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About Stuttgart

Slick, sophisticated and fun loving, Baden-Württemberg’s capital is a zingy modern city with a small-town soul. The locals might be known for their snappy dressing and their passion for fast cars (Mercedes Benz and Porsche both have headquarters here), but you’re just as likely to find them hiking in the surrounding Schwäbische Alb or relaxing in a hot mineral spring as you are living it up in an overpriced nightclub.

The city’s core was decimated by bombing raids during WWII and today the few remaining classical buildings are hemmed around by office blocks. Still, Stuttgart has a lively arts scene and is gradually establishing itself as a top destination for performing arts connoisseurs. World-class opera, ballet and live music performances run almost nightly, and tickets are priced to be affordable.

Good food, fine wine and revelry are integral to the Stuttgarter ethos. Traditional Swabian eateries serving scrumptious but artery-clogging cuisine rub shoulders with modern, Michelin-star restaurants and bustling farmers’ markets. Festivals run throughout the year and range from a vast September wine extravaganza to the food and music-focused Stuttgart Summer Festival. The nightlife scene raves on year-round, with the best bars and clubs focused around the lively Theodor-Heuss-Strasse.

Stuttgart has something of a south European feel, particularly over the summer months when people gravitate to the city’s green expanses. A string of parks and gardens dotted with beer gardens and restaurants slices through the central districts in an enormous ‘green U’, starting at the Schlossgarten and ending in Killesberg Park. If the two-hour ramble from one end of das Grüne U to the other doesn’t sate your enthusiasm for fresh air, the surrounding vine-laced hills are home to a scenic network of hiking and biking trails.

Relaxing in a natural hot spring is high on the list of must-do Stuttgart activities. The city’s Bad Canstatt district has some of the best mineral spas in Europe, and the rolling hills of the Stuttgarter Kessel are dotted with holistic treatment centres. Venture further afield to discover the Black Forest, the fairytale castles of Ludwigsburg and the stalactite-hung caves of the Schwäbische Alb.

Key facts

Population:
593,000
Latitude:
48.796753
Longitude:
9.196291

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Hotel am Friedensplatz

This family run three-star property is located about 15 minutes' walk from the central station. It offers comfortable beds and the promise of a good night's sleep within easy reach of the city centre.

Hotel Ibis Stuttgart Centrum

The well known budget chain's product is familiar to most regular travellers, and this 104-room property is no exception. It's located handily in Marienplatz, and close to a choice of eateries should the hotel's bar snacks not be substantial enough.

Hotel Berg

This family-run hotel is located around 2.1km (1.3 miles) east of the city centre. The buffet-style breakfast offers travellers an opportunity to eat as much as they want. The rooms have an acceptable level of comfort and cleanliness.

Novum Hotel Boulevard Stuttgart

This medium-sized hotel offers great value for money. Several room types are available, including family accommodation. The Novum is situated in the heart of the city centre close to shops and attractions.

Der Zauberlehrling Design Hotel

Situated in the Bohnenviertel, this stylish design hotel is likely to appeal to people with a highly developed sense of aesthetic. The hotel has thirteen rooms and four suites spread across two buildings. The personalised service, attention to detail and ambiance of the hotel mean it is a fine place to relax.

Hotel Motel One

A mid-range chain hotel located close to Stuttgart's main railway station and handy for the main attractions if you don't want to pay top dollar, Hotel Motel One is of modern aspect and décor.