23 Best Things to Do in Stuttgart


Stuttgart, locat­ed on the banks of the Neckar Riv­er, is a large Ger­man city and the admin­is­tra­tive cen­ter of Baden-Würt­tem­berg. The pic­turesque place, sur­round­ed by green hills, boasts mod­ern wide streets, beau­ti­ful parks and well-pre­served ancient archi­tec­ture.


Who and why should come here

Stuttgart is the largest Euro­pean cul­tur­al cen­ter, which peo­ple from dif­fer­ent coun­tries vis­it with plea­sure to admire church­es, cas­tles, and out­stand­ing muse­um exhibits. In the his­toric heart of the city, you can see hous­es built ten cen­turies ago and make sure that they are in excel­lent con­di­tion.

Stuttgart is con­sid­ered an icon­ic place for the Ger­man auto­mo­tive indus­try. Back in 1886, the founders of the world brands May­bach and Daim­ler built a car­riage on a gaso­line engine here. Lat­er work on the project was con­tin­ued by Karl Benz and Porsche. For lovers of qual­i­ty cars in Stuttgart, muse­ums of Porsche and Mer­cedes-Benz are open, telling about the achieve­ments of the com­pa­nies.

Stuttgart is one of the lead­ers in Ger­man wine­mak­ing. Tourists come here to walk around the famous vine­yards plant­ed on the moun­tain slopes. On excur­sions, those who wish will be told the secrets of the dis­tillery and offered to taste dif­fer­ent vari­eties of wine.

In sum­mer, peo­ple who love to kayak or swim on inflat­able pad­dle­boards gath­er on the banks of the Neckar riv­er. Here you can also ride a plea­sure boat and enjoy the mag­nif­i­cent nat­ur­al land­scapes.

In Bad Cannstatt, which is one of the dis­tricts of Stuttgart, 19 min­er­al springs have been pre­served. Ther­mal com­plex­es with swim­ming pools and mod­ern equip­ment are built around them. The spas and spas of Bad Cannstatt are vis­it­ed annu­al­ly by more than 500,000 peo­ple.

For a fam­i­ly hol­i­day in Stuttgart, the botan­i­cal zoo, an amuse­ment park with attrac­tions, as well as a pig muse­um that tells a lot of inter­est­ing things about these ani­mals are ide­al.

Historical landmarks and architecture

old lock

starii female

In the cen­tral part of the city, it is easy to find an archi­tec­tur­al com­plex built in the 9th cen­tu­ry. The for­ti­fi­ca­tion with high walls and round tow­ers even­tu­al­ly passed into the pos­ses­sion of the counts of Würt­tem­berg and became the offi­cial res­i­dence of this noble fam­i­ly.

Now the his­tor­i­cal muse­um of the city is locat­ed in the Old Cas­tle. Its col­lec­tions con­tain ethno­graph­ic and archae­o­log­i­cal exhibits, weapons. In the court­yard you can see a sculp­ture of Duke Eber­hard and a huge bronze bell.

new palace

novii dvorec

Not far from the Old Cas­tle ris­es the New Palace, which is the res­i­dence of the kings and dukes of Würt­tem­berg. The majes­tic build­ing, erect­ed at the begin­ning of the 19th cen­tu­ry, is part of the Palace Square ensem­ble and is con­sid­ered the cen­tral land­mark of Stuttgart. Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, the three-sto­ry build­ing was par­tial­ly destroyed. After restora­tion, it housed the Min­istry of Finance and Cul­ture.



The airy white baroque palace was found­ed in 1769 by order of Karl Eugene. The duke liked to relax in this man­sion and to hunt in the sur­round­ing grounds. A lit­tle lat­er, a high­er mil­i­tary school was opened in the cas­tle, where Friedrich Schiller stud­ied. At the end of the last cen­tu­ry, the build­ing was restored and began to be used as the home of the Swabi­an Vil­la Mas­si­mo.

Schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents are pro­vid­ed with spa­cious rooms, exhi­bi­tion halls so that they can live, cre­ate and exhib­it their work here.

Rosenstein Palace

dvorec rosestain

An aus­tere palace in the clas­si­cal style was built in a sub­ur­ban area in the first half of the 19th cen­tu­ry for the roy­al fam­i­ly. Pre­vi­ous­ly, cer­e­mo­ni­al recep­tions were held in the sum­mer res­i­dence. Now the Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Muse­um oper­ates in the inner cham­bers, intro­duc­ing guests to the nature of west­ern Ger­many and the the­o­ry of evo­lu­tion.

The pride of the archi­tec­tur­al ensem­ble is con­sid­ered to be a vast park area. Rare trees grow there and clubs with ros­es are bro­ken. Oppo­site the main entrance is the sculp­tur­al com­po­si­tion “Water and Mead­ow Nymph”.

