What to do and see in Stuttgart, Germany: The Best Places and Tips

February 27, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Surrounded by one of Germany's largest wine-growing regions, Stuttgart beckons cultural junkies with its acclaimed ballet, opera and philharmonic, while auto fans get revved up over the Mercedes Benz Museum. There's more green space than urban sprawl in the festival-friendly city, home to Europe's largest zoo and botanic garden combo, the Wilhelma. The WŸrttembergisches Landesmuseum, in one of the city's oldest structures, traces area history from the Stone Age. Buses or subway provide handy transport.
Restaurants in Stuttgart

1. Mercedes-Benz Museum

Mercedesstrasse 100, 70372 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 711 1730000
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5 based on 6 reviews

Mercedes-Benz Museum

Reviewed By navilluso55 - Sydney, Australia

The museum is an amazing building.
The cars displayed are not all mint, as new cars, as they are no doubt loaned out for motoring display events and I think that what I like about the museum.
These are real cars in fantastic condition well displayed for everyone to get close to and learn how Mercedes progressed the development of cars over the past 100 years.
A must for anyone with an interest in cars and for those who are ambivalent, suck it up and enjoy it with your friends.
I really enjoyed seeing real cars and some had prices on them so we could appreciate where they fit into our car buying budgets, mostly outside my budget, but nice to be close to the cars of my dream. A great day.

2. Stuttgart City LIbrary

Mailaender Platz 1, 70173 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 711 21691100
Excellent
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4.5 based on 370 reviews

Stuttgart City LIbrary

Reviewed By Wendy H

Stuttgart City Library is one of the most beautiful Libraries in the world, and it is not disappointing. Once you enter the library there is an open space with a small foundation on the ground. I recommended you to go to the top floor and walk down to enjoy the library. The library close late, so perhaps you can go after dinner to have a walk.

3. Killesberg Park

Thomastr. 101, 70192 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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4.5 based on 441 reviews

Killesberg Park

Reviewed By The J - Jakarta

Close to the tower, actually if night time, there could be a carnaval, maybe, just need to find the correct timing, there's a restaurant or cafe at the end, should be good, but didnt try that

4. Neckar Park

Mercedesstrasse, 70372 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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4.5 based on 501 reviews

Neckar Park

Reviewed By Rodrigo P

The Festival was really impressive. A large variaty of food and things to do inside the park. The Beer Festival is the "Oktober Fest" for Stuttgart. There are several amusement park toys and several tents which to be inside. It is easy to arrive by public transportation from everywhere in the city. The "U" city transportation (subway) stops in front of the park (Cannstatter Wasen station). If you do not make reservation for a table in the tent you should arrive before 5pm to get into, otherwise you almost should wait for long hours in the line.

5. Standseilbahn Stuttgart

Sudheimer Platz, 70565 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 711 78853333
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4.5 based on 119 reviews

Standseilbahn Stuttgart

Reviewed By Globetrotter045 - Haacht, Belgium

The standseilbahn is part of the public transport in Stuttgart. I had a 3 day ticket so I thought why not take a quick ride. It is an old fashioned wooden funicular, but in a excellent condition. The ride does not take long, only 5 minutes. You see only trees along the way and from the top there are no views of Stuttgart. In the summer you can have a walk in the woods, but in the winter there is not much to do here besides a visit to the Waldfriedhof cemetery.

6. Stuttgart Christmas Market

Schillerplatz, 70173 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Stuttgart Christmas Market

For nearly a month leading up to Christmas, the Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt welcomes over 3 million visitors to shop for wood toys, figurines, and antiques and warm their bellies with mulled wine and fresh gingerbread. Little ones scoot about Children's Fairyland, riding the steam train, designing their own candles, and snacking on chocolate-covered fruit. The market's nativity scene features live lambs, sheep, donkeys, and a goat, and crowds gather for daily Concerts performed by choirs and music groups from the Stuttgart region. A tradition dating back over 300 years, the Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt stands as one of Europe's oldest and most lively Christmas markets.

