Stuttgart is home to some of the best-known carmakers in the world. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche call the German city home. Car manufacturing headquarters have made Stuttgart a highly sought-after place to live and visit.
The city is home to just over 600,000 people. Those residents enjoy a high quality of life as Stuttgart consistently ranks as one of Europe’s best in terms of health, happiness, and finances. Stuttgart’s connection to the auto industry makes it an ideal vacation destination for petrolheads. But car museums are not its only bucket list port of call. Stuttgart also has beautiful historical landmarks worth exploring.
Local Favorite: MaultaschenStuttgart is found in Germany's Swabia region, and the southwestern area has its own distinct history, culture, and cuisine. Maultaschen is arguably the most identifiable food in the region and is a popular dish in Stuttgart. Maultaschen are oversized pieces of ravioli typically filled with onions, meat, and spinach. They are served in either a salad that is steamed, pan-fried, or dunked in beef-broth-like dumplings. Modern chefs around Stuttgart have created new ways to serve up maultaschen, with some restaurants serving maultaschen burgers, for example. According to legend, monks at the Maulbronn Monastery invented maultaschen to get around the ban of eating meat during Lent.
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Top Tourist Attractions
Many journeys begin or end at the Hauptbahnhof. It is Stuttgart’s primary train station, and travelers can take a trip to most major destinations in Germany from the Hauptbahnhof.
Opened in 1922 and designed by architect Paul Bonatz, the Hauptbahnhof withstood the bombs of World War II and is one of the most prominent historical landmarks in the city. In recent years, plans to demolish some parts of the station to modernize it have been met with fierce local opposition.
Perhaps, the most iconic part of the Hauptbahnhof is the rotating illuminated Mercedes-Benz sign that sits atop a 12-story tower located at the station.
Schlossplatz is Stuttgart’s famous palace square. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists throughout the year thanks to its vast expanse of well-manicured lawns, and the city’s famous Christmas markets that open in November.
The Schlossplatz is the beating heart of the city. It is centrally located near Stuttgart’s other popular tourist attractions so tourists can conveniently explore landmarks on foot.
Visitors can experience regular events at the Schlossplatz including festivals and concerts. The square is right next to the Wurttemberg State Museum, which is housed in the former Old Palace of the Wurttemberg region. The museum was founded in 1862 and is filled with an assortment of carefully categorized treasures and masterpieces from German history.
The Fernsehturm tower stands 710-feet tall and looks over Stuttgart like a proud protector. Fernsehturm was the world’s first television tower as it beamed signals to antennas all over the southwest region of Germany.
The tower began operating in 1956 and quickly became the prototype for similar towers in other cities around the world. Today, the Fernsehturm is arguably Stuttgart's No. 1 landmark.
Tourists can ascend the tower to dine at the Panorama Cafe or the Restaurant Leonhardts. There is also an observation deck at the top of the tower that provides beautiful views of Germany’s sixth largest city.