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Stuttgart, beautifully located in a valley with steeply rising slopes, is unique for its topography and pleasant climate. Surrounded by gentle hills, forests and parks, gardens and wineyards which extend to downtown Stuttgart, almost 20% of Stuttgart's area is under a land preservation order. The public parks and recreational areas cover an area of 5.6 square kilometres. Stuttgart has therefore the reputation to be one of the most beautifully situated cities in Europe. In the centre of Southern Germany, Stuttgart is as well an ideal base for excursions to major tourist attractions. The Black Forest, the Swabian Albs, the Lake Constance and other European countries such as Switzerland, Austria and France are within an easy driving distance (2-3 hours).

Cultural centre

Stuttgart is the economic, cultural, sporting and social hub of a region in the heart of Europe with more than 2.5 million inhabitants. Even as visitors come in to land at Stuttgart International Airport, they will be impressed by a fascinating landscape consisting of mountains, woods, vineyards, gardens, meadows and fields. Woods account for almost a quarter of the entire city area. The state capital of Baden-Württemberg is a cultural attraction that extends beyond regional borders. The State Art Gallery, Bach Academy, Opera House and Ballet Company as well as the musical hall with the world hit "CATS", the Theatre House and Friedrichsbau Varieté are symbols of the cultural diversity of the city of Stuttgart. Stuttgart and the surrounding region offer something for everyone the whole year round. It's worth making a trip because there is always something to see and do in Southern Germany.

Main sights

A two-and-a-half hour coach tour shows you the most important sights in the city. The tour goes along Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse past the State Gallery, Opera house and Regional Parliament towards Schlossplatz and Schillerplatz where you can hear some interesting facts about the city's history. Then on through the city centre to the panorama roads above the city heights towards the TV Tower, where you can enjoy a marvellous view of the city and surrounding districts. If visibility is good, you can see as far as the Alps. After this nice overview of the city try not to miss visiting the following:

  • Schlossplatz and Neues Schloss: Stuttgart’s most beautiful square, in the city centre

  • Wilhelma: Europe’s biggest combined zoo and botanical gardens, set in a Moorish park

  • SI Erlebnis-Center with the Musical Hall, Musical Theatre, Casino, theme restaurants, shopping malls, cinemas, sauna and Vitalbad baths

  • Mercedes-Benz and Porsche: Museums of the world’s oldest car manufacturer and the famous sports car manufacturer

  • Fernsehturm: The world’s first broadcasting tower made of steel-reinforced concrete

  • Bohnenviertel: Bohemian quarter in the Old Town with wine bars, popular pubs and interesting goldsmiths and antiques shops

    Bach Academy

    Established in 1981. It has been one of the most important cultural ambassadors for Stuttgart in the field of classical music since its foundation. Both ensembles, "Gaichinger Kantorei Stuttgart" and "Bach-Collegium Stuttgart", enjoy a world-wide reputation. Professor Helmuth Rilling is Artistic Director of the Academy. His theme "Thoughts on Music" is especially highlighted in the "Stuttgart Summer Academy" which alternates with the European Music Festival. Star pupils and lecturers, music scientists and performers of the highest level meet here. Theory and practice are combined. Many thousands of music lovers can visit the various events from early in the morning to late in the evening. This form of music-making is now exported all over the world. For example, "Bach Academies" take place in Eastern and Western Europe, Japan and North and South America.


    Festivals & Events

    Black Forest Open-Air Museum
    24 March onwards

    Find out all about life and work in the Black Forest over the last 400 years. As well as the farmhouses that represent all the regions in the Black Forest, the museum also has animals, craft demonstrations and activity days for people of all ages. The season's highlights will include the German Mills Day (Deutscher Mühlentag) on 20 May, the Open-Air Museums Day (Tag der Freilichtmuseen) on 4 August and the Gutach Traditional Costumed Wedding Procession (Trachtenhochzeitszug) on 22 September.

    Munich - Old Town Hall
    Photographer: Christl Reiter

    Hamburger Dom
    22. March - 21. April 2002

    The biggest public festival in northern Germany on the Heiligengeistfeld

    Oktoberfest - Munich

    The world's largest beer-party draws visitors from around the globe. The festival is the biggest public festival in the world and will be held for the 169th time in the year 2002.

    Munich - Octoberfest
    Photographer: Christl Reiter Beertent

    The Stuttgart Beer Festival
    September - October

    Today it is one of the largest and most enchanting beer festivals in the world, visited by millions of people. Traditional brass bands keep everyone’s spirits high, and delicious Swabian specialities are served.
    info line:+49(0)711/2228-269.

    DWT / Foto Strehlow Beertent

    Street Music Festival on the ‘Ring’ - Cologne

    Open-air festivals The world’s biggest open-air music festival with 10 live music stages on the ‘Rings’ in Cologne, featuring rock, pop, and jazz music.

    The German Alpine Route

    Originally one of the oldest German tourist routes, it runs along the foothills of the Alps between Lindau on Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden on the Koenigsee. It reveals along 450 km. all the beauty of the countyside with it's rural farmer villages, 21 picturesque lakes, 64 renowned spa towns, 25 awe inspiring fortresses and castles as well as the unique richness of culture and nature at the edge of the Allguer and the Bavarian Alps. cycle enthusiasts, fans of fun sports and winter sports et.. culture and wellness will all get their money's worth here as do ramblers.

    Berlin Tourist Boad

    The route of emperors and kings

    This stretches from the main metropolis Frankfurt via Vienna to Budapest, a route which captures a piece of European history and tradition. Over 1,100 km. we are taken back in time to the Middle Ages, when kings and emperors travelled through the country accompanied by their huge entourage. discover culture in monasteries, palaces and castles, medieval towns and magnificent residences enjoying some of the most beautiful countryside that Germany, Austria and Hungary have to offer.

    Alster Fair, Hamburg

    The largest summer festival in Hamburg is the Alster-Vergnügen, which takes place from August 30 through September 2, 2002. Featuring everything from street theatre to music and art on the waterfront in Hamburg, the ‘Venice of the North’ is a magnificent host for this upbeat, exciting festival.

    Hamburg Tourist Board

    Music in Bavaria
    Summer 2002

    "Ludwig II" - Experience the fairy tale of King Ludwig II. Set at the base of his famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen, the Musical Theatre Neuschwanstein brings to life, for the first time, the story of this magical character. We offer scheduled, round trip transfers by luxury coach from Munich to Füssen, and a ticket to this beautiful musical extravaganza.
    Enjoy world famous operas in July of 2002, in Munich.
    Celebrate the "Festival Mitte Europa" in the summer of 2002, in Bavaria.

    Frankfurt Tourist Board

    Saxony Festival
    Spring and Summer 2002

    Celebrate the 10th Jubilee of the "Festival Sandstein und Musik" set in beautiful palaces, castles and gardens in the spring & summer of 2002. Dedicated to "Aspiration & Valediction" The Dresden Music Festival will enchant audiences, in the summer of 2002.
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