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!
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you’ve been there or you’re going to go there? What you liked the most or least? We’re curious to read your opinions.
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.
55 thoughts on “Stuttgart”
I’ve never heard of this place but it sounds amazing! Definitely adding it to my bucket list! I’m a museum snob and I love how many museum options there are (so cool, I could practically move in)! 🙂
Museums in Stuttgart are amazing and thanks to them you can learn something about the history of the city and the country. Near them you can find also cool areas where relax yourself 🙂
Love detailed posts like this, with everything you need to know in one place! 🙂
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My husband went to a work trip to Stuttgart earlier this year & he got back and kept saying that we need to visit there someday. So obviously he fell in love with it so now it’s on our travel bucket list haha!
Your husband is right, Stuttgart is a city that has to be visited at least one time in lifetime. Now you have also a travel guide of the city 😉
Mercedes-Benz Museum was biggest surprise for someone who is not a typical car fan! I spent 3 hours in this museum because of the additional world history information which goes side by side with the development of the automobile from the 1800’s until today! It was so interesting for a culture freak like me and so I was happy to go at my own speed! Everything was written in German and English in good size print!!
You are completely right! Mercedes-Benz Museum has everthing a cars lover needs but also who isn’t an expert will adore it. This is one of the best museums ever with a great design 🙂
Mi strapiaciono i vostri diari di viaggio di Germania! Questo è un altro bellissimo post ricco di informazioni, foto e consigli utili!!! Come vi trovate i piatti tipici di Stoccarda? Sono buoni rispetto alla cucina italiana?
Grazie per i complimenti e per seguirci 🙂
La cucina tedesca è ottima ma quella italiana è tutta un’altra storia; forse siamo di parte ma la nostra cucina batte tutte le altre haha!!
sono d’accordo! Io adoro la cucina italiana 🙂
I’m actually staying right now in Stuttgart – and you made a wonderful guide covering pretty much everything the city has to offer 🙂 I will refer my guests to it!
WOW this is a great thing! We are very glad to read your comment 🙂 Thank you!!
I’ve never been to Stuttgart, but this place is gorgeous. Can we please talk about the buildings? They are huge and there are so much pretty details, I love it! I will definitely put this place on my travel list. X
The buildings are so characteristic and give that touch of class impressive! Now your travel list has a place worthy of respect 🙂
It’s strange I haven’t heard of a place so fun and beautiful. I just love exploring around such places and museums of course. This place is definitely up on my bucket list 🙂
Stuttgart will feed your sense of knowledge. A full immersion in the culture of a place is the most pleasant thing!
I’ve considered going to Stuttgart this year. There was Comic Con Germany and they had some great actors as a guest. But I already had bought tickets for another convention. So Maybe next year. And I’m glad, because then I can take your tips into account. The Johanneskirche is definitely going on my list!
We missed the Comic Con Germany but we have heard amazing stories about it, so we suggest you to go there next time. After the event you can explore the beauties of the city to make your stay super 🙂
Ive never even heard of Stuttgart but it looks so amazing! So many things to do.
It’s one of the most famous german cities. This is a reason to visit Stuttgart as soon as you can 🙂
How have I never heard of this place before?
It looks really beautiful, and their meals look very interesting too 😀
German foods are tasty and original plus some of them are a mix of different cultures. You should eat a typical german meals, you will love it 🙂
Stuttgart is one of my favorite german cities! It looks great, full of amazing spots and that tower of stairs looks pretty cool.
You will never get enough of Stuttgart. The city has all the necessary and even more to spend an awesome holiday!!
My sister lived in Stuttgart for the summer and she really loved it and how beautiful and serene it is.
I will visit soon hopefully.
If you want to explore all about Stuttgart you should go there with your sister and our guide in your hands 😉
Love how detailed your posts are!!! I should surely add Stuttgart to my itinerary as I’m planning to go to Germany in February.
This is amazing! Stuttgart has to be included in your itinerary if you are going to visit a near area.
