Flying into Stuttgart Airport is the perfect way to discover both the city and the surrounding area. You can immediately pick up your hire car and start exploring the region.
Stuttgart is a large city with an intimate and welcoming atmosphere. The residents of the city are extremely friendly and hospitable which makes it a fantastic place to visit. The city is well-known for its heritage in car production and fantastic post-war architecture. As a result, car enthusiasts should make it their duty to visit both the Mercedes-Benz and the Porsche Museums. They are both great for a day trip and take you through the history of two of the most famous car manufacturers in the world. There are always fantastic temporary exhibitions run to support the permanent collection.
Alternatively, there is lots more to do in Stuttgart that doesn’t involve automobile heritage. The Fernsehturm Tower has the best views in the city and is a great starting point to get your bearings. You can also visit the Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which are always popular tourist attractions.
Stuttgart Day Trips
Within a short drive of Stuttgart is the charming university town of Tubingen. The picturesque river, which runs through the centre of the town, adds character to the already beautiful buildings. You can take a boat trip on the river or take a walk along Neckar Island. If you have time it is also worth visiting the Rathaus, Marktplatz and the Schloss Hohentubigen.
To the west of Stuttgart, in the Black Forest, is the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden. This picture perfect town will keep your camera working overtime. Make sure you take the time to sit and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere here whilst you tuck in to some Black Forest Gateau in-situ. You can also visit the natural springs in the town and wonder at the ruins of the old castle.
Slightly further afield, but still within day trip distance, is Lake Constance. The lake is officially situated in both Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the foothills of the Alps provide a dramatic backdrop. This is the perfect area to kick back, enjoy the weather and have a picnic. The shoreline is also dotted with traditional villages and towns that are waiting to be explored.