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Stuttgart is the capital of the Bundesland of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. With a population of approximately 591,000 in the immediate city and more than 3.5 million people in the metropolitan area, Stuttgart is the 6th largest city in Germany. Stuttgart is known as a centre of mechanical and automobile engineering with the headquarters of the world famous Bosch, Mercedes and Porsche within its metropolitan area. That said, it does not resemble most other industry hubs, as it is a rather sparse city spread over many hills and valleys, with forests, parks and even vineyards within the city. (less...) (more...)
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Stuttgart used to be an impressive town but was heavily damaged during World War II and only few buildings were rebuilt to classical elegance. Nowadays Stuttgarts architecture is a mixture of historical and modern buildings. The post-war buildings, mostly major insurance companies and banks buildings, are being replaced in past years so the aesthetic situation is improving.
- Schlossplatz (Palace Square). The most beautiful place in Stuttgart.
- Neues Schloss (New Palace). The arguably most recognizable symbol of Stuttgart was constructed between 1746 and 1807 when the Duke of Württemberg, Carl Eugen, found both the Altes Schloss and the erstwhile ducal residence in Ludwigsburg insufficiently stately. The new palace was a grandiose undertaking that took many decades, architects and no less than four successive Dukes of Württemberg to complete, given the ever-changing tastes and plans, as well as constant scandalization within the Duchy regarding the costs of the lavish residence.
The result is a palace inspired partially by Versailles and other grand royal residences, which gave the centre of Stuttgart an airy, garden park feel. The palace became a state museum in 1918 when the last King of Württemberg abdicated, and was almost completely destroyed in World War II, only being rebuilt in 1958-1964 to serve as a seat for the local government of Baden-Württemberg. Currently, it houses the Ministry of Finance and Economy for the Land, and is again made available to visit during guided tours. Tour dates are announced in advance on the palace's website, and visitors are invited to sign up. Several rooms and halls in the palace can also be rented for special events. Tours cost €8 per adult.
- Altes Schloss (Old Palace). Built as a fully-functional fortified castle at the turn of the 10th century, it grew together with Stuttgart as it rose from a small settlement to the capital of County, and later Duchy of Württemberg. It was in the 16th century that the castle got its current form of a renaissance palace with a cloistered courtyard. The moat around the Altes Schloss was filled in in the 18th century, giving the present-day Schillerplatz its current appearance. Today the Altes Schloss houses the Landemuseum Württemberg.
- Alte Kanzlei (Old Chancellery). built 16th century
- Königsbau. built 1850
- Schillerplatz (Schiller square). Named after the great poet Friedrich Schiller, whose statue stands in the middle of the square.
- Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church). built in 1175
- Prinzenbau. built 1750
- Opernhaus (Opera House). Pass the New Palace to the left and you find yourself in the beautiful Schlossgarten with the Opernhaus in front of a artifical lake, as part of the Staatstheater Stuttgart. Also the parliament of the state of Baden-Würrtemberg is located there.
- Hauptbahnhof (Main Railway Station). The Railway Station was built in 1920 as a terminus station. The 56 meter high tower with its rotating and illuminated Mercedes-Benz is one of the most famous city landmarks. On top of the tower there is an exhibition of the most controversial infrastructure project in Germany called S21. The plan is to convert the main line terminus station into an underground through station by turning the tracks with a 90 degree angle to the present station. Its a free climb up and granting awesome views of Königstraße and the city.
- Markthalle (Market Hall). A beautiful Jugendstil market hall built in 1910.
- Wilhelmspalais (King William's Palace). (1834-1840)
Close to centre
- Liederhalle (Culture and Congress Centre). (1956)
- Johanneskirche (St. John's Church). Although there is no Cologne Cathedral in Stuttgart, there are a few churches worth visiting. Most beautiful is the Johanneskirche, which is surrounded by the lake Feuersee and lighted during night-times. Other interesting churches are: Mätthauskirche (St. Matthew's Church), Domkirche St. Eberhard (St. Eberhard's Cathedral Church), Hospitalkirche (Hospital Church), Leonhardskirche (St. Leonard's Church), Veitskapelle (St. Vitus Chapel), St. Catherine's Church (English speaking Anglican Church)
- Bohnenviertel. The Bohnenviertel is the only preserved part of Stuttgart's old town, having miraculously survived to the present day largely intact. Built mainly in the 14th century, it used to house the poorer part of the population, who fed mainly on beans which were grown all around the quarter in gardens and even hanging from the houses' walls, hence the name meaning "bean quarter". Today, the Bohnenviertel is thriving on artisanry and small, old-style retail, as well as gastronomy.
