The capital of Baden-Württemberg in Germany, this reasonably quiet city with 600,000 inhabitants is an ideal spot for those looking to learn more about Germany’s history as the town was founded in the 10th Century. As the sixth largest city in Germany, it is perfect for those who enjoy the big city facilities without the aggression usually found in major cities.
The locals are typically incredibly friendly and are very accommodating for those who do not speak German. As a result, the city is generally laid-back and relaxed, with plenty of events and activities open to those who are not necessarily the most knowledgeable of German culture.
A hatchback is the ideal size for navigating the roads in and around Stuttgart, while remaining large enough to traverse the undeveloped roads and areas of road works.
One of the main attractions to the city is its connection to Mercedes-Benz. With a factory open to the public with over 40,000 employees and a museum dedicated to the car maker, there is plenty to keep Merc fans happy here.
Wilhelma is a fantastic zoo and botanical garden with a vast variety of life on show for people to observe and enjoy. Ideal for families, it is one of the biggest attractions in the city, while the grounds also offer stunning architecture in the form of the 19th century palace built for King Wilhelm of Wuerttemberg.
There are a vast number of annual festivals that take place throughout the year in the city. Weindorf is one of the most popular as a 10-day wine festival while the Christmas market throughout December is one of the best in the country.
Stuttgart caters to a vast range of musical interests through its diverse number of bars and nightclubs. Rock fans will be well covered by Classic Rock Café which offers free entry, several jazz clubs and a number of nightclubs for indie music lovers.
Stuttgart suffers severely from rush hour traffic both in the centre of the city and its surrounding districts. It is advised to avoid driving between the hours of 7.30am-9.30am and 4.30pm-6.30pm.
The main roads are constantly experiencing renovation. While this helps to produce high road quality around the city, it can also mean that most journeys will experience reroutes and delays.
Pedestrians are typically well catered for in the city and to encourage safety in crossing there are regular pedestrian crossings throughout all roads.
Stuttgart is served by one airport located in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, which is served by a wide variety of major and low-coast airlines. It is typically connected with most major European airlines across Germany and Europe making it reasonably easy to access
Stuttgart Airport is accessible via the 8 autobahn, which, on the left, goes towards the city centre and moves into the countryside in the opposite direction.