STUTTGART

Germany

Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany. The sixth largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,068 (October 2014) while the greater Stuttgart Metropolitan Region has a population of 5.3 million (2008), being the fourth-biggest in Germany after theRhine-Ruhr area,Berlin/Brandenburg andFrankfurt/Rhine-Main. The city lies at the centre of a densely populated area, surrounded by a ring of smaller towns. This area called Stuttgart Region has a population of 2.7 million.

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Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany. The sixth largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,068 (October 2014) while the greater Stuttgart Metropolitan Region has a population of 5.3 million (2008),  being the fourth-biggest in Germany after theRhine-Ruhr area,Berlin/Brandenburg andFrankfurt/Rhine-Main. The city lies at the centre of a densely populated area, surrounded by a ring of smaller towns. This area called Stuttgart Region has a population of 2.7 million.

Stuttgart is spread across a variety of hills (many of them vineyards), valleys and parks – unusual for a German city and often a source of surprise to visitors who primarily associate the city with its industrial reputation as the 'cradle of the automobile'. Stuttgart has the status of Stadtkreis, a type of self-administrating urban county. It is also the seat of the State Parliament and State Government of Baden-Württemberg, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg as well as one of the two co-seats of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.

The city of Stuttgart ranked 21st globally in Mercer's 2015 liveability rankings, and 6th in Germany behind top-ranked cities such as Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich. For economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 11th globally, second in Germany after Hamburg and 7th in Europe in 2009 out of 256 cities.

The city's tourism slogan is "Stuttgart offers more". Under current plans to improve transport links to the international infrastructure (as part of the Stuttgart 21 project), in March 2008 the city unveiled a new logo and slogan, describing itself as "Das neue Herz Europas" ("The new heart of Europe"). For business, it describes itself as "Standort Zukunft", "Where business meets the future"). In 2007, the Bürgermeister marketed Stuttgart to foreign investors as "The creative power of Germany". In July 2010, Stuttgart unveiled a new city logo, designed to entice more business people to stay in the city and enjoy breaks in the area.

Stuttgart is nicknamed the Schwabenmetropole (Swabian metropolis), because of the city's location in the centre of Swabia, and as a reference to the Swabian dialect spoken by its native inhabitants. In that dialect, the city's name is pronounced Schtugert or Schtuagerd. However, many non-Swabian Germans have emigrated to Stuttgart for economic reasons and 40% of Stuttgart's residents, and 64% of the population below the age of five are of foreign immigrant background.

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POPULATION :  612,441
FOUNDED :  10th century
TIME ZONE : CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
LANGUAGE : German
RELIGION : Protestant 33.7%, Roman Catholic 27.3%, Others 39%
AREA : 207.36 km2 (80.06 sq mi)
ELEVATION :
COORDINATES : 48°47′N 9°11′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 49.08%
 Female: 50.92%
ETHNIC :German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish)
AREA CODE : 711
POSTAL CODE : 70173–70619
DIALING CODE : +49 711
WEBSITE : http://www.stuttgart.de/

Tourism

Stuttgart is known as a centre of mechanical and automobile engineering with the headquarters of the world famous Bosch, Mercedes and Porsche within its metropolitan area. That said, it does not resemble most other industry hubs, as it is a rather sparse city spread over many hills and valleys, with forests, parks and even vineyards within the city.


The inner city

At the centre of Stuttgart lies its main square,Schlossplatz. As well as being the largest square in Stuttgart, it stands at the crossover point between the city's shopping area, Schlossgartenpark which runs down to the river Neckar, Stuttgart's two central castles and major museums and residential areas to the south west. Königstraße, Stuttgart's most important shopping street which runs along the northwestern edge of Schlossplatz, claims to be the longest pedestrianised street in Germany.

Although the city centre was heavily damaged during World War II,many historic buildings have been reconstructedand the city boasts some fine pieces of modern post-war architecture. Buildings and squares of note in the inner city include:

  • The Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church), dates back to the 12th century, but was changed to the Late Gothic style in the 15th century and has been a Protestant church since 1534.Exterior: Romanesque/Gothic; interior: Romanesque/Gothic/Modern. Reconstructed with simplified interior after World War II.
  • Altes Schloss (the Old Castle), mostly dating from the late 15th century, some parts date back to 1320.Renaissance style.
  • Alte Kanzlei (the Old Chancellery) on Schillerplatz square which backs onto the 1598 Mercury Pillar
  • Neues Schloss (the New Castle), completed in 1807.Baroque/Classicism); reconstructed with modern interior, currently houses government offices.The cellars with a collection of stone fragments from the Roman times are open to visitors
  • Wilhelmpalais (the King Wilhelm Palais), 1840
  • Königsbau (the King's Building), 1850. Classicism; reconstructed; has been housing the "Königsbau Passagen" shopping centre since 2006.
  • The Großes Haus of Stuttgart National Theatre, 1909–1912
  • Markthalle Market Hall, 1910. (Art Nouveau)
  • The Hauptbahnhof (Main Railway Station) was designed in 1920; its stark, functional lines are typical of the artistic trend 'Neue Sachlichkeit' (New Objectivity)
  • The Württembergische Landesbibliothek state library, rebuilt in 1970.
  • Friedrichsbau Varieté (Friedrich Building), rebuilt in 1994 on the site of the former art nouveau building

Architecture in other districts

A number of significant castles stand in Stuttgart's suburbs and beyond as reminders of the city's royal past. These include:

  • Castle Solitude, 1700–1800. Baroque/Rococo)
  • Ludwigsburg Palace, 1704–1758. Baroque, with its enormous baroque garden.
  • Castle Hohenheim, 1771–1793

Other landmarks in and around Stuttgart include:

  • Castle Rosenstein (1822–1830). Classical
  • Württemberg Mausoleum (1824) which holds the remains of Catherine Pavlovna of Russia and King William I of Württemberg
  • Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Gardens (1853)
  • The Observation Tower of Burgholzhof an 1891 brick observation tower constructed by the Cannstatt municipal architect Friedrich Keppler on behalf of the Verschönerungsverein Cannstatt e. V. ("Society for the Beautification of Cannstatt"), in the style of a Roman tower.
  • Weissenhof Estate (1927), (International Style)
  • The TV Tower (1950), the world's first concrete TV tower
  • Stuttgart Airport Terminal Building, 2000. In neighbouring Leinfelden-Echterdingen

History

Early history

The first known settlement of Stuttgart was around the end of the 1st century AD with the establishment of a Roman fort on the banks of the river Neckar. Early in the 3rd century the Romans were pushed by the Alamanni back past the Rhine and the Danube. Nothing is known about the settlement between the 4th to 7th century, but Cannstatt is mentioned in Abbey of St. Gall archives dating back to the early 8th century. Archaeological excavations in the 2000s confirmed the continued presence of a farming estate during the Merovingian period.

The name of the Roman fort is not recorded. The settlement is mentioned asCanstat ad Neccarum in 708. The etymology of the name Cannstatt is not clear, but as the site is mentioned as condistat in the Annals of Metz (9th century), it is mostly derived from Latin condita ("foundation"), suggesting that the name of the Roman settlement might have been in Condi-. Alternatively, Sommer (1992) suggested that the Roman site corresponds to the Civitas Aurelia G attested in an inscription found near Öhringen. There have also been attempts at a derivation from a Gaulish *kondâti- "confluence".

The council of Cannstatt of 746 according to the annals of Metz, the annales Petaviani and an account by Childebrand, took place on the invitation byCarloman, the eldest son of Charles Martel, and ended in the summary execution of Alamannic nobility for their supposed part in the uprising of Duke Theudebaldof Alamannia and Duke Odilo of Bavaria.


Holy Roman Empire

Stuttgart itself was probably established ca. 950, during the Hungarian invasions of Europe shortly before the Battle of Lechfeld by Duke Liudolf of Swabia, one of the sons of Holy Roman Emperor Otto I the Great. A gift registry from Hirsau Abbey dated around 1160 mentioned 'Hugo de Stuokarten', confirmation of the existence of the Stuttgart of today.

It was in origin a site for breeding cavalry horses, the Old High German namestuotengarten meaning "mare" (as in, an estate for horse-breeding, as it were stud-yard).

During the High Middle Ages, the settlement was owned by the Margraves of Baden and the towns of Backnang andBesigheim.

The House of Württemberg emerged in the 11th century as the rulers of Stuttgart. Their name originates from a Württemberg hill in Stuttgart, the seat of their ancestral castle. The House of Württenberg at first were counts within the Duchy of Swabia. After the extinction of the Hohenstaufen ducal line, the County of Württemberg became an independent state within the Holy Roman Empire. Around 1300, Stuttgart became the residence of the Counts of Württemberg, who expanded the growing settlement and made it the capital of their territory (Territorialstaat). Stuttgart was elevated to the status of a city in 1321 when it became the official royal residence.

The city seal showed a coat of arms with two horses in the 14th century. A later seal, dated 1433, shows a single galloping horse. Over time, the horse was shown in various attitudes, with arampant attitude becoming popular in the 16th century.

The county of Württemberg was in its turn elevated to the status of Duchy in 1495, from which time Stuttgart was the Ducal capital and residence.

In the 18th century, Stuttgart temporarily surrendered its residence status afterEberhard Ludwig founded Ludwigsburg to the north of the city. In 1775, Karl Eugen requested a return to Stuttgart, ordering the construction of the New Castle.


19th and early 20th centuries

In 1803, Stuttgart was proclaimed capital of the Electorate of Württemberg until Napoleon Bonaparte's break-up of the Holy Roman Empire in 1805 when Stuttgart became capital of the Kingdom of Württemberg. The royal residence was expanded under Frederick I of Württemberg although many of Stuttgart's most important buildings, including the Wilhelm Palace, Katharina Hospital, the State Gallery, the Villa Berg and the Königsbau were built under the reign of King Wilhelm I. The jubilee column(erected between 1841 and 1846) on the Schlossplatz is located on theorthodromic distance line from the church of St. Michael in Roeselare over the Kokino observatory to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Stuttgart's development as a city was impeded in the 19th century by its location. It was not until the opening of the Main Station in 1846 that the city underwent an economic revival. The population at the time was around 50,000.

