From simple gasthäuser (guesthouses) to luxury hotels with rooftop spas and fine dining, there is plenty of accommodation choice in Stuttgart.
Stuttgart city centre is home to some of the city’s best luxury accommodation. One of the most famous hotels in Stuttgart is the Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin which features 3 gourmet restaurants and a rooftop spa. Hotel am Schlossgarten is another popular luxury hotel and is situated in the heart of the castle gardens, in close proximity to major attractions.
Midrange accommodations can be found throughout the city and close to the airport. In addition to independent hotels, major international chains have a presence in Stuttgart such as Best Western.
Fremdenheime (pensions) or rooms in private houses are the cheapest kind of accommodation that you will find in Stuttgart. Look out for homes with zimmer frei (free room) signs outside. These accommodations can be found throughout the city.
Stuttgart has frequent trade fairs throughout the year which can make finding somewhere good to stay quite difficult. As a result, it is important that you reserve your room in advance. This is especially the case if you plan on visiting Stuttgart’s famous Christmas Market during the approach to Christmas. Unfortunately, accommodation in Stuttgart tends to be quite expensive. Nevertheless, if you book in advance and do some research, there are some real bargains to be found!
Things to do in Stuttgart
Many will choose to arrive here between September and October. There are two main reasons for this. First, the climate here is quite agreeable and not as hot as during the middle months of summer. Secondly, a yearly festival known as the Cannstatter Volksfest is one of the most famous of its kind in all of Germany. Those who are fans of local German beer should definitely not miss out on this opportunity. There are countless beer tents that will display tasty ales and lagers. Fairground rides and a massive Ferris wheel are excellent ideas if you are planning on arriving to the festival with children. Other sights include nightly fireworks displays, an agricultural exhibition, a parade and reproductions of traditional French and Alpine villages.
Schlossplatz is by far the most famous urban attraction within the city. It is particularly known for a massive fountain which is located in its centre. Having been built between 1746 and 1807, much of the architecture remains in place and is an excellent example of a neo-classical style. Major outdoor events are held year throughout the year. These can include open-air concerts, children’s entertainment and holiday celebrations. When other sporting events are held at different locations in the world, three massive television screens allow individuals to watch the games from the plaza itself. Although the architecture is indeed stunning, you are just as able to sit outside one of the numerous cafes and enjoy a tall glass of ale or a light snack before heading off to other locations.
Old Castle at Schillerplatz is another sight that has attracted tourists for hundreds of years. Believe it or not, this structure dates back to 905 and has remained in nearly constant use since this time. Many royal figures are buried beneath a church that is found within the site. Currently, the Old Castle is home to the Wurttemburg State Museum. Here, you can witness old relics that have been found throughout the ages as well as get a better understanding of the history of Stuttgart and the surrounding areas.