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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.
Schillerplatz is the oldest square in town and captures the essence of Stuttgart. It is here where you feel the history of the city, not only due to the historical and important buildings that surround the square but also because of this very special magical atmosphere. Schiller monument in the middle created by the Danish artist, Berthel Thorvaldsen, was revealed on May 9th, 1839. The Schillerplatz is home to Stuttgart's large and famous Christmas Market every year.
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.
Erected some 1000 years ago as a simple village church, the Collegiate Church is Stuttgart's main Protestant church and one of its landmarks. During the course of its history, the church went under many structural and stylistic modifications. Around 1944, the church was completely destroyed due to heavy bombing. Later, the church was rebuilt in the modern style and a war memorial was created for those who lost their lives there. After another renovation which was completed in 2003, the church is now open for visitors and worshipers.
Königstraße begins across the street from the central station; from there it will lead you past the Schlossplatz and into the very heart of Stuttgart for a shopping extravaganza like none other. This pedestrian street is lined with specialty boutiques, flagship stores, restaurants, cafes and numerous little hidden treasures. Königstraße is renowned not only as the city's longest pedestrian avenue, but also as one of the country's most impressive shopping esplanades. Whether you're in the mood for a shopping spree or a stroll, Königstraße is the place to be. For shopaholics and window-shoppers alike, Königstraße is akin to a carnival of delights, while the rest can savor traditional German or international cuisines, or settle in with a glass of wine to enjoy a bit of people watching. The street is not only the city's premier shopping destination, but is also a historic site with a long and colorful past, evidence of which is interwoven with contemporary additions.
In March 2005, the municipal art collection at last found an apt setting in the crystal cube of the new Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. The basis of the collection was the endowment of Marquis Silvio della Valle di Casanova, who in 1924 donated his private collection to this place. The museum is vast with beautiful paintings from all over. Once tired of exploration and admiration the visitors can visit the in-house bar and restaurant for drinks or snacks with an impressive view over the Schlossplatz. Also, there is an interesting shop to take away few things as a reminiscence of the museum.