- Stuttgart (STR)
Flying into Stuttgart Airport
Stuttgart’s main airport is between Filderstadt and Leinfelden-Echterdingen, just to the south of the city centre. There is an excellent choice of hotels and business and conference facilities around the airport, and Stuttgart’s city centre is just a few minutes away on the efficient Metro system. Stuttgart Airport is an important hub for Germanwings, and operates routes to a variety of European cities, as well as long-haul services to Abu Dhabi and Atlanta. Stuttgart Airport has four passenger terminals: Terminal 1 is operated by Germanwings and Lufthansa, Terminal 2 by Germanwings, Terminal 3 by KLM, Air Berlin and others, and Terminal 4 by charter operations.
What to See in Stuttgart
Stuttgart is the capital of the Baden-Württemberg region in Germany’s southwest. It holds claim to being the birthplace of the automobile, for it was here that Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz created the modern motor car, and today it is home to Mercedes Benz and Porsche. No visit to Stuttgart would be complete without visiting the spectacular Mercedes and Porsche Museums.
Stuttgart’s History and Culture
Stuttgart also boasts a fascinating range of historic and cultural attractions. The Medieval Old Castle, now home to a fine historical museum, stands around the corner from the New Palace, a Baroque residence offering guided tours of its grand halls and apartments. And clustered around these buildings are a number of handsome historic squares, fringed by other museums and places of interest.
Stuttgart’s famous Green U of parks embraces the city centre. The green corridor of the Schlossgarten brings you to such attractions as the Staatsgalerie, the Carl Zeiss Planetarium, and the State Theatre and Opera House. Rosenstein Garden to the north is home to the Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Gardens, one of the finest in all Europe, as well as an excellent Natural History Museum. From Rosenstein, head west to Killesberg Park and climb the observation tower for unparalleled views of the city, or head northeast to the spa and leisure centres that take advantage of Stuttgart’s natural thermal springs.
Fly into Stuttgart to Explore
There is plenty to see and do in the Swabian region surrounding Stuttgart. It’s a landscape of pleasant hills, river valleys and vineyards, with plenty of walking routes to suit all abilities. Ludwigsburg to the north has a magnificent Baroque palace, and Tübingen to the south is a quintessentially pretty historic town. Further south are the rugged highlands of the Swabian Jura, and the world-famous Black Forest, with thousands of acres of well-signposted walking trails.