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Stuttgart is situated in the wine region of Württemberg in Germany, so if you enjoy a glass or two then it's a great place to indulge yourself. Don't drink and drive if you rent a car in Stuttgart, though! Stuttgart has plenty of museums, including Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, an art museum with a lovely view over the city from its Cube café, and there is plenty of natural parkland to enjoy if you take your Stuttgart rental car to the outskirts of the city.
If you're flying, you can pick up a Stuttgart hire car at the airport and get to the city centre in 20 minutes. Car fans will be in for a treat, with the Mercedes-Benz Museum 10 minutes away, and the Porsche Museum just a 20-minute drive from Stuttgart.
Stuttgart Airport is the most convenient location to pick up a hire car, with several companies offering rentals. ParkMe is a resource that shows available places to park your Stuttgart rental car, with live information about which car parks are full and which have spaces.
The following companies can offer you a rental car in Stuttgart:
Munich is a city with a proud cultural history, and there is so much to see and do here. You can reach Munich in two and a half hours with a Stuttgart rental car, and explore this wonderful city. The Englischer Garten, or 'English garden', is one of Europe's largest urban public parks, with several miles of cycling trails and a lakeside beer garden, as well as several architectural features to feast your eyes on. Frankfurt is two hours and 20 minutes' drive from Stuttgart. There are numerous museums where visitors can gain an insight into the culture of the city, including Goethe House, the birthplace of the famous German writer, and Städel, a museum showcasing art right from medieval times to the modern day.
Heidelberg is an hour and a half's drive when you hire a car in Stuttgart, and it's worth the journey. Stunning architecture, including 16th century Heidelberg Castle, and hiking in beautiful natural scenery at Königstuhl, are all available within a stone's throw of Heidelberg. Nuremberg, around two hours from Stuttgart by car, is also home to some gorgeous ancient buildings, including Nuremberg Castle and the medieval St Lorenz church, which was restored after being bombed in the Second World War.
Drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left in Germany, and keep to the speed limit of 31mph in built up areas and 62mph outside of built up areas. On the motorway (autobahn), you're required to drive at a speed that is safe for your vehicle and the current conditions – and some motorways will have speed limit signposts. Everyone in the car must wear a seatbelt.
To start organising your trip to Stuttgart and other parts of Germany, use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.
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.