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The Home of the Engine

Hemmed in by vine-covered hills and full of greenery, Stuttgart is a haven for its residents, who enjoy a high quality of life. For tourists, its a peaceful city with some fascinating museums. 

Top Tips

  • Karlsplatz Market is held everyday, with everything from food, clothes and antique stalls.  Wonder round and grab yourself a bargain
  • Take in a 360 degree view of the city, from the needle like Fernsehturm
  • Everything is easily accessible by foot.  Wander through the green spaces, squares and modern architecture

1. Mercedes-Benz Museum

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is largest and oldest automobile factory in the world. The museum has many cool automobiles for all you rev heads on display and goes through the history from the humble beginnings of the invention of the motorcar by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler. There are a few famous vehicles you can check out, including the Pope Mobile and Princess Diana’s Mercedes.

2. Wilhelm Palace

The Wilhelm Palace is an architectural marvel that was built by Princesses Marie and Sophie in early 1834. King Wilhelm II inherited it and lived there until the end of WWII and since then; the palace has belonged to the city of Stuttgart and houses the municipal library housing collections of the city’s history.

3. Staatsgalerie / State Gallery

The State Gallery is housed in three different buildings and holds collections from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century. The modern looking building usually draws your attention but once inside you’ll discover a new section with collections by Picasso, Braque, Chagall and Klee along with other 20th century artists.

4. Schlossplatz

The main square in Stuttgart, the Schlossplatz features the Old and New Palaces in Stuttgart and is sure to be on anyone’s hit list when visiting. The Old Palace is open to the public and you can visit it on a guided tour. The New Palace is closed to the public and is used as government offices. There are gardens out of the back of the Old Palace where you can relax and enjoy the many fountains, or have a beer in the beer garden. Schlossplatz is usually very busy during the summer hosting local music events and festivals.

5. Mineral Spas

Stuttgart is the second most popular place in Europe (after Hungary) where people can enjoy the natural mineral waters in the many bathhouses around town. In the city there are around 19 natural mineral springs that spout 22 million litres of water daily, filling swimming pools and fountains in the Bad Cannstatt and Berg neighbourhoods. There are three main mineral spas that can be visited, Leuze, Bad Cannstatt and Berg where you can enjoy the healing properties of the water, discovered by the Romans 2000 years ago.

Eats

1. Biergarten im Schlossgarten

The Biergarten im Schlossgarten is one of the most popular beer gardens in town. It’s centrally located and in a very gorgeous place behind the Old and New Palaces. You are drawn into the gardens with wonderful smells of baked pretzels and German sausages.

2. Weinstube Kachelofen

The Weinstube is a small and homely restaurant known for its traditional cooking. Here hearty food is enjoyed making it a favourite amongst locals.

3. Amadeus

Amadeus is a massive beer hall type restaurant and bar but with a little bit of sophistication. On the menu they offer Schwabian specialties as well as soups, salads, burgers, pasta and some Tex Mex in huge portions. Try the local dish, käsespätzl for a local and tasty dish.

4. Calwer-Eck-Braü

Calwer-Eck-Braü is a microbrewer that sells different types of beers from bright lager to dark and wheat beers. They also have a great menu featuring local Schwabian meals such as sausages and flammkuchen.

5. Brauerei-Gaststätte Dinkelacker

Often rumored to be one of the best beer halls in town, Brauerei-Gaststätte Dinkelacker has a warm atmosphere with great service and hearty portions. Here you’ll find four beers on tap including one unfiltered Kellerpils. There’s also Schwabian cuisine if you’re feeling peckish.

Drinks

1. Sky Beach

Located on top of the Galeria department store, the Sky Beach bar is a unique place where you can relax on a man-made beach with a cold beer or endless cocktails whilst soaking up the summer sun high above the city

2. Cafe Bohème

Upon entering Cafe Bohème, one might think that you are standing in your grandma's living room! The cafe and bar has a cosy atmosphere that allows you to feel comfortable whilst being served coffee and apple pie during the day and cocktails and beers at night.

3. Schocken

Schocken is a three level club with casual dress, playing house music, indie concerts and ‘dance-until-you-drop’ nights.

4. Sophie’s Brauhaus

Sophie’s Brauhaus has traditional brewery décor with wooden furniture, high and low tables and copper tanks on display. There is a canteen style kitchen that pumps out some fabulous Schwabian dishes and flammkuchen and much more.

5. Bar Einstein

This trendy bar is close to the red light district, but nicer than its address might suggest. Bar Einstein is cosy inside with an outdoor terrace and serves German and international beers.

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Recommendations

The Porsche Museum is fantastic, well worth a visit if you are a rev head."

Jordan, AUS