Stuttgart is the capital of the Bundesland of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. With a population of approximately 632,000 in the immediate city (2017) and more than 5.2 million people in the metropolitan area (2013), Stuttgart is the 6th largest city in Germany.
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. It does not, however, resemble most other industry hubs, as it is a rather sparse city spread over many hills and valleys, with forests, parks, mineral springs and even vineyards within the city. Stuttgart forms the centre of Region Stuttgart, a densely populated and idustrialised area that is closely interwoven and shares the same public transport system consisting of 179 cities and municipalities with a rich history to discover.
Stuttgart consists of 23 districts (Stadtbezirke), which are further divided into 152 localities (Stadtteile). The five inner districts are named Mitte, Nord, Ost, Süd and West ("centre", "North", "East", "South" and "West", respectively). The outer districts are mostly former towns with their own names - of note are Zuffenhausen (Porsche headquarters and museum), Untertürkheim (headquarters of Daimler-Benz and Mercedes-Welt, as well as sports arenas sponsored by Porsche and Mercedes), and Bad Cannstatt (nice old centre, mineral water and lots of vineyards).
Despite being one of the smaller and most densely populated among major German cities (when looking at the statistics), Stuttgart appears anything but. This is because the population is not concentrated in the, relatively small and hardly "metropolitan", centre, but is quite evenly spread over the hills contained within the city area, with multiple population centres stemming from the small towns that were incorporated into the present-day Stuttgart. Therefore, you will find many points of interest quite far away from each other and the use of Stuttgart's very convenient public transport system quite necessary. Stuttgart is a big city with a small-town atmosphere.
If you do speak German well: beware that some people still speak the local Schwäbisch dialect natively, which may somewhat affect their standard German. They love to practise other languages (especially English) and will try to help you.
1 Stuttgart Airport (STR IATA), ☏ . The 6th busiest airport in Germany, reflecting the city's size and importance. It is on the southern outskirts of the city and connected via local rail (S-Bahn) and will eventually be connected to mainline high-speed railway.
Airlines and destinations
The airport is a base for Lufthansa's low-fare subsidiary Eurowings. 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. Stuttgart no longer has direct long-haul flights.
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 centre), you should consider this option as well.
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. There is growing low-fare traffic to Stuttgart as well, with easyJet, Ryanair and Vueling all serving the airport from their bases across Europe.
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 centre (€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. Alternatively, the VVS app can be used. Be aware that the airport is not located in Stuttgart but in zone 2.
- The U-Bahn line U6 is being extended to the airport. Predicted start of operation is December 2021.
- Several bus lines head for other destinations (e.g. Tübingen (828) and Reutlingen (X3)).
- Taxis will be waiting at the airport. The airport's taxi service number is 0711/948 4409; Stuttgart's Taxi-Auto-Zentrale is 0711/55 10 000. Expect to pay around €30 to get to the city centre.
- In the basement there are also several car rental companies and outside at car park P4 there are parking lots reserved / used by ShareNow (Car2Go).
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 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 are flying from Terminal 4).
- Terminal 1 serves mainly Lufthansa and most other Star Alliance carriers (Austrian, SAS, Swiss, Turkish)
- Terminal 2 serves Eurowings
- Terminal 3 serves intercontinental flights (Delta, United), Aegean Airlines and other non Star-Alliance airlines, including Condor and Tuifly
- Terminal 4 is used mainly for 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.
- See also: Rail travel in Germany
In the late 20th century, transportation experts at (then) Deutsche Bundesbahn had an idea: the historic terminus stations, that is, stations which can only be entered from one side, were to be replaced with through stations, stations which a train can pass through en route from one stop to another. Besides the immediately obvious benefits of through running and getting rid of sometimes lengthy detours into and out of cities, it was hoped that extensive inner city real estate could be converted from tracks into housing or retail. The heads of DB shopped this idea, named (city)21 due to the 21st century for which it was deemed the transportation solution, to various cities, including Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart. However, various reasons made the project fall through in most places (Neu Ulm 21 has been built already and Lindau 21 has been finished in modified form) except Stuttgart. The original plan called for a total redesign of rail infrastructure in and around Stuttgart, a new high speed link to Ulm (for faster connections to Munich) and new tunnels for access to the airport and trade fair area. It was hoped that the project would "pay for itself" through extensive redevelopment of former railway real estate and the city of Stuttgart was promised a new station, a new neighbourhood and huge federal investment all on the federal and state dime. However initial cost estimates proved to be - as they often are - far too low, there were doubts that the new station could achieve the capacity of the old station and locals felt ignored and badly informed by politicians and Deutsche Bahn. The protests against Stuttgart 21 grew and the erstwhile local issue began making national headlines. One particularly memorable moment was when heavy handed policing during a demonstration resulted in the blinding of an elderly protester who was hit by a water cannon. The 2011 state elections had been declared a "referendum" on Stuttgart 21 and the "natural governing" Christian Democratic Union was defeated in part due to the controversy. The Greens, second biggest party ahead of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) formed a coalition with the SPD and passed a law to hold a referendum on Stuttgart 21. The referendum however resulted in a 58.9% majority against canceling the project so construction continued. Since then there have been many cost overruns and calls to end the project but construction is ongoing. It will be finished not earlier than 2025.