During the revolution of 1848/1849, a democratic pan-German national parliament (Frankfurt Parliament) was formed in Frankfurt to overcome the division of Germany. After long discussions, the parliament decided to offer the title of "German Emperor" to King Frederick William IV of Prussia. As the democratic movement became weaker, the German princes regained control of their independent states. Finally, the Prussian king declined the revolutionaries' offer. The members of parliament were driven out of Frankfurt and the most radical members (who wanted to establish a republic) fled to Stuttgart. A short while later, this rump parliament was dissolved by the Württemberg military.

By 1871 Stuttgart boasted 91,000 inhabitants, and by the time Gottlieb Daimler invented the automobile in a small workshop in Cannstatt in the 1880s, the population had risen rapidly to 176,000.

In 1871, as an autonomous kingdom, Württemberg joined the German Empirecreated by Otto von Bismarck, Prime Minister of Prussia, during the unification of Germany.

On 15 November 1886, Robert Bosch opened his first 'Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering' in Stuttgart.

At the end of the First World War the Württemberg monarchy broke down as William II of Württemberg refused the crown—but also refused to abdicate—under pressure from revolutionaries who stormed the Wilhelm Palace. After his eventual abdication, the Free State of Württemberg was established, as a part of the Weimar Republic. Stuttgart was proclaimed the capital.

In 1920 Stuttgart became the seat of the German National Government (after the administration fled from Berlin, see Kapp Putsch).

In the 1930s, the first prototypes of the VW Beetle were manufactured in Stuttgart based on a design by Ferdinand Porsche.


World War II

Under the Nazi regime, Stuttgart began the deportation of its Jewish inhabitants in 1939. Around sixty percent of the German Jewish population had fled by the time restrictions on their movement were imposed on 1 October 1941, at which point Jews living in Württemberg were forced to live in 'Jewish apartments' before being 'concentrated' on the former Trade Fair grounds in Killesberg. On 1 December 1941 the first deportation trains were organised to send them to Riga. Only 180 Jews from Württemberg held in concentration camps survived.

During the period of Nazi rule, Stuttgart held the "honorary title" Stadt der Auslandsdeutschen (City of the Germans living outside of the Reich).

During World War II, the centre of Stuttgart was almost completely destroyed by Allied air raids. Some of the most severe bombing took place in 1944 carried out by British and American bombers. The heaviest raid took place on 12 September 1944 when the British Royal Air Force bombed the old town of Stuttgart dropping over 184,000 bombs including 75 blockbusters. More than 1000 people perished in the resulting firestorm. In total Stuttgart was subjected to 53 bombing raids, resulting in the destruction of 68% of all buildings and the deaths of 4477 people.

The Allied ground advance into Germany reached Stuttgart in April 1945. Although the attack on the city was to be conducted by the US Seventh Army's 100th Infantry Division, General de Gaulle found this to be unacceptable, as he felt the capture of the region by Free French forces would increase French influence in post-war decisions. He independently directed General de Lattre to order the French 5th Armored Division, 2nd Moroccan Infantry Division and 3rd Algerian Infantry Division to begin their drive on Stuttgart on 18 April 1945. Two days later, the French forces coordinated with the US Seventh Army for the employment of US VI Corps heavy artillery to barrage the city. The French 5th Armored Division then captured Stuttgart on 21 April 1945, encountering little resistance. The circumstances of what became known as 'The Stuttgart Crisis' provoked political repercussions up to the White House. President Truman was unable to get De Gaulle to withdraw troops from Stuttgart until after the final boundaries of the zones of occupation were established. The French army occupied Stuttgart until the city was transferred to the American military occupation zone in 1946.


Post World War II

An early concept of the Marshall Plan aimed at supporting reconstruction and economic/political recovery across Europe was presented during a speech given by US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes at the Stuttgart Opera House. His speech led directly to the unification of the British and American occupation zones, resulting in the 'bi-zone' (later the 'tri-zone' including the French). When the Federal Republic of Germany was founded on 23 May 1949, Stuttgart, like Frankfurt, was a serious contender to become the federal capital, but finally Bonn succeeded.

Parts of the former German States of Baden and Württemberg were merged in 1952 leading to the founding of the new state of Baden-Württemberg, now Germany's third largest state.

In the late 1970s, the district of Stammheim was centre stage to one of the most controversial periods of German post-war history during the trial of Red Army Faction members at Stammheim high-security court. After the trial, Ulrike Meinhof, Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin and Jan-Carl Raspe committed suicide in Stammheim. Several attempts were made to free the terrorists by force or blackmail during the 'German Autumn' of 1977, culminating in the abduction and murder of the German industrialist and President of the German Employers' Association Hanns Martin Schleyer as well as the hijacking of Lufthansa flight LH181.

In 1978 Stuttgart's suburban railway came into operation.

Climate

Stuttgart experiences an oceanic climate with features closely resembling continental climates. Typically during summer months, the nearby Black Forest and Swabian Alb hills act as a shield from harsh weather but the city can be subject to thunderstorms whereas in the winter periods of snow may last for several days. The center of the city, referred to by locals as the "Kessel" (kettle), experiences more severe heat in the summer and less snow in the winter than the suburbs. Lying as it does at the center of the European continent, the temperature range between day and night or summer and winter can be extreme. On average Stuttgart enjoys 1807 hours of sunshine per year.

Winters last from December to March. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 0 °C (32 °F). Snow cover tends to last no longer than a few days although it has been known to last several weeks at a time as recently as 2010. The summers are warm with an average temperature of 20 °C (68 °F) in the hottest months of July and August. Summers last from May until September.

Climate data for Stuttgart

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)17.1
(62.8)
21.0
(69.8)
24.6
(76.3)
26.8
(80.2)
31.5
(88.7)
35.0
(95)
36.6
(97.9)
37.7
(99.9)
31.6
(88.9)
29.7
(85.5)
20.3
(68.5)
16.5
(61.7)
37.7
(99.9)
Average high °C (°F)3.7
(38.7)
5.4
(41.7)
9.8
(49.6)
14.1
(57.4)
18.6
(65.5)
23.7
(74.7)
26.2
(79.2)
25.9
(78.6)
19.5
(67.1)
14.4
(57.9)
8.1
(46.6)
4.4
(39.9)
14.0
(57.2)
Daily mean °C (°F)0.5
(32.9)
1.3
(34.3)
5.2
(41.4)
9.0
(48.2)
13.6
(56.5)
16.7
(62.1)
18.8
(65.8)
18.3
(64.9)
14.1
(57.4)
9.6
(49.3)
4.4
(39.9)
1.4
(34.5)
9.4
(48.9)
Average low °C (°F)−2.9
(26.8)
−2.5
(27.5)
0.8
(33.4)
3.8
(38.8)
8.2
(46.8)
11.3
(52.3)
13.3
(55.9)
12.9
(55.2)
9.2
(48.6)
5.4
(41.7)
1.0
(33.8)
−1.6
(29.1)
4.9
(40.8)
Record low °C (°F)−25.5
(−13.9)
−20.3
(−4.5)
−18.6
(−1.5)
−6.3
(20.7)
−1.9
(28.6)
3.3
(37.9)
5.5
(41.9)
3.8
(38.8)
0.2
(32.4)
−6.3
(20.7)
−14.9
(5.2)
−18.5
(−1.3)
−25.5
(−13.9)
              
Source: Data derived from Deutscher Wetterdienst

Geography

Stuttgart lies about an hour from the Black Forest and a similar distance from the Swabian Jura mountains. The city center lies in a lush valley, nestled between vineyards and thick woodland close to the River Neckar. Because of this, the city is often described as lying "zwischen Wald und Reben", or between forest and vines. In the hot summer months, local residents refer to this area as theStuttgarter Kessel, or Stuttgart cauldron, for its hot and humid climate, which is frequently warmer than the surrounding countryside of Württemberg.

Stuttgart covers an area of 207 km2 (80 sq mi). The elevation ranges from 207 m (679 ft) above sea level by the Neckar river to 549 m (1,801 ft) on Bernhartshöhe hill. As a result, there are more than 400 flights of steps around the city (called "Stäffele" in local dialect), equivalent to approximately 20 km (12 mi) of steps. Many originate from the time when vineyards lined the entire valley until the early 19th century. To cultivate those steep terraces, paths and steps had to be constructed. Later, as the city continued to grow and vineyards were replaced by houses and streets, the “Stäffele” were used as foot paths to the newly built neighborhoods. Some of the stairs were elaborately decorated with fountains and plantings. Among famous “Stäffele” are Wächterstaffel, Eugenstaffel, Sängerstaffel, Buchenhofstaffel or Sünderstaffel. Even today there are vineyards less than 500 m (1,640 ft) from the Main Station.

Economy

The Stuttgart area is known for its high-tech industry. Some of its most prominent companies include Daimler AG, Porsche, Bosch, Celesio, Hewlett-Packard and IBM – all of whom have their world or European headquarters here.

Stuttgart is home to Germany's ninth biggest exhibition centre, Stuttgart Trade Fair which lies on the city outskirts next to Stuttgart Airport. Hundreds of SMEs are still based in Stuttgart (often termed Mittelstand), many still in family ownership with strong ties to the automotive, electronics, engineering and high-tech industry.

Stuttgart has the highest general standard of prosperity of any city in Germany. Its nominal GDP per capita is €57,100 and GDP purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita is €55,400. Total GDP of Stuttgart is €33.9 billion, of which service sector contributes around 65.3%, industry 34.5%, and agriculture 0.2%.


