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Maulbronn Monastery

The Maulbronn Monastery was constructed in the mid-12th Century and is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. This monastery was established by the Cistercian Order of monks and extensions were made to the complex till the 16th Century. Hence, it is an epitome of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture in the Medieval Period. The monastery is fortified by thick walls and exhibits a complex network of irrigation canals and drains. Explore vaulted rooms, cloisters, cellars, refectories, a chapel and a mill from the Middle Ages. The on-site museum showcases the history and lifestyle of the monastic order as well as Medieval artworks. You can also tour the gardens, vineyards and farmlands surrounding this monastery.

Kloster Hirsau

Located on Wildbader Straße, the Kloster Hirsau dates back to the 9th century and has a rich historical past as one of the most significant Benedictine abbeys in the country. It housed a chapel which was then rebuilt into a church with Roman architecture. The abbey sustained severe damages during the Nine Years' War, and its ruins today draw a multitude of visitors.

Schlossplatz

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.

ZKM: Center for Art and Media

Centrally located in the city, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie or ZKM is a unique cultural institution dedicated to advancement in the fields of art and media. Located within the sprawling facility, is an array of museums as well as research institutes dedicated to the arts and media. From exploring the fantastic interactive exhibits at the Media Museum to checking out stunning artwork at the Museum of Contemporary Art, visitors will have quite a lot to explore here. The center's main aim of facilitating advancement in arts has certainly taken good shape with a number of top exhibitions and art-related events happening here. Guided tours of the facility are available for visitors who wish to have a better understanding of ZKM.

Birkenkopf

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.

Porsche Museum

Originally established in 1976, The Porsche Museum started small and displayed more quality than quantity. However, work on expanding this museum began in 2003. Sprawled across 5600 square meters (60278 square feet), 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.

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