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City trip to Stuttgart – Highlights of the friendly Swabian metropolis

The state capital of Baden-Württemberg is not one of the most popular city destinations in Germany, but what is not, can still become. A 2021 study comparing the quality of life of several independent cities with over 100,000 inhabitants yielded the following results: 4th place in the level ranking and 7th place in the sustainability ranking. City travellers who want to enjoy outstanding sights, first-class cultural treasures and delicious culinary specialities are in the right place in Stuttgart. For inspiration, we have compiled the attractions of the diverse city.

Comfortable accommodations in Stuttgart

The Baden-Württemberg city offers accommodation for every taste. For example, the Novum Group offers several good and inexpensive hotels in Stuttgart and the surrounding area at fair prices – we particularly recommend the three hotels the niu in the centre of Stuttgart as well as in Vaihingen and Fasanenhof-Ost, which belong to Novum. They are the perfect starting point for discovering the many attractions of the city and its surroundings. Here, travellers will find relaxing relaxation during their weekend trip in cosily furnished and comfortably furnished guest rooms.

Varied museum landscape

Stuttgart is home to more than 40 museums. Visitors can expect a wide range of outstanding exhibitions, from technology and automobiles to history, art and architecture to ethnology and natural history. Among the most interesting museums in the city are:

Theatre performances for young and old

Stuttgart’s numerous theatres offer a colourful programme for people of all ages. First-class ballet and drama performances regularly delight audiences. The Stuttgart State Theatre is one of the most famous in the city. Its permanent venues include:

  • Opera house with over 1,400 seats, in which the Stuttgart State Opera and the Stuttgart Ballet provide rousing performances
  • Schauspielhaus with 679 seats, it is the stage for the Schauspiel Stuttgart and also the Stuttgart Ballet
  • Chamber theatre with 420 seats for operas, plays and ballet productions on a smaller scale
  • Nord, a studio stage with 150 seating plans of the Schauspiel Stuttgart
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Tickets for the first-class performances can be purchased at the box office of the Theater Stuttgart, Königstraße 1D (Theaterpassage), 70173 Stuttgart.

Insider tips

The Baden-Württemberg state capital is full of attractions. While many of them, including the New Palace and the Stuttgart TV Tower, are the focus of visits, there are some that are still considered an insider tip.

Urban Lapidarium

It is an open-air museum worth seeing, which is also known as the “stone picture book of the city’s history”. Countless sculptures, columns, grave slabs and remnants of ornate gates that are worth seeing and of historical significance impress visitors. A highlight is the fragment of a portal from one of the oldest houses in Stuttgart from 1286.

Eugensplatz

In Stuttgart there are numerous open-air stairs, which are called “Stäffele” in Swabian dialect . Nobody knows exactly how many there are, but it is estimated that there are 400 to 600. One thing is guaranteed: When exploring the city on foot, upstairs and downstairs are simply part of it. Hidden behind the Heslach municipal swimming pool, the Oscar-Heiler-Stäffele leads from a kind of backyard past historic walls and shady trees to the Karlshöhe. The ascent is rewarded with an idyllic ambience of public green spaces, gardens and vineyards as well as a fantastic view over Stuttgart.

Heusteigviertel

Although the Heusteigviertel is considered a trendy district by some Stuttgart city residents, it presents itself with a cozy flair. The high density of shops, including many small shops, allows for an extensive shopping tour. A stroll through the Wilhelminian streets, which are well worth seeing, leads past attractive Art Nouveau buildings. Countless cafés invite you to take a break – a good opportunity to try a delicious regional beer such as Wulle and Stuttgarter Hofbräu.

3 restaurant tips

Maultaschen, Stuttgart
Fresh handmade Maultaschen are one of the most famous Swabian specialties, Image: MariaKovaleva / shutterstock

The selection of Swabian and international restaurants in Stuttgart is huge. We present three of them, which are very popular, below:

Tip 1: Tauberquelle including beer garden

The traditional cuisine offers culinary, homemade delicacies. These include pork cheeks braised in Lviv wine, fresh Maultaschen and sour tripe. Address: Tauberquelle, Torstraße 19, Stuttgart-Mitte

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Tip 2: Ebony

Spicy-exotic dishes from Africa provide fantastic taste explosions. Many vegetable and delicious curry dishes also make the hearts of vegetarians beat faster. Address: Ebony, Herzogstraße 11, Stuttgart-West

Tip 3: Saffron

Here guests get to know the delicious Persian cuisine. The menu includes oriental meat skewers and juicy vegetable specialties as well as honey-sweet baklava. Address: Safran, Schloßstraße 57, Stuttgart-West

Discover green Stuttgart and the surrounding area

Bad Cstatt Spa Gardens
The heart of Stuttgart’s Bad Cannstatt district is the Kurpark, Image: starfishDeluxe / shutterstock

The landscape surroundings of Stuttgart are fantastically beautiful, they invite you to take a relaxing break. Especially in spring, when the orchards present themselves in their splendour, walkers experience a fascinating feast for the eyes. Furthermore, forests, rolling hills and vineyards that stretch into the city center create an idyllic atmosphere. Stuttgart has a huge, contiguous park landscape, each part of which comes with its own unique charm. Among the most popular green oases in the city are:

Bathing pleasures in healthy healing water

With 13 state-approved healing springs, Stuttgart has a great wealth of mineral water. Most of them are located in the districts of Bad Cannstatt and Berg. In Stuttgart’s three exclusive mineral baths, pure relaxation is the order of the day after a variety of city experiences. The SoleBad Cannstatt is the only thermal brine in Stuttgart. The natural healing water with a temperature of 30 to 32 degrees Celsius in the indoor and outdoor pools provides wonderful deep relaxation.

A lazy river, waterfalls, massage jets and bubble loungers add to the variety. You can also relax in the 36 degree Celsius warm brine pool with seating and lounging options. In addition, guests can enjoy a relaxing break in the beautifully designed sauna area. For all city visitors who want to recharge their batteries in peace and quiet, the SoleBad Cannstatt at Sulzerrainstraße 2, 70372 Stuttgart, is the ideal place.