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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.

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 an 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.stuttgart-tourist.de/wein-in-stuttgart) 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.

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.

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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.

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.