I have now officially been to every German manufacturer's museum... Well, not Opel but who cares? Here is my thread from BMW Welt and the Audi Museum last fall: http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...plus-some-more) It didn't get much traffic, but I thought I'd put a thread together for this trip.
My brother, ErikGTI, was in town last week so we ran all over Germany... We saw a ton of cars and some F-4F Phantoms (thread to follow in the Aviation Forum). Here is an assembly of pictures that I found interesting - it's way too much work to add captions, sorry.
Now that I have seen all of the museums I rank them as:
3 (Tied) BMW
5. VW Museum
The Autostadt is severely underwelming... The architecture is amazing but the selection of cars is lacking. The Zeit Haus has an excellent collection of all sorts of cars, but the brand specific pavillions are lacking. The R8 GT Spyder was cool, but the rest of the place was a little boring. It wasn't really any better when I was there in 2008, other than having the Bentley building then. The Speed 8 has now been replaced by the Oil Sheihk/Russian Gangster Veyron.
If you've never been to Germany before and you reall want to see car stuff I suggest skipping Wolfsburg. Stick to Bavaria (BMW and Audi) and Baden-Würrtemberg (MB and Porsche) with a foray into Rheinland-Pfalz to hit the Nürburgring. Niedersachsen is too flat and boring... the beer sucks too.
An observation: German tourists love touching stuff that they shouldn't. At Autostadt a bunch of guys decided it would be cool to open the door of the W12 Nardo car. At Porsche some lady thought it would be a good idea to open the door of an original 356. And at MB another lady felt it she really needed to lean over the display to touch an old SL. WTF?
Anyway, here are the pics - let's see how long my Photobucket account can handle this: