IntroductionLocated in the beautiful Neckar Valley and surrounded by hills, vineyards and forests, Stuttgart is the state capital of Baden-Württemberg. One of Germany’s richest regions, it is home to both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. As an industrially important city, Stuttgart was heavily bombed during World War Two, however many historical buildings were restored or rebuilt in their original style.
Although not as famous as other German cities, Stuttgart is well worth a visit especially during one of the many local markets and festivals. These include Germany’s largest wine festival held in early September, the charming Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) and of course the Cannstatter Volksfest, the second largest Beer Festival in Germany held during the last week of September and first week of October. Visiting these local festivals will give you the opportunity to try out many delicious specialities from surrounding villages, sample the locally brewed beers, as well as tasting wines from nearby vineyards which provide the beautiful backdrop to this charming southern German city. Alternatively the mineral spas located in Bad Cannstatt are second only to Budapest’s in the whole of Europe and well worth a visit.
Stuttgart’s location makes it an ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas of the Swabian Alps and the Black Forest as well as further afield Switzerland, France and Italy, all of which are only a few hours away and easily reached by the well connected rail network.