What to see in Stuttgart in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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In addition to being the capital of the German region of Baden-Wuttemberg, Stuttgart is also an important industrial center, a central international airport and a large river port thanks to its strategic location on the Neckar River. It is certainly a city with a very modern imprint although it still carries with it the signs of two difficult wars that year after year try to be covered by brand new buildings and innovative architecture. Among the great German cities, Stuttgart represents one of the most varied in terms of nationality and melting-pot, which makes it an even more interesting and fascinating destination, as well as particularly welcoming.


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1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Feuersee, JohannesKirke, Porsche Museum

To start our visit in this one a fascinating German metropolis with an international flavor, we head towards one of the most characteristic spots in the historic center, the square overlooking the Fire Lake, Feuersee. On the way to the park that overlooks the lake we pass in front of a perfect place to stop for breakfast, the Tasty Donuts and Coffee in Stuttgart, a place belonging to a chain that offers excellent donuts with the most varied tastes and colors ( about € 6,00 for dessert and coffee).

The Feuersee square is surrounded by a splendid natural panorama offered by the lake and the surrounding vegetation, but surmounted by a building of interest to which it is a must to go for a visit: the Church of San Giovanni (JohannesKirke): this wonderful neo-gothic evangelical church it is one of the very few buildings in the city that entirely survived the bombings of the Second World War and its interior, albeit with an austere air, really leaves visitors speechless. The visit lasts about 1 hour and admission is obviously free.

After a visit to the Church and a regenerating walk in the countryside, it's time to move to a couple of decidedly more sui generis attractions, but equally priceless for the history of this city: I'm talking about its great tradition in the field of "cars and engines". We begin our journey into the world of the automobile starting from Porsche Museum; to reach it we take the subway line S6 right in the square of Feuersee and in about 15 minutes we reach the PorschePlatz stop. This spectacular museumcollects about 80 classics from the various eras of the Porsche brand, all housed in a super modern design building (full ticket € 8,00, reduced € 4,00).

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Mercedes Benz Museum

For lunch we stay in the area and make a stop at Christophorus, a restaurant specializing in American meats with a vast choice and above all of first quality, to be able to have you prepared at the moment as you like. The environment and the service are very refined, so the prices reflect the quality: a full lunch costs around € 50,00 per person, but for a special day it is definitely worth it.

The time has come to continue our "engines" themed journey by moving to most iconic and famous museum in the city, home of one of the most respected automotive companies in the world, the Mercedes Benz Museum: to reach it we will take about 40 minutes because we have to move across the river in the East district of Stuttgart. We take the same subway that takes us back to Feuersee, and from here we move on the S1 line to the NeckarPark stop: the museum is about 10 minutes on foot from this point. The Mercedes Benz Museum is a truly imposing building ultra-modern structure, which contains more than 16.500 car models in its 12 square meters and 160 exhibition halls ranging from historical pieces starting from the first examples of the late 1800s to the latest futuristic research on the cars of tomorrow (open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00; full ticket € 10,00 - reduced € 5,00) . Given the vastness of the museum, the visit will take most of the afternoon, so we recommend that you reserve a whole half day for this activity.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Strottmanns Magic Lounge

Once we leave the museum it will be almost sunset, we just have to move again to start a very special evening of entertainment at the Strottmans Magic Lounge (to reach it we recommend taking bus number 56 directly from outside the Museum , the journey will take about 20 minutes). This theater also acts as a lounge bar so you can relax in its rooms having a drink while attending one of the very famous magic shows and stand up comedy by Mr Strottmans: laughter is guaranteed, even if you miss a few words! (ticket prices around € 20,00).
Just outside the theater we stop for dinner at Pilum, a real German restaurant where you can taste typical meat dishes but which also offers many vegetarian options. It goes without saying that at least a taste of one of the many local beers is a must.

In summary

  • Distance traveled: 22,5 km / 4 h 49 min
  • Places visited: Feuersee (free admission), JohannesKirke (free admission), Porsche Museum (full € 8,00 reduced € 4,00), Mercedes Benz Museum (full € 10,00 reduced € 5,00), Strottmanns Magic Lounge (approx. € 20,00)
  • StuttCard: all-inclusive card for Stuttgart
  • Breakfast at Tasty Donuts and Coffee (Get Directions), Lunch at Christophorus (Get Directions), Dinner at Pilum (Get Directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Schloss Solitude

Second day of visit in this suggestive German metropolis, today we dedicate ourselves a little to the oldest side and to some of the the most romantic and melancholic points of interest in the city. Before starting, however, let's recharge our energies at Zimt and Zucker, a perfect place for an intercontinental breakfast or, if you got up a little late, even for a brunch: the vast choice of sweet and savory dishes will surely make everyone agree ( about € 10,00).

