Mercedes-Benz-Museum, Stuttgart
Mercedes-Benz-Museum, Stuttgart © TMBW (Christoph Düpper)
Stuttgart. The automotive Pearl

The Stuttgart region is a place where nature meets technology and tradition meets innovation. It successfully combines the vibrancy of city life with a wealth of high-calibre cultural attractions.

All surrounded by idyllic countryside and a topographically unique landscape. Prestigious art museums, picturesque castles and palaces, lush gardens and two outstanding automotive museums are just some of the treasures that the regional capital of Baden-Württemberg has to offer.

Stuttgart has been closely associated with the automobile since 1886. The Stuttgart region is home to two famous car manufacturers, Porsche and Daimler. The car was also invented here. This groundbreaking development is celebrated at the spectacular Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums, both of which are magnets for visitors from around the world. Taking visitors through more than 130 years of automotive history, they provide an opportunity to experience the fascinating appeal of both marques up close.

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A tour of the world's largest Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen offers an in-depth look behind the scenes at a state-of-the-art car factory and the fascinating world of vehicle production.

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Every March, fans of vintage vehicles gather in Stuttgart for the Retro Classics, one of Germany's best-loved automotive fairs. Magnificent automotive legends from every corner of the globe are presented in the spacious halls at Stuttgart Exhibition Centre.

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'Retro Classic meets Baroque' offers enthusiasts and experts the opportunity to see exquisite classic cars. Ludwigsburg Palace provides a picturesque backdrop for this display of automotive gems and rare models.

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The Porsche Museum was opened in 2009. Not just anywhere, but right on Porscheplatz square. This is where sports cars bearing the Stuttgart Rössle (horse) on their bonnets have been produced since 1950. Covering 5,600 square metres, the exhibition features more than 80 cars and 200 smaller exhibits. Highlights include a reconstruction of the type 64, the ancestor of all Porsche sports cars.

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The Mercedes-Benz Museum is the only museum in the world to explore the full 130-year history of the automotive industry, from its infancy to the present day. Covering an area of 16,500 square metres, it presents 160 vehicles and more than 1,500 other exhibits.

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The Motorworld Region Stuttgart in the heritage-listed former regional airport at Böblingen/Sindelfingen airfield provides the ideal setting for a host of activities relating to classic cars and vintage vehicles and features a workshop service and automotive accessories. The V8 Hotel also based there is like no other in the region.

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The Gottlieb Daimler memorial in the Bad Cannstatt district of Stuttgart is located in what used to be a greenhouse. This is where Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach turned their vision of individual mobility into reality.

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Much has been set in motion in the Stuttgart region. In 1883 Gottlieb Daimler pioneered the first high-speed, lightweight universal engine, laying an important foundation for the development of the automobile. Today, the house where he was born is home to a museum.

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Classic car enthusiasts can live out their passion for vintage vehicles at the Classic Car Center in Fellbach.

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Experience Stuttgart
Experience Stuttgart
Architecture
Following the traces of Le Corbusier & Co. 

Well-known building contractors and international artists have left their mark on the city of Stuttgart with some emblematic sights. Le Corbusier, Stirling and Yi and more have helped to forge Stuttgart's attractive and striking cityscape. Visitors can find some real masterpieces on Stuttgart's Schlossplatz square.

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The "Altes Schloss" (Old Castle) – a medieval highlight – dates back to a 10th century moated castle. Just a few metres away is the splendid "Neues Schloss" (New Castle) which, as a result of its long construction time, combines Baroque, Classical Rococo and Empire influences. The "Kunstmuseum Stuttgart" art museum, by the Berlin architecture practice Hascher + Jehle, impresses with its stylish elegance. The glass cube encloses a stone cube which houses part of the exhibition areas.

The UNStudio by Ben van Berkel has given the outside of the Mercedes-Benz Museum an exciting new look. Based on a double-helix design, the exhibition area follows a spiraling shape. In contrast, the Porsche Museum is a detached and dynamically shaped monolithic body that appears to float above the ground.

There were protests in 1956 when a 217-metre tall "concrete needle" loomed up over the treetops. Today, the "Fernsehturm" (Television Tower) is a Stuttgart landmark and the first of its kind in the world. The "Stadtbibliothek" municipal library on Mailänder Platz bears the signature of the Korean architect Eun Young Yi. This square building – a discreet grey colour during the day – lights up in glowing blue at night.

The Le Corbusier buildings on the Weissenhof estate are not simply a showcase for new construction methods, they are also a World Heritage Site. Under the artistic direction of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 17 architects, including Le Corbusier, created a residential programme for modern city-dwellers.

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Urban Lifestyle
Daydreamers and night owls 

Away from the main hotspots, Stuttgart is still a real insider's tip. The cityscape features striking view points as well as little districts and quarters which have become trendy new meeting places for visionaries, creatives and city-dwellers.

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The Schlossplatz square is the heart of Stuttgart and an essential stop-off on any city stroll, offering a view of many of the main sights. Stuttgart also has lots of charming and historic districts, including the Bohnenviertel with its antique shops, artists' studios, cosy cafes and rustic wine taverns. The Heusteigviertel area is distinguished by its Gründerzeit and Art Nouveau architecture. All roads lead to Marienplatz square, a starting point for many leisure activities and a perfect example of the Mediterranean style of southern Stuttgart.

From the Weißenburg Park and Teahouse, you can enjoy panoramic vistas and amazing views down into the Stuttgart valley. Located on a hill in the south-east of the city, it has a very artistic feel. If you are looking for a sweeping panoramic view and the chance to enjoy the Stuttgart valley and its vineyards from above, a visit to the beer garden on the Karlshöhe hill is a must.

