Hotels around the Neues Schloss, Stuttgart
The Neues Schloss, or New Castle, is surrounded by the green and pleasant heart of Stuttgart and has nearby a considerable selection of places to stay to suit every budget. A number of fine mid- to upper-range hotels are grouped around the Hauptbahnhof, the central train station, and there are many more three-, four- and five-star accommodation options in the Rathaus, Feuersee and Rosenberg districts, just to the south and west. More hotels line the Heilbronnerstraße, which runs north from the Hauptbahnhof, and further suburban hotels are within easy reach of the city centre.
The New Palace (Neues Schloss)
The Baroque Neues Schloss, or New Palace, dominates the eastern side of Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz. Built at the behest of young Carl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg, who, at age 16, felt he needed a palace that equalled his ‘royal dignity’, so commissioned what is still the largest Baroque residence in Germany. Taking 51 years to build, the Neues Schloss was finished four years after Duke Carl’s death in 1793. Neues Schloss remained a royal residence until 1918, when it was gifted to the state and used by the military, police and government departments. Allied bombing during the war nearly razed the palace to the ground, leaving just the façade and a shell.
The Landesmuseum Württemberg
Restored to its former glory, today the palace is occupied by the State Ministries of Finance and Education, but the public is welcome to join specially arranged guided tours. The neighbouring Old Castle hosts the Landesmuseum Württemberg, with its impressive permanent range of antiquities, including Celtic, Romanic and Alemannic artefacts, as well as medieval wood carvings, which are complimented by regular temporary exhibitions exploring a range of periods as well as aspects of the Württemberg royal dynasty – check for details in advance. There is a children’s museum, and an interesting collection of musical instruments in the Fruchtkasten on the adjoining Schillerplatz. The New Castle complex looks out over Schlossplatz, Stuttgart’s grandest square, and a great place to relax and recharge your batteries between city excursions.