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With a history spanning almost 300 years, the building has seen a lot of changes and reconstructions. Originally built as barracks for the Duke's guards, it was later transformed into an orphanage. In 1922 the orphanage was transferred to another location and the building was meant to be torn down to make way for a new city hall. Nowadays, it houses the Institute of Foreign Relations, restaurants, a cafe, and in the courtyard a pleasant beer garden worth visiting.
Named after Duke Karl Eugen, this tourist hot spot is adorned with a statue of King Wilhelm I. A famed enclosure, Karlsplatz can become thronged by residents and tourists alike, for it houses local events like the periodic flea market or even the fish market. Take a walk at Karlsplatz at anytime during the week and you will always find a local gathering taking place.
Don't be fooled by the New Palace's name. Built in 1806, this palace has stood the trials of time and nature for centuries. A visit to this palace is a treat for those who appreciate architecture. During the 1900s, the castle functioned as a museum but sadly it was left in ruins during World War II. Subsequently, the rooms were painstakingly restored to their former beauty. Presently the building serves as the administration office for several ministries of the Baden-Wuerttemberg state government. While the White Hall is used for various conferences and meetings, the Parade Rooms can be visited with special permission. The palace is breathtakingly beautiful at night so be sure to stop by for a look while strolling around the city.
The State College of Music and Performing Arts was built as the Music School of Stuttgart in 1857. A large number of students studied in this historic building. However, when the original building and the building that housed its classes were heavily damaged during WWII, the college had to be relocated. After many years, in 1955 a new building was constructed. Recently, in 2002, British architect James Stirling completed the second wing of the music academy. The beautiful academy has now become one of Stuttgart's major landmarks.
Power is built in a bog. Owing to the sponginess of the terrain on which the State Parliament (known as Landtag) stands, it was necessary to ram a large number of concrete pylons into the ground during construction (1959-1961) to ensure that democracy was on a solid footing. A people's guide and information booklet can be ordered from the Parliament for further details.
The art chamber, historically the core of Landesmuseum Württemberg dates back to the 16th Century when dukes of Württemberg collected anything rare, precious, or unusual. The royal house of Württemberg is represented here by the crown and by many other curios. In addition to the current exhibits on display, the collection glimpse into the bygone lives. There are different interesting areas within the palace too, to explore and marvel at.
The 10th-century Altes Schloss, or Old Palace, is located in the heart of the city adjacent to the 19th-century New Palace. The castle has served as a residence for the city's sovereign counts and dukes of the area since its construction. By the command of several of the 16th-century dukes, the moats of the castle were removed and it was converted into a Renaissance castle. The castle that visitors can admire today was reconstructed in 1969, as the original was destroyed during World War II. The castle is currently the headquarters of the Württemberg State Museum that houses archaeological collections, as well as collections related to local history and culture.
Kunstgebäude is nestled on the Schlossplatz and was built between 1910 to 1930. It was modeled by Theodor Fischer and features a dome with a golden deer atop. This historic building was among the many casualties of the World War II and was completely damaged. Architects Paul Bonatz and Günter Wilhelm rebuilt it five years. It houses the Württemberg Kunstverein Stuttgart, Café Artists Association and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. It is also used as a provisional parliament house since 2013 till the state legislature is renovated.