Dreamy Days Out
You’ll never be short on things to do in Stuttgart. Motor lovers will be in their element, as this city is the manufacturing hub for both elite brands Mercedes-Benz and Porsche – and there’s even a Porsche Museum to visit!
Encounter legendary racing and sports cars as you enjoy an up-close-and-personal experience of the history of Porsche. Feast your eyes upon fascinating production models and even unusual prototypes, with a selection of more than 80 vehicles on display taking from the early years of the company all the way to the present day.
If you’re more of an animal lover, then you’re in luck too, as right in the heart of Stuttgart lies one of Europe’s largest zoos. Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden is a zoological-botanical garden located on the grounds of a historic castle. Tell us this isn’t the prettiest zoo you’ll ever visit!
The zoo covers an area of about 30 hectares and houses around 11,500 animals from around the world. A special section is the accommodation of apes, where young apes from all over Europe are raised if their parents were unable to. Seeing these animals looked after so well is sure to brighten up any day.
A Place to Relax and Rejuvenate
Stuttgart is a really green city – you’ll be surrounded by seemingly endless open space and pretty parks at every turn. The most popular parks is Schlossgarten, located right in the heart of the city. It’s the perfect place for a peaceful stroll away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, with swans serenely floating on the pond and geese and their goslings pitter-pattering nearby.
Rosenstein Park and Killesberg park are among other firm favourites too. The parks look simply stunning in the height of summer, but equally picturesque in autumn, when colourful leaves decorate the walkways. And they look like something out of a fairytale in winter when the trees are dusted in snow!
If you didn’t know already, Stuttgart is also an official spa city, thanks to the 13-state approved healing springs it’s home to, as well as the 44 million litres of mineral water that’s pulled up through the ground here every day.
MineralBad Cannstatt Spa is amongst the most popular, with a Russian-Roman steam bath and marvelous mineral sauna. With an enormous wellness area featuring indoor and outdoor pools, four saunas and numerous whirlpools to dip into, you’re spoilt for choice with ways to relax. There’s six medicinal springs feeding the pools here alone – it’s a real treat for the body and soul!
What could be better than sipping on delicious wines with a view? Well, Stuttgart has a prime position in south-west Germany’s wine growing region, meaning you can be in the middle of wine country with just a quick 20-minute train ride from the city centre.
The Stuttgart wine trail is popular among tourists, – it’ll see you taking in wonderful wine landscapes on a steady hiking trail through the countryside. You’ll begin in Obertürkheim am Neckar, where you’ll then be led over the valley to Uhlbach, through the vineyards themselves to Rotenberg, being treated to breathtaking lookouts all along the way. It’s something special!
Of course, you have to detour slightly for a little wine tasting! It’s easy enough to try a range of wonderful wines, with vintners along the way offering ‘five for five’ – five wines of your choice for an unbelievable five euros! What better way to sample a selection of delicious local wines in the heart of Stuttgart?