The capital of the popular county of Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart is the largest city in southwest Germany. It has long been known as a manufacturing hub of the iconic Mercedes-Benz and Porsche but Stuttgart is also a great cultural city which made a name for itself through its renowned State Opera and ballet programs, and the exceptional art collections at the State Gallery and the Gallery of Stuttgart.
Explore this exceptional city and you will experience renowned architecture, great art collections and fantastic green spaces. Make sure to visit Schlossplatz boasting the three-winged baroque-neoclassical royal residence of Neus Scholls, which now houses the state government ministers. With the fountains, statues and a large garden, the square is a definite favourite with both tourists and locals opting to take a break and relax with friends here. As one of Germany’s greenest cities with an array of beautiful gardens and parks, Stuttgart is best enjoyed outdoors.
The city boasts an abundance of fantastic museums from the Kunstmuseum housed in a glass cube to the Schweinemuseum, the world’s largest pig museum. Both of the museums relating to the city’s iconic car brands are two of Stuttgart’s very favourite, whether you are a car enthusiast or not. The exceptional Mercedes-Benz Museums gives you a great insight into its models, history and stories; or enjoy the huge selection of superb sports cars on offer at the Porsche Museum.
With an array of open-air restaurants, rustic wine bars and great beer gardens if a pint of beer is more to your liking, Stuttgart will not disappoint. Alongside the award winning vineyards, if you choose to venture outside Stuttgart, you will be treated to medieval castles, magnificent royal residences and long-forgotten ruins as well as no fewer than 19 mineral springs that daily spout some 22 million litres of crystalline mineral water.