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Stuttgart

About Stuttgart

Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg and with a population of about 600.000 it is the sixth-largest city in Germany. Because of it's industrial reputation it's surprising for some people, that the city is spread across many green areas, hills and parks.

Stuttgart is all about a high quality of life. The city is ranked 6th in Germany in Mercer's 2015 livability rankings and 21st globally. It's the perfect place for relaxation.

The city also has a rich culture program with lots of landmarks, sights and museums. There are also festivals and a nightlife with a buzzing club scene waiting for you. In the following we want to show you the main attractions of this wonderful place.

The old Palace

The Old Palace (Altes Schloss) is the most ancient remaining monument of Stuttgart. It was built over 1000 years ago as a fortress. The dukes Christoph and Ludwig expanded it to a renaissance palace during the 16th Century after it was destroyed by war. The palace doesn't only look impressive, it also houses the Landesmuseum Württemberg, which is an interesting history museum.

New Palace

The new Palace (Neues Schloss) can be found right in the heart of Stuttgart, on the south edge of Schlossplatz. It's a beautiful late Baroque palace complex that was built between the years 1746 and 1807. The three-winged building was almost completely destroyed during World War II and reconstructed between 1958 and 1964. Today the palace houses the State Ministries of Finance and Education.

Stuttgart State Gallery

The Stuttgart State Gallery is an international known art museum and one of the most frequented museums in Germany. In this museum you can look at art work from famous artists like Rubens, Jan Vermeer and Rembrandt but also paintings from medieval Italian artists such as Canaletto, Panini and Carpaccio. The museum also houses an important Picasso collection and the Oskar-Schlemmer archive.

Stuttgart Market Hall

The Stuttgart Market Hall is a bustling marketplace that was built between the years 1911 and 1914 to replace a vegetable warehouse established by the King of Württemberg in 1864. Today, booths, three different catering establishments and a shop specializing in exquisite articles are spread over an area of 3500 square meters. You can buy flowers, fresh fish, exotic fruits and much more in the market hall.

Mercedes-Benz Museum

If you like cars, there is no way around the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. This modern museum covers 120 years of automotive history. You get to see the first horseless carriage as well as modern limousines. As a visitor you can swap back and forth between two circular tours called "Myth" and "Collections". Those tours both start from the top floor. While the Myth tour tells the story about the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand, the Collections tour shows the different cars against the context of their various uses. The museum is not only interesting from the inside. The building was designed by the Dutch architects Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos and has a very futuristic look.

Zoological garden Wilhelma

The Wilhelma zoological garden was built as a royal place and now is the home of over 10.000 animals from every climatic zone of the earth. The Wilhelma is among the most variously populated zoos in Germany. The zoo enjoys a big popularity across the globe for it's family groups of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans.

The Wilhelma is also known for it's large collection of plants from all round the world. With more than 5,000 different species, it's Europe's biggest zoological-botanical garden. You can also find Europe's biggest magnolia growing in this environment.

Porsche Museum

Not only Mercedes Benz, also Porsche has a futuristic looking museum located in Stuttgart. The museum features 80 vehicles and 200 other exhibits that are spread on a 5,600 square meter exhibition area. In this museum you can join a workshop for historical cars, take a look at the historical archives or simply explore the exhibition.

If you get hungry or thirsty, there is no reason to leave the museum. You can eat a nice meal in an exquisite restaurant, grab a snack at the bistro or drink something in the coffee bar.

Stiftkirche

The Stiftskirche is a church located in the inner city of Stuttgart. The three-naved church was built in 1240 and over the years there were several enhancements. A pulpit, a gallery, small statues of the Counts of Württemberg and a new burial vault were added. The Evangelical-Lutheran Church was pretty much destroyed by the bombings in the end of the Second World War but restored in the 1950s.

Württemberg Mausoleum

King Wilhelm I build the sepulchral chapel on Württemberg hill in memory of his wife Katharina, who died a sudden death at a young age. But not only his wife, also King Wilhelm I himself and his daughter Marie Friederike Charlotte von Württemberg were laid to rest there.

The sepulchral chapel was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome and is one of the most remarkable examples of neoclassical architecture in Stuttgart. The interior is fully white and the graves are made from fine Carrara marble.