Stuttgart Region is a metropolitan area with about 2.7 million inhabitants, what makes it in fact one of the most densely populated areas in Germany. Situated at the heart of Baden-Württemberg and Europe, the Stuttgart Region is the hub of economic and political life in Southwest Germany. The area currently has Germany's highest density of scientific, academic and research organisations, and tops the national league for patent applications. This is due not only to the influence of leading international companies, such as Mercedes, Porsche, Bosch, Celesio, Hewlett-Packard and IBM (all of whom have their world or German headquarters here), but also to the influence of world-renowned medium-sized enterprises such as Behr, Kärcher, Märklin, Stihl, Festo, and Trumpf. In total, approximately 150,000 companies are located in the Stuttgart Region.
Stuttgart Region is a metropolitan area in Germany and consists of the city of Stuttgart and the surrounding districts of Ludwigsburg, Esslingen, Böblingen, Rems-Murr and Göppingen (each 10–20 km from Stuttgart city center).
- 1 Stuttgart. The capital of the German Bundesland Baden-Württemberg
- 2 Bietigheim-Bissingen.
- 3 Böblingen.
- 4 Esslingen. Medieval city with charming cobbed pedestrian streets
- 5 Filderstadt.
- 6 Leinfelden-Echterdingen.
- 7 Ludwigsburg.
- 8 Sindelfingen. The home of Mercedes-Benz manufacture
- 9 Vaihingen an der Enz (not to be confused with the Vaihingen suburb of Stuttgart). Town with old market square and Kaltenstein Castle. Memorial for the concentration camp on outskirts of the town
- 10 Waldenbuch. Famous for its popular Ritter Sport brand of chocolate
- 1 Schönbuch Nature Park. is ideal for hiking, walking and cycling and attracts people seeking rest and relaxation from far and near. With its dense forests, moorland areas and natural stream the Schönbuch became Baden-Württemberg's first nature reserve in 1972.
- 2 Schwäbsicher Wald Nature Park. another great nature spot in the northeast of Stuttgart
- 1 Stuttgart Airport (STR IATA). This airport was the eighth busiest in Germany according to 2016 figures.
- 2 Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof. The current terminus station is - controversially - being replaced with a new through station but the new station will remain as the old had been a hub for local, regional and intercity transport.
Flixbus serves the area, however few buses stop anywhere close to downtown Stuttgart, instead serving a stop near the airport or in Kornwestheim.
VVS, the transport authority for the Stuttgart Region, offers tickets e. g. at 15 € for 1 person a day, without restrictions on the time of day. See also: Stuttgart#Public transportation. The Metropol ticket is valid in the VVS and the eight surrounding networks, available as a day ticket for up to 5 people.