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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 performed by Bertha Benz in 1888, from Mannheim to Pforzheim/Black Forest and back. Length: 194 km (120 miles).

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By plane

Airport Frankfurt am Main/Germany (IATA: FRA). Then head south by rented car or ICE-train about 50 miles to either Mannheim or Heidelberg.

By train

Mannheim is one of the most important trainstops in Germany with numerous ICE-train-connections. Cars can be rented at the major train stations.

By car or bike

Mannheim and Heidelberg, both situated in the Rhine Valley, can be reached via several highways, in Germany called "Autobahn". Though there is no general speed-limit, please drive carefully! And remember: The little spot in your mirror can become a limousine of 2 tons within only a few seconds!

The Route


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.

Outbound trip

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

Return trip

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


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