2 Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (in the centre of Stuttgart). Timetables for trains and booking are available on the webpages of Deutsche Bahn AG. Stuttgart main station is being redesigned (while still running) for the somewhat controversial "Stuttgart 21" project (see infobox). Once the project is completed Stuttgart main station will have transformed from a terminus to a through station with faster connections in most directions. For getting on from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof and around in the city of Stuttgart, see Public Transportation below. Stuttgart is also served by Flixtrain. They run one train each way daily on their Stuttgart-Berlin route. Trains have a lower top speed than the ICE and are thus a bit slower, but tickets are significantly cheaper. When booking via Flixbus, make sure to book a departure labeled "train" as you'll otherwise be sitting on a bus.
The long-distance bus market has been exploding in Germany since 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. As of 2018 there is no public central bus station and all of those listed below are well outside the city centre. While they are all connected to public transit, plan some extra time getting to/from your station and remember to figure in the price of the S-Bahn when comparing bus and train tickets. For intercity bus stops in Germany, the Stuttgart area is actually better than the often quite disappointing average in terms of facilities and modernity.
- 3 ZOB Obertürkheim, Hafenbahnstraße 15 (S1). Flixbus, Eurolines
- 4 ZOB Zuffenhausen, Burgunderstraße (S4, S5, S6/S60).
- 5 Fernbushaltestelle Stuttgart - Vaihingen, Vollmoellerstraße 5 (S1, S2, S3, U12).
- 6 Fernbushaltestelle Stuttgart-Flughafen (SAB), Busterminal Messe Ost, Flughafenentlastungsstraße (S2, S3). Flixbus. Roadjet.
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 centre of Stuttgart. Use park and ride facilities if possible. The most acessible are the park and ride facilities in Degerloch Albstraße and Österfeld. Stuttgart is low emmission zone. Be sure that your car has the green sticker, but you are allowed to access those park and ride facilities with cars that do not meet the standards.
Stuttgart has a very compact city centre 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.
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 1. Most lines will lead via Hauptbahnhof, ending in a layout that is pretty centralised: If you want to go somewhere, chances are, you have to ride via Hauptbahnhof. The following Stadtbahn or S-Bahn stations are 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 01:00. 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 01:20, 02:30, 03:40. Be careful if you have a very early airplane since there are no connections weekdays to the airport in the early morning between 01:00 and 05:00.
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 U16. 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.
Most 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, U 8 and U13 which go to their destinations without crossing the city centre. See map for details. The numbers U11 and U19 are reserved for special lines only operating during major events in the Neckarpark. The U10 moniker is reserved for the Zahnradbahn (see below)., Since rebuilding the lstation Staatsgallerie is under way there are some temporary lines in effect. Check the map at your station for information for these temporary lines.
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. 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:
- 1 Stuttgart-Marienplatz. There is an underground stop of U1 and U14 at the Marienplatz next to the Zahnradbahn's overground terminus.
- 2 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:
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 (as of Dec 2018):
- 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 including Fellbach and Korntal (tarif zones 1 and 2, €14), and the other is valid for the entire VVS network, including Ludwigsburg (€19.50).
- Single Day Ticket - called EinzelTagesTicket, are also good value for visitors (1–2 zones: €5.20, 3–4 zones: €8.60, entire network: €13.20) They allow as many journeys until the end of day.
- Group Day Tickets - GruppenTagesTickets for up to 5 persons (1–2 zones: €12.30, 3–4 zones: €17.10. entire network: €19.90).
- 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: €2.50, 2 zones: €2.90, 3 zones: 4.20....)
- StuttCard [dead link] - provides free access to museums and a number discounts on purchase, can be combined with a 1-, 2- or 3-day travel pass.
In the Stadtbahn and the buses stamping machines are available inside the cars, while on the S-Bahn they are 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 €60 per person for the first offense.
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.
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. There is a special offer for women traveling at night for more safety. If you are a woman or a group of only women traveling after 20:00, you can request a Frauen-Nacht-Taxi, which will have a female driver and the costs are reduced by €5.
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 centre where nowadays fortunately most of Stuttgart's main attractions are. In the heart of the city centre the Palace Square is a must for visitors and an ideal starting point for a tour.
- 1 Schlossplatz (Palace Square). The Schlossplatz is the largest square in Stuttgart, right in the middle of the Mitte in front of the Neues Schloss. It was created as parade grounds for the palace, and 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. It is also an event location.
- 2 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 the Altes Schloss and the erstwhile ducal residence in Ludwigsburg to be insufficiently stately. The new palace was a grandiose undertaking that took many decades, architects and 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. It was rebuilt in 1958-1964 to serve as a seat for the local government of Baden-Württemberg. It now houses the Ministry of Finance and Economy for the Land, and can be visited 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.
- 3 Altes Schloss (Old Castle). 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, and became today's Schillerplatz. Today the Altes Schloss houses the Landemuseum Württemberg.
- 4 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 comparable to the function of a town hall. Today the building is used as a restaurant and a bar.
- 5 Königsbau. The Königsbau was erected 1856-1860 directly in front of the Neues 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.
- 6 Schillerplatz (Schiller square). Named after the great poet Friedrich Schiller, whose statue stands in the middle of the square.
- 7 Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church). Built in 1175.
- 8 Prinzenbau. Built 1750.
- 9 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 there.
- 10 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. It's free to climb up and grants awesome views of Königstraße and the city.
- 11 Markthalle (Market Hall). A beautiful Jugendstil market hall built in 1910.
