Stuttgart for Visitors
The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix has been one of the sporting highlights in Stuttgart for over 40 years. For visitors, it’s therefore always worthwhile staying on a few days longer as the city and the region both have a lot more to offer. Charmingly situated in the heart of one of Germany's largest wine-growing regions, this vibrant city 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.
Full of the Joys of Life
Art plays a prominent role in StuttgART: heading the list is Stuttgart State Gallery, whose top-class art collection makes it one of Europe's most popular art museums. The classical architecture of the old building houses outstanding paintings from various eras from Gothic to Romantic. The adjoining New State Gallery, the postmodern masterpiece designed by the famous British star architect James Stirling, presents works of Classic Modernism, from Expressionism through to Picasso's later oeuvre, as well as contemporary art.
A further temple of arts is Stuttgart’s Museum of Art, a filigree glass cube that floats above the Königstrasse by night like a light sculpture. It invites visitors to view the municipal art collection on an exhibition area of approx 5000 m². Its highlight is the largest public collection – over 300 paintings, drawings and graphics – of the works of Otto Dix, one of the leading representatives of the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement.
The unique "Wilhelma", Europe's largest zoological and botanical gardens, is an enjoyable experience at any time of year. The combination of some 10.000 animals and plants and magnificent Moorish buildings set in a historical park will delight young and old alike. Also well worth a visit is the Carl Zeiss Planetarium, Europe's most modern planetarium. In addition, a host of highly interesting museums offer fascinating insights into other fields of knowledge: at the Württembergische Landesmuseum in the Old Palace you will not only find information on the history of the region but also gain an impression of life in Stone Age, Celtic and Roman times through to the present day. The Haus der Geschichte (House of History) documents the political history of southwest Germany during the past 200 years. The two state natural history museums, Museum Schloss Rosenstein and Museum am Löwentor, illustrate vividly the diversity and evolution of life forms, including long-extinct animals such as the dinosaurs of the Triassic period or the large mammals of the Ice Age. And the Linden Museum is without question one of Europe's leading museums of ethnology.
In the evening you can enjoy a performance of the famous Stuttgart Ballet or the award-winning, internationally acclaimed State Opera in the magnificent Opera House. And for theatre-lovers there is a huge range of events on offer at over 40 different venues. Stuttgart's orchestras are warmly received as musical ambassadors all over the world. The Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the SWR Radiosinfonie Orchester, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and the Internationale Bachakademie are known for their impelling, top-class performances with a wonderful quality of sound and great artistic diversity.
Those who appreciate the medicinal qualities of mineral spas can relax in one of the three mineral baths in Stuttgart's Bad Cannstatt district. Each day 22 million litres of invigorating mineral water gush from 19 springs – a natural resource which on this scale is unique in Western Europe.
With its exclusive arcades, its elegant shops and attractive department stores, Stuttgart is also a shopper's paradise. And gourmets appreciate its excellent regional delicacies and exquisite, award-winning haute cuisine.
Elegant Shops and Exquisite Boutiques
Trendy fashions and tasteful elegance go happily hand in hand in Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg.
The Königstrasse – over a kilometre in length – is a busy shopping boulevard with specialist shops, department stores, cafés, restaurants and relaxation areas. One of Germany's longest and finest shopping thoroughfares, it begins opposite the main railway station and runs right through the heart of the city. Other streets to the right and left of it, such as the Eberhardstrasse, the Stiftstrasse and the stylish Calwer Strasse are equally inviting, with elegant shops and boutiques. If you're looking for way-out fashions and up-and-coming designers, the Gerberviertel, or Tanners' Quarter, is the place to go.
A visit to the refurbished Königsbaupassagen (Königsbau Arcades) has been a must for all shopping freaks. This modern and spacious shopping complex, with a sales area of some 25,000 m² spread over 5 levels, was designed by Hascher & Jehle, the architects of the Museum of Art. The Königsbaupassagen adjoin the classical Königsbau and are now the new haunt of lovers of modern design. Whether in the "Stilwerk" store with its top names from the field of interior design, or in the boutiques of "in" fashion designers – the new Königsbaupassagen have something for every taste. The name of Breuninger, Stuttgart's leading clothing store, has for many decades stood for top quality, a superior and varied selection of goods, and competent staff to advise shoppers. This large store on the Marketplace along with the cafés in the Karlspassage is where to go if you want to see - and be seen in - the latest fashion trends.
