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Bertha Benz Memorial Route

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In 1886 Dr. Carl Benz invented the automobile in Mannheim/Germany (Reich Patent No. 37435) - but nobody wanted to buy it.
But when Bertha Benz, his wife, went with her 13- and 15-year-old sons on a long-distance trip in 1888 from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in 1888 - without her husband's knowledge - to prove that the horseless coach was absolutely suitable for daily use, it became a huge success with almost a billion drivers worldwide today!
This probably most important marketing activity of all times was on the verge of sinking into oblivion. So Frauke and Edgar Meyer started a private non-profit-initiative in 2007 to commemorate Bertha's pioneer deed by signposting the original route she had taken in 1888. Bertha Benz Memorial Route has become an official German tourist route in 2008 and a member of ERIH (European Route of Industrial Heritage) in 2009.
Edgar and Frauke are inviting you to join them on an exciting trip into the past, and at the same time to visit Baden, the land of wine and enjoyment smiled upon by the sun.
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