Things to do in
Stuttgart

Automotive museums, architectural gems, and historical palaces await in this southern German city.

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Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

1. Mercedes-Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

Follow in the footsteps of your favorite players on this fascinating 1.5-hour behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Explore the stadium and the history of the VfB Stuttgart football team in German or English with an experienced guide.  During the tour, go inside the home team's changing room, take pictures in the press conference room, and visit the media hall, the main stand, and other interesting parts of the stadium. Feel each area come to life with your guide's interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes. As a highlight, walk through the players' tunnel out onto the pitch. After the tour, stock up on new VfB Stuttgart apparel, with 10% off in the Fan-Center.

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Stuttgart 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Stuttgart 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Board the hop-on-hop-off bus with this day ticket and explore Stuttgart at your own pace. Your 24-hour hop-on-hop-off ticket gives you enough time to explore the city as you wish. You can choose between the Blue and the Green Tour. You can get on and off the bus as often as you like at 9 bus stops on the Blue Tour and 8 bus stops on the Green Tour in the Stuttgart metropolitan area. Alternatively, you can stay on the bus and enjoy the flair of the city from your seat. The Blue Tour lasts about 100-minutes and the Green Tour lasts about 60-minutes. Discover multi-faceted Stuttgart and get ready for a city full of surprises. Learn all kinds of interesting and entertaining facts about Baden-Württemberg’s pulsating state capital with the audio guide, which is available in 10 languages, in premium sound quality. The Blue Tour lasts about 100 minutes and the Green Tour lasts about 60 minutes. With a combination ticket you can explore two of the following routes: the blue, the green and / or the wine route. Please note: the Green Route is currently not running. Blue Tour Stops: 1) Tourist Information 2) Schlossplatz 3) Pig Museum 4) Mercedes Benz Museum 5) Wilhelma/Neckar-Käpt´n 6) Weingenuss / Römer 7) Weinwanderung 8) Killesberg / Weissenhofmuseum 9) Linden Museum Green Tour Stops: 1) Tourist Information 2) Schlossplatz 3) TV Tower 4) 'Zacke' Rack Railway 5) Funicular Railway 6) Marienplatz Square 7) Karlshöhe 8) Linden Museum Alternatively, choose the Wine Tour Route by selecting the relevant option upon checkout. This tour starts at Mercedes-Benz Museum and takes you to wine estates, the Stuttgart Museum of Viniculture, and the romantic Royal Burial chapel on the Württemberg. Enjoy a wonderful ride through Stuttgart's beautiful vineyards.

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Vineyard Tour in Covered Waggon in German

3. Vineyard Tour in Covered Waggon in German

Experience a tour through vineyards with a tractor and a covered wagon and enjoy a tasting of local wine. Start at Stuttgart-Münster and marvel at the beautiful landscape along the Neckar River. Pass impressively steep slopes on your way to Stuttgart-Mühlhausen. While you make your way to the Freienstein on treading paths, admire the views of Max-Eyth-Lake and the Neckar valley. Benefit from the knowledge of experts and try typical local wines.

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Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

4. Stuttgart: Vineyard Wine Safari

Take a walk along Stuttgart's steep slopes and let yourself be guided through the vineyards of the region by a guide wearing a traditional costume. Enjoy spectacular views of Bad Cannstatt, Münster, and the Neckar on this hiking experience. Taste five regional wines and discover what makes them so special. On this tour, try the famous Cannstatter Zuckerle and other phenomenal regional wines. Enjoy a few snacks, and look forward to fun games related to all things wine.

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Stuttgart: Winter Sunday Brunch Buffet with Drinks

5. Stuttgart: Winter Sunday Brunch Buffet with Drinks

Treat yourself to a hearty Sunday brunch while on a visit to Stuttgart, Germany. Enjoy a mix of hot and cold dishes for a true continental dining experience, which takes place on every second Sunday from December through February. Dig into winter brunch at the Riverhouse on these dates from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Brunch includes the following: Mixed breadbasket with croissants, mini Berliners, walnut fruit bread, pretzels, butter, and two kinds of cream cheese Chocolate spread, assorted jams & honey Variety of sausages and cheeses Smoked salmon with horseradish and honey mustard sauce Bircher muesli, yogurt Various fruits and vegetables Eggs, scrambled or fried Bacon Sausages Waffles with applesauce, cinnamon, and sugar Grilled vegetables Italian pasta salad with pine nuts, dried tomatoes, parmesan & arugula Tomato mozzarella Lamb's lettuce with various toppings and winter dressing Gnocci with sage butter Game ragout with mushrooms Hazelnut spaetzle

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Stuttgart: Stäffele Tour in German

