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Stuttgart - City

Home to Mercedes, Porsche and VfB

Stuttgart is the capital of the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg. Way back when just a stud farm (hence the name) breeding horses, it's now Germany's sixth-largest city. Nicknamed the "cradle of the automobile" and with the motor car invented here by Karl Benz said to be the world's first, Stuttgart remains a city of famous motoring marques to this day. Both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche have their world headquarters here, and both have striking museums showing off their vehicles past and present (as linked to below). On the hills outside the city centre there are numerous vineyards, and on the central plains large areas of parkland and magnicent, restored baroque buildings.In football terms, the city is home to VfB Stuttgart, five times German champions and the eighth-largest club in Germany by membership numbers.

Below are a few tips on places to eat, drink and stay, plus on things to see and do, more of which can be found on the City of Stuttgart tourism website. If you have any tips of your own and would like to share them, I'd be happy to add them here. Please just e-mail me at

To keep this page uncluttered, I've not included any photos. Instead, I've put together a selection in this Stuttgart City and Stadium Gallery.

You'll also find plenty of photos and a few ideas for things to do over at GetYourGuide.

For hard copy guide books, see my Books page.

Getting to Stuttgart

If you're flying into the city from the UK, see my UK Airports page for departure airport information and my Stuttgart Airport page for details of your arrival airport. If you're travelling to the Euros by rail, an Interrail pass will cover all your train journeys, while for individual trips within Germany see this page for Deutsche Bahn times and fares. And if your'e coming by coach, then FlixBus have you covered.


Augustiner Biergarten 
One of Stuttgart's largest beer gardens, where you can naturally eat as well as drink. Recommended by a former work colleague of mine, Stuttgart resident Andreas. Located in a large park, the Kurpark, about 30 minutes' walk from the stadium. For a somewhat posher meal, you could also try the adjacent Kursaal Restaurant, operated by the same people. As both websites linked to here are in German only here's the Kursall Restaurant Tripadvisor page in English and here's the Augustiner Biergarten Tripadvisor page.

Sushi Le 
Another tip from my friend Andreas in Stuttgart. Evidently very much the place to go if you like Japanese food. The company has two restaurants in Stuttgart. The one that Andreas particularly recommends for fans in the city for the Euros is in Bad Canstatt (across the street from The Corner - see below) and thus just under 30 minutes' walk from the stadium. As the website linked to above is in German only, here's the Sushi Le Tripadvisor page in English.

Steffi, another former work colleague based in Stuttgart, and some of her friends suggest the following six places:

Eat-in donner restaurant, whose kebabs have been voted the best in Germany. Reviews here in English on the Alaturka Tripadvisor page.

As the website says, a "traditional Swabian restaurant in the heart of Stuttgart". Established for over 50 years..

Ochsn Willi 
Offering 'top Argentinian beef and house speciliaties'. Reviews in English here on the Ochs'n Willi Tripadvisor page.

Brauhaus Schönbuch 
Modern 'beer hall' with over 500 seats inside and out at its city-centre location (there are two others out of town). More photos and reviews in English here on the Brauhaus Schönbuch Tripadvisor page.

Breitengrad 17 Stuttgart  
Vietnamese food. Photos and reviews, including some in English, here on the Breitengrad 17 The Fork page.

Carls Brauhaus
Large bar/restaurant opened in 2014 on the site where Carl Dinkelaker founded the Dinkelalker brewery in 1888. Right in the centre of the city, adjacent to the large Schlossplatz public square.


The Corner  
As per the beer garden and Japanese restaurant above, another place recommended by Andreas. A corner pub, as the name suggests, which their website describes as being for some the "gateway to hell" and for others what is "probably the best corner pub in the world". The decor gives away a strong VfB Stuttgart connection - which is not surprising as you can walk from here to the stadium in under 30 minutes. As the website linked to above is in German only, here's The Corner listing on Google, where you'll find reviews in English.

Steffi and friends suggest giving these four places a try:

Palast der Republik  
They say it's actually just an old public toilet building, in which there is now a small bar, primarily serving people sat outside. Apparently where many people meet in summer for a few beers before hitting the town. Also plenty of places in the vicinity to grab a bite to eat (e.g.,. Peter Pane, Tobi's). Palast der Republik UK Tripadvisor page here.

O'Reilly's Irish Pub 
You can probably guess what to expect here.

A classic of a bar say Steffi & co., which stays open until at least 5am. Centrally located. Various reviews here.

