'''Bertha Benz Memorial Route''' is a tourist route in [[Germany]]. It follows the tracks of the world's first long-distance journey by automobile in
the year 1888. |+|
'''Bertha Benz Memorial Route''' is a tourist route in [[Germany]]. It follows the tracks of the world's first long-distance journey by automobile in 1888.
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Bertha Benz Memorial Route is a tourist route in Germany. It follows the tracks of the world's first long-distance journey by automobile performed by Bertha Benz in 1888.
Airport Frankfurt am Main/Germany. Then head south about 50 miles to either Mannheim or Heidelberg.
By car or bike
The authentic route taken by Bertha Benz not only links almost forgotten original sites she passed on her way, it also leads to one of the most attractive scenic regions in Germany, the wine region Baden.
This route of industrial heritage of mankind follows several Roman roads in the area of the Upper Rhine Plain, for example the Bergstraße (Mountain Road), it leads along the foot of the Odenwald mountains and the Kraichgau, and shortly before reaching Karlsruhe it branches off into the Pfinztal valley leading to Pforzheim, the entrance to the Black Forest.
As Bertha was afraid of some steep mountains, the return trip follows an alternative route and finally leads along the river Rhine to reach Mannheim again.
Mannheim to Pforzheim, approx. 104 km (64 miles), southbound (S):
- Mannheim, Mannheim Palace, Luisenpark, Water-Tower
- Ladenburg, Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz, House of the Benz Family, Old Town
- Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle, Old Town, Old Bridge
- Wiesloch, The World's first Filling-Station (City Pharmacy)
- Bruchsal, Bruchsal Castle
- Pforzheim Museum of Jewelry, House of Industry
Pforzheim to Mannheim, approx. 90 km (56 miles), northbound (N):
- Pforzheim, (see above)
- Bretten, Melanchthon's House, close by Maulbronn Abbey (World Heritage Site of UNESCO), students: Johannes Kepler, Friedrich Hölderlin, Hermann Hesse
- Bruchsal, (see above)
- Kirrlach, Reilingen,
- Hockenheim, Museum of Motorsports at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheimring
- Schwetzingen, Schwetzingen Castle
- Mannheim (see above)
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