What to see in Stuttgart

Stuttgart Attractions

With 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.

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Centrally 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…

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Mercedes-Benz Museum

Opened 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…

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Mineral Baths

Sitting 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…

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Old and New State Gallery

Built 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…

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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.…

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Porsche Museum

The 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…

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Wilhelma Zoo

Europe'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…

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