- 12 Wilhelmspalais (King William's Palace). (1834-1840)
- 13 Calwer passage (S-Bahn to Stadtmitte). Small gallery with little stores (somewhat similar to Milan's famous gallery but a lot smaller). As of Sep 2021, it is being renovated.
Close to centre
- 14 Liederhalle (Culture and Congress Centre). (1956)
- 15 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 at night. 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), St. Maria Kirche (St. Mary's Church).
- 16 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 and red light district.
- 17 Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz (Neue Bibliothek, Bibliothek 21). M-Sa 09:00-21:00. Stuttgart's city library moved into this spectacular new building in 2011. It took 13 years of planning, an international architectural competition (which was won by Eun Young Yi from South Korea) and €80 million 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 10:00-18:00), 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.
- 18 Qingyin garden (Garten der schönen Melodie) (Bus 44 - stop Im Kaisemer). 09:00 till dusk or 20:00, 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.
- 19 Pragfriedhof-Krematorium (U-Bahn to Pragfriedhof). A beautiful Jugendstil crematorium with occasional exibitions about transience.
- 20 Weissenhof Estate (Weißenhofsiedlung), Rathenaustraße 1- 3. Tu-F 11:00-18:00; Sa Su 10:00-18:00. 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, there is a museum dedicated to the area. The historical building is not suitable for people using wheelchairs. normal ticket €5, reduced €2.
- 21 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 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.
- 22 Old Town and Market in Bad Cannstatt (U1/U2/U13/U16 to Bad Cannstatt-Wilhelmsplatz or S1/S2/S3 to Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, then walk to the northwest). Bad Cannstatt is older than Stuttgart, 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. It also owns the oldest dwelling in Stuttgart ("Klösterle" / 15th century) that is now used as a wine tavern.
- 23 Kurpark in Bad Cannstatt (U2 station Kursaal or alt. U1/U13 and U16 to Uff-Kirchhoff). Cannstatt owes the Bad (German for bath) in its name to numerous mineral water springs. To enable locals and visitors to enjoy them, a small but very peaceful Kurpark 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 (Solebad Bad Cannstatt) spa-wellness-fitness complex with a large pool covered by an impressive glass dome. The Kurpark is divided into two parts Unterer (lower) Kurpark and Oberer (upper) Kurpark separated by Kursaal. The upper Kurpark provides a nice view of Bad Cannstatt.
Close to Kurpark, around Uff-Kirchhoff, is the home of around 50 parrots (yellow headed amazons) that can be spotted throughout the year. They barely leave their trees (mainly platanus trees) but their distinctive cry can be heard from distance. It is the only population outside the Americas.
- 24 Gottlieb Daimler Memorial (Gottlieb-Daimler-Gedächtnisstätte), Taubenheimstraße 13 (Bad Cannstatt) (U2 station Kursaal). Tu-F 14:00-17:00, Sa Su and holidays 11:00-17:00, 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 motorised 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.
Stuttgart is home of a wide range of very good museums including 5 state museums and two automobile museums.
- 25 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.
- 26 Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Modern Art Museum), Kleiner Schlossplatz 1 (U-Bahn station Schlossplatz), ☏ . Tu-Su 10:00-18:00, Fridays till 21:00. 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.
- 27 Württembergisches Landesmuseum (Historical Art Museum), Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6. Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. 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.
- 28 Linden-Museum (ethnological museum), Hegelplatz 1 (Bus 40 and 42, stop Hegelplatz/Linden-Museum). Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. 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 14:00. €4 for the permanent exhibition, around €12 for the temporary ones. Entry free for children under 12.
- 29 Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (Natural History Museum), Rosenstein 1. Two exhibitions: one features biology and evolution and the other features paleontology and archeology in two separate buildings (Schloss Rosenstein and Museum am Löwentor / about a 10-15min walk apart).
- 30 Haus der Musik in Fruchkasten (Musical Instruments Museum) (near the Stiftskirche in the "Fruchtkasten" in the centre of the city). The collection of Landesmuseum of local, European and extra-European instruments spanning centuries from prehistoric to contemporary is displayed in the historic Fruchtkasten, 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.
- 31 Mercedes-Benz Museum, Mercedesstraße 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). Tu-Su 09:00-18:00, closed Mondays, ticket office closes at 17:00 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 min, Tu F 11:45 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 16:30.
- 32 Porsche Museum, Porscheplatz 1, Zuffenhausen (S6 to "Neuwirtshaus (Porscheplatz)"). The building is an architectural marvel in itself, 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 impressive collection of more than 500 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 17:00.
- 33 World of Trams Stuttgart (Straßenbahnmuseum Stuttgart), Veielbrunnenweg 3 (Short walk from Bad Cannstatt station), ☏ . W-Th 10:00-16:00 museum only, Su 10:00-18:00 museum & rides. The museum houses 36 historic tram vehicles in its 1929 depot, and offers tram rides on Sundays on metre-gauge, museum tram route 23 with a panoramic portion having an 8.5% maximum grade.
- 34 Lapidarium (Städtisches Lapidarium), Mörikestraße 24 (Bus 41/43 to Mörikestraße). W Sa Su 14:00-18:00. Open air museum showcasing ancient sculptures (most of which orginate from destructed buildings after WW2) , terraces and fountains from Stuttgart's history. Admission free.
