City, countryside, rivers – and vineyards
The Stuttgart region has something for everyone – whether you enjoy the countryside, nightlife or culture. The vineyards stretching along the Neckar valley to the hills of the Swabian Alps. Recreation inside the city can be found in the palace gardens which reach from the city center to Bad Canstatt, at Höhenpark Killesberg or at the riverside of the Neckar. In reference to Stuttgart’s culinary highlights the Swabian cuisine plays a crucial role in the heart of the “Ländle” but nevertheless the city also offers a huge variety of international as well as trendy restaurants. Roche employees have put together some of the highlights for you.
Discover Stuttgart and the region
Stuttgart and the region have plenty to offer for visitors – from food to the arts. To whet your appetite, here are two examples of what a perfect day in Baden-Württemberg’s capital and the region could look like
9 am - 10 am: Breakfast at the “Metzgerei”
Get ready for the day with a hearty breakfast at the “Metzgerei” in the west of the city. And if you know that “Metzgerei” is the German world for a butcher’s shop, don’t be put off: this is a café offering a really wide choice of breakfast dishes – from tasty pancakes and Belgian waffles to eggs in all variations, fruit, fresh juices, etc.
Take subway line U2 and U9 directly from the main station (Hauptbahnhof) westwards to the Schwab- / Bebelstraße stop.
10 am - 3 pm: Stuttgart West, Königstraße, art gallery and the palace gardens
After breakfast you can stroll through the Stuttgart West district to the city center. And as you pass through the district – incidentally one of the most densely populated residential areas in Germany – it’s worthwhile looking up at the buildings. Admire the beautiful facades of the late 19th century houses: no other major city in western Germany boasts so many residential buildings from this era in a single district.
The best route to the city center takes you past the Feuersee lake, with St. John’s church jutting out picturesquely into the lake. This route takes you through the old tanners’ district directly to Königstraße – Stuttgart’s main shopping street.
Allow time for a visit to the Stuttgart Art Gallery (Stuttgart Kunstmuseum), which is directly on the Königstraße – and which you should definitely not miss, if only to admire its architecture. After that, take a look at the Neues Schloss (New Palace) and take a stroll around the square and gardens.
The adjacent Heusteig district offers a choice of charming small cafés such as "Zimt & Zucker" and "Hüftengold", where you can relax and sample the delicious coffee and cakes.
3 pm - 6 pm: Hop-On – Hop-Off CityTour
Take a ride on the red Hop-On - Hop-Off buses – the perfect way to explore the other highlights that are not within walking distance of the center. And if you find one of the stops particularly appealing, just hop off and take a closer look. You can catch another bus later to continue the tour.
6:00 pm: Open End: Be a guest in the oldest half-timbered house of the city
Your day in the Swabian capital is a good opportunity to sample the local cuisine. "Weinstube Klösterle" in Bad Canstatt is the oldest residential building in the city, a half-timbered house dating from the 15th century. It also offers guests the best of Swabian cooking – from Maultaschen (Swabian ravioli) and Spätzle (noodles) to the ever-popular lentil stew.
As you return to the city center, we recommend a stop at the main station: the tower boasts what is probably the city’s only sky-bar. Treat yourself to an exotic cocktail and enjoy a wonderful view of the city.
One-day tour of the region
9 am - 10 am: Breakfast
10 am – 6 pm: The Swabian Alb region and Hohenzollern castle
After breakfast, set off for Hohenzollern Castle. The castle is situated to the south of Stuttgart on an isolated hill approx. 855 m high known locally as the “Zollenberg”, on the edge of the “Schwäbische Alb” region. First mentioned in the 13th century, Hohenzollern Castle is still the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern princes, whose 18th and early 19th century ancestors include Prussian kings and German emperors.
Stroll around the courtyard and grounds and enjoy the stunning views across the region. The castle beer garden and café are very popular with visitors, offering a choice of snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.
The staterooms and treasury take you on a trip back through Prussian and German history. Look out for historic exhibits such as Frederick the Great's snuff boxes and – a highlight for many visitors – the Prussian royal crown.
18:00 pm: Open End – Swabian Wine
After your visit, head back towards Stuttgart. Stop off at the "Weinstube Muz" restaurant in Weinstadt (Rems-Murr district) and allow yourself to be tempted by the wide-ranging menu. This small restaurant dates from 1877 and serves freshly prepared seasonal specialties. There is also an extensive wine list with more than 100 different wines from wineries in Remstal as well as other parts of Germany and overseas.
Sports Events and Concerts
As well as being home to the VfB Stuttgart soccer team, the Mercedes-Benz arena is a venue for concerts and other events.
Hallenduo – Hans-Martin Schleyer hall / Porsche Arena
For more than 30 years, this dual venue has provided an excellent setting for sports, concerts and shows – star-studded attractions that welcome over 600,000 fans a year.
This is the venue for first-rate pop concerts: two different-sized halls with capacity for 550 and 1,300 people.
The "Liederhalle" arts and congress center is a regular venue for concerts and dance performances, congresses, talks, debates, etc.
Arts and Culture
Stuttgart's arts scene
Find out about the events and projects and learn more about the main cultural organizations in the Stuttgart region.
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart at Schlossplatz in the heart of the city presents a wide range of art works from the Swabian Impressionists of the 19th century to contemporary art.
At the Mercedes-Benz Museum, some 160 vehicles and over 1,500 exhibits are on display on nine levels.
Porsche invites you to take a tour of the company's history across 5,600 square meters of display areas.
"Theaterhaus Stuttgart" puts on a wide-ranging program all year round. It is Europe’s only dedicated multi-ethnic ensemble.
Stuttgart Opera House
Stuttgart Opera is one of Europe’s leading opera houses and is part of Europe’s largest multi-functional theater complex.
Sightseeing – Highlights of Stuttgart
The Stuttgart television tower (Fernsehturm Stuttgart) is around 216 meters high, with panoramic views over the city and surrounding area. It reopened to visitors in January 2016.
Surrounded by lush vineyards on the Württemberg hill, this mausoleum was built in memory of Katharina Pavlovna, second wife of King William I of Württemberg.
Solitude Palace (Schloss Solitude) is one of the most ambitious and most personal creations of Duke Carl Eugen of Württemberg. It is an outstanding example of late rococo architecture and boasts stunning views.
Here you can find an overview of Stuttgart's most popular restaurants, bars and cafés.
The SI-Centrum is a diverse leisure and entertainment complex. Attractions include the musicals “Dance of the Vampire” and “Mary Poppins”, which are permanently based here in Stuttgart.
Located in a former gas station in the heart of Stuttgart, "Schankstelle" is a great place for burgers, super-fries, drinks (and more).
Killesberg is one of Stuttgart’s most varied open spaces, including lakeside terraces and an outdoor swimming pool.
"Wilhelma" is one of Germany's most popular zoos, with more than 11,000 different species from around the world over a site of around 30 hectares.
The "Bad Berg" mineral baths and the mineral spa in Böblingen are excellent places for relaxing and unwinding.