Shopaholics and fashionistas are also ideally catered for in Stuttgart. The Fluxus mall is a long-established hip and alternative shopping paradise, with sixteen shops selling fashion, design, vintage, art and entertainment as well as cafes and bars.

Hip bars and relaxed and trendy pubs are a magnet for night owls. The pub district around the Hans-im-Glück fountain, Stuttgart's revitalised Old Town and Theodor-Heuss-Straße attract visitors from all over the world with their many bars, lounges and pubs.

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Smart Luxury
Top-class dining and exquisite shopping pleasure 

An exclusive trip to the Stuttgart region promises stylish hotels and top-class dining. Visitors can shop in the exquisite Breuninger department store or Outletcity Metzingen, and take a trip back in time to the splendid Baroque era at Ludwigsburg Residential Palace.

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Stuttgart offers a wide selection of luxury hotels, including the Steigenberger Hotel Graf Zeppelin, Hotel am Schlossgarten and Arcotel Camino, located in direct proximity to Stuttgart city centre. The new luxury hotel Jaz in the City is situated close to Stuttgart central train station in the Europaviertel (European Quarter).

Gourmet stars in the Stuttgart sky. The state capital of Baden-Württemberg can boast no fewer than eight starred restaurants. A further sixteen fine-dining establishments in the wider Stuttgart region have also received accolades from the Michelin Guide.

For decades, the name Breuninger, Stuttgart's leading fashion and lifestyle department store, has been synonymous with top quality. The store is home to Germany's most exclusive women's high-fashion shoe department and stocks over 250 brands, including Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Prada and more. In Metzingen, modern shopping facilities are nestled in the historic city centre at the Outletcity, located at the foot of the Swabian Jura mountains in the middle of meadows scattered with fruit trees. Over 60 top brands, including stylish designers, sports product manufacturers and footwear fashion, cater to every wish.

Consisting of 452 rooms, 18 buildings and 3 courtyards, the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace is the largest preserved Baroque palace in Germany. It is set in around 30 hectares of parkland, known as the "Blühendes Barock" (Baroque in Bloom), featuring beautiful garden art from different eras.

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Cuisine
Another glass of wine, please! 

The state capital of Baden-Württemberg has a lot to offer when it comes to culinary delights. From sophisticated cuisine to down-to-earth fare, fine wines and refreshing beers – it caters to every wish.

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The Stuttgart region boasts 24 Michelin-starred restaurants, eight of which are in the state capital itself. They cover the full spectrum, from traditional through to classic and sophisticated, creative and modern. It might not have any Michelin stars, but traditional Swabian home cooking is still exceptionally good. Swabian restaurants and pop-up taverns selling home-produced wine serve dishes including lentils with "Spätzle" pasta and "Maultaschen", a ravioli-style dish.

The "Stuttgarter Weindorf" wine festival showcases regional specialities as well as local wines on the Marktplatz and Schillerplatz squares each year. Some 125 relaxed wine arbours serve around 500 different Württemberg wines. The "Weinbaumuseum Stuttgart" (wine-growing museum) presents all kinds of interesting facts on the art of wine production. Visitors learn all about traditional and modern wine-growing techniques, smell characteristic fruit aromas and find out more about Stuttgart's wine-growing history. They can then spend some time browsing and tasting in the museum's "Vinothek" wine store.

Toasts in Stuttgart are made with beer as well as wine. The amber nectar flows freely each year at the "Cannstatter Volksfest" festival on the "Wasen" site. Whirling fairground rides and brightly-coloured food stalls attract some four million visitors each autumn. The nine festival tents and the "Almhüttendorf" Alpine village are also important highlights, offering visitors beer, regional cuisine and fantastic shows over the three weeks of festivities.

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Automotive
From the universal motor to luxury cars 

An enduring fascination for 130 years. With the invention of the universal motor, Gottlieb Daimler laid the foundations for our modern-day mobility. Automotive history is brought to life in the two large Mercedes-Benz and Porsche automobile museums.

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If you want to find out about the earliest days of the car, you need to go right to the top, as the exhibition in the Mercedes-Benz Museum starts on the highest floor. From here, visitors are guided through automotive history on two tours covering a total of nine floors and covering the period from 1886 to the present day. The exhibition is divided into Legend rooms and Collection rooms. The seven Legend rooms present automotive legends while the Collection rooms feature topics spanning different eras. Visitors can learn about the continuing effects of the success story of this rising star during a plant tour at the Sindelfingen site.

Spectacular from the outside and powerful on the inside – the Porsche Museum recounts the story of the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer's product and motorsports history. The sports cars featuring the Stuttgart horse on the bonnet have been produced at Porscheplatz since 1950. Over 80 vehicles and 200 small exhibits are displayed in a 5,600 square metre exhibition area. The highlights include a reconstruction of the Type 64, the original Porsche.

The Gottlieb Daimler Memorial and Birthplace are also popular attractions in addition to the museums, giving visitors a very personal insight into the Stuttgart inventor and pioneer.

And why not continue the car theme with your accommodation? In the four-star V8 Hotel, set in the historic charm of a former airport site, everything revolves around cars. From racing to V8 Camp, drive-in cinema or tuning – each themed bedroom has its own personal charm.

www.stuttgart-tourist.de/mercedes-benz-museum, www.stuttgart-tourist.de/porsche-museum

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