Bertha Benz Memorial Route
Groups upon request.
WINTERBREAK from 12/19/16 to 02/04/17.
Experience the automobile history as if you would have been a part of it – from the world’s first car up to the hp-rich Mercedes Formula 1 racecar, from the first wooden bikes up to the colorful motorcycled of the 50’s.
Carl Benz, in cooperation with August Ritter, launches the T6 mechanical workshop in Mannheim.
Benz constructs a “Pferdelosen Wagen” (horse free wagon) with a gas run engine. On the 29th of January 1886 he filed for patent application of his car at the “Kaiserliches Patentamt” (imperial patent office) in Berlin. This date is now handled as the birth of the automobile.
With his new model “Velo” Benz engineered the first car to be produced in series. Up until 1901, 1200 units will be produced.
After altercations with his business partners Benz leaves the company in Manheim. However, in 1904, he returns onto the board of directors.
Construction for the first Benz factory is on its way in Ladenburg.
On June 6th the company C. Benz and Sons is introduced into the commercial registry.
Car production in Ladenburg begins.
In 1924 - after about 300 vehicles were built - the last two vehicles are produced by the company.
Afterwards the company develops into a repair service provider for large sized engines as well as a component supplier for the automotive industry.
Up until 2004 C. Benz & Sons only produces parts for Mercedes-Benz utility vehicles.
Winfried Seidel acquires the historic factory plant, including the property. Up until then the factory remains family property.
Due to generous donations by Mecedes-Benz the factory could undergo extensive renovation and restructuration into a museum. Therefor the former Benz factory in Ladenburg was turned into an honoring memorial place for the automobile pioneer Carl Benz.
More than 80 vehicles and cars remain witness of this mobile past. Ranging from the first car of the world up to the hp-rich period witnesses of motorsports; from the dandy horse of the Baron of Drais up to the colorful motorcycles of the “golden fifties”.
Exhibited in showcases you can see countless memorabilia from the life of the family Benz. In addition to that the two last cars produced by C. Benz & Sons are exhibited as well in the former factory as they have never been sold.
The second largest Baroque palace complex in Europe, after Versailles (Learn more)
Discover Ilvesheim on a historical tour though the city. (Learn more)
Experience the automobile history as if you would have been a part of it. (Learn more)
Discover the historic footprints of Carl and Bertha Benz. (Learn more)
Start your tour at the town hall in the center of Dossenheim. (Learn more)
From the parking lot to the castle it is a 15 minute walk. (Learn more)
Explore the mining history of Dossenheim. (Learn more)
World famous palace that attracts visitors from all over the world. (Learn more)
Discover the first "gas station" in the world. (Learn more)
Start your tour at the Historic Kursaal Sigel. (Learn more)
Enjoy your stay in Bad Schönborn. (Learn more)
Explore the history of the first service station in the world. (Learn more)
One of many highlights is the famous Baroque staircase by Balthasar Neumann. (Learn more)
The historic watch tower hosts a little museum. (Learn more)
This historic building is now home to a Romantikhotel and restaurant. (Learn more)
Welcome to the district Berghausen of the community Pfinztal: (Learn more)
Welcome to the district Soellingen of the community Pfinztal. (Learn more)
Welcome to the district Kleinsteinbach of the community Pfinztal. (Learn more)
Explore the home town of Bertha Benz from here on foot. (Learn more)
Your starting point for the tour: underground car park 'Löwenhof'. (Learn more)
Your starting point for the tour: car park "Seedamm". (Learn more)
Your starting point for the tour: car park "Sporgasse". (Learn more)
One of the first 'gas stations' in the world at the historic market square. (Learn more)
Visit the tradional Inn with more than 300 years of history. (Learn more)
Your starting point for the tour: city hall Gondelsheim. (Learn more)
Your starting point for the tour: train station Gondelsheim. (Learn more)
Start your walking tour in the center of town. (Learn more)
Explore the numerous historic and cultural sights. (Learn more)
The world famous motor racing circuit offers a variety of things to discover. (Learn more)
The Palace Gardens are one of a kind in Europe. (Learn more)