- 35 Museum of illusions (Museum der Illusionen) (U-Bahn stop Stadtbibliothek or Budapester Platz / short walk from Hauptbahnhof). Daily 10:00-20:00. Small museum for optical illusions. Adults €12, children €8.
- 36 Pig museum (Schweinemuseum), Schlachthofstraße 2A (U9 to Schlachthof). Tu-F 11:00-15:00, Sa Su 11:00-17:00. A privately owned museum about the world of pigs. Adults €5.9.
- 37 Fire fighter Museum (Feuerwehrmuseum) (U14 to Münster Viadukt). Each first Saturday and each 3rd Sunday (March to November) 10:00-16:00. Museum about the history of fire fighters including some old fire trucks. €2.
- 38 Museum Hotel Silber (U-Bahn stop Charlottenplatz). Tu-Su 10:00-18:00. Exhibition about the German secret police during World War II. 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:
- 39 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.
- 40 Bismarckturm. A small tower (20 m) northwest of the city centre, not far from Killesberg Tower.
- 41 Kriegsbergturm, Am Kriegsbergturm 27. A small tower (10 m) from the 19th century.
- 42 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.
- 43 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.
- 44 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 23:00)
- 45 Birkenkopf (Monte Scherbelino) (bus 92 to Birkenkopf). A debris mountain made of 15 million m³ of rubble from World War II as a memorial to everyone who died in the war. It is the highest point in Stuttgart.
- 46 Killesbergturm (Killesberg Tower) (U5 to Killesberg). A tower in the "Killesberg Park" (see also "green U" under Parks & Gardens), north of the city centre.
- 47 Santiago-De-Chile-Platz (Rack railway stop Haigst). A scenic lookout with a Moai sculpture and stones donated by Chile
- 48 Eugensplatz, Eugensplatz (U15 stop Eugensplatz). Beautiful view and fountain.
- 49 Uhlandshöhe, Alfred-Lörcher-Weg (Bus 42 to Urachstraße or U15 to Heidehofstraße). Small ruin close to the observatory. Nice view.
- 50 Burgholzturm (Bus 52 to Alter Gutshof or U12 to Hallschlag). Observation tower (27 m). Accessible in summer on the weekends. View of Bad Cannstatt and the Neckar Valley. Admission free.
- 51 Grüner Heiner, Am Lotterberg (S-Bahn to Weilimdorf then a 15min hike). A small hill with a wind power station on top in an outskirt of Stuttgart. Free.
- 52 Burgruine Hofen (Ruin of castle Hofen) (U12 or U14 to Hofen then follow the river). Remains of a castle from the 13th century. Free.
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 53 Rosensteinpark. with the natural history museum and a rear entrance to Wilhelma (the zoo), 54 Wartbergpark. and ending in 55 Killesberg Park (Höhenpark Killesberg). . 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 (IGA 1993) 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. Not officially part of the Green U but connected is the tiny 56 Japan garden (Japanischer Garten). and the 57 Parkanlage Villa Berg. including its villa from the mid-19th century.
58 Rotwildpark (Bus 91 to Forsthaus). Protected nature reserve in a forest that includes a few lakes (the best known being Bärensee) that had artificially been created in the 19th century to serve as a backup water reservoir. Popular weekend destination with a small palace (Bärenschlössle) that now serves as a beer garden.
59 Wernhaldenpark (U-Bahn stop Weinsteige). Small park with many sequoia trees from the 19th century.
60 Max-Eyth See (U-Bahn stop Max-Eyth See). Small lake next to the Neckar river. Popular for jogging, sailing, fishing and BBQs at the weekend. Also small boats can be rent. Swimming is not permitted.
61 Heslach waterfalls (Heslacher Wasserfälle) (Bus 92 to Rudolf-Sophien Stift). Set of small waterfalls that can be followed in a trail. Not far from Birkenkopf / Rotwildpark. Free.
62 Botanical and exotic garden Hohenheim (Hohenheimer Gärten), August von Hartmann Straße 5 (U3 to Plieningen / close to the airport). Botanical and exotic garden of the University of Hohenheim one of the leading universites in agriculture. The university itself is a palace and quite picturesque. Free.
Rail transport systems
- Killesberg Railway, a small railway in Killesberg park, on weekends using steam-powered engines!
- 63 Stuttgart Cable Car, Südheimer Platz (U1 or U9 to Südheimerplatz). an old cable car running to the forest cemetery
- 64 Rack Railway (Zahnradbahn ("Zacke")) (U1 or U14 to Marienplatz). Germany's only urban rack-railway. It uses modern cars like the light railway and offers a nice view. Connecting Marienplatz with Degerloch
- 1 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 and park landscape in the Moorish style, created for and named after the former king Wilhelm of Wuerttemberg. In winter there is a special exhibition called Christmas Garden with beautifully illuminated sculptures.
- 2 Planetarium. A fascinating astronomical journey, projected by optical hightech equipment: Carl Zeiss Planetarium. Almost all the shows conducted here are in German. You may have to check with the office for English show timings.
- 3 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.
- 4 SI-Centrum. There are two musical theatres (Apollo-Theater and Stage Palladium Theater) in the hotel/conference/entertainment complex called the SI-Centrum (Stuttgart Musical Centre) 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.
- 5 Wagenhallen (Inneren Nordbahnhof 1). Around 80 creative artists, architects, designers and musicians present their work in an old train depot and discarded train wagon.
