Schlossplatz, the Castle Square, is the largest square in Stuttgart that houses the Neues Schloss, built between 1746 and 1807. With the famous Königstraße (King Street) bisecting it from north to south, Schlossplatz neighbours with two other popular squares in Stuttgart − Karlsplatz and Schillerplatz. Schlossplatz is home to annual outdoor events such as open-air concerts, children’s fairs and Christmas market including an outdoor ice rink.
The Art Museum
With fascinating exhibitions, impressive art collections and the spectacular architecture, the Art Museum (Kunstmuseum) is one of the top attractions in Stuttgart. The exterior glass cube encloses 5,000 square metres displaying works of modern and contemporary art. The museum houses works by Otto Dix, as well as unique collections of Adolf Hölzel, Willi Baumeister and Dieter Roth.
Stuttgart’s market halls
Built in 1914, the art nouveau market halls in Stuttgart are a gastronomic paradise. There’s the aroma of exotic spices hanging in the air, a chant of voices speaking different languages, and countless rows of stalls covering an area of around 3,000 square metres. Fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, meat and bakery, as well as flowers are available here daily.
Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums
Stuttgart is home to the leading automotive producers, Daimler-Benz and Porsche, both of which have erected spectacular museums in the city. At the breathtaking Mercedes-Benz Museum, more than 1,500 exhibits displayed on nine floors trace the unique history of the brand.
You shouldn’t also miss a chance to learn all about the legendary Porsche at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. The museum is remarkable with its bold architecture − the dazzling white building is held up by just three pillars.
Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden
These 30-hectare zoo and botanical garden located in the northern suburbs of Stuttgart are home to 6,000 species of plants and 11,500 animals from all over the world, making it the second largest botanical garden in Germany (after the Berlin Zoological Garden). Wilhelma is a sanctuary for gorillas rejected by their mothers.
The Viniculture Museum
The Viniculture Museum traces the history of winemaking from Roman times to the present day. Its traditional timber framed architecture provides the perfect setting for an extensive exhibition on the wine culture. The fascinating display includes different drinking vessels spanning 2,000 years, as well as a cooper’s workshop, wine presses and huge wooden barrels.