A craft beer bar with 12 beers on draught. Not far from the main station. Reviews in English here on the Kraftpaule Tripadvisor page.

And if the weather's good, Steff and co. suggest these beer gardens (in addition to the Augustiner one already mentioned above):

Flora & Fauna
Facing out onto parland, this beer garden is situated where the Shlossgarten meets Rosensteinpark. You could stroll there half-an-hour or so through the park. Google reviews in English here.

Biergarten im Schlossgarten
If you want to spare yourself the walk from the main station, you'll find this beer garden almost directly outside it - yet also facing out onto the greenery of the Schlossgarten park. More about it in English here on the Biergarten im Schlossgarten Tripadvisor page.

Beer garden overlooking the vale of the city and surrounding vineyards. From the main station: two stops on the S-Bahn and then a 10-minute walk. More photos and reviews in English can be found on the Karlshöhe Biergaarten page on Tripadvisor.


Mercedes-Benz Museum 
Just down the road from the stadium, a must for any petrol heads or even anyone with an interest in cars and one of the most famous marques in the history of motoring.

Stuttgart Tram Museum
Also within walking distance of the stadium, the tram museum has over 30 old trams on at former sidings covering an area of 2,500 square metres. On Sundays, they run rides on an old tram from the museum to a stop called Ruhbank and back. Each trip takes around 30 minutes. The first outward one is at about 10.30 and the last return trip sets off from Ruhbank at just after 4pm. As the website linked to above is in German only, here’s some information about the tram museum in English on

Porsche Museum
When I visited the Porsche museum back in 2005, it was a fairly small, uninspiring place. Now, it’s every bit as impressive as the Mercedes-Benz museum and a great place to see how this iconic sports car brand has evolved over the years.

And four suggestions from Steffi and her friends:

Temple-like sepulchral chapel atop Württemberg hill. Affords views across the city.

Santiago de Chile Platz
Another quiet spot from which to gaze across the city below.

Stuttgart zoological and botanical gardens.

Zacke - Rack railway 
Stuttgart cog/rack railway. 2.2 kilometres long, it goes up/down 210 metres in elevation from one end of the line to the other, with a maximu incline of 17.8%. First opened in 1884, it runs between Marienplatz and Degerloch. There's more about it in English on Wikipedia and Tripadvisor.

There are more ideas on things to do here and elsewhere in Germany on my '100 things to do' page.



Three suggestions first of all from my former colleague Andreas in Stuttgart, with all three places in the Bad Canstatt area, which is where the stadium is located.

Motel One Bad Cannstatt  
Affordable luxury, says the website. 24-hr reception, free WiFi. Paid-for underground parking. Just under 30 minutes to the stadium on foot or 18 minutes on public transport.

B&B Hotel Bad Cannstatt
Also within walking distance of the stadium (25 minutes). Air-conditioned en suite rooms. Free WiFi. Some on-site parking. Buffet breakfast at extra cost.

Premier Inn Bad Cannstatt  
Familiar Premier Inn accommodation 3 miles from the main station and 1.6 miles from the stadium, which Google Maps says you can walk to in 37 minutes or reach by car/taxi in 7. 

And now some suggestions from Steffi & co.:

Motel One Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
A good location, Steffi and friends say, right in the city centre and adjacent to the main railway station. Direct S-Bahn connection to Bad Cannstatt, the part of town where the stadium is located. 

Hotels in Feuerbach 
Not the prettiest area, say Steffi & co., but good transport links to the city centre and stadium and not as expensive as in the centre itself

Motel One Stuttgart-Feuerbach
Not far to the underground. Approx. 15 minutes journey time to Bad Cannstatt

B&B HOTEL Stuttgart-City
Also in Feuerbach, close to the underground. Direct underground journey to Bad Cannstatt (c. 15 minutes)

Premier Inn Stuttgart Feuerbach
Familiar Premier Inn accommodation just a 2-minute walk from the local underground station. It's then just 8 minutes to Stuttgart main station.

Hotel ibis budget Stuttgart City Nord
Another familiar hotel brand, offering simple accommodation and a continental breakfast. 100 metres from the nearest underground station, from which it's just 8 minutes to Stuttgart main station.

the niu Form 
Designer hotel with a bar and 24-hour front desk. Also in the Feuerbach area. 300 metres to the nearest underground station, then 8 minutes to Stuttgart main station.

For other hotels on and around the respective matchdays, plus out of town alternatives, see the Dates page.


Camping Canstatter Wasen
15-minute walk from the ground.

For other campsites for other venues, see my Camping page.

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