Arts and Cultural
It's no wonder Stuttgart is known as "the cradle of the automobile." The nine-story museum features over 160 of the German company's most iconic cars, from the W125 Grand Prix race car to the sun-powered Solarmobile of the 1980s. As visitors head up and down the ramps, they'll learn about the history of the car, from its invention to races and records.
The Delugan Meissl-designed Porsche Museum houses 80 iconic cars that transformed the German company into one of the world's most luxury brands. Visitors can get up close to the sleek Porsche 356, the company's first production automobile, and the Porsche 917, the high-speed race car made famous by 1971 Steve McQueen film, Le Mans.
Art and culture enthusiasts can peruse the premier collection of paintings, drawings, photos, and sculptures from the 14th to 21st century including avant-garde movement like Expressionism after 1945. This Stuttgart museum is made up of three buildings which include the architectural marvels, Alte Staatsgalerie and Neue Staatsgalerie.
Points of Interest
On a warm summer day, visitors should head to the shores of Max-Eyth-See lake-an inlet of the River Neckar. Here, locals and tourists alike enjoy bike riding, afternoon picnics and BBQs, or leisurely strolls surrounded by pristine beauty. Also on site are 200-year-old tool sheds that dot the hillside, as well as old terrace-style vineyards.
Schlossplatz (Castle Square)
Visitors can sip on a cup of coffee in front of the stunning New or Old Castle, or take a stroll through the green grounds at the largest square in Stuttgart. Situated in the heart of the city center, visitors will discover Schlossplatz's history as a former military parade ground, as well as shops, restaurants and year-round concerts and festivals like the biennial Bundesgartenschau.
Wilhelma Zoological Garden
Once a Moorish royal palace, the 70-acre zoo and botanical garden is the only one of its kind in Europe. The lower and upper park is dotted with historical buildings, stunning glass houses, and fascinating animal exhibits housing over 1,000 species. Visitors can admire the colorful French marigolds, snap photos at Water Lily Pond, or spot fascinating wildlife at the Aquarium, South America Enclosure or the Compound for Bears and Mountain Animals.
Just north of Schlossplatz, visitors will discover three levels of upscale shopping. Königsbau Passagen features home goods, jewelry stores, shoes and clothing at G-Star Raw, Roxy, Bretz, Evita, and Rossamora. On the top two floors, Stilwerk features over a dozen of Germany's most fashion-forward boutiques.
Stuttgart's main shopping street near the train station is a half-mile (one kilometer) pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare that passes through Schlossplatz. Lining the drag are large department stores, specialty stores, cafes, and bars, all easily accessible by S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains.
Markthalle (Market Hall)
Before enjoying a sun-soaked afternoon at Max-Eyth-See or Schlossplatz, visitors should grab a bite at Markthalle. The market showcases the local flavors of Stuttgart and the Baden-Württemberg region, and features merchant goods, freshly-made sandwiches, salads, cheeses, fruits, olives, local wines and more.
Sports and Entertainment
Visitors will love joining the three-week, citywide celebration of all things beer at the second largest festival after Oktoberfest. In September and October, Stuttgart and the Neckar Park Fairground transform into a colorful carnival. Festival-goers can marvel at the 3.5-ton fruit column, sample traditional brews like Stuttgarter Hofbräu and Schwaben Bräu, or soar high on the giant ferris wheel.
Sports fans should paint their face in black, white and red and head to this premier football arena, home of VfB Stuttgart, the largest football club in the country, and a member of the first division Bundesliga. In the past, Mercedes-Benz Arena has played host to the European Athletics Championships, World Athletics Championships and several Eurobowl finals.
Since 2006, this multipurpose sports and entertainment venue has brought some of the most thrilling events to Stuttgart, like the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Holiday on Ice and the World Men's Handball Championship. Sports enthusiasts can kick back and enjoy world-class handball, ice hockey, concerts and performances that are sure to amaze visitors of all ages.
What's Nearby - Corporate Locations
- Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz)
- Fraunhofer Society
- Landesbank Baden-Württemberg
- Porsche SE
- Stuttgart Trade Fair