The cradle of the automobile

The automobile and motorcycle were purported to have been invented in Stuttgart (by Karl Benz and subsequently industrialised in 1887 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach at the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft). As a result, it is considered to be the starting point of the worldwide automotive industry and is sometimes referred to as the 'cradle of the automobile'. Today, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche both have their headquarters in Stuttgart, as well as automotive parts giants Bosch and Mahle. A number of auto-enthusiast magazines are published in Stuttgart.


Science and research and development

The region currently has Germany's highest density of scientific, academic and research organisations. No other region in Germany registers so many patents and designs as Stuttgart. Almost 45% of Baden-Württemberg scientists involved in R&D are based directly in the Swabian capital. More than 11% of all German R&D costs are invested in the Stuttgart Region (approximately 4.3 billion euros per year). In addition to several universities and colleges (e.g. University of Stuttgart, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology and several Stuttgart Universities of Applied Sciences), the area is home to six Fraunhofer institutes, four institutes of collaborative industrial research at local universities, two Max-Planck institutes and a major establishment of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).


Financial services

The Stuttgart Stock Exchange is the second largest in Germany (after Frankfurt). Many leading companies in the financial services sector are headquartered in Stuttgart with around 100 credit institutes in total (e.g. LBBW Bank, Wüstenrot & Württembergische, Allianz Life Assurance).


A history of wine and beer

Stuttgart is the only city in Germany where wine grapes are grown within the urban area, mainly in the districts of Rotenberg, Uhlbach and Untertürkheim.

Wine-growing in the area dates back to 1108 when, according to State archives,Blaubeuren Abbey was given vineyards in Stuttgart as a gift from 'Monk Ulrich'. In the 17th century the city was the third largest German wine-growing community in the Holy Roman Empire. Wine remained Stuttgart's leading source of income well into the 19th century.

Stuttgart is still one of Germany's largest wine-growing cities with more than 400 hectares of vine area, thanks in main to its location at the centre of Germany's fourth largest wine region, the Württemberg wine growing area which covers 11,522 hectares (28,470 acres) and is one of only 13 official areas captured under German Wine law. The continuing importance of wine to the local economy is marked every year at the annual wine festival ('Weindorf').

Stuttgart also has several famous breweries such as Stuttgarter Hofbräu,Dinkelacker, and Schwaben Bräu.

Subdivisions

The inner districts are:

Central Stuttgart (German: Stuttgart-Mitte)

Stuttgart-North (German: Stuttgart-Nord)

Stuttgart East (German:Stuttgart-Ost)

Stuttgart South(German: Stuttgart-Süd)

Stuttgart West (German: Stuttgart-West)


The outer districts are:

  • Bad Cannstatt: home to Europe's second largest mineral spas,  (second only to the ones in Buda, Hungary), the Cannstatter Wasen (site of the Stuttgart Spring Festival and the Cannstatter Volksfest (the world's second largest beer festival, every September/October)),Wilhelma zoo and botanical garden, the Schleyer-Halle, the Porsche Arena, the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the VfB Stuttgart Bundesliga football team and their home ground, the Mercedes-Benz Arena, and adjacent to it the Robert Schlienz Stadium. The greenhouse of Gottlieb Daimler, where he developed his cars, motorcycles and motorboats can also be found in Cannstatt, as well as the oldest remaining residential building in Stuttgart, the Klösterle ("little monastery", a Beguin residence erected in 1463). The largest city district of Stuttgart, Cannstatt was suggested as the future capital of Württemberg by Gottfried Leibniz in 1696. Cannstatt is also famous for the Pleistocene mammals preserved in the travertine deposited by the mineral springs, some of which are on exhibit at the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart. The leading German chocolate brand Ritter Sport was first produced in Cannstatt until in 1930, when the company was relocated to Waldenbuch, a town 16 km (10 mi) south of Stuttgart. Robinson Barracks- a US Military housing area in the Burgholzhof district of Bad Cannstatt.
  • Degerloch: the world's first television tower, Stuttgarter Kickers football team and their home ground, the Waldaustadion (where reserve team VfB II currently play as the Cannstatt Robert Schlienz Stadium is not approved for third division matches), International School of Stuttgart- the only accredited International Baccalaureate school in Stuttgart.
  • Möhringen: musical theatres, Kelley Barracks, headquarters of US AFRICOM.
  • Plieningen: campus of University of Hohenheim, Schloß Hohenheim (castle).
  • Stammheim: location of high-security Stammheim Prison and court.
  • Untertürkheim: Daimler AG headquarters and original Mercedes-Benz plant, the Württemberg mountain, eponymous to the historic territory of Württemberg, site of the Württemberg Mausoleum.
  • Vaihingen: not to be confused with nearby Vaihingen (Enz), home to one of two University of Stuttgart campuses and Patch Barracks, headquarters of United States European Command.
  • Zuffenhausen: Porsche headquarters and museum.
  • Feuerbach: home of the original Bosch plant and Behr.
  • as well as Birkach, Botnang, Hedelfingen, Mühlhausen, Münster, Obertürkheim, Sillenbuch, Wangen, and Weilimdorf.

Internet, Comunication

The main telecommunications provider in Germany is Deutsche Telekom which trades under the names of T-Home (for landline phones), T-Online (for Internet connections) and T-Mobile for mobile communications. Anything relating to these companies are easily identified by the bright pink "T" logo. There are often shops in German towns called "T-Punkt" (Literally T-Point) where you can buy cell phones and get other information.

Prices in Stuttgart

PRICES LIST - EUR

MARKET / SUPERMARKET

Milk1 liter€0.70
Tomatoes1 kg€2.19
Cheese0.5 kg€4.60
Apples1 kg€1.70
Oranges1 kg€1.70
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€0.78
Bottle of Wine1 bottle€5.00
Coca-Cola2 liters€1.67
Bread1 piece€1.32
Water1.5 l€0.32

PRICES LIST - EUR

RESTAURANTS

Dinner (Low-range)for 2€24.00
Dinner (Mid-range)for 2€46.00
Dinner (High-range)for 2
Mac Meal or similar1 meal€6.50
Water0.33 l€1.73
Cappuccino1 cup€2.65
Beer (Imported)0.33 l€3.00
Beer (domestic)0.5 l€3.50
Coca-Cola0.33 l€2.30
Coctail drink1 drink€7.00

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ENTERTAINMENT

Cinema2 tickets€20.00
Gym1 month€45.00
Men’s Haircut1 haircut
Theatar2 tickets€92.00
Mobile (prepaid)1 min.€0.10
Pack of Marlboro1 pack€5.80

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PERSONAL CARE

Antibiotics1 pack€8.00
Tampons32 pieces€3.30
Deodorant50 ml.€2.55
Shampoo400 ml.€2.60
Toilet paper4 rolls€1.25
Toothpaste1 tube€1.80

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CLOTHES / SHOES

Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)1€85.00
Dress summer (Zara, H&M)€42.00
Sport shoes (Nike, Adidas)1€88.00
Leather shoes1€112.00

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TRANSPORTATION

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63 € per day

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  • public transport
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205 € per day

Estimated cost per 1 day including:

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  • transportation
  • hotel

Transportation - Get In

Transportation - Get In

By plane

Stuttgart Airport (IATA: STR)(Flughafen). is the 6th busiest airport in Germany, reflecting the city's size and importance. It is situated on the southern outskirts of the city and connected via local rail (S-Bahn) and in the future will also be connected to mainline high-speed railway.


Airlines and destinations

The airport is a base for Lufthansa's low-fare sister airline Germanwings and a major focus city for airBerlin. Moreover, most major European carriers have connections to Stuttgart from their main hubs, so there is a wide choice of direct flights to other German and European cities, and even if there is no direct flight from your origin, you will easily find a connection through any of the hubs.

Moreover, Stuttgart's main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) is just an hour away by high-speed train (ICE) from Frankfurt Airport, which is one of Europe's major aviation hubs. Many airlines offer flights to Frankfurt with a connecting train to Stuttgart instead of direct flights to Stuttgart, and as this is very quick and convenient (landing you in the very city center), you should consider this option as well.

Delta Air Lines has non-stop service from Atlanta to Stuttgart. United Airlines has daily non-stop service from Newark / New York City. American Airlines offers codeshare service from Frankfurt Airport on the ICE high-speed trains to the Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (IATA: ZWS). These tickets are often cheaper than buying a flight solely to Frankfurt, despite having the additional segment.

Additionally, there is a significant charter/holiday traffic between Stuttgart and the popular holiday destinations in southern Europe and North Africa, mostly served by dedicated carriers such as TUIfly. On balance, there is relatively small presence of low-fare carriers other than Germanwings - neither Ryanair, Easyjet, Wizz Air or Norwegian fly to Stuttgart.


Ground transportation

The best way to get from Stuttgart airport to the city centre is by using public transport which is clean, cheap and safe.

  • The S-Bahn line S2 or S3 will bring you to Stuttgart's center (€3,70) within 27 minutes (see Timetable from station 'Flughafen' to station 'Hauptbahnhof'). Tickets can be purchased at vending machines at the level below the airport and above the platform. Tickets should be validated at orange boxes on the platform before boarding the train.
  • Several bus lines head for other destinations (e.g. Tübingen (828) and Reutlingen (X3)).
  • Taxis will be waiting at the airport. To call airport's taxi service (0711/948 4409) or Stuttgart's Taxi-Auto-Zentrale (0711/55 10 000). Expect to pay around €30 to the city center.

Terminals and orientation

Stuttgart Airport nominally has four terminals (numbered 1 to 4), but in fact Terminals 1 to 3 share a common airside - the number of the terminal indicates in which concourse the check-in and luggage drop-off is located in the main hall (1 is the westernmost concourse area, the 3 is the eastern one and the 2 is between the main concourse). Terminal 4 is separate, although connected by a walkway on the landside (NOT on the airside, so you have to make sure you go through security there if you fly from Terminal 4).

