Beautifully set in the Swabian Mountains and at the edge of the Black Forest Stuttgart is the home of Mercedes Benz. Hardly surprising that one of the best visited museums is the Mercedes Benz Museum. Stuttgart is spread across a variety of hills, valleys and parks – unusual for German cities and often a cause of surprise to visitors who primarily associate the city with its industrial reputation as the Cradle of the automobile.

The Baden-Wurttemberg metropolis has a wide range of sights to offer – be it the four castles, the famous Weissenhof estate or the television tower. The most notable feature of Stuttgart, however, is its friendly atmosphere and hospitality. The city’s charms do not unfold immediately to the visitor. They remain concealed, waiting to be discovered.

One of these charms is its wide range of shops: exclusive stores, boutiques, modern malls and, of course, the well-known department stores entice the visitor with a wide and attractive range of products. Then there are the cafes – some extravagant, others more chic or sparsely decorated. Street cafes in the summer, some offering a beautiful view of the city, and a whole host of international restaurants and bars add to Stuttgart’s gastronomical appeal.

For those who prefer peace and tranquility, the extensive parks offer the ideal opportunity for walks and relaxation. The city’s vineyards will spoil you in a different way. Their wines are not just popular here. The region’s long wine-growing tradition is carefully documented in a museum.

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