Hello! I’ve been enjoying the fantastic weather, also in Germany where I recently went for a weekend to visit a couple of my husband’s friends. We went exactly to Stuttgart, probably not top of mind when visiting Germany, but I’ll give you at least 8 reasons to pay it a short visit.
1- If you are a car lover, well you can’t really miss Stuttgart (together with Munich) as it is home to Mercedes and Porsche. You can in fact visit the Mercedes-Benz Museum, which is celebrating its 10 years of opening, and the Porsche Museum.
2- It’s relatively a short trip from Zurich, just over 2 hours, (and also from other cities/countries) and it can be an addition to your cheaper shopping trip (vs Switzerland) with actually visiting something on top of doing your grocery/other shopping. There’s a small, but very lively city centre, especially on a sunny day like we had last Saturday, with music playing in the streets and a flower and fruit&veg markets in the morning. Don’t miss Schlossplatz! Even if almost everything has been rebuilt after the war…
3- There’s a covered market with gourmet specialties coming from allover Europe and maybe more at fairer prices (vs Switzerland). It’s called the Markthalle. Although I didn’t try the quality, everything looked pretty good at a first glance! It’s usually open from 7:30am till 6:30pm Mon-Friday and 7am-5pm on Saturday, it’s closed on Sunday.
5-the Hauptbahnhof (Central station) building, although now in the middle of works.
6-The “Unterer Schlossgarten i.e. a city park, that starts just behind the central station. It is not very large in width, but still pretty big. An oasis of peace for everybody seeking relax. You’ll find people grilling on a sunny day, lots of entertainment for kids, kiosks to enjoy a drink or a bite, etc…
7-The Baden (the thermal baths), with thermal water and open-air swimming pools in summer, some not far from the city park.
8-The Bergensee or Baerenschlossle, a day or half day trip towards one of Stuttgart’s hills where you can do hikes or just enjoy the view of a small artificial lake, the breeze and the shade on a hot sunny day, an a good German barbie if you feel hungry coupled with a great cold beer!