- Stadtbibliothek am Mailänder Platz (Neue Bibliothek, Bibliothek 21). Mo-Sa 9AM-9PM. Stuttgart's city library moved into this spectacular new building in 2011. It took 13 years of planning, an international architectural competition (ultimately won by Eun Young Yi from South Korea) and 80 million Euros to complete it. On the outside, it is a sombre, nine-storey cube with a glass-brick facade. Inside, the whitewashed surfaces and bright lighting provide an almost unreal ambiance. There is quite a lot of innovative features and facilities inside, not only related to the rather simple layout and fit-outs, but rather to the way the library itself works - for example, you can borrow not only books, but also works of art, or work with music and sound clips in the sound lab. There is also a cafe on the top floor (open 10AM-6PM), and you can get a free map and audioguide from the reception on the ground floor. Most facilities are free of charge, but to borrow books or media you will need to purchase at least a monthly pass for €4.
- Weissenhof Estate (Weißenhofsiedlung), Rathenaustrasse 1- 3. Tues - Fri: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sat, Sun: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. a housing estate built for exhibition in 1927, features residential buildings by such famous architects like Le Corbusier, Peter Behrens, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In two semi-detached houses designed by Le Corbusier a museum dedicated to the area is located. The historical building is not suitable for persons on wheelchairs. normal ticket €5, reduced €2.
- Schloss Solitude (Solitude Palace). The Solitude palace was built as a hunting lodge and summer residence in in 1769 and looks from the outside like a classical rococo palace. It is located on a high plain outside Stuttgart and offers views to the north. During the opening hours there are guidance every 45 minutes. Ask for English guidance. 4 € / 2 €.
- Old Town and Market in Bad Cannstatt (U1/U2/U13 to Bad Cannstatt-Wilhelmsplatz or S1/S2/S3 to Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, then walk to the northwest). Bad Cannstatt is actually older than Stuttgart itself, and has been a thriving town when today's centre of Stuttgart was still a horse pasture. Moreover, unlike the centre of Stuttgart, the old town of Bad Cannstatt survived the Second World War relatively unscathed. Therefore, you can still get an authenthic, medieval feel wandering around its winding narrow streets, which all lead to a peculiarly-shaped market square.
On the market square, you will find the town church of Cannstatt (Stadtskirche) and the old town hall, still in use as the district's government seat (Bezirksrathaus), both from the late 15th century.
- Kurpark in Bad Cannstatt (U2 station Kursaal). Cannstatt owes the Bad in its name to numerous mineral water springs. To enable locals and visitors to enjoy them, a small but very peaceful Kurpark was arranged for in the 19th century, along with a large Kursaal (spa hall) building, which today is a restaurant and special event venue. Right next to it is the MineralBad-Cannstatt spa-wellness-fitness complex with a large pool covered by an impressive glass dome.
- Gottlieb Daimler Memorial (Gottlieb-Daimler-Gedächtnisstätte), Taubenheimstraße 13 (Bad Cannstatt) (U2 station Kursaal). Tu-Fr 2PM-5PM, weekends and holidays 11AM-5PM, closed on Mondays. Stuttgart in general claims to be the birthplace of the automobile, but if you want to see the actual place where it was born, head to the Kurpark in Bad Cannstatt, where the garden house that Gottlieb Daimler converted into his workshop still stands. There he and Wilhelm Maybach worked in the latter half of the 19th century on combustion engines and motorized vehicles they have eventually so successfully developed. Today, it houses an exhibition maintained by Mercedes-Benz Classic that tells the story of the early days of the Daimler motor car company. Admission free.
Stuttgart is home of a wide range of very good museums including 5 state museums and two automobile museums.
- Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (State Gallery), Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30-32. There are two exhibitions in different buildings. "Alte Staatsgalerie" ("Old": Art from 1500 to 1900) and "Neue Staatgalerie" ("New": Modern art). You can walk inside from one exhibition to the other. The permanent exhibits are free on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Modern Art Museum), Kleiner Schlossplatz 1 (U-Bahn station Schlossplatz), ☎ +49 (0) 711 / 216 21 88. 10AM-6PM, Fridays till 9PM, Mondays closed. Restaurant and bar open everyday until midnight. The simple glass cube of the Kunstmuseum contrasts with the lavish historic architecture of its surroundings, while not being intrusive thanks to its transparency. Its collection of modern art pieces is now over 15,000 strong, but obviously not all of them are displayed at the same time, but rather selected ones in temporary thematic exhibitions. Apart from exhibition spaces, the building hosts a large thematic bookstore, as well as a high-end restaurant Cube and o.T. bar, affording splendid views over the Schlossplatz. From €6, depending on exhibition. Small discounts for students. Guided tours €2,50 per person.
