Things to do in Stuttgart

Travel back in time on the city's historic transport system

Take a ride on some of Stuttgart’s curious transport options. The Standseilbahn Stuttgart claims to be the world’s first fully automated cable car, with journeys lasting just three minutes, whilst the Zacke is a rack and pinion mountain railway system that runs from Marienplatz up to Degerloch. Both take standard transport tickets.

Feel refreshed and healthy with a mineral bath

Stuttgart’s Bad-Cannstatt district is renowned for its mineral-rich waters, so join the locals and unwind in a thermal bath. Considered to have health benefits, the mineral baths are certainly relaxing if nothing more. Mineralbad Lueze is a popular spot that also offers spa treatments; alight at appropriately named Mineralbäder station.

See the city at your own pace with a walking tour

By following a number of marked walking routes in and around the city, visitors get to see the city at their own pace. Walking is thirsty work, so follow the Weinwanderweg route (www.stuttgarter-weinwanderweg.de) up through the vineyards that surround the city. Your reward: fabulous views and a refreshing glass of local wine.

Speed through the city in a Porsche

As home to one of the world’s most famous supercars, there’s only one way to see the streets of Stuttgart: behind the wheel of a Porsche. Stuttgart Tours and Travel (tel: +49 711 51866968; www.stuttgart-tours-travel.com) offer chauffeur-driven cars to the Porsche Museum, before you’re handed the keys to go full-throttle on the autobahn. Drive safely.

Climb up to the city's highest point

Stuttgart’s WWII reminder is surely one of the highest in the country. Situated atop a hill, Birkenkop, is a man-made mountain which affords views of the city, the Black Forest and the Swabian Alps. The hill is made from the rubble amassed following Stuttgart’s destruction during air raids.