A visit to the beautiful Art Nouveau Market Hall will bring back memories of holidays in southern climes. Here you will find all kinds of exotic delicacies, fruits and flowers from the four corners of the globe. This speciality market and gourmet's paradise also houses an exceptional kind of store. Merz & Benzing, on the gallery of the Market Hall, sells an enticing and inspiring range of articles for the home and garden.
Hip Clubs, Lounges, Cafés and Bars
Looking to turn night into day in Stuttgart? There are plenty of opportunities, depending on what you're looking for. How about a visit to the Tea House in the Villa Weissenburg Park or to the lovely Karlshöhe beer garden with a view over the city by night, or perhaps you'd prefer to sip a glass of wine in the relaxed atmosphere of one of the wine bars in the “Bohnenviertel” area? If you'd rather dance the night away, you'll be welcome at the city's trendy clubs, lounges and discos.
The younger in-crowd meets in the Waranga Bar on the Kleiner Schlossplatz (Small Palace Square) to spend the evening relaxing with a cool cocktail and a view of the New Palace, followed by a stroll along the Theodor-Heuss-Strasse – the party-lover's Mecca – with its chic scene bars and lounges. One of the most trendy bars is "Suite 212", the first lounge to open on the Theo-Heuss boulevard.
The area of the old party of the city around the Hans-im Glück ("Lucky Hans") Fountain is a particular magnet for night owls. On warm summer evenings the street cafés and garden restaurants here are full to bursting, with an almost Mediterranean atmosphere. The bars around the Wilhelmsplatz and in the "Stuttgarter Westen" are also a favourite meeting place.
The best way to enjoy the nightlife in the heart of the state capital is on foot. Many of the wine taverns, bars, pubs and discos are in the middle of town. And it's no problem getting home with a night bus or taxi, even late at night or perhaps even in the small hours of the morning.
Hotel Accommodation in Stuttgart
Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, and the surrounding region is a sought after meeting place for business, science and politics. Innovation and high-tech. But the joys of life, tradition and excellent cultural activities are all at home here. The over six million overnight stays yearly show that the Stuttgart region is a highly popular tourist destination. With its perfect infrastructure for trade fairs, conferences and congresses, it is an attractive and inspirational event location especially in the business tourism sector. There are about 16,000 hotel beds available in Stuttgart itself and over 45,000 in the surrounding region. And the number is increasing. The opening of the new Stuttgart exhibition centre right next to the international airport in 2007 has also led to the building of additional attractive hotels in all categories in the whole Stuttgart region.
Porsche Museum: A Journey through Porsche History
“Those lucky enough to make a business out of a dream owe it to the world that they uphold the dreams.”
Dr. Ing. h.c. Ferdinand Porsche
The thoughts of the brilliant engineer have become reality. One of the world’s most spectacular automotive museums has been built at the headquarters of the Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Futuristically designed by the Viennese architects Delugan Meissl, more than 80 vehicles are on display on the building’s 5,600 square metres of exhibition space – from the wheel-hub of the Lohner-Porsche, the world’s first hybrid vehicle dating back to 1900, right up to the current Porsche 911 generations.
Whilst the bold architecture of the building reflects Porsche’s individuality, self-confidence and sense of tradition, the exhibition with the turn-key sports cars from the Museum on Wheels keeps the company’s history very much alive. In contrast to other automotive museums, the exhibition concept of the Porsche Museum, which was officially opened on 31 January 2009, deliberately dispenses with the idea of a theme world. The vehicles in the Porsche Museum should speak for themselves. Furthermore there is the pedagogical goal that the museum should assume a key cultural role at the traditional Zuffenhausen headquarters: using the latest museum didactics, the exhibition imparts extensive historical and contemporary knowledge about Porsche.
Alongside focussing on the essence of automobiles, the exhibition concept stands out because of its flexibility which is completely in keeping with the Porsche brand. All the rare items on show are in the truest sense of the word “mobile”. As the exhibits are exchangeable, the exhibition and all the media installations can be readily altered to provide a high degree of variety and attractiveness. Visitors should be communicated the “Porsche Idea” in its whole complexity on so-called “theme islands” supported by many small exhibits.
The museum on Porscheplatz stands on an important site in German automotive history. In as early as 1938, the former Porsche Engineering Offices moved from the centre of Stuttgart to Zuffenhausen’s Works 1. The first forerunners of what later became the “VW Beetle” were designed here in the same year. They were followed in 1939 by the Type 64. The precursor of all Porsche sportscars, it was known as the “Berlin - Rome Racer”. Sportscars with the now world famous Porsche coat of arms have been built in Zuffenhausen since 1950.
The Porsche Museum is open to visitors from Tuesday to Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 6 p.m.