  • Terminal 1 serves mainy Lufthansa and most other partner Star Alliance carriers (Austrian, SAS, Swiss, Turkish)
  • Terminal 2 is serving Germanwings
  • Terminal 3 serves intercontinental flights (Delta, United), Aegean Airlines, Air Berlin and other non-Star-Alliance airlines, including Condor and Tuifly
  • Terminal 4 is used mainly by charter and holiday flights

Departures are one level above arrivals and two levels above the S-Bahn station. See the airport's terminal guide for detailed floor plans.


Hotels

There is a Moevenpick and a Wyndham Hotel at the airport. For nearby hotels, some with shuttle service (for a fee) see Leinfelden-Echterdingen and Filderstadt.

Transportation - Get In

By Train

Main station (Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof). is in the very center of Stuttgart. Timetables for trains and booking are available on the webpages of Deutsche Bahn AG. Stuttgart main station is currently being redesigned (while still running) for the somewhat controversial "Stuttgart 21" project. Once the project is completed Stuttgart main station will have transformed from a terminus to a through station with faster connections in most directions. 

Transportation - Get In

By Bus

The long-distance bus market is exploding in Germany, since a new law was passed in 2013. There are dozens of daily services from most major cities, which are often significantly cheaper than trains. Most buses offer amenities like Wi-Fi and power outlets and some can even transport bicycles. The best resource for checking connections is this German website. The central bus station (ZOB) in Stuttgart is closed, because of the construction of the railway station, so the buses stop in different suburbs with access to the public transportation:

  • ZOB ZuffenhausenBurgunderstraße (S4, S5, S6/S60).MeinFernbus
  • Fernbushaltestelle Stuttgart - VaihingenVollmoellerstraße 5 (S1, S2, S3, U12). MeinFernbus
  • Fernbushaltestelle Stuttgart-Flughafen/MesseBusterminal Messe Ost, Flughafenentlastungsstraße (S2, S3). Flixbus, ADAC Postbus,DeinBus (different position)

Transportation - Get In

By Car

Stuttgart has the inglorious title of being Germany's traffic jam capital, so try to avoid the rush-hour as car traffic can easily break down. Also parking is definitely a problem in most inner city areas. Expect a lack of parking facilities and high parking fees. Stuttgart is connected by the two major autobahns, the west/east-highway A8 to the south and the north/south-highway A81 to the west as well as smaller autobahn-like highways B10, B14, B27. Generally, follow the sign "Stuttgart Zentrum" to get to the center of Stuttgart.


Transportation - Get Around

Stuttgart has a very compact city center with most destinations in walking distances. Nearly all visitors arrive at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). From there the remarkable 1,2 km long pedestrian shopping street called “Königstraße” leads through the heart of the city, passing the Schlossplatz with the amazing New Palace, to the Rotebühlplatz (Stadtmitte). Other main sights (e.g. museums, opera) are just around the corner.

Transportation - Get Around

By Public Transport

Stuttgart's public transportation system comprises two light rail system - the Stadtbahn (or U-Bahn) and Schnellbahn (S-Bahn), as well as a city bus system. It is managed by VVS and is fully integrated in that there is one fare and ticketing system for all forms of transit, so that a single ticket can be used on any mixture of buses and trains that may be required to complete the journey

The VVS's network called is divided in zones. The city of Stuttgart is only Zone 10 (inner city) and 20 (outer city). Most lines will lead via Hauptbahnhof, ending in a layout that is pretty centralized: If you want to go somewhere, chances are, you have to ride via Hauptbahnhof. The following Stadtbahn or S-Bahn stations are located in the heart of the city: Hauptbahnhof, Schlossplatz, Charlottenplatz, Stadtmitte (Rotebühlplatz), Feuersee, Rathaus, Staatsgalerie and Berliner Platz (Liederhalle). For a complete description see the official map of VVS-network

From Sunday to Wednesday public transportation stops around 1AM in the night. On the weekend the S-Bahn is running hourly the whole night on all lines. So the inner city route from Hauptbahnhof to Schwabstraße is connected frequently. Additionally there are several night buses running, all starting from the Schlossplatz. On Thursdays there are night buses at 1:20, 2:30, 3:40. Be careful if you have a very early airplane since there are no connections weekdays to the airport in the early morning between 1 and 5.


U-Bahn (Stadtbahn)

Stuttgart's Stadtbahn is a combination of suburban light rail, tramway/streetcar system and underground metro (subway). In the very centre of the city, the tracks run underground, and the overground sections run along city streets, partially grade-separated and partially integrated into city streets like tramways. That way, the yellow carriages of the Stadtbahn can travel all the way from the suburban hillsides to the central hub by the Hauptbahnhof, allowing convenient commuting with minimal amounts of changes.

To distinguish the Stadtbahn from the suburban trains of the Schnellbahn, it is referred to as U-Bahn, and its lines numbered from U1 to U15. U-Bahn stands for underground/metro/subway in most other cities in German-speaking countries, even though in Stuttgart it runs underground over only a small portion of the network.

All of the U-Bahn lines go through the underground section in the city centre, stopping at either the Hauptbahnhof, Charlottenplatz or both - with the exception of line U3, which goes from Vaihingen to Plieningen in the south of Stuttgart without crossing the city centre. The numbers U11 and U19 are reserved for special lines only operating during major events in the Neckarpark. The U10moniker is reserved for the Zahnradbahn (see below).


S-Bahn (Schnellbahn)

The Schnellbahn (or  S-Bahn), literally meaning "fast railway", is a system of regional trains operated by the Deutsche Bahn for VVS. They run over mainline and railway track sections separate from the Stadtbahn, with fewer stops/stations and reaching farther beyond the city that the Stadtbahn. As the S-Bahn is separate from the U-Bahn, not all stations are integrated - there are S-Bahn stations with no connections to the U-Bahn system. That said, they are covered by the same ticket/fare system and compliment itself well.

You will most probably find the S-Bahn most convenient to use when covering larger distances or getting to locations not served by the U-Bahn, like the airport or Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. The S-Bahn lines are numbered from S1 to S6, plus the extra line S60.

All of the lines travel through the so-called Stammstrecke (common track) in the city centre, between the Schwabstrasse station and the Hauptbahnhof. From there, the lines extend in all directions towards the extremities of Stuttgart. Of particular interest are the S2 and S3, which extend to the Airport. Both go through the city centre to Bad Canstatt and split in Waiblingen towards their separate termini. Do note that while the airport station (Flughafen) is the terminus for S3, the S2 continues to Filderstadt beyond the airport.


Zahnradbahn and Seilbahn

There are two fascinating transportations in Stuttgart, which are worth riding just because of the vehicle. The rack-railway (Zahnradbahn, commonly called Die Zacke) is the only urban rack-railway in Germany and comes with an amazing view over Stuttgart. It has 8 stations and runs between its termini:

  • Stuttgart-Marienplatz. There is an underground stop of U1 andU14 at the Marienplatz next to the Zahnradbahn's overground terminus.
  • Stuttgart-Degerloch. An U-Bahn stop is parallel to the Degerloch Zahnradbahn terminus, served by U5, U6, U8 and U12

The historic cable-car (Standseilbahn) line connects Stuttgart-Heslach with the Waldfriedhof cemetery on the hill. It only has two stations - one downhill and one uphill:

  • Standseilbahn Talstation (Lower station) (schlossplatz).
  • Standseilbahn Bergstation (Upper station).

Both rack-railway and cable-car do not require a special ticket, instead all normal tickets valid in Zone 10 (including day tickets) are valid.


Tickets and fares

Several Ticket option are available: 

  • 3-Day-Ticket - if you are staying for more than a day, for added mobility buy a special "3-Tage-Ticket" for unlimited rides throughout Stuttgart. These are available in hotels, at the airport and the tourist information at the end of Königstraße near Hauptbahnhof - but make sure you take proof that you're a tourist (e.g. hotel booking confirmation). There are two types of 3-day tickets available. One covers the main Stuttgart city (1-2 zones 12,00 €) and the other is valid for the entire VVS network, including Ludwigsburg (17,00 €).
  • Single Day Ticket - called EinzelTagesTicket, are also good value for visitors (1–2 zones: 6,60 €, 3–4 zones: 10,50 € entire network: 14,80 €) They allow as many journeys until the end of day.
  • Group Day Tickets - GruppenTagesTickets for up to 5 persons (1–2 zones: 11,50 €, 3–4 zones: 16,10 €. entire network: 19,00 €)
  • Single Ticket - A Single Ride Ticket entitles the rider to one ride in the same direction, but changing lines as well as ride interruptions are permitted. The tickets remain in effect for two hours from purchase (1 zone: 2,30 €, 2 zones: 2,80 €, 3 zones: 3,90 € ...)

Note that in the Stadtbahn and the buses stamping machines are available inside the cars, while on the S-Bahn they are located at the entrances of the stations and there is no possibility to stamp once you are in the train. (If you do forget to stamp your ticket in the S-Bahn, either get out at the next station, stamp and wait for the following train, or write the current time and location on the stamping field with a non-erasable pencil – this will also be accepted by the inspectors most of the time.)

Fare-dodging is severely frowned upon and plain-clothes inspectors are on constant patrol. Fines are steep, starting at €40 per person for the first offense.

Transportation - Get Around

By Taxi

Taxis are expensive. For €10 you will get about 4 minutes of a taxi drive. With two or more people, getting a taxi together at night (when public transportation has stopped) can make sense. Call a taxi in Stuttgart: Phone Nr. 0711/55 10 000 -Taxi-Auto-Zentrale Stuttgart

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By Car

If you intend to drive by car inside Stuttgart, the only possibility to park are parking blocks at about €1.50 per hour. Some parking blocks are closed during late night, providing no way of getting your car out. The street layout and numerous tunnels in Stuttgart can be confusing for tourists. Driving by car is not recommended.

 

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Shopping


Shopping around the Königstraße

The main shopping street in Stuttgart is the Königstraße which starts at the main railway station. Left and right of Königstraße are interesting shops, too, but Königstraße is a good startpoint for navigation in the inner city. Stores and shops usually open their doors from 10AM to 8PM Monday to Saturday.


