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The building with the pointed gable next to the Collegiate Church (Stiftskirche), was first documented in 1393 as the "great winepress". Its characteristic decorative Renaissance gable, designed by master builder Heinrich Schickardt, dates from 1596. This Granary was built specially to house the wine that is believed to have been in abundance during those times. To commemorate that era, a statue of the God of wine, Bacchus, sits on a barrel like a crest, with a glass in his hand.
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.
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.
Founded in 1827, the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart has been at the forefront of the cultural scene in Stuttgart. The society seeks to give impetus to new and upcoming contemporary artists by providing them a stage on which to present their work through multi-disciplinary displays. The exhibition and art space hosts exhibitions, seminars events, and workshops. The schedule of events is constantly changing, so it's a good idea to check out their website to see what's currently on show.
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.