10 tips for Stuttgart

10 tips for Stuttgart

600,000 inhabitants live in Stuttgart, the capital in the heart of Baden-Württemberg. Anyone who has not gone to Berlin to Prenzlauer Berg knows at the latest since Max Herre’s “1ste Liebe” about the value of the “sweet from the south with the dialect” and has stayed. But the Swabian cosiness has not only spilled into the eastern district of Berlin. The Stuttgart 21 construction project undoubtedly served as a source of inspiration for the construction of BER Airport in the German capital.

But Stuttgart also has unique selling points that the German capital cannot match. The city is characterized by numerous hills, valleys and green areas, which provide ever new views and views of the city. Due to the second largest mineral water supply in Europe, the city is also characterised by approx. 250 wells. Probably the best known is the Hans-in-Glück Fountain. Even excursions away from the hustle and bustle of the big city can easily be made from Stuttgart – be it the Swabian Alb, the Black Forest, Alsace or Switzerland. One must not be missing on an excursion to the Swabia: A hungry stomach. Swabian ravioli, string-sausage, lentils, potato salad, pretzels, filderkraut and Pfitzauf need space. Who wants to shine afterwards at home with a souvenir of the extra class, will not come past a Spätzle Shaker – traditional Spätzle in 3 minutes. This is suitable for any untrained cook.

Stuttgart at night

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1. a visit to one of the numerous viewpoints of the city

Due to Stuttgart’s boiler location, the choice of viewpoints is large. The choice is between almost undisturbed places – such as Eugensplatz, places steeped in history – such as Birkenkopf, better known as “Monte Scherbelino” (a 511m high mountain which, after the Second World War, was destroyed by 15,000.000 m³ of rubble) or the Bismarck Tower, communicative places – such as the Karlshöhe or the Teehaus in Weißenburg Park (barbecue and romping with the children on the nearby playground) or combined cultural sites – such as the terrace of the Le Corbusier House of the Weißenhofsiedlung or the Musikhochschulturm.

Those who prefer a touch of Tuscany should climb the steps of the lookout tower at the Burgholzhof. More comfortable, with the modernized cog railway “Zacke” from Marienplatz, you drive to Degerloch / into the Degerloch Forest to the oldest television tower in the world. For 7€ you can reach the viewing terrace at 150m height by lift. One floor below is the TV Tower Restaurant.

2. strolling through one of the many green areas

Rosensteinpark, an English landscape park at the beginning of the 19th century, is probably the largest park in Stuttgart with 100 ha. It houses the state museums of natural history.

The Killesberg Park and Tower, popular with families, is an adventure park with 50 hectares of land. There are children’s playgrounds, an outdoor swimming pool, cafés, restaurants, a theatre, a carousel, a historical fair, various animals and the “Bähnle”, a listed railway with steam and diesel locomotives over a distance of 2 km.

With the funicular “Erbschleicherexpress” you can reach the forest cemetery for only 1€. This 30 hectare cemetery is only one of the 42 cemeteries in Stuttgart.

On a peninsula in the lake of fire stands the Protestant St. John’s Church from the second half of the 19th century in neo-Gothic style and awaits its visitors.

The Cannstatt Kurpark offers sunbathing lawns, play areas and the Cannstatt Kursaal from the 19th century as the former centre of fashionable bathing life.

The Chinese Garden on Birkenwaldstrasse is also worth a walk. In it there is the pavilion of the four cardinal points, the Hall of Friendship, as well as some paths, a waterfall and a stone arch to admire.

The “Bärenschlössle” in the Rotwildpark was built in 1768 as a summer residence and was almost completely destroyed three times. Today it is a popular excursion destination and restaurant. The deer park itself is a nature reserve and recreation area in the west of the city with three artificial lakes.

3 The visit to Wilhelma

Wilhelma is a zoological and botanical garden from the 19th century with an area of almost 30 hectares and around 10,000 animals and more than 5,000 plant species. There is also a Moorish country house in it.

Stuttgart Wilhelmina

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4 A visit to the Porsche Museum

The futuristic building of Delugan Meissl alone is worth a visit. More than 80 vehicles are on 5600 m² of exhibition space.

5 A visit to the Mercedes-Benz Museum

The history of the Mercedes Benz brand can be experienced here at first hand. If you don’t want to invest your change in the souvenir shop, you can also buy a new car.

Stuttgart castle

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6 Visiting one of the numerous museums

The Landesmuseum Baden Württemberg and the Schlosskirche are located in the Old Palace of the city of Stuttgart. We continue on historical trails to the Ethnological Museum.

For those who are more interested in art, a visit to the Kunstmuseum am Schlossplatz is recommended. The glass shell of the cube is brightly lit at night. The 5,000 m² exhibition area is divided between the cube and two former tunnel tubes.

In the new Staatsgalerie, one goes on the trail of new and old masters. New art can also be found in the Strzelski Gallery. The exhibitions show works by permanent artists and guest artists.

If you already enjoy the view from the Le-Corbusier-Haus, a visit to the Weißenhofmuseum is also worthwhile.

For the more bizarre, we recommend a visit to the world’s largest pig museum. There are 50,000 exhibits on 1,000 m² of exhibition space.

In the Ritter Museum the motto is “square practically good”. Here you can learn more about the production of Ritter Sport chocolate. For 7-18 year old guests there is the possibility to try out the chocolate workshop. The museum displays 20th and 21st century sculptural and pictorial art. The outdoor facilities are also characterised by square art objects. A café and a shop provide for the physical well-being.

Church in Stuttgart

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7. visit to the “Mamaspa” day spa

When the fashion label founder of “Blood Siblings” was expecting her first child, the idea of a spa for pregnant women, women and new mothers arose, whose treatment focuses and products were specially coordinated with midwives. Day Spa “Mamaspa” in Stuttgart has five treatment rooms since 2011, and a sun deck in good weather. It is treated with high-quality organic beauty products.

8 A visit to the Leuze mineral bath

Eight indoor and outdoor swimming pools spread over 1700 m² and a 600 m² children’s area leave nothing to be desired. Here you can splash around to your heart’s content.

9. visit of the Dinkelacker-Schwaben Bräu brewery

An exciting and informative tour of about 2.5 hours awaits the visitors at the Dinkelacker family brewery. From the welcome beer to the fermentation camp to the beer tasting, no palate stays dry and anyone who wants to can be awarded the beer connoisseur diploma here. Of course there is also a shop in the house where the beer can be purchased afterwards. Who has drunk himself then enough courage, finds the possibility for a hot air balloon ride to announce itself.

Lake and church in Stuttgart at night

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10. the enjoyment of regional cuisine

The “Weinstube Fröhlich” is a traditional restaurant that has existed in the old town since 1963. Three cooks take care of the well-being of the guests and provide a weekly changing menu. Classics such as Maultaschen, Spätzle and Apfelofenschlupfer are available daily.

The “Platzhirsch” at the Hans-im-Glück-Brunnen is also cheaper when it comes to good hearty home cooking. In summer there is a cosy outdoor area. The audience is mixed, but not indiscriminate. Non-smokers feel particularly comfortable on the salon-like first floor.

If you feel like eating all day long, the “Lumen” is the right place for you. The offer includes fresh regional products for breakfast, lunch, coffee and dinner. If you still don’t want to leave, you should take advantage of the bar.

The best cappuccino and cakes in town are available at Café Hüftgold. Breakfast is available here from 7-16 o’clock and is therefore suitable for everyone.

Off to Stuttgart, before all lookout towers are occupied!

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