Big department stores/shopping malls

  • Das GerberSophienstraße 21(S/U-Bahn station Rotebühlplatz). 09:30-20:00. In September 2014 this new shopping mall with 86 international brands opened his doors extending the Königstraße. Besides clothings there is also a food court and two supermarkets inside the building.
  • Milaneo (U-Bahn station Stadtbibliothek). Mo-Th 10:00-20:00; Fr 10:00-21:30; Sa 09:30-20:00. Opened in Ocotober 2014 this new shopping mall north of the main station is the largest of its kind in Baden-Württemberg. In the three connected buildings there are more than 200 shops and plenty of eating options.
  • Königsbaupassagen. A modern shopping centre inside the historical Königsbau in the middle of the city at the Schlossplatz with a number of apparel chain stores and a food court.
  • BreuningerMarktstr. 1-3 (U1, U2, U4 and buses 43, 44, station/stop Rathaus). 10AM-8PM, Saturdays from 9:30AM, Sundays closed. Breuninger is Stuttgart's homegrown department store, which now has outlets in many other German cities and became one of only three surviving major department store chains, alongside Kaufhof and Karstad. The secret of their success is focusing on high-end fashion and other branded premium/luxury goods.
    In Breuninger's Stuttgart flagship store, you will find a selection of local German and global brands in both apparel, accessories, sportsgear, cosmetics and home decoration spread over six levels. There are multiple restaurants/cafes, hairdressers' and a cosmetic treatment salon on site. Parking is provided across the Hauptstatter Strasse with an underground passage from the garage to the store.
  • Galeria Kaufhof. Kaufhof is one of the two existing traditional department store chains in Germany, offering a broad range of consumer goods (apparel, sports gear, household goods, media and some foodstuffs) at midmarket prices. They have no less than three locations throughout Stuttgart.
    • Galeria Kaufhof Eberhardtstrasse.
    • Galeria Kaufhof Königstrasse
    • Galeria Kaufhof Bad Canstatt.

Clothing

  • AbseitsKleiner Schlossplatz 13/15 (Behind the Kunstmuseum.). Mo-Fr 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-7PM. Mostly casual, trendy designer clothes, shoes and accessories for both women and men. Carries merchandise starting at €300 apiece, unless there is a sale.
  • Subway by BreuningerSporerstrasse 11. No warmed-up sandwiches, underpasses or underground trains but rather young designers and streetwear in a Breuninger-managed separate store next to the "old" Breuninger.
  • Bungalow GalleryStiftstrasse 1A,  +49 711 220 2000, e-mail:. one of the best German clothes store with designer labels (Acne, Bottega Veneta, Moncler, The White Briefs and much more) catering to women and men.
  • Geschwisterliebe. A boutique carrying streetwear by young designers from all over Europe. Most pieces affordably priced below €100.
  • SportScheck StuttgartKronenstrasse 3 (at the corner of Koenigstrasse),  +49 711 305 841 19. Mo-Sa 10AM-8PM. A part of a chain of stores carrying sport shoes, clothing and equipment. A large selection displayed over four stories.

Food markets

There are weekly food markets in almost every district. Days and opening times vary a lot. To get an overview on the website of Stuttgarter Wochenmärkte

  • Marktplatz am Rathaus (market square). public market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings
  • Wilhelmsplatz. somewhat smaller public food market on Friday
  • Markthalle (market hall). exotic wares, exotic prices, crowded

Restaurants

There are restaurants all over Stuttgart. The traditional Swabian cuisine with onion-topped roast pork, think noodles called "Spätzle" or Maultaschen (stuffed noodles) is very tasty. Of course there are also restaurants serving styles from many other parts of the world.

Stuttgart publishes a book annually entitled "Stuttgart geht aus" (Stuttgart goes out). This is available at most book stores on Königstrasse (e.g. Wittwer). This book, published in German, is a great guide to restaurants in the city.


Budget

  • Café Camäleon. The south-west of Germany is known for the best Brezels. Very common are "Butterbrezel" with some butter on it. Try the traditional bakery Hafendörfer in the Eberhardstraße with the attached Café Camäleon. Other than that you'll find them in every bakery and also on the small wooden cabins on Königstraße.
  • Dilan Kebab. There are Döner (excellent Turkish fast-food) stands all over the city, plenty of them around the Rotebühlplatz. Take care to order "mit scharf" (dried chili, hot) or "ohne scharf" (not hot). For learners of German it's worth noting that both "mit scharf" and "ohne scharf" are incorrect German and would literally translate to either "with spicy" or "without spicy". Instead simply "scharf" (spicy) or "nicht scharf" (not spicy) should be used, but may then not be understood at the food stands.
  • Veggie Voodoo King. A great vegan falafel shop.
  • Udo Snack. Of course McDonalds, Burger King and Subway are in town, too. If you want to try their locally renowned single shop competitor, go to Udo Snack in Calwer Straße or XXL Burger on Steinstr. which is run by an old couple.
  • Lou’s Maultäschle (check web site for location each day). Street vans that can be found in different locations around the city depending on the day of the week. Great Maultaschen.

Mid-range

  • Carls Brauhaus. Opened in April 2014 the Carls Brauhaus located at the beautiful Schlossplatz serves decent Swabian cuisine.
  • Restaurant Cafe MarkthalleDorotheenstrasse 4 (one block from Rathaus Marktplatz farmer's market), +49 711-24 59 79fax: +49 711-23 61 040. M-F 6AM-10PM Sa 7AM-6PM. Restaurant attached to Stuttgart's international marketplace for produce, meat, and cheese (which is a nice shopping experience by itself). Serves regional and seasonal dishes. Also serves substantial breakfasts if you are hungry for more than bakery fare. €7-€15 for entrees, drinks start at €2.
  • Il PomodoroWilhelmsplatz 4. The pizzeria at the Wilhelmsplatz stands for great and reasonable Italian food. Delicious wood oven pizzas and special pasta offers at lunch time gets it crowded all day long. If you can’t get a table, there are other good options at the Wilhelmsplatz. The concept of the owner works out fine. There are two more Il Pomodoro restaurants in the districts West (Silberburgstraße 72) and now also in Süd (Filderstraße 25). Large pizza starts at 4.50€.
  • Sonja's Biergarten im Schlossgarten (Beer garden in the palace park), Am Schlossgarten 18 (in the city park near the main train station), +49 711-22 612 74fax: +49 711-22 612 75, e-mail: . Daily 10:30AM-1AM. Beautiful setting and reasonable prices. Order cafeteria style or sit down to be waited on. Free live music on Sundays from May - September. €3-10 for entrees, drinks start at €2.
  • Sophies BrauhausMarienstraße 28 (U-Bahn Rotebuehlplatz, S-Bahn Stadtmitte),  +49 711-61 09 62fax: +49 711-61 18 75, e-mail: . M-Th 11:30AM-1:30AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 10AM-midnight. Brewpub serving regional specialties and its own beer. A lovely bar with impressive decorations. €1.20-€15.
  • Ochs'n WilliSchlossplatz Tunnel 4,  +49 711 2265191. Old-fashioned traditional cuisine. Located at the Königstraße and very famous for tourists.
  • Stäffele Restaurant, 70178 Stuttgart Buschlestrasse 2 (near S-Bahn Station Feuersee). This Restaurant is serving real regional Swabian specialities like Rostbraten, Käsespätzle, Kutteln, Bubenspitzle, Linsen mit Spätzle und Saiten, Maultaschen and Wine from Stuttgart. In the Summertime also outside in the Beergarden. middle range Prices.
  • Besitos StuttgartRotebühlplatz 21,  +49 711 4898430. 11.00 - 01.00.spanish restaurant in stuttgart (tapas, gambas, enchilada and more)
  • Ristorante Italiani, Ingersheimer Straße 12, Weilimdorf,  +49 711 887522. Good Italian food, friendly efficient service.
  • King's PalaceHauptstraße 28, Vaihingen+49 711 782 6993. Good Chinese restaurant
  • Vaihinger MarktstübleVaihinger Markt 24, Vaihingen,  +49 711 7353552. Small friendly Italian
  • India HouseVaihinger Markt 28, Vaihingen+49 711 72246790. Good friendly Indian, although should ask to spice the food up otherwise you get German strength.
  • Restaurant VanKatzenbachstraße 46,  +49 711 70727292. Good Asian restaurant
  • AussichtreichAuerbachstrasse 182 (Bus stop Burgholzhof - line 52 from Bad Canstatt Wilhelmsplatz or from Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen and line 57 from Prager Sattel),  +49 711 85 14 24. Mo-Fr from 4:30PM, Sa from 1PM, Su from 12:00 noon. A place known mostly to the locals only (do not expect much command of English from the staff) offers a stunning view over Stuttgart from a steep vineyard hillside, while being metres away from a bus stop. Cuisine is simple and not quite remarkable, but the service is efficient and quick and you will for sure not leave hungry. €7.50-10 for a hearty Swabian lunch dish or salat, up to €17 for some more elaborate dishes, drinks €2-3.5.

Splurge

  • Wielandshöhe (Vincent Klink), Alte Weinsteige 71 (Zahnrackbahn stop "Wielandshöhe"), +49 711 6408848. Star rated restaurant with traditional "schwäbische Küche"
  • Speisemeisterei (Frank Oehler). Another Michelin stared restaurant located in the Hohenheim palace.

Breakfast

In the morning, locals definitely want to get some fresh bread (and brezels and broetchen [bread rolls/buns]) from the baker's shop and serve them with butter, cheese, ham, honey, jam and eggs from the fridge. Many locals and visitors will enjoy breakfast at the bakery itself, in the "Stehcafe" - literally, "standing cafe". These are usually a corner of the shop with tall tables which you stand at rather than sit at. Orange juice together with coffee or tea or hot chocolate will fit nicely. The breakfast in hotels will also look more or less that way.