Reviewed By Jim W - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Although I have lived in Europe during several Christmases, I have not had the opportunity to frequent any real Christmas markets. Therefore, I am unable to compare the Stuttgart Christmas market to any other. Nonetheless, I had an amazing time enjoying the sights and sounds of the holiday whilst drinking lots of gluhwine and getting my souvenir cups. Lots of food to eat, toys to buy, people to see, and wine to drink. I look forward to frequenting more in the future!

Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30-32, 70173 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 711 470400
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4.5 based on 478 reviews

State Gallery of Stuttgart

With its rich collection of masterworks dating from the fourteenth century to the present, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart is among Germany’s most popular museums. Both its impressive museum complex and its holdings mirror the link between tradition and modernity. The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart presents its superb collection on some 9,000 square metres of exhibition space offered by the old building of 1843, the famous post-modern Stirling Building, and the Steib Halls constructed in 2002. Among the prominent holdings are the approximately 400,000 works belonging to the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Early Swabian panel painting and outstanding examples of nineteenth-century Swabian Neoclassicism. The chief emphasis of the museum collection is undoubtedly the Classical Modern period with art spanning the years from 1900 to 1980. Special highlights here are Oskar Schlemmer’s Figurines for the Triadic Ballet of the early 1920s, Henri Matisse’s famous Backs (1909-‒30), numerous works by Picasso including the sculptural group The Bathers (1956), and the Joseph Beuys room installed by the artist himself.

Reviewed By Tizian S

The entry fee was quite expensive. I paid 12 EUR with a student discount, and they charged extra for depositing the jacket.
The Pop-Art exhibition was set up nicely, with the highlights from Warhol and Mel Ramos in the end. Very nice artwork in the permanent exhibition were the minimalist sculptures from Judd or the Mondrian paintings. The collection of Renaissance/Italian paintings is not too spectacular. Of the painting gallery I mostly enjoyed the Flamish landscapes and the German history ones (Reformation, Roman Empire etc.)

8. Killesbergturm

Lenbachstrasse, 70182 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 711 9979936
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4.5 based on 262 reviews

Killesbergturm

Reviewed By GCKJA - Lincoln, Nebraska

We had a lovely walk through the park and enjoyed lunch and bier in the biergarten. The kids saw the Killesbergturm and had to climb it! It offered great views and wasn't too difficult to climb.

9. Rubble Hill

Southwest Corner, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
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4.5 based on 150 reviews

Rubble Hill

Reviewed By Rudi R - United States

It is a very American thing, I think. Or is it a German memorial. Without comments on the past and consequences of our future, let me keep this to the sight itself. We walked from the train station with a map and compass. We used the U15 train on a Sunday. The best advice is keep walking up hill. Across from the train tracks and across the road you follow a foot path up hill. Walk under and over pass until the road ends. Look for the sign Berkienkoph next to the red gate. Walk up hill and continue up hill at the elbow. There is a street sign as it is actually on a street map, but not marked as unimproved. Walk towards the sound of cars. Walk with the parking lot on your right to the arch type cave of an example of the rubble. Walk up the stairs, thru the woods until you find a paved road. Follow the spiral to the top. There is a cross and two little paths. Panoramic views. Make sure your camera can do close ups. If you exam the rubble closely you will see the most amazing details of construction pre WW 2 bombing. Rubble mountain was estimated to contain as much debris as 14 Empire State building. I was amazed by the old ruins, and sadden by the destruction and in awe of the reconstruction in Stuttgart. There is a parking lot at the base of the journey towards a great Cross. No bathrooms. Watch for the bikers and strollers.

10. Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden

Wilhelma 13 | Neckartalstrasse, 70376 Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 711 54020
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden

Reviewed By gailysnaily - Warrington, United Kingdom

Even though we visited in UK half term holidays it was still a busy zoo the day we visited.
The Gardens were beautiful and my son enjoyed wandering round the zoo.
It was a really enjoyable visit however both my son and I noted the huge difference between UK and German Zoos as we didn’t note a zoo keeper or guide the majority of the day along with the change to the way animals are within a zoo setting.
So as long as your happy to guide yourself I’m sure you’ll be fine.
Make sure you visit the house in the middle of the Gardens it truly is beautiful.

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