- Württembergisches Landesmuseum (Historical Art Museum), Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6. 10AM-5PM daily except Mondays. The Landesmuseum is a direct descendant of a collection of local antiquities formed in 1862 by King Wilhelm I of Württemberg, and since 1948 has the Altes Schloss as its main seat. The museum's collections are a potpourri of archeological artifacts and works of art from different periods, mostly related in one way or another to the region. This includes a large collection of folk art.
While the museum actually manages many locations across Stuttgart and the entirety of Baden-Württemberg, it is in the Altes Schloss where the main exhibitions take place. There are small permanent exhibitions of a cross-section of the museum's collections, and temporary themed exhibitions in the Schloss. Permanent exhibition €5.50, temporary varies (around €12). The small permanent exhibition in the museum's foyer is free.
- Linden-Museum (ethnological museum), Hegelplatz 1 (Bus 40 and 42, stop Hegelplatz/Linden-Museum). 10AM-6PM daily excluding Mondays. The Museum is named after Karl von Linden, the president of the Württembergischer Verein für Handelsgeographie, who started the collection of various artifacts acquired from all corners of the world. The museum is housed in a purpose-built property from 1911, together with which it became a public property in 1973. There are permanent exhibitions devoted to all regions of the world except for Europe, as well as temporary thematic exhibitions. The on-site restaurant offers an exquisite menu in the evenings and a very affordable lunch menu on weekdays until 2PM. €4 for the permanent exhibition, around €12 for the temporary ones. Entry free for children under 12..
- Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (Natural History Museum), Rosenstein 1. Two exhibitions: one features biology and evolution and the other features paleontology and archeology.
- Haus der Musik in Fruchkasten (Musical Instruments Museum) (near the Stiftskirche in the "Fruchtkasten" in the center of the city). The collection of Landesmuseum of local, European and extra-European instruments spanning centuries from prehistoric to contemporary is displayed in the historic Fruchtkasten, the granary in Schillerplatz. More than just a display of historic artifacts, the museum tries to engage and educate its visitors through temporary, thematic exhibitions and an interactive audioguide. Best of all, however, is the fact the entry, including the audioguide, is free.
- Mercedes-Benz Museum, Mercedesstrasse 100, Bad Cannstatt (S1, S2, S3 or a regional train to Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt and then bus 56 (6 mins, 4 stops) - or S1 to Neckarpark (Mercedes-Benz) and walk 850 km south). 9AM-6PM Tu-Su, closed Mondays, ticket office closes at 5PM everyday. Closed on Christmas and New Year's Day and their Eves. Open on almost all other holidays.. Built in 2006 in an astonishing architecture, the Mercedes-Benz museum houses a collection of automobiles built by the company over its long history. Both pioneering vehicles, significant technological breakthroughs as well as those significant for their participation in history (record-breaking or winning sportscars, cars used by famous personalities) are exhibited brilliantly.
The museum ticket includes the use of an electronic audioguide, but the visit may be enhanced by a guided tour (extra €4), of which there is a variety to choose from. You can also combine your museum visit with a tour of the factory in Unterturkheim (€4, 90 mins, Tu&Fr 11:45AM in English). There is an on-site cafe and high-class restaurant in the Museum and a museum shop. There are special events throughout the year, so do browse the page to see what is on on the days of your visit to Stuttgart. €8 regular entry, €4 reduced (children, students, anybody over 60); 50% of that if entry is after 4:30PM.
- Porsche Museum, Porscheplatz 1, Zuffenhausen (S6 to "Neuwirtshaus (Porscheplatz)"). The building is an architectural marvel in itself both inside and out, but the highlights are obviously the exhibited examples of historic Porsche cars (and cars that Porsche designed for other companies, like the legendary Volkswagen "Beetle"), taken from Porsche's impressiv 500+ collection of historic and significant automobiles. A visit may be combined with a factory tour (you have to contact the Museum to arrange for that). €8 regular entry, €4 reduced (children, students, anybody over 60); 50% of that if entry is after 5:00PM.
Towers and scenic outlooks
One of Stuttgarts main attraction is its hilly landscape called "Kessel". There are several options to enjoy the extraordinary view over the Swabian capital:
- Fernsehturm Stuttgart. The world's first TV tower constructed from reinforced concrete was built from 1954-1956. It is the prototype for all modern TV towers, and affords visitors a beautiful view over Stuttgart. The Stadtbahn U15 to Ruhbank (Fernsehturm) gives you a wonderful view of the city. Entrance is €5 per person and is worth it for the near-fairground quality of the ride in the lift to the top. There's a nice cafe at the top which serves fresh food and drinks. The tower is currently closed for renovations, due to safety concerns. The estimated reopening time is Summer 2014.
