Hello everyone. Who is ready for a new adventure with us? Today we’ll explore the city of Stuttgart. But before starting, let’s know more about this city.
Stuttgart (called the “car’s homeland”, then you’ll understand why!) is the capital of the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. It’s a city located in proximity of the Black Forest (it is a mountainous area to the south of Germany) and the Neckar river. Its fame is mainly due to its cultural and economic importance but also for the sport, well known is its Mercedes-Benz Arena. This great metropolis is divided into twenty-three districts, two are the most important: Bad Cannstatt where there is the biggest spa in Europe and it is here that takes place the annual festival “Cannstatter Volksfest” and Möhringen where there are several concerts. The closest cities to Stuttgart are Frankfurt am Main and Munich . A special feature of this country is the Zahnradbahn Stuttgart, a very avantgarde tram.
All this is only a small taste of Stuttgart. Ready to start our exploration?
To know more ( what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, things to visit…) continue to read.
We start our adventure entering in the Stuttgart cultural world (which as said before is one of the points that gives it its fame).
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS…)
- Johanneskirche: the majestic Gothic church located on a small peninsula surrounded by the Feuersee river. Initially the church had a tower destroyed during the Second World War. It was decided to leave it incomplete in memory of that event.The atmosphere is really suggestive especially when the sun goes down and the building lights up.
- Stiftskirche: Evangelical-Lutheran church located in the city center. It has a high tower that makes it recognizable.
- Now we will discover why Stuttgart is considered the “car’s homeland”. There are two museums dedicated to this. Let’s start with the first, the Mercedes-Benz Museum. The structure is in modern style. Inside it you will find many exhibition and lots of vehicles from the most ancient to the modern ones. This will allow you to learn the origin and the great development that has led the company to become a famous brand. The tour is very large but a must for all the cars lovers. There’s also a restaurant inside the museum. The other one is the Porsche Museum. Also this museum, as the Mercedes-Benz Museum, has a large collection of cars of all kinds and of all ages. You will find a café and a themed gift shop.
- Neues Schloss: one of the largest palaces in southern Germany and a great example of the Baroque style. The castle is located in the most important square in Stuttgart, Schlossplatz. This large and majestic square has green spaces, fountains and at the center of it there is a high statute called Jubiläumssäule. The interior is just as impressive as its exterior. A real beauty!
- Schloss Solitude: another beautiful castle in the city of Stuttgart. Today is the seat of the Castle Solitude Academy where there are organized various cultural events. A little curiosity about this place is that it is located near the Solitude circuit, a former circuit (now abandoned) for motorcycle racing.
- Old Palace: castle located in the city center. The building houses the Württemberg State Museum which shows the story of the city from ancient times to the present day. There will be exhibitions, objects dating back to the Renaissance and medieval paintings and sculptures and a small courtyard.
- Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg: one of the largest baroque residences of Europe. It was built on the example of Versailles palace, and so you can imagine the beauty and splendor that the palace has.
- Staatsgalerie: art museum (think the it was just a provincial museum tourned into one of the most important of Europe’s museums). It contains the following collections: German, Italian, Dutch paintings all dated from 1300 to 1700; there are also paintings from 1800 to 1900.
- Kunstmuseum: another art museum. There are many works that we can find here, one of the authors of these works include: Dieter Krieg, Joseph Kosuth, Rebecca Horn, Wolfgang Laib and many others. The building has its charms, it is all in glass.
- Museum Am Löwentor: paleontology and geology museum. A journey to discover of the planet. Everything is made suggestive by the exhibition of different fossils.
- Linden Museum: ethnological museum. This houses several artifacts from different parts of the world, including South Asia, Africa, China, Latin America and so on.
- Stuttgart City Library: library of Stuttgart. The interior is dominated by several floors and the white color. Very beautiful, worth a visit.
- Fernsehturm Stuttgart: just think that this is the first tv tower built in the world! It has a cafè, a restaurant and souvenir shops. A major tourist attraction also due to the wonderful view of the city that you can enjoy from the top of it.
We are ready to learn about the theaters that populate the city. Let’s see them.
Staatstheater Stuttgart, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Schauspielbühnen Stuttgart, Theater tri-bühne. These are just some of the many theaters present in Stuttgart.
Our tour in Stuttgart goes on and before the curiosity appears, resume our journey. Let’s go!
- Let’s start knowing the squares and major streets in Stuttgart: Schlossplatz, the largest square in Stuttgart, we have already know iand so it doesn’t need an introduction; we can only add that here takes place some concerts and Christmas market. Karlsplatz located to the south of Stuttgart. Königstraße, a busy street with many shops and various local. Schillerplatz, square located in the center of Stuttgart and home to important historical monuments (including some we’ve seen before). Weissenhof this is a popular neighborhood because of the modern architecture of the buildings.
- Wilhelma: botanical and zoological garden. There is no better place to get in touch with the fauna and flora of the place.
