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Introduction

Stuttgart - Schloss Platz

Stuttgart - Schloss Platz

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Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in the south of Germany. With about 600,000 inhabitants, the city is the 6th largest in the country. The metropolitan area is much bigger though with well over 5 million people.

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Neighbourhoods

There are 23 districts that make up the entire urban area of Stuttgart.

  • Five of them are inner districts: Central Stuttgart, Stuttgart North, East, South and West.
  • The outer districts are Bad Cannstatt, Degerloch, Möhringen, Stammheim, Untertürkheim, Vaihingen, Zuffenhausen

Feuerbach, Birkach, Botnang, Hedelfingen, Mühlhausen, Münster, Obertürkheim, Plieningen, Sillenbuch, Stuttgart-Wangen and Weilimdorf.

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Sights and Activities

  • The Stiftskirche (the Collegiate Church).
  • Altes Schloss (the Old Castle).
  • Alte Kanzlei (the Old Chancellery) on Schillerplatz square.
  • Neues Schloss (the New Castle).
  • Stuttgart Art Museum
  • Wilhelmpalais (the King Wilhelm Palais).
  • Königsbau (the King's Building).
  • The Großes Haus of Stuttgart National Theatre.
  • Markthalle Market Hall, Art Nouveau building.
  • Porsche Museum - in Zuffenhausen outer district.
  • Mercedes Benz Museum - in Untertürkheim outer district.

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Events and Festivals

  • Cannstatter Volksfest/Cannstatter Wasen - end of September/beginning of October.
  • Springfestival in April.
  • Summer Festival - music and dance.

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Weather

Stuttgart's summer are from June to September when it's mostly between 22 and 26 degrees Celsius during the day, and 10 to 13 degrees Celsius at night. Winters are from December to February with average daytime temperatures around 4 degrees Celsius and nights a few degrees below zero. It can get much colder though and snow, although not much, is common on some days during this time. Most of the precipitation falls during the summer period though, winters are generally drier.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max4 °C5.5 °C10 °C13.6 °C18.5 °C21.1 °C23.9 °C23.9 °C19.7 °C14.2 °C8 °C4.9 °C
Avg Min-1.3 °C-0.9 °C2.2 °C4.5 °C8.9 °C11.9 °C14.1 °C13.9 °C10.5 °C6.5 °C2 °C-0.1 °C
Rainfall33.5 mm34 mm39.3 mm48.5 mm82.4 mm92.5 mm67.6 mm63.9 mm53.9 mm50.6 mm49.7 mm48.6 mm
Rain Days8.37.68.89.611.712.1108.68.49.299.1

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Getting There

By Plane

Stuttgart Airport (STA), about 12 kilometres from Stuttgart, offers a wide range of flights. Although there is only one runway, it's the major hub for German based lowcost airlines German Wings and TuiFly. Together they form the bulk of arriving and departing flights, with connections throughout Europe and the north of Africa mainly. A few destinations include Moscow, London, Agadir, Funchal, Barcelona, Reykjavik, Madrid, Rome, Luxor, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Vienna, Warsaw, Thessaloniki and Lisbon.
KLM has regular flights to Amsterdam and other destinations with airlines include Atlanta, Helsinki, Paris, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen and Malta.
Stuttgart Airport can be easily reached within 30 minutes from the city's central railway station using the Stuttgart suburban railway S2 or S3. The airport lies right next to the Autobahn A8 that connects the cities of Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Munich.

By Train

Deutsche Bahn (DB) offers train connections througout Germany.

By Car

Stuttgart is just north-northeast of the A8 main highway.

By Bus

Eurolines connects to several German cities, including Stuttgart. The stop is at the Central Busstation (ZOB), which is near to the train station. Reservations can be made at the office of Deutsche Touring, Arnulf Klett Platz 2, tel: 0711-2730962, which is located at the train station. You can also make reservations by internet.

