Stuttgart is known for its wine and beer festival, but there are many more highlights to the city that will keep you entertained and exploring for years. It is helpful that the city’s residents have such a strong reputation for being friendly, the café’s and nightspots are a great way to relax. Here are some of the things you don’t want to miss in Stuttgart.
The “Stuttgart Wine Village” comes to life every August and stays open until the end of September celebrating over 100 years of wine making in the area. You can sample over 250 varieties of wine while being entertained and offered some of the best German food around.
The Camstatter Wasen began in 1818 and is still going strong today. Over 4 million people come to this beer festival to try the local beer and wine and enjoy all the music, games, and parades and ride the world’s largest non-permanent Ferris wheel. This is one of the big beer festivals in Germany and is considered second only to Oktoberfest.
Celebrate art and industry in the spring as you get to spend all night in Stuttgart’s 90 museums, galleries and cultural institutions. You can visit the Mercedes Benz Museum and the Porsche Museum; take in the fine art at the Staatsgalerie or a show at the Staatstheater. It is a night of free performances, music and excellent dining choices.
One of the most affordable theatres in the area, the Staatstheater has three separate theatres, each with its own focus. You can get tickets to see theatre, opera or ballet, or go to see one of the latest experimental productions being mounted. One word of warning, the Stuttgart Ballet is world famous; getting tickets can be difficult if you don’t try far enough in advance.
Built in 1320, this castle is one of the best preserved of its kind. The Landesmuseum Württemberg is located inside and has exhibits and presentations on the artifacts displayed, some of which are from as far back as the Neolithic period.
This is one of the oddest and most powerful landmarks to visit in Stuttgart. Climb to the top of the mound and you will have unsurpassed views of the city and its surroundings. Just don’t forget that this is no natural hill, this mountain contains all of the rubble and debris that had to be cleared out of Stuttgart after World War II for it to be rebuilt.
A man-made television tower, this landmark is set in a beautiful park and you can climb up to get a 360-degree view of the area.
Every Saturday, Stuttgart’s largest market offers you a mix of the old and the new. There is a fresh food market; a rumble sale and you can also find retail stores and craftsmen represented. Here, you can purchase a loaf of bread, a used chair and a diamond necklace on discount.
This is the large square that hosts most of the festivals and gatherings in the city. It is surrounded by former palaces and royal houses and has the nickname of Neues Schloss, or New Castle.