6. Stuttgart: Stäffele Tour in German

Choose between 4 different tour routes: • Tour North Begin with a short walk through the new European quarter then head up the steps to the Chinese Garden for a beautiful view over the city. Then, continue uphill to Killesberg where there's a lot to discover. Make your way through the residential area of Feuerbacher Heide to the Bismarck Tower for another wonderful view of Stuttgart. On the way down to the Killesberg tram stop, pass by the house where the industrial families Porsche and Moser once lived. The tour ends at the Killesberg tram stop. • Tour East Begin with a short walk through the castle garden then head over hundreds of steps to the Fair Galathea Statue and the Cannon House. From the Villa Reitzenstein, enjoy a wonderful view of the city and learn interesting facts about the people after whom the Stäffele steps are named. On the way down, you'll see the Wilhelmspalais, the magnificent city residence of the last king of Württemberg. Your tour ends in the Academy Garden, which is located behind the New Castle. • Tour South Start at Marienplatz and soon climb numerous "Stäffele". Marvel at amazing city panoramas until you reach the Alte Weinsteige. From the highest point on the tour, you can see all of Stuttgart. Then, make your way back through a forest to the legendary tea house, where the tour ends. • Tour West Begin your exciting Stäffele tour of West Stuttgart at Marienplatz. From here, go up past the enchanted urban lapidarium and archaeological museum, then continue through the urban vineyard to the fabulous viewpoint on the Karlshöhe mountain. Here, you'll be rewarded for all your climbing with a wonderful view. Next, follow the path up the steep Hasenbergsteig in the footsteps of Wilhelm II. Discover the legendary Alexandershäusle, and hear about the "Schwabtunnel," the first street and tram tunnel in the empire. Listen to many other amazing stories on the route through the west of Stuttgart. The tour concludes at Feuersee.

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Stuttgart: Winter Tour in a Covered Wagon

7. Stuttgart: Winter Tour in a Covered Wagon

Explore the landscape of Stuttgart in the winter. Enjoy a sleigh ride on a covered tractor wagon, through a winter wonderland. Stay warm inside as you travel through wintry Stuttgart, along the Neckar and through the vineyards. Feel the festive spirit in the air as you get cozy under warm blankets, and take in the lovely christmas decorations. Sip on a glass of mulled wine or punch, and some christmas cookies. Join in with some well-known Christmas songs to complete the Christmas spirit.

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Stuttgart: Guided Wine Walk & Wine Tasting

8. Stuttgart: Guided Wine Walk & Wine Tasting

Experience Stuttgart’s magnificent topography and excellent wine landscape. Explore wonderful vineyards during a guided walking tour. Tour the most notable wine spots with your knowledgable expert guide. Learn about viticulture and Stuttgart’s history of wine enjoyment. Along the way, stop two times to taste exquisite Stuttgart wines.

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Stuttgart: Exclusive City Walk

9. Stuttgart: Exclusive City Walk

Your personal guide will take you on an entertaining and informative circular tour through the heart of Stuttgart. Get to know the city's main attractions and their histories on this guided walk. Your tour begins in the Upper Palace Gardens (Oberer Schlossgarten), before taking you past the theater and the internationally renowned Stuttgart Opera. You will continue at a leisurely pace past the Eckensee Lake, and the seat of the Landtag, the regional parliament. You will then advance towards both the New and Old Palaces, with a look at the inner courtyard. When you arrive on Palace Square, you've reached the true heart of the city. On Schiller Square you'll hear all about the history of the city, which was originally founded back in the 10th century as a stud farm. In the Market Hall you can embark on a culinary trip round the world, while only a stone's throw away there's the Marketplace with the Town Hall.

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Stuttgart: "Kehrwoche" Tour in Swabian

10. Stuttgart: "Kehrwoche" Tour in Swabian

After meeting your guide outside the Stadtmuseum Stuttgart, your guided tour will begin. Throughout your tour, a resolute Swabian housewife (or her husband), armed with a broom and a duster, will guide you through the inner city of Stuttgart. Knowing no discretion, your housewife-guide will dig up the dirt on their neighbors. She will divulge to you her most economical cooking recipes, and will also shed some light about some of the great Stuttgart personalities. Nothing is safe from Frau Schwätzele. Only one person enjoys her undivided respect, and that is the inventor of the notorious Swabian Kehrwoche. Take part in this cheerful yet unusual city walk, and after around 2 hours you will result in the courtyard of the old castle.

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Frequently asked questions about Stuttgart

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Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to spend in Stuttgart?

    A full three days will allow you plenty of time to visit Stuttgart. Add a couple extra days for day trips to explore the surrounding countryside, boasting more castles and palaces, beautiful nature and Stuttgart's famed Vineyard Trails.

  • Getting around

    Stuttgart offers plenty of public transportation possibilities for traveling through the city. The StuttCard Plus provides discounts and free admission to many museums, and it also serves as a travel card. Keep in mind that in Germany, it's necessary to stamp public transportation tickets in the validating machine before the first ride.

  • Where to stay in Stuttgart

    Your best bet is a hotel in or around the city center. The Porsche Museum is in the suburban district of Zuffenhausen, and a trip by S-bahn (urban train line) from Stuttgart's main station takes about 20 minutes.

  • Tickets and opening hours for Porsche Museum

    The museum is open Tuesdays - Sundays from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, closed December 22-25, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The ticket price for adults is 8€, children 14 and under are free. You may also add on a guided factory tour to your visit for 6€, but a reservation in advance is necessary. A guided tour of the museum costs 60€, but the admission price is extra.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    In the autumn, the temperatures are still warm enough, the crowds are tapering off, and the natural landscape is at its most beautiful.

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What people are saying about Stuttgart

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 971 reviews

The card was worth the cost paid, because had a number of free entrance to attractions and the ones that were not free there was a discount, Also, it covers the use of transportation, including the underground trains. We traveled to Ludwisburg, the train and entrance to the palace were included. If a person wants to move around the city and go into

Great experience on our city trip (2 adults and boys 7 and 11 years old.) The guide did a great job, was very entertaining even though we overdid it for 30 minutes as many questions arose. We were a group of 8 people in total. Recommended for everyone who is interested in football or a stadium!

Everything was great. Good and entertaining information about the city and the surrounding area.

The very competent city guide responded excellently to the needs of my 90-year-old mother.

A great way to see a city and excellent value for your money