- Bismarckturm. – a small tower northwest of the city centre, not far from Killesberg Tower
- Grabkapelle Württemberg (Sepulchral Chapel on the Württemberg).
- Karlshöhe. A hill that separates the western and southern city. Walk uphill 10 minutes southern from S-Bahn-Station "Feuersee" through a park (via Senefelder Str, right to Reinsburgstr, left to Jean-Améry-Weg). Have an outlook and enjoy the beer garden.
- Weißenburgpark (Teehaus). A hill opposite to the Karlshöhe. Easy approach: It is a short hop from Station "Bopser" (U5, U6, U7). Outlook and nice Jugendstil-restaurant and beer garden (closes at 11pm)
- Birkenkopf (Monte Scherbelino) (bus 92 to Birkenkopf). A debris mountain made of 15 million cubic meters of rubble from WWII as a memorial to everyone who died in the war. It is the highest point in Stuttgart.
- Killesbergturm (Killesberg Tower). A recently built tower in the "Killesberg Park" (see also "green U" under Parks & Gardens), north of the city centre
Parks and gardens
"Das Grüne U": Most of Stuttgart's many parks and gardens are usually referred to by locals as "das Grüne U" (the green "U") because of the U-shaped form in which they are located around the city centre. They form a long and beautiful path around the city, starting at the Schlossgarten at the northern façade of the new palace (Neues Schloss), continuing through Rosensteinpark with the natural history museum and a rear entrance to Wilhelma (the zoo), and ending in Killesberg Park. Walking at a reasonable pace, you can walk the entire circuit in about 2 hours. There are beer gardens (look for Biergarten signs) and restaurants along the way, and the Killesberg Park is a real treat. It was designed for a huge botanical expo several years ago and remains a truly stunning park, especially in spring when in full bloom. If you're interested in architecture, be sure not to miss the structural engineering wonder Killesberg Tower, a minimalistic steel construction composed of one central support and a cable outer support system.
Rail transport systems
- Killesberg Railway, a small railway in Killesberg park, on weekends using steam-powered engines!
- Stuttgart cable Car, an old cable car running to the forest cemetery
- Rack Railway Stuttgart, Germany's only urban rack-railway. It uses modern cars like the light railway and offers a nice view
Stuttgart consists of 23 districts (Stadtbezirke), which are further divided into no less than 152 localities (Stadtteile). The five inner districts are quite obviously named Mitte, Nord, Ost, Süd and West ("centre", "North", "East", "South" and "West", respectively). The outer districts are mostly former towns with their own names - of note are Zuffenhausen (Porsche headquarters and museum) and Bad Canstatt (headquarters of Daimler-Benz and Mercedes-Welt, as well as sports arenas sponsored by both Porsche and Mercedes).
Despite being one of the smaller and most densely populated among major German cities (when looking at the statistics), Stuttgart appears anything but. This is because the population is not concentrated in the, relatively small and hardly "metropolitan", centre, but is quite evenly spread over the hills contained within the city area, with multiple population centres stemming from the small towns that were incorporated into the present-day Stuttgart. Therefore, you will find many points of interest quite far away from each other and the use of Stuttgart's very convenient public transport system quite necessary.
Stuttgarters are amazingly friendly people who will forgive you if German isn't your first or second (or any) language. If you do speak German well: beware that many people speak the local Schwäbisch dialect natively, which may somewhat affect their standard German. They love to practice other languages (especially English) and will try to help you. Stuttgart is a big city with a small-town atmosphere.
- Zoo Wilhelma (zoological and botanical gardens), Neckartalstraße, Bad Cannstatt. Definitely a must for families. But watching monkeys and weird flowers in this old place can be fun for young adults, too. (Unless you feel pity for the locked up creatures.) Wilhelma is also worth visiting for its architecture and landscaping features - the core of Wilhelma is housed in a 19th century palace/park landscape in the Moorish style, created for and named after the former king Wilhelm of Wuerttemberg.
- Planetarium. A fascinating astronomical journey, projected by optical hightech equipment: Carl Zeiss Planetarium . Note that almost all the shows conducted here are in German. You may have to check with the office for English show timings.
- The Stuttgart Ballet. Watch and listen to the ballet company of the state theater Stuttgart. It is one of the world's best ensembles founded by legacy of John Cranko. Definitely a top place to go to in the evening. You'll need to reserve tickets in advance.
