As the birthplace of the motorcar, Stuttgart seems the right place to rent a car, so you can treat it to the 120-mile long Bertha-Benz Memorial Route – the world’s first car journey. Even hiring a car for a day or two promises a roadtrip to remember. Take Highway 8 out west from Stuttgart, maybe renting your car from Stuttgart Airport, and drive to Pforzheim to join the southern-most point of Mrs Benz’s historic adventure.
To stock up on some amazing wines, drive your rented car past the lines of vineyards to Stuttgart’s south east, to the Museum of Viniculture in Baden Württemberg, or push on a little further to Esslingen and the sparkling wine cellars of Kessler. Further south of Stuttgart are the Swabian Alps, home to a number of castles and more picturesque villages than any roadtrip deserves, from the crooked houses of nearby Tubingen to Hohenzollern Castle, an hour’s drive away.