Stuttgart

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Stuttgart

Magnificent panorama and splendid architecture, cultural diversity and traditional festivals - Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, delights its visitors. Due to the numerous green strips, parks, woods and historic buildings, some people take Stuttgart for the "paradise of Swabia". Highlights include the famous State Theatre, the large State Gallery, the Museum of Natural History and the Weißenhof estate.

The City

Charmingly situated in the heart of one of Germany's largest wine-growing regions, this vibrant metropolis fascinates visitors from all over the world. The state capital of Baden-Württemberg delights tourists not only by virtue of its magnificent panorama, its impressive gardens and parks, its fine squares, splendid palaces and buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, but also by its cultural diversity. Stuttgart itself lies in a basin-shaped valley that opens up to the Neckar. Vineyards and forest-rich heights are marking the conurbation according to the east and south, fertile plains to the west and north. While Cannstatt was already populated in the Roman times, Stuttgart was founded as a stud in the 10th century in a point that had probably already been a settlement. In 1219, Stuttgart was declared a city by Hermann V. von Baden. From the late 15th century, Stuttgart was the duke's seat, while in 1806 it became the capital of the Kingdom of Württemberg. Nowadays, Stuttgart is the cultural and political center of Baden-Württemberg, but it also serves as an industrial, trade-fair and financial city. A big draw for visitors to Stuttgart is the sensational Mercedes-Benz World as well as the magnificent Porsche-Museum, where you can discover the myth of those world-famous premium cars. The traditional festivals of Stuttgart also enjoy world-wide popularity. Come and celebrate!

Do & See

Whether it's culture or relaxation, shopping fun or musical theatre - there's lots to do and see in Stuttgart. Discover over 125 years of automobile history at the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum, enjoy the world-famous Stuttgart ballet, celebrate at Stuttgart's beer festival or soak up the unique atmosphere of the Christmas market. Chapels and palaces to visit can be found all around the city, and do not forget to spot one of the wine yards just outside the city. After a long day of sightseeing, you might want to relax in the mineral spas or just finish the evening with a nice glass of wine or a pint of beer.

Dining

If you love a hearty meal, you will love Stuttgart. Here you will find plenty of places that serve hot plates overflowing with beef, sausages and spätzle. Spätzle is ubiquitous in the area and is broadly comparable to pasta. The national dish, called Gaisburger Marsch, is a stew made of spätzle, diced beef, potatoes, vegetables and fried onions. For an afternoon snack, a pretzel with butter is a good alternative.

Cafes

To most visitors’ delight, there is an abundance of cafés in Stuttgart offering tasty treats. Sit down and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea while watching the world pass by, and maybe indulge in a piece of homemade cake at the same time.

Bars & Nightlife

Stuttgart is a city of big celebrations, wild festivities and long nights of partying. The "party mile" in the Theodor-Heuss-Strasse is second to none, and its numerous clubs, bars and lounges attract revellers from all over Germany. But Stuttgart also has many options for visitors who prefer soft music, cool drinks and a cosy atmosphere.

Shopping

A shopping precinct more than a kilometre in length, big shopping centres and lots of elegant shops and boutiques: in Stuttgart shopaholics can indulge themselves to their heart's content.

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