For lovers of automotive history everywhere: set your satnavs for the German Museum Route

The German Museum Route, which runs from the highlands in north Germany to the Alps in the south encompasses more than 200 automotive and motor bike museums, and covers the entire history of the automobile in all its diversity, as well as providing plenty of exhibits for car enthusiasts to drool over.

The fascinating history of the 500+ automobile brands that once existed in Germany, of which only a few well-known examples survive today, isn't only of interest to out-and-out fans of classic cars. The full gamut of mobile treasures on display in museums and collections includes everything that once propelled itself along the streets of Germany: automobiles of every description, motor cycles, mopeds, motor-assisted bicycles as well as special vehicles such as police cars and fire engines, and steam and electrically powered vehicles. Of course, some museums come up with additional means of transport like ships and planes. Just a few examples of the many museums on offer are manufacturer's museums such as those of VW, Audi, BMW, Porsche and Daimler, the August-Horch museum in Zwickau, the Prototyp car museum in Hamburg, the museums in Speyer and Sinsheim and the transport museums in Munich and Dresden. Equally varied are the museum sites: castle stables, restored barns, former factories or modern exhibition halls. And therein lies the route's great appeal: each museum focuses on different aspects and stages different exhibitions. No two museums are the same. In addition, many museums organise their own individual events and offer other local highlights. For those interested in exploring the 125-year-plus history of Germany's automotive industry, the German Museum Route with its 20,000 exhibits is an unbeatable experience.

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