Top attractions in Stuttgart
The capital of Baden-Württemberg has come a long way since its founding as a stud farm in the 10th century. From royal palaces to the era of sleek automobiles, Stuttgart's attractions present visitors with a colorful spectrum of its history through the ages.
It's the city's center stage and the place to begin a day of sightseeing. The fountains that flank the King Wilhelm Jubillee Column represent the eight rivers of Baden-Württemberg.
The Baroque palace dominates the Schloss Platz and was once home to the kings of Württemberg. Renovated after WWII, it serves as the Ministry of Finance and Education.
The Renaissance structure was the former residence of the Counts of Württemberg. Today, it's the State Museum and houses the crown jewels, medieval art and glasswork.
Duke Charles Eugene spared no expense to create this opulant, 18th-century residence. Originally built just for show, it later became a school for the children of the elite.
The two observation decks of this soaring, 1950s TV tower provide a stunning panorama of the area, including the Black Forest and the rolling mountains of the Swabian Alps.
Set amid a historical park from the 19th century, the zoo and botanical garden offer a day on the wild yet colorful side. The new African Ape House is one of its top attractions.
Though the avante-garde structure itself is worth a look, 80 classic Porsches on display will get any car lover's pulse racing. If you visit on your birthday, admission is free.
A full three days will allow you plenty of time to visit Stuttgart. Add a couple extra days for day trips to explore the surrounding countryside, boasting more castles and palaces, beautiful nature and Stuttgart's famed Vineyard Trails.
Stuttgart offers plenty of public transportation possibilities for traveling through the city. The StuttCard Plus provides discounts and free admission to many museums, and it also serves as a travel card. Keep in mind that in Germany, it's necessary to stamp public transportation tickets in the validating machine before the first ride.
Your best bet is a hotel in or around the city center. The Porsche Museum is in the suburban district of Zuffenhausen, and a trip by S-bahn (urban train line) from Stuttgart's main station takes about 20 minutes.
The museum is open Tuesdays - Sundays from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, closed December 22-25, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The ticket price for adults is 8€, children 14 and under are free. You may also add on a guided factory tour to your visit for 6€, but a reservation in advance is necessary. A guided tour of the museum costs 60€, but the admission price is extra.
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- In the autumn, the temperatures are still warm enough, the crowds are tapering off, and the natural landscape is at its most beautiful.
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