The Travel Tester Guide to what to do in Stuttgart and the surrounding region.
Stuttgart is the state capital of Baden-Württemberg in Southwest Germany. The region is a pleasant mix of nature and tradition with modern technology, architecture and innovation.
The name “Stuttgart” comes from a stud farm, or “Stuotgarten”, which Duke Liudolf of Swabia is said to have founded in 950 AD. To defend this stud farm the Old Palace was built. The New Palace was the residence of the kings of Württemberg up to the middle of the 19th century. Today the building contains ministries of the Baden-Württemberg state government and state reception rooms.
You will notice two important themes when visiting Stuttgart: Wine and Cars. Both have a long tradition and have shown innovation as well as preserving the traditional processes in a great way.
How to Get to Stuttgart: About 55 airlines provide direct flights to Stuttgart from more than 100 destinations in 30 countries. For example, fly direct from London with British Airways, Easyjet or Germanwings. With KLM or Germanwings directly from Amsterdam. It’s about 2 hours by plane from these cities.
The railway network ICE, TGV, EC and IC provide direct links between Stuttgart and many other German and European cities. It’s about 3:40h from Paris, 2:30h from Düsseldorf or Basel, 5h from Berlin or Hamburg and 6:30h from Dresden and Vienna.
How to get around in Stuttgart: While Stuttgart is the birthplace of the automobile, travelling without a car is no problem at all! The S-Bahn and Stadtbahn trains and buses of the VVS (Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund Stuttgart) and the trams of the Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB) will get you everywhere. All the main attractions in the city center are within walking distance. From the airport, it’s only about half an hour by S-Bahn to get to the city center.
Where to Stay in Stuttgart: I stayed at the Mercure Hotel in City Center, which was very close to all the mayor attractions.
TIP: You can get a “VVS 3-Day Ticket” on presenting proof of your hotel reservation. This ticket is valid for 1 adult and 2 children on 3 consecutive days, super easy! There are two options: one covers the city of Stuttgart, the other the whole regional transport network. See more on www.vvs.de.
National Tourism Office: www.tourism-bw.com
Local Tourism Office: www.stuttgart-tourist.de
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Do in Stuttgart: Walk through the Vineyards
Learn in Stuttgart: Historical Museums and Monuments
Food in Stuttgart: Swabian Wine and Good Food
Art in Stuttgart: Architecture and Design Museums
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