Heidelberg, Germany – A route in Germany that marked the first long-distance automobile trip in 1888 has been designated the “Bertha Benz Route,” in honour of the woman who made the historic trip.

Bertha Benz was the wife of automobile inventor Dr. Carl Benz, who drove her husband’s horseless carriage 194 km from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back, accompanied by her 13- and 15-year-old sons.

The route is now regularly driven as a vintage car rally, but a new non-profit organization, the Bertha Benz Memorial Club, is advertising the route for visitors to the country as a historic and scenic drive, including castles, regional museums, restaurants, shopping, and Benz’s original shop.

For more information, visit BenzMemorialRoute.

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