Stuttgart

They say the car has many fathers, but just one hometown. Since the day Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach put together the first ever high-speed petrol engine in the glasshouse they used as workshop, that hometown has been none other than Stuttgart.

Stuttgart developed as a trade centre and in 1311 became the seat of the Württemberg family. However, the city really took regional control only when Napoleon made Württemberg a kingdom and Stuttgart its capital in 1805. In 1885 Daimler and Benz mapped out Stuttgart’s future as a motor city.

Drivers’ dreams come true when they visit Stuttgart. The city not only produces internationally renowned cars, but also lives and breathes its automotive history.

Thus, Mercedes-Benz Museum is the only museum in the world to present the history of the automotive industry from the very beginning. The futuristic building of the museum houses 160 automotive gems. There’s also a museum of another brand known for its iconic vehicles – Porsche.

On top of it, every March, fans of classic cars from around the world descend on Stuttgart for the Retro Classics, Germany’s renowned motor show.

However, the city has more to offer than automotive temptation alone. Other countless festivals provide an ample opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of Stuttgart.

The city really livens up in April, during the three-week Frühlingsfest which salutes spring with beer and grilled sausages.

In August, the open-air Sommerfest unfolds on Schlossplatz with live music. Another local celebration during the last weekend in August is the Stuttgarter Weindorf, when Marktplatz and Schillerplatz become packed with wine connoisseurs sampling hundreds of regional drinks.

By the way, the surrounding valleys of vineyards play a significant part in the Stuttgart exquisite food and fine wine. From corner pubs to award-winning restaurants, the city offers a wide range of gastronomic treats, from Spätzle noodles to pinot noir.

In December Stuttgart hosts Germany’s largest Christmas Market. But the town’s major event is the sixteen-day Cannstatter Volksfest in late September, which is a local equivalent of Munich’s Oktoberfest, yet undiscovered by invading armies of tourists.

The town may feel bereft of history, but there’s no shortage of high culture in its museums, principally the collections of the Staatsgalerie and the archeological treasures of the Landesmuseum Württemberg. You can also admire the exceptional collection of contemporary art in the Stuttgart Art Museum, or trace history from the Stone Age to the modern era at the Altes Schloss.

When it comes to the performing arts, State Theatre is the biggest multi-genre theatre in the world, while its ballet and opera productions enjoy international acclaim. Music lovers will appreciate Stuttgart’s highly praised orchestras, numerous jazz clubs and the musicals in the SI-Centrum entertainment complex.

Otherwise, you can just enjoy a promenade along the prime shopping streets of Königstrasse and Calwerstrasse at your leisure.

Watch the hyperlapse video with the city highlights below to catch a glimpse of more attractions in Stuttgart.

24H HYPERLAPSE STUTTGART from yves pascal eckhardt on Vimeo.

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