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.
After a long day of sightseeing, one is bound to crave something unique, which is when you should head to the Strotmanns Magic Lounge. As the name suggests, this theater entertains patrons with magic shows that are known to attract and entertain visitors. Thorsten Strotmann is the man you will be applauding here and his tricks are sure to keep you wondering for a long, long time. The venue itself is impeccably maintained; it's drenched in subtle hues of teal black and illuminated with candles and yellow lights to create an enchanting setting. Visual effects and acoustics add immeasurably to your experience.
Opened in 2001, the Killesbergturm is an observation tower which rises to a height of 42 meters (137 feet). Recognizable by its unique design where the curvy surface is supported by a steel net from the outside, the highest point of the tower offers a panoramic view of the city.
Birkenkopf is a tall hill which is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Wangen. This artificial hill was created post World War II with the rubble of the city ruins as a memorial for the locals who lost their lives. The hilltop is adorned with a cross that is a symbol of peace and happiness for the city's future. The hill also has some ruins from the war that are interesting to look at. A visit to this hill is like paying homage to the martyrs of the city. A few ruins of the war are still intact and are worth a look.
Killesberg is a haven for flower and gardening lovers. It is an oasis of tranquility and peace. With its magnificent flora, large grassy areas and the spectacular lookout tower, the park has become a must visit when around the Killesberg Hill. There are lakes, terraces, restaurants, narrow-gauge railway, children's play areas, and more fun activities that one can think of. The park is home to the Killesberg Railway as well.
Few gardens offer such a unique combination of fabulous architecture, flora and fauna as Stuttgart's Wilhelma. Located on the grounds of an old castle, the garden was established in the 19th Century and receives millions of visitors from all over the world annually. More than 11,000 animals from 1,000 species and countless plants from over 5,000 different species live and flourish here. From primates, elephants, hippos to an aquarium and a sea lion pool, the zoo evokes awe among kids and adults alike. The botanical garden is also home to greenhouses and rare plants including one of Europe's oldest Magnolia Grove. With so much to see, the Wilhelma is a must-visit.
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.
Junges Schloss is the state capital's first children's museum. The museum focuses on the regional history of the area, making the state's history engaging and exciting for the youngest generation of Stuttgarters. The museum's goal is to foster a love of art and culture by allowing kids to explore unique exhibits that teach them about these topics without being overbearing or too dense. Adults will love to watch their children engage with the exhibits and may even learn a thing or two themselves.
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.
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.
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 exhibits on display, the collection offers a glimpse into the bygone lives. There are different interesting areas within the palace, too, to explore and marvel at.
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.