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.
- 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
An arms race has broken out among the two local car companies, with both building new and costly monuments to themselves.
The motor car was first developed by Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz at the end of the 19th century. The impressive new for- 2006 Mercedes-Benz Museum is in the suburb of Bad-Cannstatt; take SBahn 1 to Neckarstadion. For even faster cars, cruise over to the striking new-for- 2009 Porsche Museum; take S-Bahn 6 to Neuwirtshaus, north of the city.
In town and stretching southwest from the Neckar River to the city centre is the Schlossgarten, complete with ponds, swans, street entertainers and modern sculptures. At the southern end, the gardens encompass the sprawling baroque Neues Schloss and the Renaissance Altes Schloss.
Possibly more beautiful than the works within, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart glows like a radioactive sugarcube at night. Highlights include works by Otto Dix, Dieter Roth and Willi Baumeister.
Stuttgart is a great place to sample Swabian specialities such as Spätzle (homemade noodles) and Maultaschen (a hearty ravioli in broth).
Sells picnic fixin’s and has Italian and Swabian restaurants.
Shelter under the arches facing the park or out in the sunshine at this funky cafe that’s part of a large gallery. The drinks menu is huge, as are the choices for breakfast. When the weather gets nasty, duck into the groovy upstairs room.
Palast der Republik
A legendary and tiny pillbox of a bar that pulls a huge crowd of laid-back, genial drinkers. Statuary and stickers abound.
There’s a beer garden in the Mittlerer Schlossgarten northeast of the main train station, with beautiful views over the city.
The Porsche Museum is fantastic, well worth a visit if you are a petrol head."