Things to do in Stuttgart

Mineral Baths

Stuttgart’s Bad-Cannstatt district is renowned for its mineral-rich water, and heading to the sauna to “take the waters” has long been an activity enjoyed by those seeking relaxation and natural health benefits. One of the most popular of several baths is the Leuze Mineral Bath, which has swimming as well as sauna facilities. There’s even a U-Bahn station called Mineralbäder (“mineral baths”) where visitors can alight to visit the thermal baths. The Cannstatt Mineral Baths and Berg Mineral Bath are also popular destinations.

Bäderbetriebe Stuttgart, Nadlerstrasse 4, Stuttgart.
Tel.: (0711) 216 4660

Historic transport

Get to grips with the more historic and unusual elements of Stuttgart’s public transport network. The Standseilbahn Stuttgart (Stuttgart Cable Car) claims to be the world’s first fully automated cable car; journeys on this funicular railway last just three minutes, as the teak cable car negotiates the 87-metre (285-ft) vertical difference between the Südheimer valley station and the Waldfriedhof (forest cemetery). Another option, known locally as the Zacke, meaning “spike”, is a rack and pinion mountain railway system that runs from Marienplatz up to Degerloch, on a hill overlooking Stuttgart. Both can be ridden with standard tickets valid for Stuttgart’s local transport system.

Walking Tours

In addition to the guided walks offered by the city’s tourist office, Stuttgart has a number of marked walking routes in and around the city. These allow walkers to explore the city according to their own pace and are suitable for people of average fitness. The Stuttgarter Wanderweg (Stuttgart Walking Trails) website contains details of the routes; particularly popular is the trail that heads into the vineyards in the nearby hills, which offers great views of the city and plenty of opportunity to try some of the local produce.