- Birkenkopf: is a hill not far from the center of Stuttgart, which is worth a visit. Besides the wonderful view of the city that you can enjoy from the hill, this is also the place of important historical remains (an example is the Württemberg chapel). Coming down from the hill you will have the vision of the important and famous residential area take (in fact, this is a neighborhood where many celebrities live or have lived).
- Rosensteinpark: public Stuttgart gardens. Inside there is the Wilhelma zoo and the natual history museum.
- Killesbergpark: Stuttgart park. It’s a large green space that houses the Theodor Heuss house (museum) and the Killesberg an observation tower. This park is best known because it is here that are takne various celebrations and activities including Lichterfest Stuttgart, a popular festival which is held every July. It’s a show for your eyes because the park is decorated with thousands lanterns and plus you will have fireworks and music in the background.
- Aussichtsturm Burgholzhof: observation tower located in Burgholzhof district. A great way to see the city from another perspective. If you don’t like heights and still prefer to see the city from another perspective there is the the Max-Eyth-See, the Stuttgart lake. You will be able to cross it by boat.
- For all the market lovers, right in the city center there is the Markthalle. An indoors space full of smells and flavors of Stuttgart. Now that Christmas is coming is right mention the magnificent Christmas markets that take place in the heart of Stuttgart, the so called “Stuttgart Christmas Market”.
- Standseilbahn Stuttgart: maybe this is the most characteristic aspect of Stuttgart. It is a panoramic cable car all made of wood. Picturesque and unmissable!
- SI-Erlebnis-Centrum: a center that has more options to spend your night: theater, cinema, games room and it is a hotel as well.
As for the festivals, the most important celebrated in the city is the Cannstatter Volksfest, a very famous festival which takes place from the last days of September till the first days of October. This is a festival that attracts many tourists every year because of the atmosphere of happiness that you can breathe. Some tents are set up (among them there are also a stand dedicated to the beer), games, fireworks, Ferris wheel, all this is accompanied with a good music and a wide culinary choice.
Let’s give a look the nightlife and let’s see what the city offers.
The main centers where the nightlife takes place are: the area of Theodor-Heuss-Strasse, Friedrichsbau and Rotebühlplatz, full of bars and clubs; as well as Hans-im-Glück-Brunnen and Bohnenviertel area. Now we’ll see more specifically some locals in the city.
- BOA: disco.
- FKK Paradise Stuttgart: night club.
- Climax Institutes: night club.
- Barbee Stuttgart | Club & Lounge
- Tonstudio – Club / Bar / Lounge
- Club Schocken e Mata Hari: two locals mostly frequented by young people.
- Strotmanns Magic Lounge: perfect to spend a magic and fun night.
At this point it’s time to know the typical foods of Stuttgart, do you agree?
- Gaisburger Marsch: the dish par excellence of Stuttgart. It consist of beef, carrot broth, onions and celery that after being cooked, it is poured over the potatoes previously cut into slices and over the Spätzle (gnocchi).
- Maultaschen: ravioli stuffed with minced meat, spinach, eggs, onions, spices and parsley. They are usually served with the broth.
- Linsen mit Saiten: is a dish made of sausages (a kind of local sausages) and lentils, accompanied by Spätzle
- Krapfen: a typical German sweet. It is in the shape of a flattened ball, it will be fried and filled with jam or cream and garnish with icing sugar.
- Strudel: this is also typical German dessert. It is a cake made of puff pastry then it will be filled and rolled up on itself. The stuffing is made of apples, pine nuts, raisins and cinnamon. Strudel has savory version as well.
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’…)
Seen the typical foods of the city, now we just have to find out of where we can taste them.
- Weinstube Am Stadtgraben: German, European, gluten-free cuisine.
- Triple B – Beef Burger Brothers: Fast food with American, vegetarian cuisine.
- Block House Arnulf-Klett-Square: steakhouse/barbecue with German and European cuisine.
- Cube: German, European, International cuisine.
- Ambiente Africa Restaurant: African, vegan, vegetarian cuisine.
- Hiro: Japanese and Asian cuisine.
- Der Rote Hirsch: German, European, vegetarian, vegan cuisine.
- Vegi Stuttgart: fast food with Middle Eastern, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free cuisine.
- The Little Greek Taverna: Mediterranean, Greek, vegetarian cuisine.
- Pizzeria Restaurant FUXXE: Italian cuisine.
- Café DA
- The Auld Rogue: pub/bar with American, Irish, European, British cuisine.
Our trip to the big city of Stuttgart is over but not our trip in Germany. Continue to follow us and to travel with us!
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A big kiss to everyone.
Below we will list the accommodations that you can find in Stuttgart.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?iata=STR&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations next to the airport.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-1871728&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations in the city.
accommodations next to the central station.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?district=807&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodations next to the Stuttgart-Mitte district.