#Innsider’s guide to Stuttgart
One of Germany’s smaller cities, tucked away in the southwest, Stuttgart is bustling and packed full of attractions, but compact enough to tick off in one weekend. With plenty of special events, great food and drink and dozens of museums, read our #innsider guide to Stuttgart to get a feel for this lively destination.
1. A pig history
Stuttgart has plenty of museums to choose from, but none are quite as unique as the Schweinemuseum. Learn all you will ever need to know (and more) about pigs as you wander through the rooms of this old slaughterhouse. Once you are done exploring, take a seat in the large garden and enjoy some suckling pig or a knuckle of pork, washed down with a special selection of German beers.
A library is rarely a tourist’s first port of call in a new city, but the Stuttgart City Library is well worth a visit. Spread over an impressive nine stories, its clean and modernist architecture symbolises the space as an intellectual and cultural center within the city. Visitors who make it to the top floor can grab a refreshment at the café, but remember – keep quiet, some people will be trying to work!
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3. Das Speiseeis
Temperatures rise into the high twenties during July and August, so don’t forget to cool off with an ice cream from the sleek Gelateria Kaiserbau on Marienplatz. The variety of flavors is extensive, with everything from rhubarb to salted caramel. Don’t worry if you’re a little indecisive though, the staff are friendly and will help you pick out a good flavor combination.
4. Festival time
Come October, many are jumping on the train to Munich for the famous Oktoberfest, but #innsider’s will head down to Stuttgart’s own Canstatter Volksfest. Stretching out along the banks of the River Neckar, there are dozens of different tents serving up traditional, Swabian food and drink. There’s plenty of entertainment on offer too, with adrenaline junkies heading for the park’s big roller coaster. Visitors earlier in the year can enjoy a similar atmosphere at the Stuttgart Spring Festival, which starts mid-April.’
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5. Once the sun goes down
After a busy day of sightseeing, head on down to Theodor-Heuss-Strasse to soak up the best of Stuttgart’s nightlife. This mile-long stretch of bars and clubs has something for every taste, from relaxed bars to lively clubs, such as Inner Rhythm, which plays the best in R&B, soul and funk. Those looking for somewhere a little more relaxed should try Suite 212, where you can choose from fresh cocktails and light bites to eat.
Want to explore Stuttgart for yourself? Book a stay at the Park Inn by Radisson Stuttgart Hotel today. Right in the heart of downtown, the hotel is great for leisure and business travelers alike, and only a short stroll away from Stuttgart’s must-see spots. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s on-site bar & grill, fitness facilities and free high speed internet.