City Profile: Stuttgart

Stuttgart is not only the birthplace of the automobile and still host of many of the most famous car brands in the world, as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Maybach, but with two universities also an important research centre in Germany. Besides its industrial strength Stuttgart allows all visitors with its ancient castles and parks a fascinating insight into German history. With more than 600.000 inhabitants Stuttgart is the largest city and capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Things to see and do

The TV Tower - Fernsehturm

Gute Fernsicht vom Stuttgarter Fernsehturm
Eine Fernsicht von rund 50 Kilometern haben Besucher des Stuttgarter Fernsehturms am Samstag (15.10.2011). Am Wochenende war die Aussichtsplattform in 150 Metern H�he gut besucht. besucht. Foto:�Matthias R�der dpa/lsw (zu lsw vom 16.10.2011) | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / dpa

The TV Tower or der Fernsehturm is a landmark of the city of Stuttgart. This TV Tower was in the world to be built with reinforced concrete. Its construction was controversial and very costly due to the unusual building method, but construction finally began in 1954 and went on for 20 months. In 1956 the tower reached its final height of 216.6 meters. Since its opening the Fernsehturm has been a tourist attraction, as it offers the several thousand visitors who climb it each year a magnificent panorama over the region of Stuttgart from its viewing platform and its gourmet restaurant. One of the most famous guests was Queen Elizabeth II who visited the tower in 1965.

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City of Jazz

Jazz Open Stuttgart - Carlos Santana
Guitarist Carlos Santana performs with his band during the Jazz Open in Stuttgart, Germany, 16 July 2016. The event took place on Stuttgart's central Schlossplatz. Photo: Christoph Schmidt/dpa | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / dpa

With its own university for music studies, Stuttgart is regarded as a hotspot for jazz music. The well-known ‘Stuttgarter Jazz-Open’ attracts many famous musicians who value the inspiring atmosphere of the festival and the city. As Jazz combines avant-garde and modernity it produces a broad variety of different and stylistic musical improvisations. The inhabitants of Stuttgart can enjoy the many live performances from jazz musicians in the bars and venues across the town.

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Stuttgart/Schw�bische Alb: Wilhelma, Seerosenteich
Seerosenteich im Maurischen Garten der Stuttgarter Wilhelma, Stuttgart/Schw�bische Alb | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / DUMONT Bildar
The ‘Wilhelma’ is one of the most famous and most visited zoos in Germany. Founded in 1812 by Friedrich I for his own private amusement, it became one of the first German zoological gardens with free access for the public in 1880. As the King wanted his park to feature exotic buildings, some Moorish-style buildings have left their mark on the zoo and now house a variety tropic flora and fauna. The extensive park alone makes for a visit an unforgettable experience.

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Stuttgart/Schw�bische Alb: Stuttgart, Markthalle
Stuttgart: Blick von der Empore in die Markthalle, Stuttgart/Schw�bische Alb | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / DUMONT Bildar
The ‘Stuttgarter Markthalle’ is an Art Nouveau building with a modern glass roof right in the centre of Stuttgart. It is a consumer market and consists out of nearly forty retailers offering special and exotic delicacies. The variety of products on sale ranges from regional food to Mediterranean and Asian specialties. So tourists do not only get a chance to try traditional Swabian food but also to become familiar with different traditional cuisines.

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Stuttgarter Greeters
Andr� Dietenberger von den Stuttgart Greeters steht am am 29.06.2015 in Stuttgart (Baden-W�rttemberg) an einem sogenannten Stuttgarter St�ffele. �Greeter� sind ehrenamtliche Stadtf�hrer die Besuchern auch unbekannte Touristisch unbekannte Orte zeigen. Foto: Wolfram Kastl/dpa (zu lsw Korr: �Pers�nliche Stadf�hrungen� vom 28.07.2015) | Verwendung weltweit© picture-alliance/ dpa

The famous stairways in the hills around Stuttgart are unique. The more than 400 stairways were once used by the wine-growers for their grapes, but with the growth of the city, they are now used to access buildings located on higher ground. Some stairways remain quite hidden and others lead to beautiful paths in the vineyards offering a fantastic view over the city. You can participate in the so-called ‘Stäffelestour’ to get more information about the history of individual stairways and to taste the Württemberger wine of course.

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Stuttgarter Weindorf

Er�ffnungsfeier 40. Stuttgarter Weindorf
Menschen sitzen am 24.08.2016 auf dem Gel�nde des Stuttgarter Weindorfs in Stuttgart (Baden-W�rttemberg). Im Hintergrund ist die Stiftskirche zu sehen. Foto: Silas Stein/dpa | Verwendung weltweit© picture alliance / dpa

The ‘Stuttgarter Weindorf’ is an annual festival in August visited by several hundred thousand visitors. Wine-growers get a chance to sell their wine, very often combined with traditional Swabian food like 'Maultaschen' (dumplings filled with spinach and meat) or ‘Rostbraten mit Spätzle’ (roasted meat with a special form of pasta). Locals enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the traditionally decorated stalls next to the Old Castle. The castle which dates back to the 10th century is also a museum.

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Mercedes Benz Museum
An exhibition room at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart
An exhibition room at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart© picture alliance / dpa

If you love cars, you should definitely pay a visit to the Mercedes Benz Museum. Explore the museum's sleek, space-age displays, learn about the history of the automobile, and find out what the car of the future might look like!

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British-German Town Twinning
British-German Town Twinning© Colourbox

Town twinnings between British and German cities play an important role in promoting cultural exchange. Stuttgart has been twinned with St Helens in Merseyside since 1948 and Cardiff in Wales since 1955.

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