Stuttgart with nearly 600,000 inhabitants, has a lot to offer. While it is the economic centre of South-West Germany, especially for the automotive industry, it is also known as the “city of wine” and as the “city of architecture and culture”.
Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach developed the first petrol motor in their garden shed in 1882, for example, thereby laying the foundation stone for the city’s automotive industry. Porsche was to follow later as a sports car manufacturer, and numerous suppliers for the automotive industry such as Bosch and Mahle sprang up as a result.
Stuttgart is not only a city of cars, though. It is also a city of wines, and is even at the heart of one of Germany’s largest wine-growing regions. Aside from the classical Trollinger and Riesling varieties, there are now many other varieties of wine growing on the steep hills in the middle of the city and on the outskirts.
Another attraction, resulting from Stuttgart’s location within a valley, are its “Stäffele“. Miles and miles of stairs built long ago provide a steep, yet quick connection between each of the hills within the city, thus avoiding long detours even now. One man's curse is another man's blessing; the most beautiful of these steps can be explored on a guided tour with numerous anecdotes and interesting facts.
When it comes to architecture, Stuttgart delivers many monumental buildings. These include the Stuttgart television tower, which caused worldwide furore due to its construction and size when it was built in 1955 by Fritz Leonhardt. The Weißenhof-Siedlung district is also famous beyond the city borders as the most important testimony to modern architecture. This ensemble was built in 1922 under the direction of Mies van der Rohe and under collaboration from many renowned figures such as Le Corbusier, Gropius and Hilberseimer. Other outstanding buildings in the city are central station and the new building of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart museum.
Alongside the Staatsgalerie are many other museums worth visiting in Stuttgart, such as the Art Museum, the Württemberg State Museum, and the Museum of Natural History. Other cultural highlights are the many theatres in the city, such as the Classical State Theatre and the Modern Theaterhaus. Other leisure activities can be pursued in the various gardens or in the woods surrounding the city, or perhaps the Wilhelma zoological-botanical gardens.