The Enthusiast: Monumental Motoring

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Today’s german auto museums are much more than vaults filled with old cars: They are structural masterpieces designed by some of the world’s leading architects and dining destinations helmed by some of Europe’s most celebrated chefs. They are shrines—to Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volkswagen, and BMW—that have evolved over more than a decade of one-upmanship among the marques. And they are often the cultural centerpieces of their communities, hosting frequent festivals dedicated to music, art, dance, and film. A spin through Germany’s top five auto museums offers the aficionado much more than a look at some of the world’s most iconic cars; these venues also provide insights into German identity.