You can also order this breakfast setup in some or the other cafe or pub, but you'd have to know the good places at first, if you don't want to end up with a poor dish. There are 2 Starbucks Coffee Shops along Königstraße (a 3rd to open soon on the high-end districk on Calwer Straße). But don't look for low-fat muffin or cream cheese options.

Sights & Landmarks

Stuttgart, once owned a reputation of the conservative capital in the south-west, turned into a bustling metropolis with world-class culture, great shopping and night-life. The capital’s architecture is an appealing mixture of historical and modern buildings with green parks and even vineyards throughout the city. The unique cauldron-shaped landscape offers plenty scenic outlooks and formed a dense city center where nowadays fortunately most of Stuttgart's main attractions are located. In the heart of the city center the Palace Square is a must for visitors and an ideal starting point for a tour.


City Centre

  • Schlossplatz (Palace Square). The Schlossplatz is the largest square in Stuttgart, right in the middle of the Mittein front of the Neues Schloss. Originally created as parade grounds for the palace, it is now a public green area with lawns, flowerbeds, twin fountains and a decorative bandstand. It immediately adjoins the Koenigstrasse, and a number of key buildings can be accessed immediately from it. In warmer months, the Schlossplatz is always full of locals, students and tourists enjoying its relaxing atmosphere.
  • Neues Schloss (New Palace). The arguably most recognizable symbol of Stuttgart was constructed between 1746 and 1807 when the Duke of Württemberg, Carl Eugen, found both the Altes Schloss and the erstwhile ducal residence in Ludwigsburg insufficiently stately. The new palace was a grandiose undertaking that took many decades, architects and no less than four successive Dukes of Württemberg to complete, given the ever-changing tastes and plans, as well as constant scandalization within the Duchy regarding the costs of the lavish residence.
    The result is a palace inspired partially by Versailles and other grand royal residences, which gave the centre of Stuttgart an airy, garden park feel. The palace became a state museum in 1918 when the last King of Württemberg abdicated, and was almost completely destroyed in World War II, only being rebuilt in 1958-1964 to serve as a seat for the local government of Baden-Württemberg. Currently, it houses the Ministry of Finance and Economy for the Land, and is again made available to visit during guided tours. Tour dates are announced in advance on the palace's website, and visitors are invited to sign up. Several rooms and halls in the palace can also be rented for special events.
    Tours cost €8 per adult.
  • Altes Schloss (Old Palace). Built as a fully-functional fortified castle at the turn of the 10th century, it grew together with Stuttgart as it rose from a small settlement to the capital of County, and later Duchy of Württemberg. It was in the 16th century that the castle got its current form of a renaissance palace with a cloistered courtyard. The moat around the Altes Schloss was filled in in the 18th century, giving the present-day Schillerplatz its current appearance. Today the Altes Schloss houses the Landemuseum Württemberg.
  • Alte Kanzlei (Old Chancellery). The construction of the mighty monument on the northeast side of the Schiller square lasted three years from 1542 to 1544. Only 22 years later, in 1566, the construction of the building has been extended. Nowadays the Old Chancellery would be compareable to the function of a town hall. Today the building is used as a restaurant and a bar.
  • Königsbau. The Königsbau was erected 1856-1860 directly in front of theNeues Schloss as a multi-functional building to host commerce and special events, at the order of King Wilhem I (hence the name, which means "king's building"). Its Schlossplatz facade, with 34 columns over 135 metres, serves as a balance to the equally imposing palace opposite. In the latter half of the 20th century, the rebuilt Königsbau became shortly the seat of Stuttgart's stock exchange, and a part of a large shopping centre called Königsbau Passagen, which extends behind the main building.
  • Schillerplatz (Schiller square).Named after the great poet Friedrich Schiller, whose statue stands in the middle of the square.
  • Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church). built in 1175
  • Prinzenbau. built 1750
  • Opernhaus (Opera House). Pass the New Palace to the left and you find yourself in the beautiful Schlossgarten with the Opernhaus in front of a artificial lake, as part of the Staatstheater Stuttgart. Also the parliament of the state of Baden-Würrtemberg is located there.
  • Hauptbahnhof (Main Railway Station). The Railway Station was built in 1920 as a terminus station. The 56 meter high tower with its rotating and illuminated Mercedes-Benz is one of the most famous city landmarks. On top of the tower there is an exhibition of the most controversial infrastructure project in Germany called S21. The plan is to convert the main line terminus station into an underground through station by turning the tracks with a 90 degree angle to the present station. Its a free climb up and granting awesome views of Königstraße and the city.
  • Markthalle (Market Hall). A beautiful Jugendstil market hall built in 1910.
  • Wilhelmspalais (King William's Palace). (1834-1840)

Close to centre

  • Liederhalle (Culture and Congress Centre). (1956)
  • Johanneskirche (St. John's Church). Although there is no Cologne Cathedral in Stuttgart, there are a few churches worth visiting. Most beautiful is the Johanneskirche, which is surrounded by the lake Feuersee and lighted during night-times. Other interesting churches are: Mätthauskirche (St. Matthew's Church), Domkirche St. Eberhard (St. Eberhard's Cathedral Church), Hospitalkirche (Hospital Church), Leonhardskirche (St. Leonard's Church), Veitskapelle (St. Vitus Chapel), St. Catherine's Church (English speaking Anglican Church)
  • Bohnenviertel. The Bohnenviertel is the only preserved part of Stuttgart's old town, having miraculously survived to the present day largely intact. Built mainly in the 14th century, it used to house the poorer part of the population, who fed mainly on beans which were grown all around the quarter in gardens and even hanging from the houses' walls, hence the name meaning "bean quarter". Today, the Bohnenviertel is thriving on artisanry and small, old-style retail, as well as gastronomy.
  • Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz (Neue Bibliothek, Bibliothek 21).Mo-Sa 9AM-9PM. Stuttgart's city library moved into this spectacular new building in 2011. It took 13 years of planning, an international architectural competition (ultimately won by Eun Young Yi from South Korea) and 80 million Euros to complete it. On the outside, it is a sombre, nine-storey cube with a glass-brick facade. Inside, the whitewashed surfaces and bright lighting provide an almost unreal ambiance. There is quite a lot of innovative features and facilities inside, not only related to the rather simple layout and fit-outs, but rather to the way the library itself works - for example, you can borrow not only books, but also works of art, or work with music and sound clips in the sound lab. There is also a cafe on the top floor (open 10AM-6PM), and you can get a free map and audioguide from the reception on the ground floor. Most facilities are free of charge, but to borrow books or media you will need to purchase at least a monthly pass for €4.
  • Chinagarten (Bus 44 - stop Im Kaisemer). 9AM till dusk or 8PM, whichever comes sooner. A small Chinese garden, with a pond, ornamental walls and a mini-pagoda included, hidden on one of the hills close to the Hauptbahnhof.

Farther out

  • Weissenhof Estate(Weißenhofsiedlung), Rathenaustrasse 1- 3. Tues - Fri: 11AM to 6PM Sat, Sun: 10AM to 6PM. A world heritage listed housing estate built for exhibition in 1927, features residential buildings by such famous architects like Le Corbusier, Peter Behrens, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In two semi-detached houses designed by Le Corbusier a museum dedicated to the area is located. The historical building is not suitable for persons on wheelchairs.normal ticket €5, reduced €2.
  • Schloss Solitude (Solitude Palace).The Solitude palace was built as a hunting lodge and summer residence in in 1769 and looks from the outside like a classical rococo palace. It is located on a high plain outside Stuttgart and offers views to the north. During the opening hours there are guidance every 45 minutes. Ask for English guidance. 4 € / 2 €.
  • Old Town and Market in Bad Cannstatt (U1/U2/U13 to Bad Cannstatt-Wilhelmsplatz or S1/S2/S3 to Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, then walk to the northwest). Bad Cannstatt is actually older than Stuttgart itself, and has been a thriving town when today's centre of Stuttgart was still a horse pasture. Moreover, unlike the centre of Stuttgart, the old town of Bad Cannstatt survived the Second World War relatively unscathed. Therefore, you can still get an authenthic, medieval feel wandering around its winding narrow streets, which all lead to a peculiarly-shaped market square.
    On the market square, you will find the town church of Cannstatt (Stadtskirche) and the old town hall, still in use as the district's government seat (Bezirksrathaus), both from the late 15th century.
  • Kurpark in Bad Cannstatt (U2 station Kursaal). Cannstatt owes the Badin its name to numerous mineral water springs. To enable locals and visitors to enjoy them, a small but very peacefulKurpark was arranged for in the 19th century, along with a large Kursaal (spa hall) building, which today is a restaurant and special event venue. Right next to it is the MineralBad-Cannstatt spa-wellness-fitness complex with a large pool covered by an impressive glass dome.
  • Gottlieb Daimler Memorial (Gottlieb-Daimler-Gedächtnisstätte), Taubenheimstraße 13 (Bad Cannstatt) (U2 station Kursaal).Tu-Fr 2PM-5PM, weekends and holidays 11AM-5PM, closed on Mondays.Stuttgart in general claims to be the birthplace of the automobile, but if you want to see the actual place where it was born, head to the Kurpark in Bad Cannstatt, where the garden house that Gottlieb Daimler converted into his workshop still stands. There he and Wilhelm Maybach worked in the latter half of the 19th century on combustion engines and motorized vehicles they have eventually so successfully developed. Today, it houses an exhibition maintained by Mercedes-Benz Classic that tells the story of the early days of the Daimler motor car company. Admission free.

