Stuttgart is famous for being the home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, but it has so much more to offer.
The name comes from “Stutengarten” which means a horse or stud garden. It was originally a place for breeding horses, hence the horse on the Stuttgart coat of arms. The same symbol is used in the Porsche logo.
The city is on the banks of the Neckar river and just north of the Swabian Jura (Swabian Alps) in Baden-Württemberg. The weather makes it ideal for cultivating grapes and there are over 4000 hectares of vineyards in Stuttgart. In Stuttgart, you will find castles, theatres, mineral spas, interesting museums, art galleries, concert and sports stadiums, a planetarium, wine plantations, amusement parks, lakes, rivers, mountains, beautiful parks, and unique architecture. In Köningstrasse there is a pedestrian zone that host all the major shops as well as some unique and specialty shops.
There a stunning lakes like the Bärensee, Pfaffensee, Max-Eyth-See, Katzenbachsee and the Riedsee
The official Tourism page has plenty of ideas to inspire your visit to this exciting city.
Why Stuttgart Is The Perfect destination?
- The Wilhelma Zoo is open the whole year. It is great for family outings
- Go up the Fernsehturm for spectacular views of Stuttgart and beyond.
- The Killesbergbahn is in a beautiful park, you can also go up the tower for spectacular views
- The Planetarium has interesting shows during the day and you can do stargazing at night.
Freizeitparks (Amusement parks)
- Europapark in Rust is about 2 hour’s drive away
- Legoland in Günzburg is about 90 minutes away by car
- Tripsdrill Theme Park in Clebron is a short drive from Stuttgart
- Sensapolis Theme park is in Sindelfingen and great for kids
- Sommerbobbahn Sonnenbühl – Toboggan track
- Bobbahn Dornstettern – – Toboggan track
- Waldbahn – Steam Train
- Outlet city Metzingen
Food and drinks to try
Typical Schwäbian food to tantalise your taste buds
- Maultaschen is a type of ravioli filled with meat, onions, and spinach. It can be served in a broth, in a salad, or fried with egg.
- Käsespätzle is the ultimate comfort food. It is a type of noodle and served with Bergkäse (a strong cheese) and fried onions
- Linsen & Spätzle are noodles served with lentils that were boiled with vinegar. You can also have it served with sausages on top or with pork belly
- Zweiberostbraten is roast beef severed with a rich gravy topped with onions
- Schupfnudeln is another type of pasta. It is made from half wheat flour and half potato flour. It is traditionally served with sauerkraut
- Brezeln and other laugengebäck
- Boat trips on the Neckar. You can take a boat trip to Marbach and include a wine tasting tour, or do a theatre dinner cruise or Sunday Breakfast Cruise
- For a stunning view of the city visit the Biergarten in Karlshöhe
- Take a nostalgic trip in the classic Cable car (Funicular railway)
- Carls Brauhaus
- Best steaks at Abacco’s or visit Paulaner directly across for authentic Bavarian grub and beers
- Beach party in the city centre at Sky Beach
- Grill at Max-Eyth-See or take a boat ride on the river. Close by is a beer garden on the beach
If you want to explore the regions around Stuttgart, head to the University town of Tübingen, go for hikes in the mountains around Bad Urach, visit the castle ruins in Heidelberg, and see the world’s highest Church spire in Ulm. which is also the birthplace of Albert Einstein
Esslingen is definitely worth a trip, there you can also do Cellar tours of Kessler Sekt. In December, they have an unforgettable Medieval Christmas Market
Visit the barok Ludwigsburg palace. They have regular events like the pumpkin festival in September, and there is a fairytale garden
amazing things to know about Stuttgart
- The Fernsehturm (Televisions tower) was the first of its kind and served as a model for others.
- In the Wilhelma Zoo you can see some of the Californian Mammoth trees planted by King Wilhelm I.
- There are 14 Mineralbäder or Mineral water spas in Stuttgart
- The Wasen (Stuttgart Beer Festival) held in September/October is the second largest beer festival in Europe
- There is a pig museum
- The Stadtbibliothek received the Library of the Year award in 2013
Some of the well-known festivals are:
- Frühlingsfest in April
- Cannstatter Volksfest (Wasen) – Stuttgart’s version of the Oktoberfest
- Stuttgarter Weindorf
- Esslinger Mittelatermarkt & Weihnachtsmarkt – Medieval Market and Christmas market
- Open Air Trickfilm festival
- Hamburger Fischmarkt in Stuttgart – in July
- For more information have a look on the Stuttgart Tourism website