A city guide to Stuttgart
Party all year around
Stuttgarters have a reputation for enjoying life and if you like food, beer, wine and music, all are here in abundance. Europe’s biggest and best-attended spring festival attracts around 1.5 million guests every year in April/May, and is followed by a summer festival, a late-summer wine festival, a beer festival in the fall and, last, but by no means least, the Southside music festival, which is held some 120km outside the city on beautiful Lake Constance (Bodensee).
You’re guaranteed beautiful views if you make it to the top of the 343m-high Karlshöhe tower. The panoramic terrace is best reached via the city’s “Stäffele”, lots of little stairways that connect the downtown area with the vineyards along the mountain slopes. If you want to see more of Stuttgart’s 400 Stäffele, guided tours are also available. Start at Tübingerstrasse and go up the Willy-Reichert-Staffel.
Historic trading place
The region’s top chefs like to buy their local and imported ingredients at the city’s market hall, which is over 100 years old and designed in an Art Nouveau style.
The intimate Schwarz-Weiss-Bar is reputed to be one of the 10 best bars in Germany and is famous for its creations made of homemade infusions and fresh herbs from its own garden.
You’ll find it hard to keep your wallet closed at Hook & Eye. This concept store boasts a solid personal selection of everything for the home – from interior accessories, stationery and furnishings, to unique hand-finished re-upholstered furniture.
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The Weissenhof Museum, housed in a building designed by Le Corbusier, gives an insight into modern architecture from 1927. It is part of the Weissenhof Estate, an exhibition from the same year, in which 17 architects, under the direction of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, showcased their ideas for modern urban living.
Ice cold, red hot
The Germans love their ice cream whatever the season, and in the eyes of Stuttgart locals there’s only one candidate for the best gelateria in the city, or in fact the entire state. The flavor combinations at Kaiserbau are full of imagination and the ice cream is handmade.
No trip to Swabia is complete without sampling the region’s culinary delights. At Weinstube Schellenturm, try spätzle (a bit like macaroni cheese), and “maultaschen” (a kind of ravioli) together with a “viertele”, which is a quarter of a liter of wine. The restaurant’s specialties can be enjoyed in a charming half-timbered tower in winter and on an idyllic terrace in summer. Other local dishes include the pancake-like “Kratzete”, potato dumplings called “Schupfnudeln”, lentils, and sauerkraut.
Start the day Dutch style
Poffers is an excellent choice for breakfast the day after a night out. Alongside the traditional breakfast menu, they also serve “poffers” – Dutch fluffy mini pancakes that come with toppings such as banana, chocolate, and salted caramel sauce.
Text: Eva Paulsen