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Top Destinations: 5 Attractions in Stuttgart

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last update on Jul 18, 2019

Stuttgart is known for its historic palace complexes, big car manufacturers, art galleries, and impressive musicals. The capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg is particularly popular for a weekend getaway. We have five of the absolute must-sees that you shouldn't miss.

1: Mercedes Benz Museum

Silver Arrow Curve is one of the main attractions at Mercedes Benz Museum.
© Daimler AG Silver Arrow Curve is one of the main attractions at Mercedes Benz Museum.

Mercedes Benz Museum is certainly among the top attractions in Stuttgart. On nine levels and a total surface of 16,500 square metres, you immerse into more than 125 years of automotive history. Numerous different objects, including 160 vehicles, are on show.

The best way to explore the museum is on one of the two round tours. The main tour spirals from the top level all the way down and through the seven so-called 'Mythosräume' (engl. myth rooms) that showcase a chronological history of the brand. The second tour leads you through the collection rooms of the museum.

>> All information about Mercedes Benz Museum!

2: Wilhelma – Zoological Botanical Gardens

During the summer, you can enjoy a walk through the beautiful tulip beds in front of the Morisco country house inside the zoological botanical garden Wilhelma.
© Wilhelma Stuttgart During the summer, you can enjoy a walk through the beautiful tulip beds in front of the Morisco country house inside the zoological botanical garden Wilhelma.

With around 9,000 animals of 1,100 different species, Wilhelma is one of the largest zoos in the world. What makes it so special, is that Wilhelma is not only a zoological, but a botanical garden as well: at the historic park and inside several greenhouses, there are more than 7,000 plant species. Stuttgart's zoo therefore has a special position among German animal parks.

As Wilhemla is also located on the premises of Wilhelm I's formerly royal park, historic Morisco-style buildings make for a truly unique flair.

>> Learn more about Wilhelma, the zoological botanical garden!

3: Solitude Palace

Historic characters bring history to life on a tour through Solitude Palace.
© Foto: Norbert Stadler; Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg Historic characters bring history to life on a tour through Solitude Palace.

Built by Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, in the 18th century, Solitude Palace is located in Stuttgart's West. Visitors are taken back to the Baroque age here. As was customary at the time, the complex was created in a symmetric manner, and comprises a pavilion-like main building as well as several outbuildings and a double-flight staircase.

Solitude Palace can be visited in the course of special experience tours, where historic personalities like the Duke's mistress show you around the premises.

>> Things to know about Solitude Palace!

4: Stuttgart TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

Sipping cocktails with a panoramic view - possible at Stuttgart TV Tower.
© Stuttgart Marketing GmbH - Fotograf: Achim Mende Sipping cocktails with a panoramic view - possible at Stuttgart TV Tower.

On top of Stuttgart TV Tower, you get a great overview of the Baden-Wuerttemberg capital. The city's landmark was built on top of the 483m/1,585ft peak of Hoher Bopser, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions today. From the tower, you get a great view unto the surrounding vineyards, the Neckar valley, and all the way to the Swabian Alps and the Black Forest.

Furthermore, you can go for a coffee or sip a cocktail at 147m/482ft. A beer garden is located at the foot of the tower, where you can sit and relax on a nice summer's day.

>> Everything about Stuttgart TV Tower!

5: State Gallery Stuttgart

State Gallery Stuttgart is distinguished by the colourful steel elements of its Stirling construction.
© Staatsgalerie Stuttgart State Gallery Stuttgart is distinguished by the colourful steel elements of its Stirling construction.

With more than 400,000 exhibits ranging from the 14th century to present, State Gallery Stuttgart is among the most significant museums in Germany. The combination of historic old building with the futuristic Stirling construction reflects the connection of tradition and modernity.

The museum's main focus lies on Classic Modernism from 1900 to 1980. Exhibits include works by Picasso, Joseph Beuys, and Henri Matisse.

>> Find out more about State Gallery Stuttgart!

Further Highlights in Stuttgart

You want to explore the capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg further? This way for an overview of al the tourist attractions in Stuttgart.

>> All the attractions in Stuttgart

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