Wilhelma Zoo and Botanic Gardens in Stuttgart

Hotels in Stuttgart, Germany

Cars and historic Stuttgart

If Stuttgart’s coat of arms – a horse on its hind legs on a yellow background – looks familiar, that’s because it is the original version of Porsche’s logo. From the Old High German term meaning ‘stud garden,’ Stuttgart has a much older history than high-end car-making. Long before it was founded in 950 AD, Stuttgart had its beginnings a thousand years before that as a Roman fort. By 12th century, it conducted brisk trade, a tradition that lives on today as the Stuttgart Trade Fair when hotels in Stuttgart, Germany overflow with guests who come for business and pleasure. Two centuries later, “the cradle of the automobile” became the seat of the Wurttemberg family whose crown jewels are currently on display at the State Museum of Wurttemburg at the Old Castle.

While you are at it, drop by other museums that are sure to educate if not leave you spellbound. As home to recognizable supercars Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Daimler and the more plebeian car VW Beetle, Stuttgart has dedicated museums to the first two brands, and a host of other museums that houses Rembrandts, Renoirs, Monets, Cezannes and Rubens (Old State Gallery), Triassic and Jurassic fossils (State Museum of Natural History), the philosopher Hegel’s documents and life work (Hegel House), and ethnological artefacts (The Linden Museum).

Stuttgart, however, is beautiful anytime of the year. As the seat of the Wurttemberg throne, the city preens with Baroque, Romanesque, Gothic and Rococo architecture – heavily bombed during WWII but restored to their former glory afterwards – that go as far back as 12th century at a time when revenue from trade started flowing in. Albeit rebuilt, the Collegiate Church, the Old Castle, the New Castle and King Wilhelm Palais are all postcard-worthy. 

Accommodation in Stuttgart – Wine & Festivals

Despite its heavily industrialized economy, Stuttgart delightfully surprises wine aficionados with its extensive vineyards – more than 28,000 acres – the only German city with such vast plantations within its urban limits. After deciding where to stay in Stuttgart, follow the wine trail along the banks of Neckar River and the districts of Unterturkheim, Rotenberg and Uhlbach from your bed and breakfast in Stuttgart, Germany. If you time your visit right, from late August to early September, you can even drink all the wine your heart desires in the city’s Wine Village during the annual Weindorf.

Outside of the wine festival, the Yuletide season is the best time of the year to do some shopping in Stuttgart whose Christmas Market, considered one of the oldest (began in 1692) and most traditional in Europe, brims with decorations, hundreds of stalls and stands, and more than three million visitors as of last count. With massive tourist traffic coming in for the holidays, you would be well advised to book your accommodation in Stuttgart Germany far ahead, ideally in the neighbourhood of the Old Castle where the Christmas Market is located.