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Bertha Benz Memorial Route

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Bertha Benz Memorial Route

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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 in the year 1888.

Get in

By plane

Airport Frankfurt am Main/Germany. Then head south about 50 miles to either Mannheim or Heidelberg.

By train

By car or bike

The Route

Outbound trip

Mannheim to Pforzheim, approx. 104 km (64 miles), southbound (S):

Mannheim, Feudenheim, Ilvesheim, Ladenburg, Schriesheim, Dossenheim, Heidelberg, Leimen, Nußloch, Wiesloch, Mingolsheim, Langenbrücken, Stettfeld, Ubstadt, Bruchsal, Untergrombach, Weingarten, Grötzingen, Berghausen, Söllingen, Kleinsteinbach, Wilferdingen, Königsbach, Stein, Eisingen, Pforzheim

Return trip

Pforzheim to Mannheim, approx. 90 km (56 miles), northbound (N):

Pforzheim, Bauschlott, Bretten, Gondelsheim, Helmsheim, Heidelsheim, Bruchsal, Forst, Hambrücken, Wiesental, Kirrlach, Reilingen, Hockenheim, Talhaus, Ketsch, Schwetzingen, Friedrichsfeld, Seckenheim, Mannheim


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: Mannheim Palace, Luisenpark, Water-Tower Mannheimer
  • 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
  • Bretten: Melanchthon]]'s House, close by Maulbronn Abbey (World Heritage Site of UNESCO), students: Johannes Kepler, Friedrich Hölderlin, Hermann Hesse
  • Hockenheim: Museum of Motorsports at the Hockenheimring, Hockenheimring
  • Schwetzingen: Schwetzingen Castle


More information: [email protected]

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