- 6 Corso Cinema International, Hauptstraße 6 Vaihingen (S-Bahn Vaihingen). Most cinemas will run movies with synchronised 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.
- Theater Stuttgart shows when what is played where in the state capital. With depictions of the venues, illustrated play descriptions, location and arrival maps and general information about the theaters.
- 7 Swim and relax (Leuze Mineralbad) (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). 06:00-21:00. Stuttgart is fond of its mineral springs, the 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), the MineralBad (Solebad) Cannstatt or the Mineralbad Berg. €8-15.
- Climb one of the many stairs. Being surrounded by many hills, Stuttgart is famous for its stairs ("Stäffele" or "Staffeln"). There are tours offered but they can also be explored individually on one's own pace.
- 8 Go ice skating, Waldau (next to TV tower) (U-Bahn stop Ruhbank / Fernsehturm).
- 9 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.
- Blaustrümpfler Trail. 7.5km trail within the city limits including a few panoramic lookouts
- Watch football at 10 VfB Stuttgart, Mercedes Benz Arena. They were promoted in 2020 and now play soccer in Bundesliga, the top tier of the game in Germany. The stadium (capacity 54,800) is 3 km northeast of city centre, with S-bahn and U-bahn nearby.
- 11 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 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 m 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. There is an official downhill track called the Woodpecker's trail from Degerloch.
- 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 centre). 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 centre). Huge Christmas market during December.
- Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest. a fun fair like Cannstatter Wasen in April/May, but smaller. Free entrance.
- Festival of Animated Film (Internationales Trickfilmfestival). Every year, April or May
- Long Night of the Museums (Lange Nacht der Museen). All museums open up to Sunday 02:00 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.
- [dead link] Bohnenviertelfest. Downtown street music festival in mid-July - music, food, drinks.
- International Festival of Science Fiction, Horror and Thriller (Fantasy Filmfest). Late July or early August: Festival for strange films, one week of Horror, Splatter, Asia, Suspense, Action and Animation.
From Stuttgart you can arrange many nice day trips:
- 12 Ship roundtrips on river Neckar (Neckar Käptn), Shipstop at Zoo Wilhelma Neckartalstraße, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 13 Mercedes-Benz factory, Sindelfingen (Catch the S1 (S-bahn) to Böblingen, 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.
- 14 Motorworld Region Stuttgart in Böblingen, Wolfgang-Brumme-Allee 55 (S-bahn S1 to Böblingen and just walk over), ☏ . This is a location where people can store their valuable cars safely and allow the public to see them at the same time in a safe environment. Customers can rent glass boxes to keep their classic car in pristine condition. Workshops with qualified mechanics that are specialised in maintenance, repair and restoration of vintage and classic cars, car dealerships: Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, Bentley, Harley-Davidson, restaurant, cigar lounge, hotel, event location, outside location, playground nearby. free entry to walk round, guided tour at extra costs..
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 M-Sa 10:00 to 20:00.
Big department stores and shopping malls
- 1 Das Gerber, Sophienstraße 21 (S/U-Bahn station Rotebühlplatz). 09:30-20:00. In September 2014, this shopping mall with 86 international brands opened extending the Königstraße. There are clothing shops, a food court and two supermarkets inside the building.
- 2 Milaneo (U-Bahn station Stadtbibliothek). M-Th 10:00-20:00; F 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.
- 3 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.
- 4 Breuninger, Marktstr. 1-3 (U1, U2, U4 and buses 43, 44, station/stop Rathaus). M-Sa 10:00-20:00, Saturdays from 09:30. 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 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 three locations throughout Stuttgart.
- 10 Abseits, Kleiner Schlossplatz 13/15 (Behind the Kunstmuseum.). M-F 10:00-20, Sa 10:00-19:00. Mostly casual, trendy designer clothes, shoes and accessories for both women and men. Carries merchandise starting at €300 apiece, unless there is a sale.
- 11 Dorotheenquartier, Sporerstraße 11. New quarter with shops like Tiger of Sweden, Louis Vuitton, Gap, and Diesel. Quite expensive.
- 12 Bungalow Gallery, Stiftstraße 1A, ☏ , email@example.com. One of the best German clothes stores with designer labels (Acne, Bottega Veneta, Moncler, the White Briefs and many others) catering to women and men.
- 13 Geschwisterliebe. A boutique carrying streetwear by young designers from all over Europe. Most pieces affordably priced below €100.
- 14 SportScheck Stuttgart, Kronenstraße 3 (at the corner of Koenigstraße), ☏ . M-Sa 10:00-20:00. A part of a chain of stores carrying sport shoes, clothing and equipment. A large selection displayed over four stories.
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 [formerly dead link]
- 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.
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.
Food courts with various types of (fast) food can be found in the malls Milaneo, Gerber and Königsbaupassagen.
- 1 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.
- 2 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). "Mit scharf" and "ohne scharf" are incorrect German and would literally translate to either "with spicy" or "without spicy". Instead, "scharf" (spicy) or "nicht scharf" (not spicy) would be proper German.
- 3 Veggie Voodoo King. A great vegan falafel shop.
- 4 Udo Snack. Of course McDonald's, 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.
- 5 Carls Brauhaus. Opened in April 2014, the Carls Brauhaus at the beautiful Schlossplatz serves decent Swabian cuisine.
- 6 Restaurant Cafe Markthalle, Dorotheenstraße 4 (one block from Rathaus Marktplatz farmer's market), ☏ , fax: . M-F 06:00-22:00; Sa 07:00-18:00. 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.
