There are few phrases that convey luxury and excellence in just two words: French perfume, Russian caviar, and, of course, German automobiles. Some of the country’s most famous exports are the products of its famous automotive engineering. In the 1880s, the development of combustion engines by Carl-Friedrich Benz and Gottlieb Daimler changed not only the history of Germany, but the world. Companies like Audi (Ingolstadt), BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen (Wolfsburg) continue to lead the industry. The Mercedes-Benz museum (Mercedes-Benz Welt, or World) in Stuttgart, designed by the Dutch architectural firm UNStudio as well as Porsche’s museum in the same city and BMW World in Munich cover the history of automobiles from their earliest days to the present.
In Leipzig, however, you can experience these engineering marvels how they should be—from inside a car. You’ll know you are getting close to the Porsche test track when you see the unusual observation tower. After watching Porsche’s test drivers take the latest models out, you can climb into a car for an unforgettable, high-speed drive as you take a spin around the track.