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Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum, germany, pig collection
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I didn’t want to miss piggy!

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Germany If I told you the world’s biggest pig museum is in Stuttgart, would you think I was telling you a porkie? Well, I’m not. Lying to you is a loin I wouldn’t cross. When I found out that there was a Pig Museum (or Schweine Museum, in German) in Stuttgart, I was so excited it was almost enough to make me squeal. So I immediately trotted off there chop chop. I didn’t want to miss piggy. The museum opened in 2010 in the old administration building of a slaughterhouse. Since then it has grown to the point where it has more than 50,000 items on display. The museum is less about the pig itself, and more about what we, as humans, have done with the pig image. And, gee, do we ham it up! Pigs might fly but they also sit, eat, and shag… and all of things are represented in...

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30 October
mercedes-benz museum, stuttgart, germany, car museum
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Where the car was born

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany It was here, in the Germany city of Stuttgart, that the first modern automobile was created. It’s almost unrecognisable by today’s standards but the patent that Karl Benz submitted in 1886 for a vehicle with a gas engine and three wheels is generally considered to be the “birth certificate” of today’s cars. How that legacy that he created more than a century ago has grown. Not only does the world respect the Mercedes-Benz like almost no other car brand – but here in the Baden-Wurttemberg region of Germany, its parent company, Daimler, is industrial royalty. “What are you doing here in Stuttgart,” a guy asks me and some other bloggers at a bar on the first night in town. We tell him that we’re here for work. “Oh, don’t tell me,” he says. “You work for Daimler, right?” We don’t. Obviously. But it shows you the reputation the motoring giant has...

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29 October