Now we are finally ready to move a little from the center, we take bus number 92 in the direction of fortress of Schloss Solitude (the trip will take about half an hour). This impressive rococo residence includes the buildings once inhabited by the duke of the time, a castle from whose top you can observe the whole surrounding area, and a monastery: all surrounded by wonderful gardens where you can breathe an air of serenity (summer hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00; winter opening hours: from Tuesday to Friday from 13:30 to 16:30 - Full ticket € 4,00; reduced € 2,00). The visit will last at least 2 hours, so it is worth dedicating the whole morning to this enchanting reality.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, SchlossPlatz, Staatsgalerie

Going down towards the base of the Schloss Solitude (about 1,5 km from the castle and reachable in a quarter of an hour on foot) we find the Schillerhohe Waldrestaurant, a real typical German restaurant with a very high quality offer: house specialty spargel, the delicious white asparagus that grow in these areas (prices around € 25,00).

After having finally refreshed, we just have to call a taxi and head back to the center for a pleasant walk in the SchlossPlatz about 10 km from the Solitude (the ride will cost around € 20,00). This square, surrounded by the imposing Columns of the Jubilee, is considered the spiritual heart of the city and walking along it you can admire the Palazzo Nuovo which dominates an entire side, dating back to 1800.

Not far from here we conclude our afternoon by visiting one of the artistic and cultural excellences of the city, the Staatsgalerie: an elegant and refined building that houses collections from all over the world. The museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 and the ticket that includes admission to all the galleries including temporary exhibitions costs € 12,00 in full and € 10,00 for the reduced dedicated to students, soldiers and visitors already in possession of a ticket for the Mercedes Benz Museum.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Sky Beach

For our evening we do not move from the city center and we stop for dinner at Block House, a pub that blends German and American traditions where you can enjoy excellent sandwiches or an abundant barbecue at not excessively high prices (about € 20,00, for an average dinner, drinks not included).
We just have to finish the day by going to discover a small hidden gem located on the sixth floor of a shopping center in the center, the Sky Beach: incredible but true in this place they managed to recreate a real beach with lots of sand and umbrellas, where you can enjoy excellent cocktails and enjoy lots of live music or, if you want to spend a night full of fun, even choose to stay and dance until dawn (prices between € 10,00 and € 30,00, ).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 21,6 km / 4 h 45 min
  • Places visited: Schloss Solitude (full € 4,00 - reduced € 2,00), SchlossPlatz (always accessible), Staatsgalerie (full € 12,00 - reduced € 10,00)
  • Stuttgart: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour StuttCard: all-inclusive card to Stuttgart
  • Breakfast at Zimt and Zucker (Get directions), Lunch at Schillehohe restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Block House (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, wilhelma zoo and Botanical Garden

Our last day of travel starts in the name of nature in all its facets, we are in fact headed to one of the most accredited Zoological and Botanical Gardens in the world which, we are sure, will surely leave you speechless. Before starting, however, as usual, we stop for a tasty breakfast at Mon Petit Cafè, where you can enjoy an excellent espresso and a large variety of baked cakes and pastries (prices around € 5,00).

Just 600 meters away we find the entrance to the Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden, a green paradise right in the center of Stuttgart where you can admire a luxuriant and colorful nature, as well as closely observe more than 10.000 animal species from all over the globe, terrestrial, marine and even aquatic since yes,inside the park there is also a wonderful aquarium. The Wilhelma is open all year round and every day, from 8:15 to 20:00; the full ticket costs € 20,00, the reduced ticket for students € 13,00 while the one for children aged 6 to 17 costs € 6,00 and under 6 years admission is free. The park is really huge and full of things to do and see, so it also lends itself to hosting visitors for a whole day: we still have attractions to see, but we recommend that you dedicate yourself at least the whole morning to fully enjoy its wonders.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Stuttgart City Library, Television Tower

To experience a slightly different lunch this time we stop for lunch at The Little Greek Tavern, a nice restaurant a few meters from the park specializing in traditional Greek cuisine and appreciated not only by tourists but also by the inhabitants of the city who want to try something new (prices around € 20,00 for a single dish and drinks included).

