Located in the city which is called home by Mercedes Benz, the Mercedes Benz Museum is a spectacular tribute to one of the leading car brands of the world. A narrative of over a century of the brand's history, the museum was established in the year 2006. Designed by UN Studio, the design of the building is uniquely reminiscent of a double helix (human DNA), with the atrium inspired by the shape of Wankel Engine. Exhibiting over 160 vehicles, the museum displays some of the most treasured pieces of automotive history in the form of vintage cars. A paradise for car and automobile lovers, the museum's glass facade is the epitome of modern elegance.
Waterfalls have an allure that intrigues young and old alike, and the Uracher Waterfall is no different. A popular attraction in Bad Urach, this cascade is ensconced in dense woodlands, giving it an ethereal feel that is not soon forgotten. This natural beauty is formed by a karst spring and features trails leading to its base right through its peak. There is a bridge atop the waterfall where you can get a different view of this mighty water feature. You will also find benches to rest on as you hike up the trail and a barbecue facility where you can grill your food. It is indeed a rewarding place to have a picnic after a climb and bask in the superb surroundings.
Schlossplatz is a famous square in Stuttgart that is also home to the New Palace. The square underwent renovation in 1977 for the State Garden Show. It was again given a touch-up during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The Jubilee Column in the center of the square was built to commemorate the silver jubilee of King Wilhelm I's reign in 1841. There are two fountains from the 19th Century with four cherubs each that stand for each river of Württemberg. Many local events take place at the square, including fairs and markets.
Originally established in 1976, The Porsche Museum started small and displayed more quality than quantity. However, following the construction of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, work on expanding this museum began in 2003. Sprawled across 5600 square meters (60278 square feet), today, the spectacular Porsche Museum is housed in the striking white building that appears to levitate. It features more than 80 vehicles, from prototypes to boats and of course, sports cars. A must-visit for all automobile enthusiasts, the museum is also the starting point of the factory tour.
Originally planned as a quiet little hunting seat, Castle Solitude turned into quite an ambitious project with Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam serving as an example to strive for in Duke Karl Eugen's mind. The palace was built in three construction phases, starting in 1764 and recurring restoration projects have made sure that the palace is still at its aesthetic best. It is a popular location, not only because of the views and its architectural beauty, but also for the concerts and exhibitions that are held here regularly. Events also take place in the Main Hall of the palace and its chapel is a dream setting for any intimate wedding. The Fritz Graevenitz Museum is located in one of the palace's buildings and guided tours of the palace are open to the public.
The Theaterhaus Stuttgart is one of Europe's most innovative cultural projects, a new type of theatrical institution whose beacon shines out far beyond the city boundaries. Replete with a unique blend of art, sports and youth work, it presents impressive shows like 'Reden mit Mama and Was heißt hier Liebe?' among many others. The Theaterhaus offers not only an ambitious multicultural actor ensemble portraying excellent dramatic pieces, but also gorgeous dance theater performances. Â
A longstanding testament to Baroque architecture, the palace dominates the city center of Stuttgart. 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. Rolling lawns, fountains and a columnar monument embellish the front yard of the sprawling edifice of the palace. 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 and makes for a lovely stopover during an evening stroll through the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience all that the vibrant city of Stuttgart has to offer with a little help from the friendly guides of Stuttgart Steps. The outfit offers walking tours of the city, culinary tours and vineyard hikes in English, catering to the varied interests of the many who are drawn to the vibrant city of Stuttgart. Whether it's city's modern architectural monuments, sprawling squares, baroque cathedrals or the Swabian food culture that speak to you, Stuttgart Steps will be your guide to Stuttgart and its many wonders. Reservations are required for most of the tours, so be sure to plan ahead.