- 7 Il Pomodoro, Wilhelmsplatz 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.
- 8 Sonja's Biergarten im Schlossgarten (Beer garden in the palace park), Am Schlossgarten 18 (in the city park near the main train station), ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 10:30-01:00. 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.
- 9 Sophies Brauhaus, Marienstraße 28 (U-Bahn Rotebuehlplatz, S-Bahn Stadtmitte), ☏ , fax: , email@example.com. M-Th 11:30-01:30, F Sa 11:30-02:00, Su 10:00-00:00. Brewpub serving regional specialties and its own beer. A lovely bar with impressive decorations. €1.20-15.
- 10 Alter Schlachthof, Schlachthofstraße 2, ☏ .
- 11 Ochs'n Willi, Schlossplatz Tunnel 4, ☏ . Old-fashioned traditional cuisine at the Königstraße. It is very famous for tourists.
- 12 Stäffele Restaurant, 70178 Stuttgart Buschlestraße 2 (near S-Bahn Station Feuersee). 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.
- 13 Besitos Stuttgart, Rotebühlplatz 21, ☏ . 11:00 - 01:00. Spanish restaurant: tapas, gambas, enchiladas.
- 14 Ristorante Italiani, Ingersheimer Straße 12, Weilimdorf, ☏ . Good Italian food, friendly efficient service.
- 15 King's Palace, Hauptstraße 28, Vaihingen, ☏ . Good Chinese restaurant
- 16 Vaihinger Marktstüble, Vaihinger Markt 24, Vaihingen, ☏ . Small friendly Italian restaurant.
- 17 India House, Vaihinger Markt 28, Vaihingen, ☏ . Good friendly Indian, although you should ask them to spice the food up otherwise you get German strength.
- 18 Restaurant Van, Katzenbachstraße 46, ☏ . Good Asian restaurant.
- 19 Aussichtreich, Auerbachstraße 182 (Bus stop Burgholzhof - line 52 from Bad Canstatt Wilhelmsplatz or from Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen and line 57 from Prager Sattel), ☏ . M-F from 16:30, Sa from 13:00, Su from 12:00. 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.
- 20 Wielandshöhe (Vincent Klink), Alte Weinsteige 71 (Zahnrackbahn stop "Wielandshöhe"), ☏ . Star-rated restaurant with traditional "schwäbische Küche"
- 21 Speisemeisterei (Frank Oehler). Another Michelin-starred restaurant in the Hohenheim palace.
- 22 Gasthaus zur Linde, Sigmaringer Straße 49, Stuttgart-Möhringen, ☏ , fax: . Su-F 12:00-14:00 & from 18:00, Sa from 18:00. Renowned chef Jörg Mink cooks up a storm with schwäbischer recipes like your German grandmother used to make. Kalbshaxenfleisch in seiner eigenen Soße mit Riesling und Sahne verfeinert dazu Austernpilze und Handspätzle, Kartoffelsalat in Schüsseln finished at your table is a recommendation at €23.50. €34.50 and less for mains.
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 3 Starbucks coffee shops along Königstraße (a 4rd in the high-end districk on Calwer Straße). But don't look for low-fat muffin or cream cheese options.
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.
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 alcoholic drinks from Monday to Saturday up till 22:00. Lots of young people do so and hang around the beautiful Schlossplatz.
Bars and pubs
- 1 Palast der Republik, Friedrichstraße 27. 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).
- 2 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.
- 3 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 5-minute 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 apologise 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.
- 4 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.
- 5 Schocken, Hirschstr. 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.
- 6 Kap Tormentoso, Hirschstr. 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 crowded on weekends with a laid back outside area. No entrance fee but with DJs.
- 7 Hotzenplotz, Silberburgstr. 88. Rustic atmosphere, little offside in Stuttgart-West.
- 8 Kiste. Two great Jazzclubs are 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 21:00 or 22:00. The "Bix" named after Bix Beiderbecke offers local to top-class-acts, entry from about €7-30, depending on the artist.
- 9 Suite 212, Theodor-Heuss-Straße. to 05:00 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.
- 10 Fou Fou. A stylish champagner bar in a conglomerate of brothels and hotels letting rooms by the hour called the "Bohnenviertel" (Bean Quarter) between Hauptstätter Str. and Olgastr.
- 11 Delayla. 23:00 - 07:00. The renovated basement rooms get crowded in the night. Don't try to go there before 02:00.
- 12 Schräglage, Marktstr. 6. The best independent HipHop club in town.
- 13 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!
- 14 Kowalski. A stylishly 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.
- 15 Freund und Kupferstecher, Berliner Platz. Reopened in 2014 this hip club has a great range of national performers of HipHop and electronic music. €5.
- 16 Universum. This rock club is 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.
- 17 Boa Disco, Tübinger Straße 12. Established in 1977 and still famous for the after-work-party that starts at 18:00 with a free buffet. Especially on Thursdays it gets very crowded so try to get on the guest list a few days before.
- 18 Keller Club (near Rotebühlplatz). (indie dance music)
- 19 [dead link] Penthouse, Heilbronner 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.
- 20 Perkins Park, Stresemannstr. 39. Also a posh club outside the city centre.
