Closed my eyes on a train in Zurich, Switzerland and awoke to Porsche paradise in Stuttgart, Germany. The famed Porsche Museum is high on every car enthusiasts list and for good reason. The Porsche Museum in immediately impressive architecturally. A reflective overhang of mirrored glass, leaves the traveler walking below in a trance like tunnel. And then the real excitement begins once you’ve passed the threshold and entered into an exquisitely designed curation of Porsche’s past, present, and future.
The entrance is a meager 8 euros and comes with free audio guide which I always greatly appreciate!Once inside, with minimalist design and white from wall to wall, the entrance is flanked with a large escalator and stairs take you to beginning of the chronological exhibits.
The below floor maintains a very well stocked café. I enjoyed an energy sparking espresso and smoked salmon sandwich. The limited seating area of the café allow peaks into one of what I would imagine many mechanic areas of the Porsche complex. I consumed the snack and coffee quickly, then made my way to the beginning of my Porsche journey.
Your eyes can cast a sweeping view of the entire museum while the massively long escalator transports you.
I was fortunate to be visiting during the grand 70th celebration of the 1948 Porsche 356. The first feat of engineering and style that would put Porsche on the map.
Over 80 vehicles and many small exhibits are on display, including such iconic vehicles such as the 356, 550, 911, 917, and 959. Many of the exhibits earmark some Ferdinand Porsche’s 20th century mechanical achievements.
Celebration of the Porsche 356
70 years of Porsche excellence
Porsche holds a special place in my little heart. At 14 years old, I began a forever journey that would greatly influence my humor, life outlook, and over all toughness of character. I began a car restoration. I undertook the restoration of a beat up, Bondo crusted, and yet beautiful 1976 Porsche 912e. And I will be forever grateful for every drop of blood, sweat, tears, and cut knuckle that followed.
An interesting piece of history was when Porsche decided to design a tractor. Due to WWII specifications and licensing, not all manufactures were able to produce what they wished so Porsche sold it’s tractor design to a manufacture licensed to create tractors.
125,000 produced in total