Stuttgart, Capital of Baden-Württemberg
City of Porsche and Mercedes Benz
Tax Refund: Can be done together on your final departure from European Union
From Airport / Train Station to City and vice versa
From the airport, the S-Bahn line S2 or S3 will bring you to Stuttgart’s center within 27 minutes to the Hauptbahnhof. Tickets can be purchased at vending machines at the level below the airport and above the platform. Tickets should be validated at orange boxes on the platform before boarding the train.
The train station Hauptbahnhof is located right in the city and from there you can connect with the S-Bahn or U-Bahn.
The largest square in town, built around 1746 it is used previously in the past as a military parade ground and the public are not allowed. The square is also the home for one of the largest city palace in Germany, the Neues Schloss. Now it is a place to celebrate and relax with the greens and gorgeous exterior of buildings.
Also known as the New Palace, this is actually open in 1807! Previously it was the residence of the kings of Württemberg. It still remains well maintained and one of the largest baroque city palace to be built in the world. With now being use by the local government for meetings, the interior can only be visited with a guided tour.
Of course with the new, there must obviously be a old one. Currently it may be a ruined, but at least it still looks romantic. The castle is currently being used as a museum and the chapel is still in service. Built in year 950, the castle has been destroyed by fires, disasters and also during World War 2. The castle somehow has its charms with gorgeous courtyards. If interested in the museum, it may be enter for 4.50 Euros.
Known as King William Palace, this is his last living quarters, sadly it was destroyed in the World War and currently reconstructed in modern style. This place is worth a short stroll and checking out the building.
Although it may be famous for its performance held here, the exterior of this theatre is also extremely gorgeous. If it is your interest, you could catch an opera here too.
Porscheplatz 1, 70435 Stuttgart, Germany
Nearest S Bahn: Neuwirtshaus. [Porschep.]
A short train ride away from the city you can find the Porsche Museum. The highly popular factory plus museum tour needs to be pre booked in advance. It is possible to be done through firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is open from 9am to 6pm from Tue to Sun. Reduced tickets cost 4 Euro and the museum and factory tour cost 6 and 3 Euro respectively. You could also pick up some souvenirs from the shop. While guided tours are available from Mon to Fri at 10am and 2pm and takes roughly around 2 hours, booking are necessary.
Mercedes Benz Factory
Käsbrünnlestraße, 71063 Sindelfingen, Germany
The heart and soul of the famed Mercedes cars production. Here you get a chance to view how some of the world greatest cars are made and produce. Located out of the city, it is located near Boblingen S Bahn station. All the process and technologies are being explained and shown to you. They are open from Mon to Fri from 8am to 4pm. The tour is being conducted in English on Mon to Fri at 1.30pm and it is free of charge. It is important to make a booking in advance.
Besides being able to catch the trains to whichever your destination here, it is worth pointing out that the station has a tower and it is free to climb. Once you are up it boost awesome views of the nearby areas and Königstraße. It is open from 10am to 6pm.
Marktplatz am Rathaus
Enjoy another of the greatest square in Stuttgart. This place which is located adjacent to the town hall is lined up with amazing mini small shops and boutiques. Occasionally it will also have fairs and stalls. The famed Christmas market is also hosted here. There is also a public market on Tues, Thurs and Sat morning.
Calwer Str, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany
A new concept in town! A narrow street, on both side it is lined up with gabled houses, concept stores and many restaurants. It is slightly a copy of the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan.
Dorotheenstr. 4, 70173 Stuttgart
Built roughly a century ago, this place was built to have a blend of an oriental bazaar and a bustling marketplace. This haven sells all sorts of stuff, from spices to fresh food and deli. There is also a restaurant over there. Take a walk, see, taste and enjoy. Open from 7.30am to 6.30pm from Mon to Fri and 7am to 5pm on Sat.
The main shopping street in Stuttgart, this long stretch of endless shops and malls start from the train station. On the left and right of the street are more unique stalls while you can practically find any brands on Königstraße itself.
Restaurant Cafe Markthalle
The restaurant attached to the market hall, this means that they really get the freshest produce daily and cook from the best local ingredient. Prices are reasonable. The breakfast is absolutely recommended.
Sonja’s Biergarten im Schlossgarten
Am Schloßgarten 18, 70173, Stuttgart
A beer garden right next to the train station? Located in the nearby park, this place is open daily from 10.30pm to 1am. With beautiful settings, the prices are reasonable. You can choose to order yourself or sit down to be waited. There are even free live music on Sundays.