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Stuttgart to discover a city of easy contrast
Stuttgart to discover a city of easy contrast by Michael
Stuttgart is the capital
of the state of Baden-Würtemberg and is beautifully positioned at
the edge of the Black Forest; and as one of Germany's leading industrial
cities, it is a hive for both holiday and business travelers from around
|With a friendly atmosphere
and easy hospitality, the charms of this city do not always unfold immediately
to visitors; instead, they sometimes need to be sought out or looked up
through tourist information before they will offer their full reward. A
good starting point for any visit is the restaurant on top of the TV tower;
while slightly pricey, it provides a great view of the city and the Neckar
Stuttgart is enclosed by
hills on three sides of the city, while the fourth side opens up toward
its river harbor. Notable attractions include the nearby four castles and
the famous Weissenhof estate, and it is a mecca for car fanatics. As the
home of the Porsche and Mercedes Benz car companies, it is not surprising
that the Mercedes Benz and Porsche museums act as focal points for petrol
Food and drink also usually
feature heavily in any visit to Stuttgart. The city is dotted with a multitude
of restaurants and cafes offering local or international cuisine and beautiful
views of the city, alongside all types of nightclubs, discos, bars, and
pubs encompassing various themes and providing something for all different
The region in which Stuttgart
is situated also has a long history of winegrowing, and for the last 800
years, winegrowers have been permitted to serve their wine in their own
private households. This leads to a relaxed atmosphere where home made
wine and food can be consumed in comfortable surroundings while hanging
out with the locals. The many great wines which are made here have international
appeal, and the region's long tradition can be seen by taking the wine
hiking trails which are carefully documented in the winemaking museum or
directly experienced in the various seasonal wine rooms and taverns.
|Finding accommodation to
stay in and around Stuttgart is easy, as there are many great quality B&Bs,
hostels and hotels available, including a lavish new Hilton Garden Inn
which has just opened near to the Mercedes museum.
For visitors looking for
a touch of peace and tranquility, the many wide ranging parks across the
city offer an ideal chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of normal
life. The city is renowned for its range of boutiques, exclusive stores,
and shopping malls which have something to offer even the most hardened
of shoppers. A stroll through the busy Koenigstrasse pedestrian zone is
a must for any power shopper, while lesser shoppers will still find themselves
enticed by their fabulous range of products available, making it very difficult
to leave empty handed.
Walking around Stuttgart
is a great way to see the sights, and many urban trekkers may like to walk
through the Rosensteingarten and up to the Killesberg for a fabulous view.
Specific walks have been set up around the city, starting at either the
central train station or the Altes Schloss, and are highlighted by yellow
sign posts which point out modern and historical areas of interest.
Business, pleasure, shopping
or resting, Stuttgart has something for everyone.
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the capital of Baden-Württemberg, Germany with with a population of
590,000 or so.
Stuttgart was founded in
the 10th century; its name is a modern version of the original Stutengarten
("mare's garden"). Presently it is the 6th largest city in Germany. It
is most famous for its automotive industry - both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz
have their headquarters in Stuttgart and both have car museums.
|Stuttgarters are amazingly
friendly people who will forgive you if German isn't your first or second
(or any) language. If you do speak German well: beware of their dialect
- Schwäbisch German can differ from other forms of German (be prepared
to hear the word "gell" a lot!) They love to practice other languages (especially
English). Stuttgart is a big city with a small-town atmosphere.
Attractions and things
Sindelfingen (S-bahn to Boblingen, 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! You need to book ahead through your Mercedes dealer.
Technical museum: Mercedes-Benz
Museum, Mercedesstraße 137/1, Bad Cannstatt (S-Bahn: Gottlieb
Daimler Stadion, see timetable etc.), Newly built in 2006 in an astonishing
architecture. Frequently visited and really very cool.
Technical museum: Porsche
Museum, Porscheplatz 1, Zuffenhausen (S-Bahn: S6 to Neuwirtshaus, see
State gallery: Staatsgalerie
Stuttgart, Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30-32
Contemporary arts museum:
Kunstgebäude, "Art Building"
Modern art museum: Kunstmuseum
Stuttgart, Kleiner Schlossplatz 1
Historical art museum:
Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6
Lindenmuseum, Hegelplatz 1, features a small but impressing collection
of masks from the pacific
Wilhelma, zoological and
botanical gardens, Neckartalstraße, Bad Cannstatt (More information
and arrival see Wilhelma). 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.)
A fascinating astronomical
journey, projected by optical hightech equipment: Carl Zeiss Planetarium
Stuttgart used to be an impressive
town but was hugely destroyed during World War II and only few buildings
were rebuilt to classical elegance. The 50's still were post-war, in the
60's and 70's architectural things didn't matter at all and in the 80's
and 90's with major insurance companies and banks building monuments of
bad taste in the inner city, the aesthetic situation wasn't really improving.
Here are some of the
Towers and scenic outlooks
Altes Schloss, Old Palace (1300-1500)
Alte Kanzlei, Old Chancellery
Prinzenbau, Princes' Building
Neues Schloss, New Palace (1700-1800)
Solitude Schloss Solitude, Solitude
Wilhelmspalais, King William's
Königsbau, King's Building
Markthalle, Market Hall (1910)
Staatstheater (Grosses Haus),
State Theater (1912)
Hauptbahnhof, Main Railway Station
Liederhalle, Culture and Congress
Staatsgalerie, State Gallery
TV Tower (1954-1956), with a beautiful view over Stuttgart. The Stadtbahn
U15 to Ruhbank (Fernsehturm) gives you a wolderful view of the city. Entrance
is €3 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.
