Stuttgart’s Design Hotels
Stuttgart offers the visitor a choice of hotels a little off the beaten track – hotels with a blend of first-class design and distinctive individuality that is reflected in the city as a whole. Use Expedia’s image galleries to find the Stuttgart design hotel that suits your image and your pocket.
Stuttgart’s Art and Architecture
Stuttgart is home to a fascinating mix of architecture, ranging from the medieval, to the Baroque, to the strikingly modern. Head to the city centre to view the grand Old Castle, dating back to the tenth century, then turn into the Schlosspark, where the New Palace will take you on a trip through the Baroque period. For a taste of Modernist, head to the cube that is the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, housing a fine collection of modern art, including works by Otto Dix and Adolf Hölzel. And just across the Schlosspark is Stuttgart’s State Gallery, a blend of Neoclassical and Modernist design hosting notable works by Picasso, Mondrian, Dali and Matisse.
Stuttgart’s Automobile History
Whether you’re a fan of architectural or automotive design, you should seek out the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums. Opened in 2006 in the petrol-head paradise of NeckarPark, the Mercedes-Benz Museum’s striking double-helix design creates the perfect space to lead the visitor through a century and more of design innovation, and to show off those fabulously sleek machines. Designed by architects Delugan Meissl and opened in 2009, Zuffenhausen’s Porsche Museums is an equally bold modernist statement, a cathedral to all those famous Porsche numbers - 356, 911, 959.
Shopping in Stuttgart
Designer shopping is at the heart of Stuttgart, with Breuninger, Europe’s second largest department store in Marktstrasse, but for a bargain, you could head out to one of the two Breuningerland shopping centres, home to a mix of distinctively regional, German and international fashion and homeware design. The Milaneo centre in the new European Quarter is home to over 200 stores, covering all your food and fashion, craft and cosmetic needs over three levels. If you prefer markets, the Markthalle is a beautiful Art Nouveau building filled with local specialities.