stop: The BMW Museum in Munich

Not far from Munich’s old town, the BMW Museum is easily accessible by train.

There are 3 parts to your BMW tour so allocate half a day for this first visit:

  • The original 1972 BMW “salad bowl” museum was designed by Viennese architect Karl Schwanzer, who also designed the quad cylinder-shaped BMW global headquarters next door
  • The 43,000 sqft BMW museum extension, and
  • Finally, the very futuristic BMW ‘Welt’ building (pictured above), was designed by Coop Himmelblau.

Probably the most striking steel-and-glass building in all of Munich, it features a gallery of the latest BMW vehicles, a souvenir store, and a café where you can take a break after hours of exploration.

Second Stop: The Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart

History buffs will enjoy exploring an institution dedicated to the inventor of the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine (ICE), Carl Benz.

He and fellow business partners Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach would join hands to form a single entity called Mercedes Benz (so named after Carl’s daughter).

At 177,600 sqft the Mercedes Benz Museum is massive, although you can complete your visit in 2 hours.

Start your tour from the very top floor and work your way down the interior ramp that runs along the wall of the circular building to view the over 160 cars (which were originally made for the nobility) on display.

To cap off your day, enjoy a meal at the museum restaurant (Bertha’s), the museum bistro, or the deli before heading out to Porsche.

Third Stop: The Porsche Museum

The Porsche Museum is 9km away (a 35-minute Uber ride) from the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

Designed by Delugan Meissl architects, the tilted box-shaped museum is fronted by a dramatic outdoor sculpture by British artist Gerry Judah featuring 3 iconic Porsche 911s racing into the sky.

At 60,278 square feet, the Porsche Museum is a lot smaller than the Mercedes Benz Museum and features 95 cars.

It’ll take two hours to cover this museum, which includes munching on a pastry or sandwich while watching Porsche master craftsmen restoring classic cars at the museum workshop.

You have slightly more elegant dining options with Christophorus restaurant or the more casual Pit Stop bistro.

For souvenirs, you may want to stop by the gift shop on the way out to conclude your day or car museum hopping at Stuttgart

Bonus Stop: The Audi Forum Tour

A German car museum tour wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention Audi.

If you’re a fan of the Four Rings, you should definitely squeeze in a visit to Ingolstadt (which is about an hour away from Munich) to do a car factory-and-museum tour combo if you have an extra half-day to spare (just make sure to book this in advance online).

The Audi Forum is the smallest museum out of the 4 featured in this article with only 50 cars and 30 motorcycles/bikes on display.

It can be completed in about an hour if you just visit the museum, or two hours if you add the factory tour (highly recommended if you want to see an Audi A3 or Q3 made from start to finish on Audi’s assembly line).