Tower). A recently built tower in the "Killesberg Park" (see also "green
U" under Parks & Gardens), north of the city centre
Bismarckturm, a small
tower northwest of the city centre, not far from Killesberg Tower
Hauptbahnhof The tower
of the Hauptbahnhof is a free climb (to the Mercedes-Benz symbol at top),
granting awesome views of Königstraße and the city.
Domkirche St. Eberhard (St.
Eberhard's Cathedral Church)
(Burial chapel Württemberg)
Hospitalkirche (Hospital Church)
Leonhardskirche (St. Leonard's
Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church),
built in 1175, restored 1999 to 2003
Veitskapelle (St. Vitus Chapel)
Other historic parts of the
Schlossplatz (Palace Square)
Karlsplatz (Charles Square)
Schillerplatz (Schiller Square)
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 facade
of the new palace (Neues Schloss), continuing through Rosensteinpark with
the natural history museum and a rear entrance to Wilhelma (the zoo), and
ending in Killesberg Park. 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 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.
Other significant green areas
in the city centre are:
Akademiegarten, Academy Garden
Schlossgarten, Palace Garden
HOTELS IN STUTTGART, - BADEN WÜRTTEMBERG, GERMANY
for hotels in Stuttgart
list of hotels in Stuttgart, Germany
Comfort Hotel Stuttgart
Offering comfortable accommodation
and convenient facilities, Achat Hotel is an ideal place to reside while
in Stuttgart. Located just a 1 kilometre from the motorway in an
area of Stuttgart called Kornwest, Achat Hotel is placed 6 kilometres from
the fairground and is approximately 8 kilometres from the centre of Stuttgart.
The hotel features comfortable guestrooms that are elegantly decorated
and come with a host of modern amenities. Begin your day with a scrumptious
breakfast offered at the breakfast room. You can dine at the nearby restaurants
that serves delicious Italian cuisine.
Inn Hotel Stuttgart
Holiday Inn Stuttgart is
located in Stuttgart, close to Solitude Palace and Porsche Museum. Additional
area points of interest include Schillerplatz and Old Castle. Dining options
at Holiday Inn Stuttgart include 2 restaurants and a bar/lounge. Room service
is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a sauna and
a fitness facility. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms,
secretarial services, and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access
is available in public areas. Guest parking is available for a surcharge.
Additional property amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities.
am Schlossgarten Stuttgart
Hotel am Schlossgarten is
located in central Stuttgart, close to Stuttgart National Theater, New
State Gallery, and Schlossplatz. Nearby points of interest also include
New Castle and Schillerplatz. Dining options at Hotel am Schlossgarten
include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. This international 5-star hotel
is situated in the park landscape of the castle gardens of Stuttgart in
immediate proximity to the Königstraße shopping zone as well
as many cultural institutions such as the city theatre, the famous ballet
and opera house, the city gallery, and the new as well as the old castle
and is listed as one of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’.
is located in Stuttgart, close to Stuttgart National Theater, Schlossplatz,
and New State Gallery. Nearby points of interest also include New Castle
and Schillerplatz. InterCityHotel Stuttgart features a bar/lounge, complimentary
newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Wireless Internet
access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Guest parking is available
for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include an elevator (lift).
Wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge; guestrooms also
offer direct-dial phones. Televisions have satellite channels and pay movies.
Air-conditioned rooms also include desks and minibars. Guests may request
Maritim Hotel Stuttgart
is a business-friendly hotel located in Stuttgart, close to Linden Museum,
Schillerplatz, and Old Castle. Additional points of interest include Schlossplatz
and New Castle. Dining options at Maritim Hotel Stuttgart include a restaurant
and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational
amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Wireless
Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Guest parking
is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a library,
a coffee shop/café, and a concierge desk. The property has designated
areas for smoking.
Graf Zeppelin Hotel Stuttgart
Located in the city centre,
Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin Hotel is close to the main train station. The
shopping street Konigstrasse and the main line underground and suburban
railway connections, is just minutes away from here. The TV Tower, the
New and Old State Gallery and the Opera House are minutes away. The
hotel offers fully furnished rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, satellite
TV and wireless Internet connection. The in house restaurant serves
wide varieties of cuisine such as Mediterranean, Swabian and Italian delicacies.
Kongresshotel Europe Stuttgart
Ideally situated between
the Killesberg Exhibition Centre and the city centre of Stuttgart, Top
Kongresshotel Europe is only 50 meters from the underground station Maybachstrasse
with direct connection to main train station. The hotel offers 144
elegant rooms that are well-decorated in Mediterranean style to make you
feel comfortable all through your stay. The extensive breakfast buffet
served at the hotel will ensure you a pleasant start throughout the day.
The in-house Spanish Restaurant Granada offers you a wide variety of international
and regional specialities. The atmosphere in the Cocktail Lounge invites
you to linger a while as you enjoy a large selection of exotic cocktails.
Messehotel Europe Stuttgart
The spectacular architecture,
high level of luxury and individual hospitality makes Top Messehotel Europe
an ideal base to reside while you are in Stuttgart for business or leisure.
Ideally situated between the Killesberg Exhibition Centre and the city
centre of Stuttgart, the Top Messehotel Europe is only 50 meters away from
the underground station Maybachstrasse. Offering luxurious ambience,
all the rooms are spacious and equipped with modern comforts to make you
feel relaxed all through your stay. Harmoniously integrated into
modern architecture, the Landhausstuben Restaurant offers delicious food
for you to enjoy.