Hotels near the Schlossplatz
Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz is a vast green garden in the very centre of the city, drawing visitors and locals with its lawns and bandstand. Walking distance to a wide range of hotels, hostels and B&Bs, Schlossplatz offers everyone from backpackers to luxury hunters easy access to many places to stay. A number of fine mid- to upper-range hotels are grouped around the Hauptbahnhof, the central train station, and there are more accommodation options in the Rathaus, Feuersee and Rosenberg districts, to the south and west of the centre. More hotels line Heilbronnerstraße that runs north from the Hauptbahnhof.
Schlossplatz is the largest plaza in central Stuttgart, and an excellent place to relax and soak up some sun while planning your next city excursion, under the watchful gaze of Concordia, the goddess of harmony, in front of the sprawling Neues Schloss (New Castle or New Palace), built between 1746 and 1807. The plaza is punctuated with fountains and water features, offering cooling relief from the high summer heat.
Until the mid-19th Century, the military used the square as a parade ground, and it was not open to the public. Königstraße, Stuttgart’s main pedestrianised shopping street, runs along Schlossplatz’s western side, and to the south, the 16th century Old Castle nestles between the two attractive smaller squares of Schillerplatz and Karlsplatz. As with much of the city centre, the Neues Schloss was badly damaged by Allied bombing in the World War II but has since been fully restored, and today it houses the regional ministries of Finance and Culture.
Things to Do near Schlossplatz
You are spoilt for cultural options around the plaza. The Old Castle houses the Landesmuseum Württemberg, with its displays of Roman, Celtic and Germanic antiquities and medieval artefacts. Also nearby, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart houses contemporary art in its glass cube building, notable for its collection of works by Otto Dix. The Kunstgebäude Gallery, its dome surmounted by a golden stag, stages exhibitions of modern art arranged by the Württemberg Art Association. In winter, head to Schlossplatz for the Christmas ice rink and parts of the Christmas Market, and on summer weekends take in the square’s concerts, fairs, open-air cinema and other events.