- SI-Centrum. There are two musical theaters (Apollo-Theater and Stage Palladium Theater) both located in the hotel/conference/entertainment complex called the SI-Centrum (Stuttgart Musical Center) in Möhringen close to the A8. This complex includes also the Millennium hotel and a spacious underground complex that houses many conference rooms, bars, restaurants, a casino and a huge wellness pool area.
- Wagenhallen (Inneren Nordbahnhof 1). Around 80 creative artists, architects, designer and musican persent their work in a old train depot and discarded train wagon.
- Cinema, Hauptstraße 6 Vaihingen (S-Bahn Vaihingen). Most cinemas will run movies with synchronized German voice without text captions and you will fail listening to the movie unless you understand German. CORSO Cinema International in Vaihingen shows movies with original audio track (and possibly German text captions). 7.80 € for adults.
- Swim and relax (Leuze Mineralbad) (U-Bahn Mineralbäder). 6AM - 9PM. Stuttgart is fond of its mineral springs, actually biggest in Western Europe. The best one might be the Leuze Mineralbad which also offers a sauna, but there are many others like the Höhenfreibad Killesberg (open air pool for 4,10€) or the MineralBad Cannstatt. 8 € - 15 €.
- Walk the wine trail. The Stuttgart wine trail. The Obertürkheim - Uhlbach - Rotenberg - Untertürkheim trail includes a viniculture museum, the Grabkapelle Württemberg (Burial chapel Württemberg) and restaurants where you can try the local wine.
- Watch Football (VfB Stuttgart). See the city's most famous sports team, the Fussball Bundesliga Club (premier league football club) VfB Stuttgart in action. The club's home ground, the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, is in the Bad Cannstatt district, in the same neighborhood as the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Volksfest takes place in autumn.
- Watch Tennis (WTA). International ladies' tennis (WTA's Porsche Grand Prix) can be seen in the Porsche Arena in September/October each year. This prestigious event usually attracts all the top players, with large prize-money and a brand new Porsche car on offer to the winner !
- Biking. The city lies in a basin of a hilly region the Stuttgarters call "Kessel", literally "cauldron", and between the lowest part of the city and the highest part of the city are 250 meter of altitude. There is a lot of car traffic, and routes for bikes are not well developed. Biking in the outlying areas of Stuttgart, e.g. in the Neckar Valley or the Schönbuch (just south of the city) is very nice. Stuttgart is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe. There are many paths through the surrounding forests which are in very good shape.
- Volksfest (Cannstatter Wasen). Huge fun fair on the Cannstatter Wasen, beertents and rollercoasters, late September-early October. (Families should go there during daytime: after 20:00 o'clock beware of tough public and drunken people.) Canstatter Wasen is the second largest fun fair in the world. Visiting it is more pleasant than the Oktoberfest in Munich, because tents are not so overcrowded like on the Oktoberfest. Free entrance.
- Weindorf (Marketplace in city center). Wine festival at 10 days in early September.
- Weihnachtsmarkt (Marketplace in city center). Huge Christmas Market during December.
- Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest. a fun fair like Cannstatter Wasen in April/May, but smaller. Free entrance.
- Festival of Animated Film (Internationales Trickfilmfestival). every year, April or May
- Long Night of the Museums (Lange Nacht der Museen). All Musuem open up to Sunday 2AM in the morning. There is also a Long Night of Sciences (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) 16€.
- Stuttgart Jazz Open. festival in mid July lasting about one week featuring American, European and other international performers at two downtown venues, one outdoor near the main train station and one indoor at a jazz club
- Hamburg Fish Market. 10-day festival featuring seafood, beer, and vendors from the northern port city of Hamburg. The market fills Karlsplatz near the Schlossplatz in mid-July.
- Stuttgart Summer Festival (Sommerfest). early August, city centre - music, food and drinks.
- Bohnenviertelfest. downtown street music festival in mid July - music, food, drinks.
- International Festival of Science Fiction, Horror and Thriller (Fantasy Filmfest). late July or early August: Festival for strange films, one week of Horror, Splatter, Asia, Suspense, Action and Animation.
From Stuttgart you can arrange many nice day trips:
- Ship roundtrips on river Neckar (Neckar Käptn), Shipstop at Zoo Wilhelma Neckartalstrasse, ☎ +49 (0)711 54 99 70 60, e-mail: email@example.com. Enjoy liner trips on the Neckar, roundtrips or event trips. Or charter a complete ship just for you. Season is from Easter till End of October. For the conditions see the website. Beverage and food is offered on the ships.
- Hiking Black Forest. In Triberg (120 km south), a beautiful old village in the heart of the black forest which specializes in grandfather and cuckoo clocks, you can see the largest waterfalls in Europe.