By Boat

With your own boat you can get to Stuttgart by boat. The city lies on the banks of the river Neckar, which is a small river that end up in the Rhein near Mannheim.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Central Hotel WinnendenMax Eythstr.7 71364 WinnendenHotel84
Hostel CinkynAugsburgerstrasse 395Hostel80
Hotel EspenlaubCharlottenstrasse 27Hotel73
Hotel KörschtalRichterstraße 23Hotel85
Relax-Wellnesshotel StuttgartLandhausstraße 259Hotel83
Blaues Haus StuttgartTübinger Strasse 78 70178 StuttgartApartment82
Inter-HostelPaulinenstrasse 16Hostel77
Motel One StuttgartHeilbronner Straße 325Hotel-
Hostel Alex30Alexanderstrasse 30Hostel82
Hotel Krehl's LindeObere Waiblinger Straße 113Hotel82
Stuttgart IB-GästehausCotta Strasse 14Guesthouse-
Hotel SuedtorStuttgarter Strasse 139 BacknangHOTEL81
Hotel Le VillageMax-Eyth-Str. 41 WinnendenHotel82
Hotel SchwabennestHospitalstr. 9HOTEL-
Relax-Hotel StuttgartLandhausstr. 259 70188HOTEL-
Hotel EspenlaubCharlottenstraße 27HOTEL-
Hostel CinkynAugsburgerstrasse 395 70327 Stuttgart UntertürkheimHOSTEL-
Gstehaus StuttgartBottroperstr. 55GUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes (rates €1.50 to €5 per hour) are starting to become less common due to widespread offers of free wifi by shops, restaurants or cafes. Sometimes it requires minimum consumption but usually it's free within the premises. Phone shops will often offer internet access, too. In general hotels offer internet access. In several cities, projects exist to provide free "community" hotspots for wireless networking. Passenger lounges at some airports and central railway stations also provide internet access to their customers.

Several pre-paid SIMs allow Internet access for a monthly flat fee, for example those available at Tchibo coffee stores (o2 network, €10/month limited to 500 MB, €20/month for 5 GB) or Aldi (E-Plus network). A regular O2 sim card, which can be used for calls and text messages, is €15 and another €15 buys 1GB of data valid for 1 month. Vodafone offers a prepaid sim card for €25 which includes €22.5 of credit, out of which you can get 300 MB of data for 2 days for €15 and be left with €7.5 of credit.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international call prefix in Germany is 00. To dial out of Germany, dial 00, followed by country code, area code, and the telephone number (for example 00 44 1234 567890). If you're using a mobile phone, simply add the plus sign "+" before the country code to call out of Germany (for example +44 1234 567890). The general emergency number is 112 and the additional number for less emergent issues for police is 110.

Mobile phone coverage on the four networks (T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and o2) is excellent across the whole country. UMTS (3G data and HSDPA) and EDGE is also available. UMTS is still somewhat limited to urban areas. All mobile providers use GSM technology on the 900 and 1800 MHz frequency ranges. If you stay for a longer period of time, consider buying a prepaid phone card from one of the mobile phone companies; you won't have trouble finding a T-Mobile (in a "T-Punkt"), Vodafone, E-Plus or O2 store in any major shopping area. In most supermarket chains (for example ALDI), there are prepaid SIM cards from their own virtual providers available. These are normally quite cheap to buy, but expensive for international calls (around €1–2/min), but incoming calls are always free and SMS cost around €0.09–0.19. They are available at: Aldi, Lidl, Penny, Netto, Tchibo, Rewe, toom. A registration via Internet or (expensive) phone call is necessary after buying to activate the SIM card.

The cheapest way to call abroad from Germany is to use the internet cafés run by immigrants. They sell special calling cards that give the best rate to certain countries as well as offer cheap international calls from phone booths. It is also the cheapest way to call landlines in Germany.

Post

Germany's postal system is very efficient, their logistics branch DHL is one of the best companies in this field world-wide, with domestic post or within a radius of 400 kilometres, send within a day. The website of Deutsche Post has an online calculator for postage fees as well as a post office finder. Stamps are available at post offices and sometimes at newsagents or shops selling postcards. Also stamp vending machines can be found at a lot of places around the cities. You can purchase every stamp you need from this machines. They are unique as they accept every coin from 1 cent to 2 euro but change is only given in stamps. It costs about €40 to send a small package to Australia and €1.70 to send an old-fashioned letter to any place in the world outside of Europe. Within Germany, sending postcards costs €0.45 and standard letters €0.55, within Europe it is €0.65 for a postcard, standard letters to places in Europe cost €0.75. Outside Europe, the prices for sending a postcard or standard letter are €1 and €1.70 respectively. Although you will find the old post offices (mainly in the city centre), most of the smaller neighbourhood post offices are part of a small tobacco shop or grocery store. For larger package, you might consider competitive private companies like UPS, DHL or TNT.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 48.7771056
  • Longitude: 9.1807688

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