Towers and scenic outlooks

Stuttgart is picturesquely located in a valley surrounded by green hills, which the locals call Kessel, or a cauldron. Therefore, one of the main attractions are the views from the hillsides and hilltops around the city. There are several options to enjoy an extraordinary view over the Swabian capital:

  • Fernsehturm Stuttgart. The world's first TV tower constructed from reinforced concrete was built from 1954-1956. It is the prototype for all modern TV towers, and affords visitors a beautiful view over Stuttgart. The Stadtbahn U15 to Ruhbank (Fernsehturm) gives you a wonderful view of the city. Entrance is €7 per person and is worth it for the near-fairground quality of the ride in the lift to the top. There's a nice cafe at the top which serves fresh food and drinks.
  • Bismarckturm. – a small tower northwest of the city centre, not far from Killesberg Tower
  • Grabkapelle Württemberg (Sepulchral Chapel on the Württemberg). The Württemberg Mausoleum stands in Rotenberg on the peak of the Württemberg Hill overlooking the Neckar river. The memorial was built for Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, the second wife of William I of Württemberg. The remains of William I and his daughter Maria Friederike Charlotte of Württemberg are also housed in the mausoleum. The mausoleum was constructed between 1820 and 1824 based on a design drafted by Giovanni Salucci.
  • Karlshöhe. A hill that separates the western and southern city. Walk uphill 10 minutes southern from S-Bahn-Station "Feuersee" through a park (via Senefelder Str, right to Reinsburgstr, left to Jean-Améry-Weg). Have an outlook and enjoy the beer garden.
  • Weißenburgpark (Teehaus). A hill opposite to the Karlshöhe. Easy approach: It is a short hop from Station "Bopser" (U5, U6, U7). Outlook and nice Jugendstil-restaurant and beer garden (closes at 11PM)
  • Birkenkopf (Monte Scherbelino) (bus 92 to Birkenkopf). A debris mountain made of 15 million cubic meters of rubble from WWII as a memorial to everyone who died in the war. It is the highest point in Stuttgart.
  • Killesbergturm (Killesberg Tower). A recently built tower in the "Killesberg Park" (see also "green U" under Parks & Gardens), north of the city centre

Parks and gardens

"Das Grüne U": Most of Stuttgart's many parks and gardens are usually referred to by locals as "das Grüne U" (the green "U") because of the U-shaped form in which they are located around the city centre. They form a long and beautiful path around the city, starting at the Schlossgarten at the northern façade of the new palace (Neues Schloss), continuing through Rosensteinpark with the natural history museum and a rear entrance to Wilhelma (the zoo), and ending in Killesberg Park. Walking at a reasonable pace, you can walk the entire circuit in about 2 hours. There are beer gardens (look for Biergarten signs) and restaurants along the way, and the Killesberg Park is a real treat. It was designed for a huge botanical expo several years ago and remains a truly stunning park, especially in spring when in full bloom. If you're interested in architecture, be sure not to miss the structural engineering wonder Killesberg Tower, a minimalistic steel construction composed of one central support and a cable outer support system.


Rail transport systems

  • Killesberg Railway, a small railway in Killesberg park, on weekends using steam-powered engines!
  • Stuttgart cable Car, an old cable car running to the forest cemetery
  • Rack Railway Stuttgart, Germany's only urban rack-railway. It uses modern cars like the light railway and offers a nice view

Museums & Galleries

Stuttgart is home of a wide range of very good museums including 5 state museums and two automobile museums.


Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (State Gallery), Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30-32.There are two exhibitions in different buildings. "Alte Staatsgalerie" ("Old": Art from 1500 to 1900) and "Neue Staatgalerie" ("New": Modern art). You can walk inside from one exhibition to the other. The permanent exhibits are free on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart(Modern Art Museum), Kleiner Schlossplatz 1 (U-Bahn station Schlossplatz),  +49 711 216 21 88.10AM-6PM, Fridays till 9PM, Mondays closed. Restaurant and bar open everyday until midnight. The simple glass cube of the Kunstmuseum contrasts with the lavish historic architecture of its surroundings, while not being intrusive thanks to its transparency. Its collection of modern art pieces is now over 15,000 strong, but obviously not all of them are displayed at the same time, but rather selected ones in temporary thematic exhibitions. Apart from exhibition spaces, the building hosts a large thematic bookstore, as well as a high-end restaurant Cube and o.T. bar, affording splendid views over the Schlossplatz. From €6, depending on exhibition. Small discounts for students. Guided tours €2,50 per person.


Württembergisches Landesmuseum

Württembergisches Landesmuseum (Historical Art Museum), Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6. 10AM-5PM daily except Mondays. The Landesmuseum is a direct descendant of a collection of local antiquities formed in 1862 by King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, and since 1948 has the Altes Schloss as its main seat. The museum's collections are a potpourri of archeological artifacts and works of art from different periods, mostly related in one way or another to the region. This includes a large collection of folk art.
While the museum actually manages many locations across Stuttgart and the entirety of Baden-Württemberg, it is in the Altes Schloss where the main exhibitions take place. There are small permanent exhibitions of a cross-section of the museum's collections, and temporary themed exhibitions in the Schloss.
Permanent exhibition €5.50, temporary varies (around €12). The small permanent exhibition in the museum's foyer is free.


Linden-Museum

Linden-Museum (ethnological museum), Hegelplatz 1 (Bus 40 and 42, stop Hegelplatz/Linden-Museum). 10AM-6PM daily excluding Mondays. The Museum is named after Karl von Linden, the president of the Württembergischer Verein für Handelsgeographie, who started the collection of various artifacts acquired from all corners of the world. The museum is housed in a purpose-built property from 1911, together with which it became a public property in 1973. There are permanent exhibitions devoted to all regions of the world except for Europe, as well as temporary thematic exhibitions. The on-site restaurant offers an exquisite menu in the evenings and a very affordable lunch menu on weekdays until 2PM. €4 for the permanent exhibition, around €12 for the temporary ones. Entry free for children under 12..


Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart

Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (Natural History Museum), Rosenstein 1. Two exhibitions: one features biology and evolution and the other features paleontology and archeology.


Haus der Musik in Fruchkasten

Haus der Musik in Fruchkasten (Musical Instruments Museum) (near the Stiftskirche in the "Fruchtkasten" in the center of the city). The collection of Landesmuseum of local, European and extra-European instruments spanning centuries from prehistoric to contemporary is displayed in the historicFruchtkasten, the granary in Schillerplatz. More than just a display of historic artifacts, the museum tries to engage and educate its visitors through temporary, thematic exhibitions and an interactive audioguide. Best of all, however, is the fact the entry, including the audioguide, is free.


Mercedes-Benz Museum

Mercedes-Benz MuseumMercedesstrasse 100, Bad Cannstatt (S1, S2, S3 or a regional train to Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt and then bus 56 (6 mins, 4 stops) - or S1 to Neckarpark (Mercedes-Benz) and walk 850 m south). 9AM-6PM Tu-Su, closed Mondays, ticket office closes at 5PM everyday. Closed on Christmas and New Year's Day and their Eves. Open on almost all other holidays. Built in 2006 in an astonishing architecture, the Mercedes-Benz museum houses a collection of automobiles built by the company over its long history. Both pioneering vehicles, significant technological breakthroughs as well as those significant for their participation in history (record-breaking or winning sportscars, cars used by famous personalities) are exhibited brilliantly.
The museum ticket includes the use of an electronic audioguide, but the visit may be enhanced by a guided tour (extra €4), of which there is a variety to choose from. You can also combine your museum visit with a tour of the factory in Unterturkheim (€4, 90 mins, Tu&Fr 11:45AM in English). There is an on-site cafe and high-class restaurant in the Museum and a museum shop. There are special events throughout the year, so do browse the page to see what is on on the days of your visit to Stuttgart.
€8 regular entry, €4 reduced (children, students, anybody over 60); 50% of that if entry is after 4:30PM.


Porsche Museum

Porsche MuseumPorscheplatz 1, Zuffenhausen (S6 to "Neuwirtshaus (Porscheplatz)"). The building is an architectural marvel in itself both inside and out, but the highlights are obviously the exhibited examples of historic Porsche cars (and cars that Porsche designed for other companies, like the legendary Volkswagen "Beetle"), taken from Porsche's impressiv 500+ collection of historic and significant automobiles. A visit may be combined with a factory tour (you have to contact the Museum to arrange for that). €8 regular entry, €4 reduced (children, students, anybody over 60); 50% of that if entry is after 5PM.

Things to do


Culture

  • Zoo Wilhelma (zoological and botanical gardens), Neckartalstraße, Bad Cannstatt. Definitely a must for families. But watching monkeys and weird flowers in this old place can be fun for young adults, too. (Unless you feel pity for the locked up creatures.) Wilhelma is also worth visiting for its architecture and landscaping features - the core of Wilhelma is housed in a 19th century palace/park landscape in the Moorish style, created for and named after the former king Wilhelm of Wuerttemberg.
  • Planetarium. A fascinating astronomical journey, projected by optical hightech equipment: Carl Zeiss Planetarium . Note that almost all the shows conducted here are in German. You may have to check with the office for English show timings.
  • The Stuttgart Ballet. Watch and listen to the ballet company of the state theater Stuttgart. It is one of the world's best ensembles founded by legacy of John Cranko. Definitely a top place to go to in the evening. You'll need to reserve tickets in advance.
  • SI-Centrum. There are two musical theaters (Apollo-Theater and Stage Palladium Theater) both located in the hotel/conference/entertainment complex called the SI-Centrum (Stuttgart Musical Center) in Möhringen close to the A8. This complex includes also the Millennium hotel and a spacious underground complex that houses many conference rooms, bars, restaurants, a casino and a huge wellness pool area.
  • Wagenhallen (Inneren Nordbahnhof 1). Around 80 creative artists, architects, designer and musican persent their work in an old train depot and discarded train wagon.
  • Corso Cinema InternationalHauptstraße 6 Vaihingen (S-Bahn Vaihingen). Most cinemas will run movies with synchronized German voice-over/dubbing and you will be unable to enjoy the movie unless you understand German. CORSO Cinema International in Vaihingen shows movies with original audio track (and possibly German text captions). 7.80 € for adults.

