This museum is somewhat of a pilgrimage site for car enthusiasts – and it’s no wonder. Every floor of the building, which in itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, pays homage to one of the most beautiful and influential cars ever built. The museum sheds light not only on the evolution and mechanics of the models but also how this brand and its founder, Mercedes-Daimler-Benz, have played an instrumental role in the shaping of modern German history. The cars are arranged in exciting formations and even those less keen on cars cannot fail to be taken in by the exhibits.
In Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Gardens you can achieve a feeling of complete relaxation, while also being thoroughly entertained. There is an expanse of stunning gardens and intricate greenhouses, and the striking 19th century-style architecture to explore and enjoy before visiting the many members of the animal kingdom who call this zoo home. All animals here are completely content and their antics from within their safe settings will amaze and greatly amuse you. Look out for the majestic African elephants and the acrobatic gibbons, who arch across their enclosure, to the humble horses and brilliantly colored tropical birds.
A beautiful and understated building in Stuttgart with a tragic story. The lovely Chapel is the resting place of a former king and queen of Württemberg and their young daughter. Legend has it that the young queen died of a broken heart when she discovered that her beloved husband was engaged in an extra-marital affair. The king, racked with remorse, built this chapel to house her tomb in a beautiful natural spot, overlooked by his own chamber. Today, this chapel is surrounded by vineyards and astonishing scenery. Visitors can still see where the pair were laid to rest but also enjoy the amazing views.
Stuttgart Palace, also known as The Schloss of Solitude, is a glorious place to visit on the outskirts of Stuttgart and fascinating in-depth tours inside the building are available regularly. Originally built by a former duke of Württemberg as a private hunting lodge, there are all kinds of prizes and paraphernalia to behold once you get inside. The surrounding gardens and woods are also a real treat to explore, especially with loved ones. You can trek along the well beaten paths and enjoy the beautiful city views from afar.
Schloss Solitude, Solitude 1, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 696699
This site puts into perspective the extent of the damage caused in Germany by bombing during the Second World War. All the rubble, which was all that remained of the early industrial town of Stuttgart after the devastating attacks, was dumped here. Today Rubble Hill is a monument and a reminder to today’s generation of the hardships of war. Many visitors come to pay respect to those who lived and died during this time.
This stunning Gothic church, which can be seen perfectly reflected in the Lake of Feursee which surrounds it, dates back to the 19th century. It was carefully rebuilt after it was struck by bombs during the Second World War. The Tower of Johanneskirche was deliberately left unfinished as a kind of war memorial. The details inside have been expertly restored and visitors are in for a real treat. The stain glass windows are a true marvel.
St John’s Church, Gutenbergstraße 16, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 628019
This museum is a little off the beaten track. It’s a real interactive space with excellent exhibitions and fascinating information. It’s truly a pleasure to see the rich history of Baden-Württemberg brought to life with such creativity and delivered to visitors with such pride. There are all kinds of artifacts on display here, from film fragments, to original historical documents, to real life interviews. Modern technology has been so expertly integrated into the presentation of this information, creating all kinds of dramatic effects and ensuring you get the absolute maximum out of your time there, with the ingenious audio aids which advise visitors on which section of the Museum they should visit next. It’s refreshing to see a museum that has evidently gone to great lengths to excite children, teenagers and adults alike, and the House of History is a real treasure trove because of it.
House of History, Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse 16, Stuttgart, Germany, +49 711 2123989