- Hiking Schwäbische Alb. The Schwäbische Alb (hilly mattock landscape) covering natures highlights like the mystical colored "Blautopf" and stalactite caves like "Bärenhöhle". Can be a nice day trip for families with children.
- Tübingen (30 km south). Vist the charming university cities of Tübingen, Heidelberg (80 km northwest) or Freiburg (120 km southwest).
- Mercedes-Benz factory, Sindelfingen (S-bahn to Boblingen, then catch the courtesy bus). The heart of Mercedes-Benz manufacture, and well worth the visit. There are some 40,000 employees on site, including 9,000 in research & development alone! There are also guided tour in English.
There are restaurants all over Stuttgart. The traditional swabian cuisine with onionen topped roast pork, think nudels called "Spätzle" or Maultaschen (stuffed nudels) is very tasty. Of corse there are also restaurants from all over the world. Stuttgart publishes a book annually entitled "Stuttgart geht aus" (Stuttgart goes out). This is available at most book stores on Königstrasse (e.g. Wittwer). This book, published in German, is a great guide to restaurants in the city.
- Brezel. Stuttgart is known for the Brezel. (You'll find them at the small wooden cabins on Königstraße and at any baker's shop.) A Brezel tastes even better with some butter on it. A "Butterbrezel" costs about €1. Try the tradional bakery Hafendörfer in the Eberhardstraße with the attached Café Camäleon.
- Döner. There are Döner (excellent Turkish fast-food) stands all over the city, plenty of them around the Rotebühlplatz. Take care to order "mit scharf" (dried chili, hot) or "ohne scharf" (not hot...). For learners of German it's worth noting that both "mit scharf" and "ohne scharf" are incorrect German and would literally translate to either "with spicy" or "without spicy". Instead simply "scharf" (spicy) or "nicht scharf" (not spicy) should be used, but may then not be understood at the food stands.
- Veggie Voodoo King. A great vegan falafel shop.
- Udo Snack. Of course McDonalds, Burger King and Subway are in town, too. If you want to try their locally renowned single shop competitor, go to Udo Snack in Calwer Straße or XXL Burger on Steinstr. which is run by an old couple.
- Restaurant Cafe Markthalle, Dorotheenstrasse 4 (one block from Rathaus Marktplatz farmer's market), ☎ +49 711-24 59 79, fax: +49 (0)711/23 61 040. M-F 6AM-10PM Sa 7AM-6PM. Restaurant attached to Stuttgart's international marketplace for produce, meat, and cheese (which is a nice shopping experience by itself). Serves regional and seasonal dishes. Also serves substantial breakfasts if you are hungry for more than bakery fare. €7-€15 for entrees, drinks start at €2.
- Il Pomodoro, Wilhelmsplatz 4. The pizzeria at the Wilhelmsplatz stands for great and reasonable Italian food. Delicious wood oven pizzas and special pasta offers at lunch time gets it crowded all day long. If you can’t get a table, there are other good options at the Wilhelmsplatz. The concept of the owner works out fine. There are two more Il Pomodoro restaurants in the districts West (Silberburgstraße 72) and now also in Süd (Filderstraße 25). Large pizza starts at 4.50€.
- Sonja's Biergarten im Schlossgarten (Beer garden in the palace park), Am Schlossgarten 18 (in the city park near the main train station), ☎ +49 711 - 22 612 74, fax: +49 (0)711 - 22 612 75, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 10:30AM-1 AM. Beautiful setting and reasonable prices. Order cafeteria style or sit down to be waited on. Free live music on Sundays from May - September. €3-10 for entrees, drinks start at €2.
- Sophies Brauhaus, Marienstraße 28 (U-Bahn Rotebuehlplatz, S-Bahn Stadtmitte), ☎ +49 711-61 09 62, fax: +49 (0)711/61 18 75, e-mail: email@example.com. M-Th 11:30AM-1:30AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 10AM-midnight. Brewpub serving regional specialties and its own beer. A lovely bar with impressive decorations. €1.20-€15.
- Alter Schlachthof, Schlachthofstraße 2, ☎ +49 711 66419600.
- Ochs'n Willi, Schlossplatz Tunnel 4, ☎ +49 711 2265191.
- Stäffele Restaurant, 70178 Stuttgart Buschlestrasse 2 (near S-Bahn Station Feuersee). This Restaurant is serving real regional Swabian specialities like Rostbraten, Käsespätzle, Kutteln, Bubenspitzle, Linsen mit Spätzle und Saiten, Maultaschen and Wine from Stuttgart. In the Summertime also outside in the Beergarden. middle range Prices.