Sports

  • Swim and relax (Leuze Mineralbad) (U-Bahn Mineralbäder).6AM - 9PM. Stuttgart is fond of its mineral springs, actually biggest in Western Europe. The best one might be the Leuze Mineralbad which also offers a sauna, but there are many others like the Höhenfreibad Killesberg (open air pool for 4,10€) or the MineralBad Cannstatt. 8 € - 15 €.
  • Walk the wine trail. The Stuttgart wine trail. The Obertürkheim - Uhlbach - Rotenberg - Untertürkheim trail includes a viniculture museum, the Grabkapelle Württemberg (Burial chapel Württemberg) and restaurants where you can try the local wine.
  • Watch Football (VfB Stuttgart). See the city's most famous sports team, the Fussball Bundesliga Club VfB Stuttgart in action. The club's home ground, the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, is in the Bad Cannstatt district, in the same neighborhood as the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Volksfest takes place in autumn.
  • Watch Tennis (WTA). International ladies' tennis (WTA's Porsche Grand Prix) can be seen in the Porsche Arena in September/October each year. This prestigious event attracts top players, with large prize-money and a brand new Porsche car on offer to the winner.
  • Biking. The city lies in a basin of a hilly region the Stuttgarters call "Kessel", literally "cauldron", and between the lowest part of the city and the highest part of the city are 250 meter of altitude. There is a lot of car traffic, and routes for bikes are not well developed. Biking in the outlying areas of Stuttgart, e.g. in the Neckar Valley or the Schönbuch (just south of the city) is very nice. Stuttgart is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe. There are many paths through the surrounding forests which are in very good shape.

Around Stuttgart

From Stuttgart you can arrange many nice day trips:

  • Ship roundtrips on river Neckar (Neckar Käptn), Shipstop at Zoo Wilhelma Neckartalstrasse,  +49 711 54 99 70 60, e-mail: . Enjoy liner trips on the Neckar, roundtrips or event trips. Or charter a complete ship just for you. Season is from Easter till End of October. For the conditions see the website. Beverage and food is offered on the ships.
  • Mercedes-Benz factorySindelfingen (Catch the S1 (S-bahn) to Boblingen, then catch the courtesy bus). The heart of Mercedes-Benz manufacture, and well worth the visit. There are some 40,000 employees on site, including 9,000 in research & development alone! There are also guided tour in English.

Festivals and events

  • Volksfest (Cannstatter Wasen). Huge fun fair on the Cannstatter Wasen, beertents and rollercoasters, late September-early October. (Families should go there during daytime: after 20:00 o'clock beware of tough public and drunken people.) Canstatter Wasen is the second largest fun fair in the world. Visiting it is more pleasant than the Oktoberfest in Munich, because tents are not so overcrowded like on the Oktoberfest. Free entrance.
  • Weindorf (Marketplace in city center). Huge wine festival at 10 days in early September. More than one million visitors from all over the world try around 5000 different sorts of wine.
  • Weihnachtsmarkt (Marketplace in city center). Huge Christmas Market during December.
  • Long Night of the Museums (Lange Nacht der Museen). All Museums open up to Sunday 2AM in the morning. There is also a Long Night of Sciences (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) 16€.
  • Stuttgart Jazz Open. festival in mid July lasting about one week featuring American, European and other international performers at two downtown venues, one outdoor near the main train station and one indoor at a jazz club
  • Hamburg Fish Market. 10-day festival featuring seafood, beer, and vendors from the northern port city of Hamburg. The market fills Karlsplatz near the Schlossplatz in mid-July.
  • Stuttgart Summer Festival (Sommerfest). early August, city centre - music, food and drinks.
  • Bohnenviertelfest. downtown street music festival in mid July - music, food, drinks.

Nightlife

In the past years Stuttgart has developed a vibrant nightlife with many clubs and pubs in the heart of the city. The most popular street for clubbing is the Theodor-Heuss-Straße ("Theo"). Several bars, clubs and lounges have opened here. During the summer, there are also many opportunities to have a drink outside. In the "Theo" you can listen to good house, drum'n'bass, hip-hop and other kinds of electronic music. However it is not always easy to get into most clubs because of the restrictive door policy!

For a more laid back atmosphere try the area surrounding the "Hans-im-Glück" ("Lucky Hans") fountain just a stone's throw from Königsstraße. In this charming quarter in Stuttgart's old town centre many pubs and bars are crammed next to each other. Especially in the summer months a unique southern flair mixed with a great party scene with open-minded people make this area special.

Concerts, Nightclubs and Events are covered by local magazines (generally not in English). Try Lift and Prinz.

Because street drinking is still legal in Germany budget-travellers can save some money if they buy their drinks at a supermarket. A beer is there e.g. only 0.50€ compared to 3€ and more in pubs. There are two of the REWE supermarkets at the beginning and the end of the Königstraße. There you can buy cheap snacks, softdrinks and alcoholics from Monday to Saturday up till 10PM. Lots of young people do so and hang around the beautiful Schlossplatz.


Bars and Pubs

  • Palast der RepublikFriedrichstraße 27. Located in a former public toilet house the "palace" is the place to hang out in hot summer nights. Get your beer at the fastest barkeeper you've ever seen and find your place outside (maybe on the ground).
  • Mata Hari (Hans-im-Glück-Brunnen). At the Mata Hari you can get exotic beer in an old-fashioned tea-house style. At long tables and benches young folks sit together and drink their beer. Contact to others comes therefore almost automatically.
  • Biddy Earlys. A good place to go where everyone speaks English is Biddy Earlys, an Irish pub just west of the city centre/Königstraße, a five minutes walk from the major public transport station "Stadtmitte" (S-Bahn, Stadtbahn). Keep a sharp eye because the entry is a mere doorway wide which leads down the stairs to the basement. Good bands on the weekends. €2-3 cover, €4 on weekends (plus a bag charge if you have a backpack). Everybody always welcome and you don't have to apologize for your poor German here! They show Premier League Championship and other British football here, you can celebrate or commiserate with only a handful of other drinkers.
  • The Sky Beach (Parking D2). On top of the Kaufhof department store close to the main railway station. All sandy roof top bar. Opened only in summer time.
  • SchockenHirschstr. 36. Ever changing music program with guests dancing in addition, superior live concerts of Indie to Black Metal and the unconstrained atmosphere on all floors of the multi-storied cult store - all this makes the Schocken to a well-earned an inalienable institution in the Stuttgart night life.
  • Kap TormentosoHirschstr. 27. Noble café atmosphere in the first floor. In the basement mostly alternatives and hipsters sit on benches and drinks itself straight through the great drinking menu. Gets very crowed on weekends with a laid back outside area. No entrance fee but with DJs.
  • HotzenplotzSilberburgstr. 88. Rustic atmosphere, little offside in Stuttgart-West.
  • Kiste. Two great Jazzclubs are located in the Hauptstätterstr (Stadtbahn-station "Rathaus"). The "Kiste" (means "box": indeed a tiny club) charges €5 (added to the drink) for a concert, daily starting at 9 or 10PM. The "Bix" named after Bix Beiderbecke offers local to top-class-acts, entry from about €7-30, depending on the artist.
  • Suite 212Theodor-Heuss-Straße. to 5AM on weekends. A posh bar/lounge with minimalist, urbane and undercool interior. People in the smart casual look sip their cocktails or wines around the large dance floor. On weekends the bar changes into a big party club exemplary for the night-life on the "Theo" party street.
  • Fou Fou. A stylish champagner bar located in a conglomerate of brothels and hotels letting rooms by the hour called the "Bohnenviertel" (Bean Quarter) between Hauptstätter Str. and Olgastr.

Clubs

  • Delayla. 11PM - 7AM !. The renovated basement rooms get crowded in the night. Don't try to go there before 2AM.
  • Zwölfzehn. If you're into Indie music, you might want to check out the Zwölfzehn bar/discothèque in the Paulinenstraße, about 10 minutes west from "Stadtmitte". Very common by university students.
  • SchräglageMarktstr. 6. The best independent HipHop club in town.
  • Classic Rock Cafe. Another great bar is the Classic Rock Cafe which is a few blocks away from Biddy Early's. No cover charge here even on weekends and the music is great! Interesting decor too. And everyone is welcome!
  • Kowalski. A stylish designed electric club for an older audience. Here local DJs play fine electronic dance music, and sometimes an international bookings. Check the website for latest information.
  • Freund und Kupferstecher, Berliner Platz. Reopened in 2014 this hip club has a great range of national performers of HipHop and electronic music.5€.
  • Universum. This rock club is located inside the underground stop "Charlottenplatz". It's on the right way out at the exit signed with "Landtag". Playing a lot of concerts in rock or independent music.
  • Boa DiscoTübinger Straße 12. Established in 1977 and still famous for the after-work-party that starts at 6PM with a free buffet. Especially on Thursdays it gets very crowded so try to get on the guest list a few days before.
  • Keller Club (near Rotebühlplatz). (indie dance music)
  • PenthouseHeilbronner Str.. If you're looking for a posh club, you can try the Penthouse. In such places, it's hard to be overdressed. But even if you "dress to impress", there's no guarantee that the doormen will let you in.
  • Perkins ParkStresemannstr. 39. Also a posh club outside the city center.

Gay & Lesbian

  • Eagle (men only leather bar)
  • Boots (men only country style bar)
  • Kings Club (mixed dance club)
  • Jenseitz (mixed gay bar)
  • Zap

Things to know


Language

Stuttgarters are amazingly friendly people who will forgive you if German isn't your first or second (or any) language. If you do speak German well: beware that many people speak the local Schwäbisch dialect natively, which may somewhat affect their standard German. They love to practice other languages (especially English) and will try to help you. Stuttgart is a big city with a small-town atmosphere.

Safety in Stuttgart

Stay Safe

Stuttgart is quite safe. Even at night one may walk alone through the city without fear. One rare exception is the central city park, which should be avoided during late night hours. Of course, always use common sense when walking in a foreign city at night. The biggest danger for a pedestrian in Stuttgart is probably the cars.

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Safety (Walking alone - day)

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