Magnificent panorama and splendid architecture, cultural diversity and traditional festivals - Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, delights its visitors. Due to the numerous green strips, parks, woods and historic buildings, some people take Stuttgart for the "paradise of Swabia". Highlights include the famous State Theatre, the large State Gallery, the Museum of Natural History and the Weißenhof estate.
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Shops in Stuttgart are usually open Mon-Sat from 10am-7/8pm. Shops are generally closed on Sundays except for gas stations.
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Königstrasse 1A, Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 22280
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Stuttgart Airport, Terminal 3, Stuttgart
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Charmingly situated in the heart of one of Germany's largest wine-growing regions, this vibrant metropolis fascinates visitors from all over the world. The state capital of Baden-Württemberg delights tourists not only by virtue of its magnificent panorama, its impressive gardens and parks, its fine squares, splendid palaces and buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, but also by its cultural diversity.
Stuttgart itself lies in a basin-shaped valley that opens up to the Neckar. Vineyards and forest-rich heights are marking the conurbation according to the east and south, fertile plains to the west and north. While Cannstatt was already populated in the Roman times, Stuttgart was founded as a stud in the 10th century in a point that had probably already been a settlement. In 1219, Stuttgart was declared a city by Hermann V. von Baden. From the late 15th century, Stuttgart was the duke's seat, while in 1806 it became the capital of the Kingdom of Württemberg.
Nowadays, Stuttgart is the cultural and political center of Baden-Württemberg, but it also serves as an industrial, trade-fair and financial city. A big draw for visitors to Stuttgart is the sensational Mercedes-Benz World as well as the magnificent Porsche-Museum, where you can discover the myth of those world-famous premium cars. The traditional festivals of Stuttgart also enjoy world-wide popularity. Come and celebrate!
Whether it's culture or relaxation, shopping fun or musical theatre - there's lots to do and see in Stuttgart. Discover over 125 years of automobile history at the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum, enjoy the world-famous Stuttgart ballet, celebrate at Stuttgart's beer festival or soak up the unique atmosphere of the Christmas market.
Chapels and palaces to visit can be found all around the city, and do not forget to spot one of the wine yards just outside the city. After a long day of sightseeing, you might want to relax in the mineral spas or just finish the evening with a nice glass of wine or a pint of beer.
Stuttgart State Museum of Natural History
Sepulchral Chapel Württemberg
Stuttgart Museum of Art
Stuttgart State Gallery
Württemberg State Museum
Weissenhof Estate and Le Corbusier's House
State Theatre Stuttgart
If you love a hearty meal, you will love Stuttgart. Here you will find plenty of places that serve hot plates overflowing with beef, sausages and spätzle. Spätzle is ubiquitous in the area and is broadly comparable to pasta. The national dish, called Gaisburger Marsch, is a stew made of spätzle, diced beef, potatoes, vegetables and fried onions. For an afternoon snack, a pretzel with butter is a good alternative.
Laugenbekenntnis food truck
To most visitors’ delight, there is an abundance of cafés in Stuttgart offering tasty treats. Sit down and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea while watching the world pass by, and maybe indulge in a piece of homemade cake at the same time.
Café Le Théâtre
Academie der Schönsten Künste
Zimt und Zucker
Tarte und Törtchen
Stuttgart is a city of big celebrations, wild festivities and long nights of partying. The "party mile" in the Theodor-Heuss-Strasse is second to none, and its numerous clubs, bars and lounges attract revellers from all over Germany. But Stuttgart also has many options for visitors who prefer soft music, cool drinks and a cosy atmosphere.
Biddy Early's Irish Pub
Freund + Kupferstecher
Schwarz Weiß Bar
Biergarten im Schloßgarten
A shopping precinct more than a kilometre in length, big shopping centres and lots of elegant shops and boutiques: in Stuttgart shopaholics can indulge themselves to their heart's content.
Flea Market Karlsplatz
Stuttgart Airport is located about 14 kilometres from downtown Stuttgart. The airport is easy to reach from the city.
Lines S2 and S3 of the metropolitan S-Bahn trains will take you to Stuttgart’s main train station. The journey takes 27 minutes. The trains run between 4.55am (5.25am on Sundays) and 12.25am.
There are taxi ranks outside of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. The ride takes about 30 minutes.
You will also find several car rental agencies in the arrivals hall of the airport. Parking for your own car is also available.
Address: Flughafenstraße 32, Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 94 80
Best Time to Visit
The best, but also busiest time to visit Stuttgart is during the summer, when the temperatures are most pleasant (generally around 20°C/68°F during the day). During shoulder seasons, namely spring and autumn, various festivals take place and outdoor activities and sightseeing are still possible. Winters can be very cold in Stuttgart, but also quite picturesque due to the snowfall and Christmas Markets.
Passport / Visa
Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
The VVS operates Stuttgart’s public transport system consisting of buses and trains. The city is divided into zones and the more zones you cross when travelling, the more expensive your ticket will be.
For short distances, opt for the "Kurzstrecke" ticket, which is valid for three stops. If you are planning a busy day of sightseeing, splurge on a daily ticket, called "Tageskarte".
Tickets can be bought from vending machines, bus drivers and sales locations. The tickets are slightly cheaper if you buy them with your cell phone.
Address: VVS-Infothek, Königstraße 1A, Stuttgart
Phone: +49 0711 19449
There are taxi ranks at the train station, Bismarckplatz and many other locations throughout the city. You can call a taxi any time of the day.
Phone: +49 711 551 0000
To find a post office you should look for the yellow "Deutsche Post" sign, many offices are located throughout town. For sending postcards and letters you can use the yellow public mail boxes.
Address: Arnulf-Klett-Platz 2,Stuttgart
Phone: +49 228 4333112
Pharmacies (distinguished by a red "Aphotheke" sign at the front) have alternating opening hours during nights and weekends, in order to be always able to access a pharmacy. Addresses of the pharmacies on duty are posted at the pharmacies or online.
Address: Apotheke Stadtmitte, Rotebühlpl. 20B, Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 2265717
Country code: +49
Area code: 711
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