A leisurely stroll through the elegant, tree-lined Castle Square in Germany’s southwest city of Stuttgart makes one realize this city is one of the most verdant in all of Europe. Perhaps this is due to its proximity to the Black Forest, which lies about an hour away, and certainly worth a trip. Whatever the reason for the city’s lovely greenery, vacationers should take advantage of Stuttgart’s great outdoors, much of which can be explored on foot.
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In between Stuttgart's cultural hotspots, Le Méridien Stuttgart is located near the city center, the Old Castle and the New Castle and is the perfect place to start exploring the city.
Begin in the heart of the city at Palace Square. Once serving as the backdrop for military drills, the square now hosts entertaining open-air concerts and summer festivals. The former seat of counts and dukes, Württemberg State Museum offers a stunning display of more than 1,000 pieces of art and sculptures from the Stone Age to the present, including the opulent crown jewels. Vacationers can continue their cultural odyssey with a performance of the renowned Stuttgart Opera or more modern Stuttgart Ballet.
Automotive buffs will love the city’s iconic Mercedes Benz Museum and Porsche Museum. Those looking for something a bit more idyllic should visit one of the country’s fairytale castles, such as Hohenzollern, high atop a distant hill.
Hike around this leafy city.
Go vineyard hopping amidst more than 50 lush wineries scattered throughout the region. Soothe body and soul with a warm soak in one of the area’s bubbling hot springs.
Take a day trip to the fairytale Hohenzollern Castle, seat of the Prussian royal house and princes of Hohenzollern.
Enjoy concerts and open-air cinema at the castle throughout the year.
If you’re fortunate enough to visit during the winter holidays, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.
Explore the paintings, porcelain and Prussian king's crown at one the region’s most popular cultural landmarks.
A relatively mild climate, compared to the rest of the country, Stuttgart offers superb views of nature throughout the year. Winter is cold and summer’s warmer temperatures are often accompanied by rain. That’s why the city is one of the greenest is all of Europe. Although less crowded than many other European cities, October’s Cannstatter Volksfest, Germany's second-largest Oktoberfest celebration, draws extensive revelers to this lively town.