Ludwigsburg Palace

ludvigskii palace

One of the largest baroque archi­tec­tur­al com­plex­es in Ger­many, the Lud­wigs­burg Palace, built for Duke Eber­hard Lud­wig, is locat­ed in Stuttgart. The sum­mer res­i­dence is sur­round­ed by a lush gar­den. Dur­ing the tour, you can see the palace the­atre, fur­ni­ture, Roco­co decor and the main hall used for cer­e­mo­ni­al recep­tions.

Bear Castle

medvegii samok

A small house on the out­skirts is a famous land­mark of Stuttgart. The build­ing, built in the 18th cen­tu­ry, was intend­ed for the recre­ation of the Duke of Würt­tem­berg. In a mod­est hunt­ing lodge, the old inte­ri­or has been com­plete­ly pre­served. Now a trendy restau­rant spe­cial­iz­ing in nation­al cui­sine oper­ates inside.

Churches of Stuttgart

Church of St. Nicholas

hram sviatitelia nikolaya

The tem­ple, found­ed in 1895, belongs to the dio­cese of the Russ­ian Ortho­dox Church. Emper­or Alexan­der III allo­cat­ed 75 thou­sand rubles for the con­struc­tion of the build­ing. The tri­an­gu­lar build­ing made of red brick is dec­o­rat­ed with a dome and arch­es. Near­by is a chapel with a gabled roof. Inside the church, you can see gild­ed chan­de­liers and ancient icons.

monastery church

monastirskaya cerkov

In the 13th cen­tu­ry, on the orders of the Würt­tem­bergs, a Romanesque church was built with­in the bound­aries of Stuttgart. In the mid­dle of the 16th cen­tu­ry, the dilap­i­dat­ed build­ing was repaired and the facade was rebuilt. Now the tem­ple belongs to the Luther­an com­mu­ni­ty of the city. Going inside, parish­ioners and tourists can admire the paint­ed walls, fres­coes, stat­ues. The tomb of the Dukes of Würt­tem­berg is locat­ed in the church chapel.

hospital church

hospitalnaya cerkov

The majes­tic stone build­ing, dat­ing back to the 15th cen­tu­ry, has a tur­bu­lent his­to­ry. Dur­ing the Ref­or­ma­tion, an infir­mary for the sick was made in it; under the Nazis, Jews, gyp­sies and ene­mies of the regime were inter­ro­gat­ed and kept. The hos­pi­tal church was bombed dur­ing the war. After recon­struc­tion, it was reopened to the flock. Inside, the altar of 1489, an ancient cru­ci­fix and icons have been pre­served. On week­ends, clas­si­cal music con­certs are held on the ter­ri­to­ry of the tem­ple.

St. Eberhart’s Cathedral

sobor st eberhata

Not far from the Palace Square ris­es the Catholic Cathe­dral, built at the begin­ning of the 19th cen­tu­ry. Its appear­ance resem­bles an old wood­en church, once set with­in the archi­tec­tur­al com­plex of Soli­tude. In 1944 the build­ing was destroyed. The restora­tion, which began after the war accord­ing to the project of the archi­tect Sch­less­er, last­ed sev­er­al years. Today the church occu­pies a sig­nif­i­cant place in the reli­gious life of the city.

Notable buildings

TV tower


The TV tow­er, 217 meters high, was erect­ed in 1956. The con­crete struc­ture with a cylin­dri­cal box on top is a pop­u­lar attrac­tion in Stuttgart. The inte­ri­or hous­es a gift shop with T‑shirts, key chains and toys, as well as the Leon­hardts restau­rant, named after the design­er of the TV tow­er.

City Library

city ​​library

The mod­ern nine-sto­ry build­ing of the cen­tral pub­lic library of Stuttgart has a strict square shape. Enter­ing the hall, a per­son finds him­self in a trans­par­ent cube with many panoram­ic win­dows. Lit­er­a­ture of a cer­tain sub­ject is col­lect­ed at each sep­a­rate lev­el. Peo­ple can vis­it the lounges, find infor­ma­tion on the glob­al net­work and get acquaint­ed with rare books in spe­cial rooms.



The old­est astro­nom­i­cal obser­va­to­ry in Ger­many oper­ates in Stuttgart, found­ed in 1921 to pop­u­lar­ize the sci­ence of the stars. Every evening (except Tues­day and Sun­day) every­one can go up to the obser­va­tion deck and look through pow­er­ful tele­scopes. Mod­ern equip­ment allows you to see the plan­ets of the solar sys­tem, comets, inter­stel­lar neb­u­lae and con­stel­la­tions.

Cultural attractions and museums

Hegel House Museum

musei gegelia

Stuttgart is the birth­place of Friedrich Hegel. The house where the great philoso­pher of the 18th cen­tu­ry spent his child­hood and youth can be found on Eber­hard­strasse. The muse­um, locat­ed on the first floor of a three-sto­ry build­ing, tells about the life of Hegel. Vis­i­tors can vis­it the exhi­bi­tions “From Stuttgart to Berlin” and “Stuttgart in the time of Hegel 1770–1831”, which include doc­u­ments, diaries and let­ters of the thinker.

