As a famous south German city and the state capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart is a popular destination for travellers from Germany and beyond.

The picturesque city centre is a great place to kick back at a festival, visit museums and galleries, and go on unique tours.

Festivals

The city is home to a number of exciting festivals that run throughout the year, which you shouldn’t miss if you are going on holiday to Stuttgart.

Over 1 million people visited the famous Stuttgart Spring Festival, the Frühlingsfest, in 2013. This vibrant celebration of spring attracts visitors from far and wide to a range of fairground rides, sweets and treats, traditional German food and beer. Ring in the spring in this Stuttgart beer festival from 19 April to 11 May 2014.

The Spring Festival is a forerunner to the huge Stuttgart Beer Festival which takes place from 26 September to 12 October 2014. Founded in 1818 by King William I of Württemberg and his wife Catherine, the festival has a long tradition and is one of the most popular beer festivals in the world. Nearly 4 million people visited the Stuttgart Beer Festival (the Cannstatter Volksfest) in 2013 alone.

The Stuttgart Beer Festival has a number of beer gardens, marquees, wine tents and snack bars for people to sit back and enjoy themselves in. For the adventurous there are also roller-coasters, Ferris Wheels and other fairground rides. It’s a great alternative to the busier and more expensive Munich Oktoberfest.

Another boozy treat in Stuttgart is the annual Weindorf – Stuttgart Wine Village. Celebrating its 40th birthday in 2014, the Stuttgart Wine Village transforms the city centre into a haven for wine fans as it brings together quality wines and culinary treats from the renowned Swabian region. You can visit hundreds of decorated wine stands and enjoy the best from the region at the Stuttgart Wine Village 2014 from 27 August to 07 September 2014.

What To See

The city of Stuttgart enjoys a vibrant cultural life, with a great range of museums, theatres, shops and restaurants.

The stylish Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart is within walking distance of some of the main Stuttgart attractions.

Housed in the historic Altes Schloss (Old Castle) of Stuttgart is the Landesmuseum Württemberg, which has great exhibitions on regional archaeology and history. Founded in 1869 by King William I, the museum covers subjects such as Romans in Württemberg, folklore, musical instruments, the Bronze Age and art and cultural history.

Originally built as a royal palace, Wilhelma is now a star attraction in Stuttgart. This unique facility is home to Europe’s only large combined zoological and botanical garden, with over 8,000 animals and 5,000 species of plants. Over 2 million people visit Wilhelma every year from Germany and further afield, making it a definite place to visit on a trip to Stuttgart.

Both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche manufacture cars in Stuttgart, and fans of automobiles should head to one of the museums dedicated to these brands. The Mercedes-Benz Museum takes visitors on a chronological tour of the Mercedes world, including record breaking cars. The Porsche Museum details the history and innovation behind these cult vehicles, with many classic models on show in a ‘catwalk’.

For a taste of contemporary and modern art in Stuttgart, make sure you visit the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Opened in 2005, this huge museum houses a permanent collection of art as well as regular temporary exhibitions from both Stuttgart and international artists. The building itself is an architectural marvel, with glass walls which shimmer in the daylight and are spectacularly illuminated at night.

Take a Tour

Discover more Stuttgart attractions with a tour around the city.

Stuttgart boasts a long tradition of wine production, and there are even vineyards within the city centre. A visit to a local vineyard is a great way to spend a day, and there are a variety of different wine trails you can take through the local vineyards. Walking trails through the vineyards are well marked throughout the city, and hotels can sometimes arrange special vineyard tours.

For fans of beer, the daily Stuttgart sightseeing with beer tasting tour makes a great way to discover the city. Participants meet at the Tourist Information Centre for an informative journey around Stuttgart attractions, rounded off with a visit to a brewery-associated pub. Here you can sit back and relax with a pretzel while you taste 4 beers.

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