Gay & lesbian
- Eagle (men-only leather bar)
- Boots (men-only country style bar)
- Kings Club (mixed dance club)
- Jenseitz (mixed gay bar)
To stay in the city centre (Mitte) around the Königstraße is probably the nicest, but also most expensive option. Still in walking distance are the beautiful districts of West and Süd. Other accommodations further out in the districts Nord, Canstatt, Feuerbach or Vaihingen are perfectly reachable by public transport. If you intend to arrive by car check at the hotel for parking possibilities. If you have an early morning flight, it is possible to spend the night in the airport, as check-in areas stay open at night.
- 1 Campingplatz Cannstatter Wasen (Cannstatt), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. The only camping ground in Stuttgart is between the Neckar River, the Cannstatter Wasen and the stadium. The rates may be higher when there are big events close by. €6.50 per person; €4.50 per tent; €2.50 per car; €7.50 per caravan.
- 2 Alex30 Hostel, Alexanderstraße 30 (Mitte U-bahn: Olgaeck), ☏ , fax: , email@example.com. Check-out: 12:00. Central hostel with breakfast buffet. Youth Hostel card is not required to stay. WiFi €1; also a computer terminal at regular rates. Shared room from €22. Private rooms also available.
- 3 Youth hostel, Haussmannstraße 27 (10-min walk from main station, or take the U15 to Eugensplatz (Jugendherberge)), ☏ . €25/adult and €5 for internet + €6 for breakfast, €3 for a Youth Hostel card. They will charge you for shampoo (€1.50) and towel (cleaning fee €1.50) separately.
- 4 City - Übernachtung - Stuttgart (City-Overnight-Stuttgart-West), Forststr. 71 (West), ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. dorms from €12.
- 5 ibis Budget Stuttgart City Nord (formerly ETAP), Siemmensstraße 28 (Feuerbach, next to Maybachstraße U-Bahn and a few minutes walk from Pragsattel). An older-style Etap hotel (blue fittings) that was not updated to the newer "green room" standard when rebranded as ibis Budget. Free WiFi in the rooms and foyer however the login webpage is very bad and sometimes the "Gratis WLAN" link doesn't display. During the week a room for 1 person is €49 with a €10 surcharge for a second person and €39 at the weekend. The rooms have a double bed and a single bed in them.
- 6 Dormero Hotel Stuttgart, Plieninger Straße 100 (Möhringen), ☏ , email@example.com. The Dormero is a huge (over 450 rooms) 1980s-style tower hotel within the SI entertainment complex (cinema, musical theatre, casino, spa) in Moehringen, an outer district of Stuttgart close to the airport. Due to its particular location, arrival by public transit is not really simple. Double from €115.
- 7 Hilton Garden Inn Stuttgart NeckarPark, Mercedesstr. 75 (Cannstatt). The Garden Inn is right between the Porsche and Mercedes-Benz arenas and mostly caters to the visitors of those venues. Prices tend to skyrocket during major events. The hotel is quite a bit away from the city centre and public transportation options are limited. The entire hotel is appointed in a very modern, elegant and consistent theme. Double from €80.
- 8 Holiday Inn Stuttgart, Mittlerer Pfad 25-27 (Weilimdorf), ☏ . Good quality rooms. One of the best breakfast buffets in town. Friendly, helpful and efficient staff. On the edge of town but with S-Bahn station next to hotel. Double from €140.
- 9 ibis Styles Stuttgart (Canstatt, U2 stop Kursaal). The former Mercure Bad Canstatt was downgraded to ibis Styles, but it does not mean it is a bad hotel, but rather that you get your breakfast and WiFi included in the room prices. Rooms are basic but appropriate. The hotel is in a quiet suburb of Bad Canstatt, but you can easily get to the city with the Stadtbahn U2 which runs right in front of the hotel. Double from €100.
- 10 ibis Stuttgart Centrum (Marienplatz), Marienplatz 8 - 10 (Süd). A typical old-style (green washbasins) ibis hotel right on the Marienplatz in southern Stuttgart. Double from €91.
- 11 ibis Stuttgart City, Presselstraße 15 (Nord). As with other Accor hotels in Stuttgart, this hotel's name can be deceiving, as it is decisively out of the city, in the Nordbahnhof area. Otherwise, it is a typical old-style ibis hotel. Double from €86.
- 12 Kronen Hotel, Kronenstraße 48 (Mitte). The independently operated Kronen Hotel may have some very questionable interior fittings, responding to the German idea of Gemuetlichkeit, but wins over guests by great service and location just 800 east of the Hauptbahnhof, in a quiet area. Double from €160.
- 13 Mercure Stuttgart City Center, Heilbronner Straße 88 (Nord), ☏ . Despite the name, the hotel is not in the city centre but rather some 1.5 km uphill north from the Hauptbahnhof. The decor and appointments are nondescript and a little dated and overall there is nothing really outstanding about this Mercure. Double from €71.
- 14 Motel One Stuttgart-Hauptbahnhof, Lautenschlagerstraße 14 (Mitte). This hotel is in the centre of Stuttgart, one block from both the Hauptbahnhof and the Koenigstraße. Appointed in a modern and sleek but basic way like all other Motel Ones. Double from €80.
- 15 Motel One Stuttgart, Heilbronner Straße 325 (Feuerbach, Stadbahn U7, U15, stop "Sieglestraße"). The other Motel One in Stuttgart is in Feuerbach-Ost, an industry and office district north of the city. It is in front of a Stadtbahn stop and offers the usual Motel One standard. Double from €80.