Picture gallery

kartinaya gallery

The new build­ing of the art gallery has an orig­i­nal glass facade that attracts the atten­tion of tourists. The basis of the muse­um col­lec­tion is works of art belong­ing to Wil­helm I. The exhi­bi­tion halls fea­ture paint­ings by Dür­er, Rubens, Ver­meer. A sep­a­rate build­ing con­tains works by artists of the 19th-20th cen­turies: Mon­et, Picas­so, Matisse, Modigliani.

Mercedes-Benz Museum

musei mercedes

The ultra-mod­ern muse­um build­ing, made in the form of a DNA helix rep­re­sent­ing the human genome, was built on the ter­ri­to­ry of the con­cern’s head­quar­ters. The archi­tec­tur­al com­plex includes a car shop and a home foot­ball sta­di­um. The Mer­cedes-Benz Muse­um tells about the for­ma­tion and devel­op­ment of the brand. Exhibits in 5 halls are ded­i­cat­ed to trav­el, famous peo­ple, trans­porta­tion. There are 160 cars on the ter­ri­to­ry, includ­ing bus­es, trucks, sports cars and retro mod­els.

Porsche Museum

musei Porsche

Under the roof of the muse­um exhibits are col­lect­ed, reveal­ing the his­to­ry of the com­pa­ny from the day it was found­ed. The ter­ri­to­ry is divid­ed into three sec­tions. In the first zone you can learn about the devel­op­ment of the brand and how the first Porsche car was cre­at­ed, in the sec­ond one you can see mod­els of cars, in the third one you can get acquaint­ed with the phi­los­o­phy of the brand.

State Opera


The State Opera House is the rec­og­nized cul­tur­al cen­ter of Stuttgart. The build­ing was erect­ed accord­ing to the design of Max Littmann at the begin­ning of the last cen­tu­ry. The huge house, dec­o­rat­ed with columns, arch­es and sculp­tures, was able to sur­vive the Sec­ond World War with­out destruc­tion.

Now bal­let and opera per­for­mances are reg­u­lar­ly held here. And in Sep­tem­ber the the­ater invites you to the fes­ti­val. Solemn events, exhi­bi­tions, and per­for­mances begin in the foy­er and on the square near the main entrance. As part of the tour, you can go back­stage and see how the artists work.

Linden Museum

musei lindena

The Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Muse­um is locat­ed on Hegel Square in a beau­ti­ful neo­clas­si­cal build­ing. There are per­ma­nent exhi­bi­tions ded­i­cat­ed to East­ern coun­tries, Africa, Eura­sia, Amer­i­ca, Ocea­nia. The expo­si­tions tell about Chris­t­ian tra­di­tions, pagan gods, intro­duce the cul­ture of Indi­ans and Eski­mos. The col­lec­tion con­tains rit­u­al items, ceram­ics, jew­el­ry, met­al prod­ucts.

Wine Museum

musei vinodelia

Ulbach has a small muse­um where you can learn about the his­to­ry of viti­cul­ture from Roman times to the present day. The expo­si­tion explains how to grow a vine, fight pests, har­vest and make deli­cious aro­mat­ic wine. After the tour, tourists can try Stuttgart wines, choos­ing any of the 20 local vari­eties of the drink.

Parks and entertainment

Wilhelm’s Botanical Garden

bot sad

The Botan­i­cal Zoo is a favorite place for guests and res­i­dents of the city. Its his­to­ry begins in the mid­dle of the 19th cen­tu­ry. It was then that King Wil­helm ordered the estab­lish­ment of a gar­den on the grounds of the Rosen­stein Palace. Orchids, mag­no­lias, age-old sequoias, and spruces grow in the mod­ern park.

Adults and chil­dren can see giraffes, croc­o­diles, great apes and their cubs liv­ing in spa­cious pavil­ions. Under nat­ur­al con­di­tions, a large pop­u­la­tion of hares lives, which will­ing­ly makes con­tact with peo­ple.

Killesburg Park

park killesberg

A beau­ti­ful park with neat­ly trimmed lawns appeared in Stuttgart in the 30s of the last cen­tu­ry. A nar­row-gauge rail­way has been laid through­out its ter­ri­to­ry — in the warm sea­son, you can ride a small steam loco­mo­tive and explore all cor­ners of the park. There is a lot of enter­tain­ment for chil­dren: swings, a play­ground, a menagerie. In the cen­tral part, a tow­er on cables ris­es — those who wish can climb up and enjoy the view of the sur­round­ings.



The Stuttgart Plan­e­tar­i­um immers­es guests in the fas­ci­nat­ing world of stars and astro­nom­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies. Dur­ing the show, a real­is­tic star­ry sky, comets, con­stel­la­tions are shown. The per­for­mance, designed for adults and chil­dren over 4 years old, is accom­pa­nied by light music and lasts 1 hour. Each vis­i­tor is pro­vid­ed with an audio guide in Eng­lish.


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