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10 things to see absolutely in Stuttgart


Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany, lies in a basin enclosed by orchards and forested hills. At the bottom of the valley flows the Neckar river and in the oldest part of the city, however, the historic buildings and modern homes gently climb the surrounding slopes.
Stuttgart is not, however, a popular destination for tourism, although it retains an elegant charm and has recently become a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, full of museums and cultural events.
For your visit to the German city we have selected 10 things to see absolutely.



Index

  1. Mercedes-Benz Museum
  2. Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden
  3. Civic Library
  4. Württemberg Mausoleum
  5. Solitude Castle
  6. Schlossplatz
  7. Neues Schloss and Altes Schloss
  8. Killesbergpark and Torre
  9. Rosenstein Castle and Natural History Museum
  10. Stiftskirche - Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross
  11. 5 other things not to be missed
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Mercedes-Benz Museum

Destination of real pilgrimages for car enthusiasts, this museum consists of several floors, each of which pays homage to engineering and one of the most respected car manufacturers in the world. The museum also illustrates the evolution and mechanics of the various models, as well as focusing on history of the brand and the founder.

  • Mercedesstraße 100, metro S1 to NeckarPark then follow the walking signs for about 5 minutes - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00
  • full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00

2 - Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden

In this zoological and botanical garden you can relax and have fun at the same time. The species of cultivated plants are truly numerous and it is possible to observe them in the various greenhouses and in the buildings with an exquisite th century architectural style.

The animals residing in the zoo are treated excellently, the stars of the garden are African elephants and gibbons, but also the beautiful and colorful tropical birds.



  • Wilhelma 13, metro U 13 stop Rosensteinbrücke Station - Get directions
  • every day from 8: 15 to 16: 00
  • full € 16,00, reduced (children aged 6 to 17) € 8,00

3 - Civic library

The Stuttgart City Library departs from the usual clichés associated with this type of building thanks to its minimalist approach in architecture and decoration.
It hosts books by authors and publishers from all over the world, dealing with all kinds of topics. It is an interesting and relaxing place, there are special lockers to deposit your belongings and fully enjoy the visit or reading the chosen book.
There is also a café with an outdoor terrace where, on fine days, it is possible to sit down.

  • in 6 minutes from the center by metro from Charlottenplatz, lines U2, U6, U7 and U15 - Get directions
  • Monday to Saturday from 9: 00 to 21: 00
  • free

4 - Württemberg Mausoleum

It is a beautiful and sober building with a tragic history. The delightful chapel it is the eternal resting place of the king, the queen of Württemberg and their young daughter.

Legend has it that the queen died of a broken heart when she discovered that her beloved husband was cheating on her with another woman. The king, devoured by remorse, built this building in a beautiful natural place, which he could observe directly from his own rooms. To date, the chapel is surrounded by vineyards and a suggestive scenery.



  • in about 40 minutes from Stuttgart Central Station, 10 minutes by train with line S1 and another 10 by bus with line 61 - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00, Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00
  • full € 4,00, reduced € 2,00

5 - Solitude Castle

Il Stuttgart Palace, also known as Solitude Castle, is a glorious place to visit, located on the outskirts of the city. Originally built by the Duke of Württemberg as a private hunting lodge, testifies to its use thanks to prizes and objects related to this activity. The surrounding gardens and woods are ideal for a stroll, especially suitable for the most romantics.

  • in 25 minutes from the center by bus line 92 - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 13.30 to 17:00, Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00
  • full € 4,00, reduced € 2,00

6 - Schlossplatz

The wide Schlossplatz is the city center, frequented by both locals and tourists. Surrounded by buildings dating back to the period when Stuttgart was a ducal city, in the center you can find its delightful garden with the Jubilee Column, erected in 1841 to commemorate the 25-year reign of King William I.
In the south-west area of ​​the square there are numerous shops, boutiques and restaurants.


  • in 5 minutes walk from the city center - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Neues Schloss and Altes Schloss

Il New Palace dominates Schlossplatz, its construction was completed in 1807 in the late Baroque style. The building, which was originally the royal residence, now houses government offices. It is always possible to visit the exteriors, visits are organized occasionally throughout the year.

Not far away rises the Old Castle: though its origins date back to the th century the current building, with its courtyard decorated with picturesque arcades, was built between 1553 and 1578.


  • in 5 minutes walk from the city center - Get directions
  • Neues Schloss open every day from 8:00 to 20:00, Altes Schloss open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00
  • free - can only be visited outside

8 - Killesbergpark and Torre

Initially planned as part of a larger horticultural exhibition in 1939, Killesbergpark is a delightful open space area 123 acres to explore. There is also an internal railway which is used in summer for extensive visits to the whole park, but the real star is the spectacular observation tower, 40 meters high, which offers excellent views of the park and its surroundings.

  • in 18 minutes from the city center by metro using lines U6, U7 and U15 - Get directions
  • every day from 8: 00 to 18: 00
  • free

9 - Rosenstein Castle and Natural History Museum

In the Berg district, on the left bank of the Neckar River, is the Natural History Museum, consisting of the Naturkundemuseum Schloss Rosenstein and the Museum am Löwentor.
Both exhibitions are dedicated to natural sciences: Rosenstein to the biology and evolution of living species, Löwentor to the origins of the earth.

  • Naturkundemuseum Schloss Rosenstein can be reached in 25 minutes from the center by metro with the U12 line; Museum am Löwentor can be reached in 6 minutes by train from the central station with lines S4, S5, S6 and S60 - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00
  • full € 4,00, reduced € 2,50

10 - Stiftskirche - Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross

The majestic Stiftskirche, with its various towers, was built in the 1958th century on the exact site of a previous th century religious building. Rebuilt in the late Gothic style in the th century, it was rededicated in after a restoration.
There are magnificent testimonies of Renaissance art of the sixteenth century, commissioned by the Count of Württemberg, as well as th century crypts.

  • in 5 minutes walk from the city center - Get directions
  • Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 19:00, Friday and Saturday until 16:00, Sunday until 18:00
  • free

5 other things not to be missed

It is really difficult to limit the things to see in a rich city like Stuttgart to 10. Therefore here is a short list of at least 5 other attractions not to be missed if you are in the capital of Baden-Württemberg:

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  1. Ludwisburg Castle
    To give an idea of ​​the beauty of this castle, just think that it was built on the example of Versailles and the imperial palaces of Vienna and Prague. Spread over four wings and with 452 rooms, today it is one of the largest Baroque residences in Europe
  2. The Markthalle and the Marktplatz markets
    To discover a place, you know, you need to start from its kitchen. Markets are often the soul of cities, and Stuttgart is no exception. The Markthalle is the famous covered market, to visit together with the other markets of the Marktplatz
  3. Fernsehturm, the TV Tower
    No, we are not in Berlin but there is a television tower here too. And just think that this is the first built in the world! 217 meters high and equipped with two lifts, the view from up there is unmissable!
  4. Königsbau and Königstrasse
    A landmark for the city, it stands near the castle square (Schlossplatz). It stands out for its large and long colonnade, it was built to host court parties, today it hosts the nightlife with a succession of bars and cafes
  5. Porsche Museum
    Do you want to see the Mercedes one and not the Porsche one? Come on, a fan is a fan! Inaugurated in 2009, it also houses models in the field of motor sport and prototypes.
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