- 16 Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart, Hauptstätter Straße 147 (Süd, 200 m from Marienplatz.), ☏ . Double from €100.
- 17 Pullman Stuttgart Fontana, Vollmoellerstraße 5 (Vaihingen), ☏ . The Pullman is in the outer district of Vaihingen, directly opposite a major S-Bahn and U-Bahn stop, roughly equidistant to the airport and Hauptbahnhof. Good quality rooms. Good breakfast buffet. Staff not always to the standard you would expect. Rack rates from €99.
- 18 Dorint Airport-Hotel Stuttgart, Heilbronner Straße 15-17, 70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. The hotel offers 155 rooms. from €79 per room/night.
- 19 [dead link] Althoff Hotel Am Schlossgarten, Schillerstraße 23 (Mitte). The Althoff enjoys a prime location next to the Hauptbahnhof, facing the Schlossgarten. There are various room categories, some large and facing the Schlossgarten, some rather small and with less fascinating views towards the backside, but overall the hotel ranks among the top ones in Stuttgart for its comfort and service quality, and charges accordingly. Double from €230.
- 20 Arcotel Camino, Heilbronner Straße 21 (Mitte). The Arcotel is an art- and design-themed hotel in a historic building on Heilbronner Straße, north of the Hauptbahnhof. There are many various rooms in the hotel, including a special Stuttgart 21 room with a view on the construction site and a telescope for you to zoom in on details. Double from €120.
- 21 Le Méridien Stuttgart, Willy-Brand-Straße 30 (Mitte), ☏ , email@example.com. Park-side hotel of 291 rooms and suites, wellness area with pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness centre, a French restaurant, Le Cassoulet, and 13 meeting rooms From €138.
- 22 Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin (Mitte), ☏ . Has more traditional luxury rooms. Rates are similar to the Le Meridien. Double from €160.
- 23 Moevenpick Hotel Stuttgart Airport & Messe, Flughafenstraße 50 (Leinfelden-Echterdingen). The Moevenpick is right next to the Stuttgart Airport's terminal building and thus also next to the fairgrounds. It is an upscale-ish modern hotel mostly catering to business travellers, with colorful design and high level of comfort. Double from €160.
- 24 Wyndham Stuttgart Airport Messe, Flughafenstraße 51, ☏ .
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.
- Commercial WLAN-Hotspots are available at the airport and few other places.
- Usenet, see group: stgt.general
- IRCnet: join channel #stuttgart
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. The biggest danger for a pedestrian in Stuttgart is probably the cars (or the bicycles in the parks). As the city centre is at the bottom of a relatively deep valley and the traffic situation is far from satisfactory, Stuttgart has an endemic smog problem that gets worse when the weather "traps" the air in the valley. While there are attempts to combat the air pollution, for example by issuing discounted or free public transit tickets on smog days, the problem is likely to persist for some time.
Pretty much the whole state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is a risk zone for ticks. Some of them are spreading TBE or borreliosis. So keep your feet covered or use repellant in forest areas.
- Black Forest — In Triberg (120 km south), a beautiful old village in the heart of the black forest which specialises in grandfather and cuckoo clocks, you can see the largest waterfalls in Europe.
- Swabian Mountains — The Schwäbische Alb (hilly mattock landscape) covering natures highlights like the mystical colored "Blautopf" and stalactite caves like "Bärenhöhle". Can be a nice day trip for families with children.
- Visit the charming university cities of Tübingen, Heidelberg (80 km northwest), Freiburg (120 km southwest) or Ulm (80 km east).
For connections and timetables see webpages of Deutsche Bahn AG.
For connections to nearer cities in the area which may be worth a visit (e.g. Esslingen, Ludwigsburg with their historic centres), you may also try the "S-Bahn" commuter trains which will take you there and back at least every half an hour. See Public transportation above for more information and timetable links. Other nearby cities that may be of interest include Tübingen, Reutlingen and Schwäbisch-Hall.
Fast inner-German connections
From main station Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof:
- to Cologne (Köln) 2hr 15min: (ICE via Mannheim, Frankfurt - traveling at up to 305 km/h)
- to Berlin 5hr 26min: (ICE via Göttingen - doesn't reach high speed on this track)
- to Frankfurt 1hr 26min. (Frankfurt Airport 1hr 15min; ICE direct)
- to Hamburg 5hr 8 min: (ICE via Hannover)
- to Mannheim 38min (ICE)
- to Munich (München) 2hr 11min: (ICE via Ulm, Augsburg - not top speed)
- to Nuremberg 2hr 10min (IC)
- to Freiburg/Br. 2hr 16min (IC via Karlsruhe).
Fast European connections
From main station Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof:
- to Salzburg (Austria): 4hr 5min. (ICE)
- to Vienna (Austria): 6hr 32min. (IC, EN; via Munich and Salzburg)
- to Strasbourg (France) 1hr 20min (TGV),
- to Paris (France): 3hr 11min (TGV via Strasbourg) or 4 hours (ICE, change in Mannheim)
- to Zurich (Switzerland): 2hr 48min (ICE via Schaffhausen)
- to Amsterdam (Netherlands): 5hr 1min (ICE via Köln, Arnhem)
- to Prague (Czech Republic): 8hr 32 min (ICE, EC)
- to Brussels (Belgium): 4hr 49min (ICE, IC, Thalys)