Stuttgart Travel Guide
Stuttgart AttractionsWith good restaurants, superb local wineries, a hearty dose of culture, beer festivals, art galleries and some beautiful parks, Stuttgart has all the elements of a big city destination. The variety of things to see and do in Stuttgart will impress visitors from all walks of life. Families can be swept up in the open spaces and thoroughly entertained at the planetarium and Wilhelma Zoo. The city's mineral-rich pools, saunas, hot tubs and spas lure those in search of health and relaxation. Car enthusiasts can enjoy the Porsche and Mercedes-Benz museums never cease to enthral.
Other attractions in Stuttgart include the city's impressive art galleries. The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is housed in a building which is a work of modern art in itself. The Old and New State Gallery houses some real masterpieces dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries. The Palace Square, or Schlossplatz, is a must for visitors as it is the symbolic heart of the city, a popular meeting and greeting spot, and it adjoins the remarkable New Palace, a Baroque fortress built between 1748 and 1806.
Stuttgart can get swelteringly hot in summer and bitterly cold in winter, so the best time to visit is in the shoulder seasons, in autumn or spring. At the end of August and during the month of September visitors can join the fun at the Wine Village Festival, tasting more than 200 different wines, or enjoy music and merrymaking at the Cannstatt Beer Festival, the second largest beer festival after Munich's Oktoberfest. The city shimmers in springtime, as do the parks and surrounding vineyards, which play host to a plethora of different festivals.
Palace Square (Schlossplatz)The symbolic heart of Stuttgart, the Schlossplatz or Palace Square, is a popular meeting point for locals and travellers alike, with the beautifully Baroque New Palace providing a majestic backdrop. The former residence of kings, the New Palace was built between 1746 and 1806... see full details
Old and New State GalleryBuilt between 1838 and 1843 under King Wilhelm I of Wuerttemberg, the Old State Gallery in Stuttgart features a prestigious range of paintings, drawings, sculptures, watercolours and prints from the 14th to the 19th centuries, with Jerg Ratgeb, Canaletto, Memling and Rembrandt taking centre... see full details
Kunstmuseum StuttgartCentrally located, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is a work of art in itself. Its modern cuboid design transforms from a glass hexahedron during the day to reveal a colourful skeletal interior when lit up at night. Opened in 2005, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart is renowned for its... see full details
Mercedes-Benz MuseumOpened shortly before the start of the Football World Cup in Germany, the impressive Mercedes-Benz Museum is housed in a slick, contemporary building, an icon of modern architecture. With an exhibition space of almost 182,986 square feet (17,000m/sq), filling seven levels, the museum takes... see full details
Wilhelma ZooEurope's only combined zoological and botanical garden, the Wilhelma Zoo never fails to leave a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of all who explore it. Initially built as a Moorish garden for King Wilhelm I in the 19th century, the beautiful botanical... see full details
Mineral BathsSitting on one of the largest mineral water reserves in Europe, the inhabitants of Stuttgart have been enjoying its liquid vitality for more than two millennia and the famous mineral baths of Stuttgart are a major tourist attraction for the city. Nineteen natural springs... see full details
Porsche MuseumThe Porsche Museum in Stuttgart is a retrospective of more than 75 years of Porsche engineering and memorabilia. Porsche is both the smallest independent German automaker and the world's most profitable automaker. This museum is extremely popular with petrol heads but will also interest... see full details