Things to Do in Stuttgart, Germany

For the past three and a half years, I have made Stuttgart my home.  Because there is so much I could write about Stuttgart, I’ve decided to make an ever-growing list of things to do/see/eat/drink/shop in the capital of Baden-Württemberg.

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TO DO/SEE:

Schlossgarten: A 600-year-old park in the city center. Divided into three parts: Obere Schlossgarten, which has the Staatstheater, the Staatsgalerie and the Haus des Landtags; Mittleren Schlossgarten, with the Carl-Zeiss-Planetarium, the beer garden, and the main train station; and Untere Schlossgarte, with mineral baths and the river. At the end of the park is the Wilhelma Zoo and Rosensteinpark.

Neues Schloss: Used to serve as a residence to the kings of Baden-Württemberg. Located in the central square of Stuttgart, popular with tourists and as a hangout for locals.

Hauptbahnhof: The main train station of Stuttgart. Connects to cities throughout Germany and Europe.

Wilhelma Zoo (Wilhelmaplatz 13): Has a zoo and a nice botanical garden. Come during the spring to see all the flowers in bloom.

Fernsehturm (Jahnstraße 120): The TV tower with an observation deck. However, it is closed at the moment until further notice.

Feuersee: The Lake of Fire has the Johannes Church and a fountain.

Frühlingsfest: Popular festival which marks the beginning of spring, with carnival rides and beer tents.

Hamburger Fischmarkt: An annual fish market with fried herring, eel, shrimp, and other Nordic delicacies. Takes place in July.

Sommerfest: Held in the Schlossplatz, the summer festival brings crowds with its wide range of cuisines, wines, and cocktails.

Weindorf: The Wine Village consists of 125 wine stalls and over 500 kinds in the Marktplatz in mid-July.

Cannstatter Volksfest: The second biggest beer festival in Germany (second to Oktoberfest in Munich), Takes place in the fall at the end of September.

Weihnachtsmarkt: A lovely Christmas with Christmas crafts, mulled wine, and other winter goods.

Mercedes Benz Museum (Mercedesstraße 100): Starting at the top of the museum, you can work your way down the nine levels of Mercedes history, from classic cars to modern-day cars.

Porsche Museum (Porschestraße 1):  The Porsche Museum holds about 80 cars and small exhibits.

Das Leuze Mineralbad: Mineral water is used for the swimming pools and saunas. Also has tanning booths, playgrounds, a sports field, and a restaurant.

Schloss Ludwigsburg (Schlossstraße 30, Ludwigsburg): North of the city center is the palace of Ludwigsburg, one of the largest baroque buildings in Europe. Check out the tour to view the royal apartments, museums, and the palace theater. The surrounding garden is also one of the oldest, which hold events year round, such as the Kürbisausstellung, which takes place in the fall.

TO EAT/DRINK:

Udo Snack (Calwer Straße 23): Hamburgers and specialty burgers.

Biergarten im Schlossgarten (Am Schloßgarten 18): A beer garden in the middle of the Schlossgarten.

QQ Sushi Lounge (Kanalstraße 10): Quick service and delicious nigiri, maki, and fried sushi rolls.

Vegi Voodoo King (Steinstraße 13): The eggplant falafel eggplant is famous here. Vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.

Zum Paulaner (Calwer Straße 45): Bavarian and Swabian food, with Paulaner beer on tap.

Reiskorn (Torstraße 27): Asian cuisine in a hip atmosphere. Sit in the Buddha’s garden in the back.

Eat Drink Man Woman (Schloßstraße 77):  The only authentic Korean restaurant in the city.

Ilysia am Wallgraben (Möhringer Landstraße 100): The closest to Greece you will get. The terrace is a great place to be, especially in the summer season.

Namaste India (Osterbronnstraße 60): Tasty Indian food. Come for the lunch buffet (6,90 € per person).

TO SHOP:

Flohmarkt Karlsplatz: Find your flea market needs.

Königsbau Passagen (Königstraße 26): Shops and cafes, and a newly built food court that offers sushi, kebab, burgers, and cupcakes.

Königstraße: The main shopping street in Stuttgart, with shops such as H&M, C&A, Hollister, Esprit, Hugo Boss, and the GALERIA Kaufhof.

Breuninger (Marktstraße 1-3): This flagship store has brands such as Burberry, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Markthalle (Dorotheenstraße 4): An Art Nouveau building that is now a shopping place with 37 stalls of exotic fruits, teas, spices, and chocolates.

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