Follow our journey, we have other beautiful destinations to explore in Germany.
I have been to Stuttgart many years ago, when I was very young so I can’t remember much apart from that I did really like the city. I am actually going to Trier next week so maybe I should combine this with a visit to Stuttgart! 🙂
It’s a great idea! They are not so far but if you are looking for nearest cities we suggest you to visit Saarbrücken or Mainz. You can find all these destinations in our site, check our Germany category. Have a nice trip!
This is a really great guide to Stuttgart! I haven’t visited Germany for quite a few years now but I would love to return next year at some point. Johanneskirche really does look stunning though!
Start the year with a travel that you desire is the best thing! Book a ticket and enjoy your days in Stuttgart 🙂
I’ve never been to Germany but it’s interesting how much there is to do in Stuttgart alone (so many castles!). I can see how someone can easily spend a few days in this diverse city. I don’t know if I missed it but what exactly is the spiral structure (in the picture)?
We are sure you will love Germany!
As we have written in the guide under the paragraph entertainment, the spiral structure is the Killesberg an observation tower situated in the Killesbergpark.
This is the kind of posts I like. Rich of informations and interesting. The day I plan a trip to Stuttgart I will definitly go back to check your post and try every spot you mentioned in your post. Thank you for sharing
We are very glad you enjoyed our article, this means so much to us! It’s satisfying when someone appreciates your hard work 🙂
Your guides are always so thorough which I truly appreciate! I especially love that there are so many museums to visit, I love strolling through them and discovering the most unexpected stories!
You are not the only one! We confide to you that this is one of our favorite things to do when we discover a new place 😉 Power to the history!!
I’ve never been to Stuttgart and I didn’t really know much about the city except that it’s pretty and big 😀
This is such a great review! I don’t think I read a better city description 🙂
Your comment makes us very happy because we put always all the passion and professionalism in our work! So pumped 🙂
The day I decide to visit a beautiful city like Stuttgart your guide will be handy. I have heard a lot about Germany and Stuttgart as well, so this post was a great confirmation for me 🙂
The city is very big and full of cool attractions so if you really desire to discover everything we suggest you to spend more days in Stuttgart. Check between the accomodations we recommended in the guide 😉
Did not expect that there is so much to do in Stuttgart. I thought I know German cuisine well, but was still surprised by some meals on the list! Was the city very full of tourists?
The best thing about foods is that you can combine them according to your fantasy and taste haha
Yes, Stuttgart is one of the most visited german cities!!
I love to visit museums and this place looks good for museum lovers. Specially Mercedes and Porsce museum makes this city worth visiting for me. Would love to visit one some day…
If you are a museums lover and a cars lover as well, Stuttgart will satisfy your passions!
Organize a trip for the next year!!
I didn’t really know there is so much to do in Stuttgart, specially with Museums and Cars. This was very informative. Thanks for sharing.
This is the power of traveling (even if in this case in a virtual way). More you travel, more you learn!!
Loved the detailing in the post. You have literally listed out all the places in Stuttgart worth visiting. Nice of you too list out the pubs and restaurants over there. Cannstatter Volksfest is something I want to experience. You could have added a few pics of the festival in this post.
We always try to report the most important things to do according to our opinions and we are satisfied that you liked our article.
Maybe we have to create a gallery related to festivals lol
Wow! What a comprehensive guide to Stuttgart. I must say I love the look of the Gothic Church it is gorgeous. Great post, I will pin it with the hope I will get to explore Stuttgart one day.
Without the word hope, you have to visit Stuttgart! It’s impossible to resist to its beauty and history.
Thanks for the pin 🙂
Thanks for plotting this beautiful German city. I suggested this site to my friend planning his honeymoon in the Germany. Please mention some hotels at Stuttgart that serves Mexican and Indian cuisines.
It’s a sweet thing what have you done! We like to help people when it’s possible. As always we have linked the list of accomodations in the text, check it! If your friend need any other tips we can help him in our possibilities, just contacting us 🙂