Stuttgart is often cited as one of the world’s least stressful cities, and a stroll through its parks and along its vast shopping promenade will reveal why. Stuttgart holidays offer the unusual juxtaposition of a lively cultural scene and a world-famous auto-manufacturing industry, and this verdant city – the sixth largest in Germany – is a blend of small-town charm and high-end horsepower. Wandering around Stuttgart reveals endless shopping and sightseeing possibilities, from the lengthy pedestrian Konigstrasse to the New and Old Palaces. A small city centre surrounded by sprawling residential areas, Stuttgart feels manageable, but its many museums are anything but small-town.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is a modern marvel built in 2006 that enshrines the company in German culture. And The Porsche Museum equally dazzles visitors – petrolheads and non-petrolheads alike. Beyond museums and cultural institutions, Stuttgart offers plenty of green space to explore – its U-shaped park is ideal for wandering through nature without even leaving the city. Stumble upon expansive beer gardens and, between sampling the beers, order some ‘spatzle’ or ‘maultaschen’ – popular variations on noodles and dumplings. Holidays to Stuttgart offer many discoveries – even the mighty pretzel, a staple throughout the country, is uniquely shaped and prepared here.
A Porsche? A Mercedes? Decisions, decisions. Why not go for both – or if the budget won't stretch, at least visit these iconic motor brands’ museums?
For a dose of culture, pop into the gorgeous Old Palace, housing a historical collection of the Wurttemberg State Museum, to check out its exhibits and exquisite architecture.
The pedestrian Konigstrasse is one of Europe’s longest shopping streets, with no cars for 1.2 kilometres of carefree, uninhibited shopping – or at least window shopping.