At first glance, it doesn’t seem like the hillside city of Stuttgart would be home to mega auto brands like Porsche and Mercedes Benz. Nor would one expect the thriving nightlife scene that rules the heart of this German city. But there is no doubt that there is more to Stuttgart than meets the eye.
There is no doubt that Stuttgart radiates a decidedly small-town feel. Here, the banks close for lunch. Many, if not most, shops close their doors on Sundays. Restaurants and stores may not even accept credit cards aside from MasterCards and Visas.
But the absence of the fast-paced perks of a cosmopolitan city isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be quite far from it. This gives visitors a chance to explore the natural side of Stuttgart, like the many mineral springs and gardens found throughout the city.
Spatzle, knodel and beer are essentials when dining in Stuttgart and visitors will also have plenty of opportunity to try doner kebabs at any of the Turkish food stalls in Stuttgart. A wide selection of restaurants offers upscale and no-nonsense atmosphere with a range of international cuisines too.
Attractions topping the lists of many visitors to Stuttgart include the grand Schlossplatz town square, Neues Schloss (New Palace) and Schillerplatz square. Of course, one can’t leave Stuttgart without getting their fill of fast cars at the Mercedes Benz and Porsche Museums.
Temperatures get warm – but not uncomfortably so – during the peak travel season of May through October. This is the best time to visit Stuttgart, as a nonstop procession of festivals keep the city abuzz all season long. Popular events include the Stuttgart Jazz Open in July, the Stuttgart Beer Festival in September and Volksfest in October. November through March bring chilly temperatures to Stuttgart, especially in the coldest months of January and February. The shoulder season of March and April see increased rainfall, but travelers who don’t mind a little rain can enjoy mild temperatures during this cheap time to visit Stuttgart.
Public transportation is well-integrated in Stuttgart, and travelers can generally use the local Stadtbahn and S-Bahn train systems with ease. An extensive public bus system is also available, and a travel ticket lets passengers transfer between trains and buses with ease. Walking is another option in Stuttgart, as distances between popular destinations are generally not too far. Ample pedestrian zones, bridges and paths make it simple and safe to walk through the city. Taxis and rental cars are the most expensive ways to get around the city, but are options nonetheless. An added consideration to driving a rental car is the expense of parking spaces in the city. With public transportation both affordable and easy to navigate, this –in addition to walking – is typically how visitors get around Stuttgart.