From nature to culture, our afternoon takes us to another of the pearls of this city that continue to leave us speechless: the Stuttgart City Library. Reachable in just 10 minutes by taxi from our last location, it is the flagship of the city's cultural tradition, a building with a minimal design and in contrast with the sumptuous and baroque ancient libraries that contains thousands and thousands of books from all eras and origins. In what public library admission is obviously free and not only that, on the ground floor you can also enjoy a lounge area where you can relax on comfortable sofas sipping a coffee and, needless to say, leafing through a good book.

Finally, we conclude the afternoon by visiting one of the most iconic and controversial symbols of Stuttgart: take the U7 tram and head towards the Television Tower that with its 217 this television tower dating back to 1950 represents one of the first European examples and dominates the skyline of the city from above. To go up to the top using its ultra-modern lift, the ticket is € 9,00 (reduced up to 15 years € 5,00) and the visits start at 10:00 am continuing all day until the last lift ride that takes place at 22:30 pm.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Live Music Clubs

Dinner at the foot of the TV Tower for our last German evening: at Leonardts you can enjoy an excellent goulash and many other typical dishes that you will surely have learned to appreciate these days, and if you are lucky enough to come by on a beautiful day from pleasant climate you can dine outdoors while continuing to admire the wonderful surrounding landscape (prices around € 25,00).

At the end of the evening, if you are not too tired yet, let's jump back on one of the U7 trams that will take us straight back to the center to enjoy all the vitality of the Stuttgart music scene: the clubs you can choose from to win a great cocktail and some good live music they are varied, so we mention only a few such as the BITT JazzClub,Chest or Laboratory. Each of these offers different musical genres ranging from jazz to electronic and represent a valid alternative to end your German stay in the name of healthy and pure fun. (prices for a cocktail between € 7,00 and € 10,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 13,6 km / 3 h 7 min
  • Places visited: Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden (full € 20,00 reduced € 13,00); Stuttgart City Library (free admission); Television Tower (full € 9,00 reduced € 5,00)
  • StuttCard: all-inclusive card for Stuttgart
  • Breakfast at Mon Petit Cafe (Get directions), Lunch at The Little Greek Tavern (Get directions), Dinner at Leonardts (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Stuttgart cost

The cost of living in Stuttgart is not very different from what we might normally be accustomed to as the city is generally in line with most of the habits and lifestyles of Western cities: a point, however, certainly in favor of this charming all-German destination is the care of attractions and points of interest, especially those of cultural importance, whose entrance fees are definitely accessible to all.

  • Costs to eat: about € 60,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 70,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 40,00 per person
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: starting from € 39,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 50,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Stuttgart: from € 460,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Stuttgart: the best time is summer (from June to September with pleasant temperatures). An unmissable event is the Maifest which takes place in May in all German regions and is a festival characterized by parades with colorful costumes, traditional food and beer, as well as lots of music - find out more
  • by plane, Stuttgart airport (Compare flights - from € 94,00) is located just 13 km from the city center, reachable in 15 minutes by train with the S2 and S3 lines at a cost of € 4,20; by bus with lines 122, 126 and 806 with a ticket of about € 3,50; by taxi instead the ride from the airport to the city center costs about € 29,00.
  • in the historic center, even if it is the most expensive solution, it has beautiful structures where you can stay as well as being the most convenient position to move on foot between the various attractions. Cheaper alternatives the more peripheral areas of Bad Cannstatt, Feuerbach and Moringen - Hotels and b & b from € 39,00 per room -
  • Getting around: by subway with its 7 lines it effectively covers both the historic center and the suburbs (open from 4:45 am to 1:00 am); by bus, very convenient to move both within the city and to nearby cities (active 24 hours a day); by train, with its suburban train network, the S-Bahn (open from 24:6 to 00:00). Tickets are valid indifferently for all public transport: single rides cost € 00; the day ticket costs from € 1,40 to € 5,00 depending on the coverage areas - find out more
  • Other: an excellent solution to save a little bit on travel expenses and tourist attractions, as well as the convenience of being able to buy a single pass valid for everything you need during your days in the city, is the StuttCard - all-inclusive card for Stuttgart: the 3-day one has a departure cost of € 27,00 and includes unlimited use of all public transport and numerous discounts for all the major attractions of Stuttgart

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