Welcome to Stuttgart, a vibrant and interesting city in the heart of Germany’s Land (or state) of Baden-Württemberg. This modern cosmopolitan city is best known for being the centre of the country’s car manufacturing industry, home to the headquarters of such famous names as Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. But Stuttgart has much more than this to offer, with its rich history, wonderful parks, a dynamic cultural scene and a lively, youthful nightlife.
One of Stuttgart’s iconic sights is its castle, a majestic structure dating back to the 10th century, offering stunning views of the city. The market square, Marktplatz, is a charming spot, surrounded by historical buildings, including the town hall and St Leonard’s Church. Art lovers can’t afford to miss a visit to the Staatsgalerie, one of the country’s top art galleries, with a vast collection ranging from Renaissance to contemporary works.
If cars are your passion, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is a must. Here you can explore the history of the automobile through an amazing collection of vehicles and interactive exhibitions. Equally fascinating is the Porsche Museum, where car enthusiasts can admire some of the most iconic models produced by the famous car manufacturer.
Stuttgart is also known for its beautiful parks, offering an oasis of peace and quiet right in the heart of the city. Killesberg Park is an amazing green space, ideal for walks and picnics, with floral areas and an observation tower with stunning views. Rosensteinpark is another charming park, perfect for a relaxing stroll and a chance to see some exotic animals at the Wilhelma Zoo.
If you fancy having some fun with the locals, you could visit the city during the VolksFest (Germany’s second largest beer festival, held between September and October) or Weindorf, the summer wine festival. But if you’d rather soak up the Christmas atmosphere, you’ll love the Weihnachtsmarkt, one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets.