Stuttgart is a vibrant and memorable city. It is replete with first-class museum collections, luxuriously equipped parks and gardens. In addition, there is entertainment for every taste: restaurants, shops, nightclubs, cultural sites. Hire a car and go explore the sights that you have included in your tourist itinerary. If you are just planning your time, take note of such interesting places as Altes-Schloss Castle, the old and new Landtag building, the Academic Garden. Fans of luxury palaces should visit the Neue Schlossi Castle and the Königsbau Palace. Connoisseurs of the automobile industry will surely remember excursions to the museums of the Linden, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz companies. If you like to see nature or just travel with children, Wilhelm's Botanical and Zoological Gardens are places for a “mast visit”.
Airport Stuttgart ( Stuttgart Airport ) - download the scheme
IATA code: STR
Location: 12 km from Stuttgart
Official website: http://www.stuttgart-airport.com/
Information: +49 711 9480
The following companies provide car rental services at Stuttgart Airport: Hertz, Budget, Europcar, Avis, Enterprise, Buchbinder Rent-a-Car, Global Drive and Sixt. Rental car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. Near the airport there are 3 parking zones, a place for which can be booked on the official website of the airport.
Having rented a car, go on an unforgettable tour to the Old Castle. Its history begins from the V century. At first it was a building magnificent at that time, later - it was neglected and turned into a stable. Then the castle was restored, giving the ideal tower color. After the painstaking work of architects, the residence of the dukes and counts of Württemberg was arranged here. The facade of the building and the courtyard immediately attract the attention of tourists. Openwork elements, a bronze bell, Corinthian columns make an indelible impression. After seeing the attraction from the outside, you can go on a tour inside, during which you will learn interesting facts about the religious, military and social life of the area.
Wilhelma 13 http://www.wilhelma.de/
When traveling around Stuttgart, do not pass Wilhelm's Botanical Garden. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that animals from all climatic zones live here. More than 10,000 representatives of flora and fauna found their home. In the garden you can see rare species of birds and fish, crocodiles, anthropoids, farm animals. After a walk, saturated with vivid emotions, you will just dine at the restaurant located in the garden.
Mercedesstrabe 100 https://www.mercedes-benz.com/
Perhaps the most memorable place you can visit in Stuttgart is the Mercedes-Benz Museum. A unique collection tells the whole story of the auto giant, starting in the late 19th century. Here are the first carriages and cars, modern racing cars. The greatest interest among visitors is caused by the limousines of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Kaiser Wilhelm. It will take several days to view all the exhibits.
If you are traveling around the city in a rental car, be sure to visit Solitude Castle. The attraction was built on the orders of Karl Eugene, who loved to relax in quiet places, enjoying nature. Initially, it was assumed that the castle would serve as a venue for special occasions, even servants' houses were built in the courtyard. Now there are exhibition halls, the castle academy, the Swabian “Villa Massimo” for art scholarship holders.
Wondering where to go on a fascinating tour? Go to the Pig Museum. The Germans consider the pig a kind of talisman that brings good luck, therefore it is not surprising why the idea of creating this museum arose. All exhibits, of course, are toy, but each is interesting in its own way. The collection has more than 40,000 gilts made of fabric, porcelain, glass, plastic, wood. An interesting fact: the museum is listed in the Guinness Book of Records, as the largest in its field.
Plieningen, Schloss Hohenheim 1
The Hohenheim Palace is a palace building built in the 18th century in the best classical traditions. It was erected by order of the Duke Karl Eugene for his favorite Katarina Bonafini. Over time, the palace passed into the possession of Baroness Francisco von Leutrum, who became the wife of the Duke. Then the creation of a luxurious park and the improvement of the residence began. In the middle of the XIX century, the building belonged to William I, who opened a research and agricultural educational institution here. Later, the structures were transformed into an academy. Today Hohenheim University operates in the Hohenheim Palace, where about 10,000 students study. The castle is still surrounded by a picturesque English park with a botanical garden, and in the center a model of a village of 60 houses is equipped.
Rent a car to visit one very romantic place in the area - the Royal Hunter's Castle, located in Ludwigsburg. The construction of the landmark began in the XVIII century with small hunting grounds. Over time, the buildings were overgrown with new buildings and halls. After several decades, when the castle had already turned into a full-fledged structure, the rococo decoration was replaced by the classical one. This place was popular with prominent people: Russian emperors and the great Goethe liked to be here. Today, the residence castle is considered the largest palace complex in Germany. It consists of 20 buildings, in which about 240 rooms are equipped, each of which is distinguished by abundance and luxury. Statues in the Renaissance style, unique shapes and sizes of the mirror impress.
The Neckar River flows through the whole of Stuttgart, while there is no promenade where cultural time could be spent. If you want to see the city from the other side, go for a walk around the Neckar by ship. During a fascinating journey, you will plunge into a system of various levels of raising and lowering water masses - a kind of ladder on the river. This is a great opportunity to diversify your trip, explore the old quarters and take memorable pictures.
20 kilometers from Stuttgart is the small town of Marbach, which is considered the birthplace of Friedrich Schiller. The first mention dates back to the end of the 1st century. Arriving on a one-day excursion, immediately go to the Old Town, which is replete with large museums, medieval buildings. The attention of tourists deserves the church of Alexanderkirch, made in the late Gothic style and the house where Schiller was born. The museum presents household items and documents belonging to Frederick and his family. Then you can go to the national museum, which is located in Schillerhöhe Park. Here are presented unique literary documents and exhibits of the 18th-19th centuries. Then go to one of the local restaurants to regain strength after a long walk.
Having rented a car, go to the Monrepos Palace, which is also called the “Lake Castle”. It is located in the city of Ludwigsburg on the lake. This is one of the next projects of the Duke Karl Eugene. It was thought that the building would serve as the summer residence of the duke, but as soon as the castle was completed, the monarch lost interest in him. After a while, on the orders of Duke Frederick I, the decoration of the palace was redesigned. The style of classicism was replaced, the English garden was broken around, and the interiors were decorated in the Empire style. Today, the attraction is privately owned. To visit it, you must pre-book an excursion.
Brennerstrasse 29 http://cafeda.de/
Do you like a delicious breakfast? Head to Cafe DA for fresh muesli with yogurt, tartlets and scrambled eggs. The advantage of the establishment is a wide range of dishes. Whether you are on a healthy diet or a vegetarian, you will surely find dishes to your taste in this cafe. The place is not crowded with tourists, so here you can definitely take your time to enjoy delicious food. Attentive waiters will make sure that you have everything to your taste and be prepared as quickly as possible.
Rotenwaldstrasse 43 http://www.hiro-sushi.de/
If you are an ardent fan of Asian and Japanese cuisine, then you will appreciate the range of dishes at Hiro. Here you will be offered delicious seafood, a wide selection of rolls and sushi. Whatever you order will be prepared from fresh ingredients, which is the undoubted advantage of the establishment. Here you can stay for two or a large company. For this case, the menu has an assortment of sets. Fans of a cozy atmosphere will appreciate the stylish interior.
Wiener Strasse 86 http://www.retsinadiko.com/
Retsinadiko is an institution where you can have a tasty lunch in warm weather, sitting on a cozy terrace. The menu offers Greek cuisine and there is a good selection of seafood for every taste. Fresh vegetables, the best cheeses, excellently cooked fish - all this you can find in Retsinadiko. With a glass of wine, you can slowly enjoy your meal while sitting at a table on the street. If you plan to visit the place in the evening, book a place in advance. By the way, a rental car can be parked nearby.
Porscheplatz 1 http://www.porsche.com/museum/de/kulinarischesangebot/
After visiting the Porsche Museum, head out for a meal at Restaurant Christophorus. Here you can try excellent juicy steak, fresh salads and delicious drinks. Each element of the interior is organically selected, due to which a cozy atmosphere is created. The competent staff will help you choose food and drinks. Some argue that the stylish establishment is more impressive than the museum itself. You can verify this yourself.
Spreuergasse 38 http://www.ackerbuerger.de/?idcat=74
If you like to visit legendary places, head out to dinner at the historic Zum Ackerbuerger restaurant. It is located on the second floor of a mid-16th century building. An old creaky staircase leads to the restaurant, and the interior is fully consistent with the created image. The menu offers traditional Swabian dishes. The portions are large and satisfying. It is especially worth trying the lamb with herbs and baked clams as a hot snack.
+49 711 185720 http://www.waldhotel-stuttgart.de/ double room - from € 150
If you plan to rent a car and the main hotel selection options for you - free parking and comfort, opt for Waldhotel Stuttgart. This is an elite hotel, which is located away from the central noisy streets. The staff is pleasant and helpful, helps in resolving any issues. The stylish interior and comfortably equipped rooms make a pleasant impression. Leisure can be enjoyed at the fitness center or play a game of tennis.
Heilbronner Str. 21
+49 711 258580 http://www.arcotelhotels.com/de/camino_hotel_stuttgart/ double room - from € 184
Althoff Hotel Am Schlossgarten is a luxury hotel in the city center, located in the castle. The rooms are spacious and bright. The competent staff maximally fulfills its functions, trying to please every guest. To services of tourists is provided ground and underground parking, fitness center, room-service. In case you need to hold an important event, a banquet hall is equipped, in case you need a business meeting - a conference room. The highlight of the hotel is the delivery of fresh apples to the room every day.
+49 711 22210 http://www.lemeridienstuttgart.com/ double room - from € 194
The advantage of Le Meridien Stuttgart is its convenient location. The main pedestrian street is only 5 minutes, close to restaurants, shops, attractions. The rooms are spacious and provide a pleasant stay. After a busy day, you can swim in the pool, work out in the fitness center, and relax in the spa treatments. The hotel has conference facilities and a banquet room. The staff is multilingual, so there will be no problems with understanding.
+49 711 45840 http://www.filderpost.de/ double room - from € 89
If you are looking for a comfortable stay for a couple of days, opt for the Filder-Post-Hotel. The rooms are small, but equipped with everything necessary to feel at home. The polite staff will provide the necessary assistance and fulfill any request. The undoubted advantage is a hearty and varied breakfast. For those who adhere to a healthy lifestyle, a fitness center is equipped. The hotel has its own free parking where you can park your rental car.
Plieninger Str. 100
+49 711 7210 https://www.dormero.de/hotel-stuttgart/ double room - from € 171
Perhaps the most fashionable hotel in Stuttgart is the Dormero Hotel. Every detail is thought out to the smallest detail. Its main advantage is its favorable location. Nearby is the airport, concert and entertainment venues, an Irish pub, an Italian restaurant, a cinema. Breakfast is varied, and the staff is attentive. A large selection of video libraries, a stylish interior make a good impression. It offers a spa, fitness center, laundry.
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