- Besitos Stuttgart, Rotebühlplatz 21, ☎ +49 711 4898430. 11.00 - 01.00. spanish restaurant in stuttgart (tapas, gambas, enchilada and more)
- Ristorante Italiani, Ingersheimer Straße 12, Weilimdorf, ☎ +49 711 887522. Good Italian food, friendly efficient service.
- Neuer Ochsen, Schwabenplatz 3, Vaihingen, ☎ +49 711 707 2918. Modern pub with good traditional German food
- King's Palace, Hauptstraße 28, Vaihingen, ☎ +49 711 782 6993. Good Chinese restaurant
- Vaihinger Marktstüble, Vaihinger Markt 24, Vaihingen, ☎ +49 711 7353552. Small friendly Italian
- India House, Vaihinger Markt 28, Vaihingen, ☎ +49 711 72246790. Good friendly Indian, although should ask to spice the food up otherwise you get German strength.
- Restaurant Van, Katzenbachstraße 46, ☎ +49 711 70727292. Good Asian restaurant
- Wielandshöhe (Vincent Klink), Alte Weinsteige 71 (Zahnrackbahn stop "Wielandshöhe"), ☎ +49 711 6408848. Star rated restaurant with traditional "schwäbische Küche"
- Speisemeisterei (Frank Oehler). Another Michelin stared restaurant located in the Hohenheim palace.
In the morning, locals definitely want to get some fresh bread (and brezels and broetchen [bread rolls/buns]) from the baker's shop and serve them with butter, cheese, ham, honey, jam and eggs from the fridge. Many locals and visitors will enjoy breakfast at the bakery itself, in the "Stehcafe" - literally, "standing cafe". These are usually a corner of the shop with tall tables which you stand at rather than sit at. Orange juice together with coffee or tea or hot chocolate will fit nicely. The breakfast in hotels will also look more or less that way.
You can also order this breakfast setup in some or the other cafe or pub, but you'd have to know the good places at first, if you don't want to end up with a poor dish. There are 2 Starbucks Coffee Shops along Königstraße (a 3rd to open soon on the high-end districk on Calwer Straße). But don't look for low-fat muffin or cream cheese options.
In the past years Stuttgart has developed a vibrant nightlife with many clubs and pubs in the heart of the city. The most popular street for clubbing is the Theodor-Heuss-Straße ("Theo"). Several bars, clubs and lounges have opened here. During the summer, there are also many opportunities to have a drink outside. In the "Theo" you can listen to good house, drum'n'base, hiphop and other kinds of electronic music. However it is not always easy to get into most clubs because of the restritictive door policy!
Concerts, Nightclubs and Events are covered by local magazines (generally not in English). Try Liftand Prinz.
Bars and Pubs
- Hans-im-Glück-Brunnen. Check out the "Hans-im-Glück-Brunnen" just behind the Königstraße and the Rotebühlplatz. A little hidden area with a foutain (german= Brunnen) in laid back athomosphere with sourrounding historical buildings. Many pubs and bars play Mainstream to Alternative Music. Mixed and broad-minded people (in contrast to some places at Theodor-Heuss-Str). Party is especially on Friday and Saturday.Try for instance Mata Hari.
- Biddy Earlys. A good place to go where everyone speaks English is Biddy Earlys, an Irish pub just west of the city centre/Königstraße, a five minutes walk from the major public transport station "Stadtmitte" (S-Bahn, Stadtbahn). Do a google search for directions and keep a sharp eye because the entry is a mere doorway wide which leads down the stairs to the basement. Good bands on the weekends. €2-3 cover, €4 on weekends (plus a bag charge if you have a backpack). Everybody always welcome and you don't have to apologize for your poor German here! They show Premier League Championship and other British football here, you can celebrate or commiserate with only a handful of other drinkers.
- REWE supermarket. In the inner city two REWE supermarkets newly opened close to the Königstraße. There you can buy cheap snack, softdrinks and alcoholics from Monday to Saturday up till 10PM. Lots of young people get their drinks and around the Schlossplatz.
- Palast der Republik, Friedrichstraße 27. Located in a former public toilet house the "palace" is the place to hang out in hot summer nights. Get your beer at the fastest barkeeper you've ever seen and find your place outside (maybe on the ground).
- The Sky Beach (Parking D2). On top of the Kaufhof department store close to the main railway station. All sandy roof top bar. Opened only in summer time.
- Schocken. Hirsch Str. 36
- Kap Tormentoso. large smoking section, good beer, Hirschstr. 27
- Hotzenplotz, Silberburgstr. 88. Rustic atmosphere, little offside in Stuttgart-West.
