Stuttgart is to be found in the Baden-Württemberg region of Germany, this area is a popular tourist destination
; Stuttgart makes a good base should you wish to explore more of this beautiful fecund region and is a gateway into the Black Forest. The city’s name originated from a stud farm which was owned by the Duke of Swabia in the 14th century from this modest early development Stuttgart today is a major industrial and cultural centre.
There are several museums to choose from depending on your personal interests one of the most popular ones is the Mercedes-Benz Museum, a must for car lovers, situated in Mercedesstrasse the museum features some early models including the Motorwagen. There are over 100 cars on display admission is free; you can book a guided tour of the factory.
If you would like to see more cars the Porsche Museum has a fine collection of racing and classic cars as well as new models you will see some prototypes that were never made. You can do the factory tour which takes about one and a half hours these are on offer daily in English you may have to book in advance of your visit for this tour.
On the east side of Stuttgart’s main square, Schlossplatz, you will see the lovely Neues Schloss which was built in 1746-1807. A must see attraction is the Staatsgalerie, a fine art museum housing one of Germany’s best art collections with old masters on display plus works by modern artists including Monet and Picasso.
The spacious main square is also the setting for Stuttgart’s impressive Christmas Market which is held from the beginning of December through to the 23rd December. There are around 200 decorated stalls, Christmas music, children’s carousel rides and entertainment, all the traditional festive ingredients to experience and savour. In front of Neues Schloss is an open-air skating area which can be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. It is worth combining a city break with a little Christmas shopping strolling around this magical and beautiful Christmas Market is a joy.
Königstrasse is the name of the shopping mile; you will find department stores, specialist shops and cafés. In the old part of Stuttgart there are many more interesting shops to browse around as well as beautiful old buildings to admire. There are several more shopping options around the city for designer goods, jewellery and clothes, something for everyone.
Evenings can be spent in one of the many bars, pubs and cafes in the city centre and adjoining side-streets there are discos and nightclubs if you want to stay out late. There are some good restaurants where you can try some regional food; you might like to take a guided city night time stroll and get an insight into past and present day city life.
If you want to use the public transport to get around the city you can purchase a one or three day travel pass which can be used on all the public transport i.e. buses, subway, etc…pricing for transport is by zones. If you are arriving at Stuttgart’s Echterdingen Airport you can catch an S- bahn train for the 14km journey to the city they leave about every 20 minutes.
Another museum which may be of interest is the Linden Museum which contains exhibits from all over the world it is one of the finest ethnographic museums in Germany. Stuttgart has lots to offer, it is a beautifully situated city with plenty of shopping opportunities, galleries and museums to visit plus wine and beer gardens to enjoy.