Accommodation around Stuttgart Airport
There is a wide variety of hotel and accommodation options around Stuttgart Airport, generally in the three- to four-star-plus range, and there are more hotels, B&Bs and hostels in the districts of Fasanenhof and Möhringen. Mercedes-Benz Museum city centre, eight miles to the north and a short ride on the S-Bahn, also has a considerable choice of places to stay.
Stuttgart Airport is the international travel hub of Stuttgart and the Baden-Württemberg region, and the sixth busiest airport in Germany, with ten million passengers passing through each year. It lies some eight miles south of central Stuttgart and is flanked by the towns of Filderstadt and Leinfelden-Echterdingen. The airport operates routes to a range of European cities, as well as long-haul services to Atlanta and Abu Dhabi and is a major base for Germanwings. Stuttgart Airport has four passenger terminals: Terminal 1 is used by Germanwings and Lufthansa, Terminal 2 by Germanwings, Terminal 3 by Air Berlin and KLM among others, and Terminal 4 by charter operations.
Stuttgart Airport’s History
Built in 1939 to supersede Böblingen Airport, Stuttgart Airport was placed under American control at the end of the World War II but was returned to German administration in 1948. In the decades since, the runway has been progressively extended, reaching its current length of two miles in 1996. During the Cold War, the US continued to operate military aircraft from here, and to this day it still holds a small helicopter base on the site, which it shares with the Baden-Württemberg State Police helicopter service. In 2007, the Stuttgart Trade Fair, Germany’s ninth largest exhibition facility, took up residence next to the airport.
Stuttgart Airport’s Facilities
Visitors to Stuttgart Airport can take advantage of the full range of the airport’s amenities, including a wide choice of cafés, restaurants and bars, a children’s play area, conference facilities and a medical centre. The S-Bahn can whisk you to Stuttgart city centre in a few minutes, and the airport sits next to the A8 Autobahn, which connects Stuttgart to Karlsruhe and Munich, while the large airport car park bridges the Autobahn.