Stuttgart Region

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Car culture reigns in Germany's Motor City of Stuttgart, which has both a Mercedes (above) and a Porsche museum.

The Stuttgart region is home to the state capital, the German motor city of Stuttgart

Yes, Stuttgart may be a modern industrial city—which, by the standards of most Europe visitors means "uninteresting"—but in this case it is that very industry that makes it worth visiting, especially if you are into fast, sleek and stylish automobiles.

Stuttgart is home to both DaimlerChrysler (a.k.a. Mercedes-Benz) and Porsche (and Bosch electronics, for that matter), and both car companies have built excellent museums dedicated to the histories of their fabulous and widely-coveted automobiles. It's a car-guy dream come true.

(Considering the speed and power of these two venerable car brands, it's only fitting they be based in a city that owes its name to its millennia-old origins as a horse farm "stud garden.")

Add in some fine art, a royal palace and zoo, and suddenly a European "modern industrial city" becomes a must-see.

Top Stuttgart region experiences

Honorable mention (not in Stuttgart, but definitely car-related)


Tips & links

Stuttgart tourism information

Main tourist office:
Königstraße 1 A (across from Hauptbahnhof train station)
Tel. +49-(0)711-222-8100

Stuttgart Airport office:
Terminal 3, Level 2

How long should I spend in the Stuttgart region?

Mildly interested? Give it one day—to hit at least the Ludwigsburg and Mercedes Museum.

Into cars? Spend at least two days (adding a third to head north and ride the track at Hockenheim).

Get the Stuttgart Card

The StuttCard (available in the tourist office) gets you into just about every major sight and attraction for free, discounts on tours, dining, and shipping, plus free rides on the entire's region's public transportation system (buses, U-Bahn subways, and S-Bahn light rail):

  • 24 hours: €23
  • 48 hours: €38
  • 72 hours: €45
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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in July 2014.
All information was accurate at the time.

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