The Classic Sight Seeing Tour Stuttgart
This tour is for everybody. It suits those who know Stuttgart only a little and Thomes who don’t know it at all. But even those who live in Stuttgart or the surrounding area will be surprised how much they can learn on the classic tour.
Our usual meeting point is the Tourist Information Office, known as the “ I-Punkt”, which is located at the bottom of Königstraße (the pedestrian zone) opposite the main station (Hauptbahnhof). Here you will receive some information about what can be seen from here. What other large city can boast having vineyards in the city center? If you like we can go up to the top of the tower at the Main Station to enjoy a splendid view of the inner city and of Stuttgart’s unique topography. Stuttgart is the only major German city that lies in a basin with an altitude variance of 350 meters. As a result, the climate and infrastructure are also very unique which requires Stuttgart to have a progressive stance in the field of sustainable urban development. Here you will also find information about Stuttgart 21, the major construction project which will convert our train station into a through rather than a dead-end station. This project, the construction of which has already started, is very controversial for a variety of
reasons, the least of which not being the projected cost of 6.8 billion €.
We will then continue to our beloved “culture mile” which is home to the State Galleries, Opera House, House of History and Music Conservatory, the Parliament of Baden Württemberg, the State Library and Main State Archive, and Wilhelmspalais (the last private building of Württemberg’s last king who abdicated in 1918). We will then proceed to Karl Square, where we will park the car and continue with a short historical stroll.
You are sure to be fascinated by the “Stuttgart Market Hall”, which is known in all of Germany as one of the most beautiful examples of the Art Nouveau (modern Art) architecture style. With 45 market stalls and 17 nations represented, it’s sure to be difficult to get you to leave. Experience has shown that this is especially true of the ladies! We will also be able to take a break here for a cup of coffee. We’ll then see Schiller Square with the beautiful statue of the famous poet made by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldson. This square is the only place
in Stuttgart that was completely rebuilt in the renaissance style after the destruction of World War II. We’ll then see the court yard of the Old Palace, where the history of the city began and you’ll hear where the name “Stuttgart” comes from and why we have a horse on our coat of arms. Of course we’ll also have a look at the Palace Square with the Jubilee Column in the center. You’ll hear a lot about history, architecture and some funny anecdotes.
We will continue by car across the city center to the Town Hall (market square), Hegel House (one of Germany’s most famous philosophers who was born here in 1770), Berlin Square, where Robert Bosch manufactured his spark plugs starting in 1905, the Culture and Congress Center Liederhalle, University Campus, Lindenmuseum (Ethnology) and continue to the “Chinese Garden” (hot tip!). If possible, we will park here.
We will then go to Killesberg, one of the most noble residential areas in Stuttgart, to see the Porsche Villa, Theodor Heuss Villa (Theodor Heuss was the first President of Germany following World War II), the tennis courts of the Mercedes-Cup international Tennis competition, and the former Fairgrounds. We will then reach the famous
“Weißenhofsiedlung”, one of the most well known settlements in the architectural style of the “new building or international style”. People usually refer to the “Bauhaus Style” which is incorrect in this case. This is because the architecture section of the Bauhaus in Dessau was founded in 1928 and the Weißenhofsiedlung was built in 1927! If you like we could park again in order to take a short stroll around the settlement and look at the buildings of Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, le Corbusier, Stam, Out and more. It never happened again that
so many of these architects worked in one place on one project.
We will then continue to Bad Cannstatt which is famous for its mineral baths. Not many people know that Bad Cannstatt has the 2nd largest occurrence of mineral water in Europe after Budapest, Hungary. We will visit the small workshop of Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. It was here in the early 1880’s that they constructed their first fast running petrol engine which was the starting point of the worldwide motorization that was to follow. Of
course, most visitors tend to go to the Mercedes-Benz Museum but here you can see real history in a wonderful park with the original tools still on the workbench. I don’t want to disclose too much now. This is something you have to see for yourself.
We will also pass “Neckar Park”, which is Stuttgart’s largest sports area with the Hans-Martin Schleyer Hall, Porsche Arena, Carl-Benz-Center, Mercedes Arena (the 4th largest football stadium in Germany) and arrive at the Mercedes-Benz Museum (a Stuttgart highlight since its construction in 2006). At this point of the tour we will have a couple of different options: we can either end the tour here allowing you to visit the museum (for your return trip there is a bus stop in front of the museum or you can take a taxi) or you may take some pictures and
take a look at the museum foyer and we will return to the city center together.
The emphasis of the tour or the itinerary can be changed to suit your needs or interests. It’s always up to you. It’s your tour.
Alle Touren können in verschiedenen Sprachen durchgeführt werden: Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch und Spanisch
All tours are offered in the following languages: German, English, French, Spanish
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