STUTTGART TRAVEL GUIDE
State capital of the Baden-Württemberg region in southwest Germany, Stuttgart is renowned as the birthplace of the modern automobile and hosts the world's second largest beer festival.
This modern city is the proud home of the famous Porsche and Mercedes-Benz museums, as well as a rich array of fascinating cultural attractions.
As one of Germany's greenest cities, Stuttgart's urban areas are broken up by tranquil parks, botanical gardens and blossoming vineyards with hilltop lookouts. When winter draws near, visitors from all over the globe over flock to Stuttgart to see the city's Christmas markets; which are some of the oldest in Europe.
Experience this beautiful city yourself by starting your German adventure with P&O Ferries.
ROAM THE PALACE SQUARE
Located in the heart of the city, the Palace Square is one of the most popular places in Stuttgart and serves as a meeting point for visitors and locals alike.
Known as Schlossplatz, this large grassy area is surrounded by the elegant New Palace, Neues Schloss, which was once the residence of German kings. Directly opposite this former royal residence is the Old Castle, Altes Schloss, and the Landesmuseum within is one of the largest cultural exhibitions in the region.
After your castle visit, the Königsbau Arcade is the perfect place to go shopping for boutique clothes, while also nearby is the Kunstmuseum. This striking glass cube showcases an eclectic collection of modern art inside its sleek interior, and is well worth a trip.
NEED FOR SPEED
Stuttgart has long been hailed as the 'Cradle of the Automobile' as the first petrol powered car was invented here by Karl Benz in 1886.
Head to the Mercedes Benz Museum to experience a full 125-year history of the automobile and find over 160 beautiful cars to drool over. Even if you aren't a huge motor enthusiast, the museum's stunning modern architecture make it worth your time. Petrol heads should also make sure to visit the famous Porsche Museum, which presents the most stunning cars in the company's illustrious history like catwalk models, with well over 100 on display.
You can also choose to combine your tour with a visit to the factory next door and receive a sneak peek of the production methods behind this iconic car maker.
GREEN PLACES IN STUTTGART
While Germany is obviously known for producing some of the finest beer in the world, Stuttgart boasts some of the country's most fantastic wine.
With stunning vineyards located in the heart of the city, it's not hard to see why and the area has a rich wine culture dating back 1,000 years. Explore the underground cellars on a tasting tour, and see some of the best views of the city from the hilltop lookouts.
For a relaxing picnic in the sun, Schlossgarten or Killesberg Hill Park are ideal, and both public parks function perfectly as a mini oasis in the middle of the city.
A favourite stop for animal lovers and children is the unique Wilhelma zoo and botanical garden, where you can spot over 1,000 different animals including lions and tigers.
The surrounding villages near Stuttgart are ideal for a day trip. Nearby Waldenbuch is famous for its Ritter Sport chocolate factory while picture perfect Tübingen has beautiful bars and cosy restaurants set up right along the Neckar River.
For a magical adventure, head to the fairy tale Neo-Gothic Hohenzollern Castle and look out on the awe-inspiring panoramic views from the castle walls. This spectacular hilltop fortification once served as the home of the Prince of Prussia and still holds many royal treasures including sparkling crowns and shiny silver to discover inside.
Start your own German adventure by visiting Stuttgart, travelling from Dover to Calais or from Hull to Zeebrugge with P&O Ferries.