- Kiste. Two great Jazzclubs are located in the Hauptstätterstr (Stadtbahn-station "Rathaus"). The "Kiste" (means "box": indeed a tiny club) charges €5 (added to the drink) for a concert, daily starting at 9 or 10pm. The "Bix" named after Bix Beiderbecke offers local to top-class-acts, entry from about €7-30, depending on the artist.
- Suite 212. the first bar/lounge that opened on Stuttgart's party street - the Theodor-Heuss-Straße
- Fou Fou. A stylish champagner bar located in a conglomerate of brothels and hotels letting rooms by the hour called the "Bohnenviertel" (Bean Quarter) between Hauptstätter Str. and Olgastr.
- Zwölfzehn. If you're into Indie music, you might wanna check out the Zwölfzehn bar/discothèque in the Paulinenstraße, about 10 minutes west from "Stadtmitte". It is close to the next S-Bahn stop "Feuersee". In that area, around Rotebühlstraße, you'll find some nice theatres and bars.
- Schräglage, Marktstr. 6. The best independent HipHop club in town.
- Classic Rock Cafe. Another great bar is the Classic Rock Cafe which is a few blocks away from Biddy Early's. No cover charge here even on weekends and the music is great! Interesting decor too. And everyone is welcome!
- Universum. inside the stop "Charlottenplatz", take the exit to "Landtag", it's on the right on the way out (rock music, independent music, concerts)
- Boa Disco, Tübinger Straße 12. Established in 1977 and still famous for the after-work-party that starts at 6PM with a free buffet. Especially on Thurdays it gets very crowed so try to get on the guest list a few days before.
- Keller Club (near Rotebühlplatz). (indie dance music)
- Penthouse, Heilbronner Str.. If you're looking for a posh club, you can try the Penthouse. In such places, it's hard to be overdressed. But even if you "dress to impress", there's no guarantee that the doormen will let you in.
- Perkins Park, Stresemannstr. 39. Also a posh club outside the city center.
- Delayla. 11PM - 7AM !. The renovated basement rooms get crowded in the night. Dont try to go there before 2 AM.
Gay & Lesbian
- Eagle (men only leather bar)
- Boots (men only country style bar)
- Kings Club (mixed dance club)
- Jenseitz (mixed gay bar)
Shopping around the Königstraße
The main shopping street in Stuttgart is the Königstraße which starts at the main railway station. Left and right of Königstraße are interesting shops, too, but Königstraße is a good startpoint for navigation in the inner city. Stores and shops usually open their doors from 10AM to 8PM Monday to Saturday.
Big department stores/shopping malls
- Breuninger. range of goods: clothing and household / price and quality: high / the traditional department store in Stuttgart
- Galeria Kaufhof. range of goods: all products you can think of / price and quality: mass market
- Galeria Kaufhof Eberhardtstrasse. range of goods: all products you can think of / price and quality: mass market
- Galeria Kaufhof Königstrasse. range of goods: all products you can think of / price and quality: mass market
- Galeria Kaufhof Bad Canstatt. range of goods: all products you can think of / price and quality: mass market
- Karstadt. range of goods: household, clothing, electronics / price and quality: average
- Königsbaupassagen. range of goods: all products you can think of / price and quality: mass market / high
- Abseits, Kleiner Schlossplatz 13/15 (Behind the Kunstmuseum.). Mo-Fr 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-7PM. Mostly casual, trendy designer clothes, shoes and accessories for both women and men. Carries merchandise starting at €300 apiece, unless there is a sale.
- Subway by Breuninger, Sporerstrasse 11. No warmed-up sandwiches, underpasses or underground trains but rather young designers and streetwear in a Breuninger-managed separate store next to the "old" Breuninger.
- Bungalow Gallery, Stiftstrasse 1A, ☎ +49 711 220 2000, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. one of the best German clothes store with designer labels (Acne, Bottega Veneta, Moncler, The White Briefs and much more) catering to women and men.
- Geschwisterliebe. A boutique carrying streetwear by young designers from all over Europe. Most pieces affordably priced below €100.
- SportScheck Stuttgart, Kronenstrasse 3 (at the corner of Koenigstrasse), ☎ +49 711 305 841 19. Mo-Sa 10AM-8PM. A part of a chain of stores carrying sport shoes, clothing and equipment. A large selection displayed over four stories.
- Cheap Trash Records.
- Ratzer Records.
- Second Hand Records.
There are weekly food markets in almost every district. Days and opening times vary a lot. To get an overview on the website of Stuttgarter Wochenmärkte
- Marktplatz am Rathaus (market square). public market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings
- Wilhelmsplatz. somewhat smaller public food market on Friday
- Markthalle (market hall). exotic wares, exotic prices
- Bauernmarkthalle (indoor farmer's market), Herderstraße 13 (U9 Vogelsang).
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