Stuttgart is the capital and largest city of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Stuttgart has a population of 636,000 making it the sixth largest city in Germany. Mercer listed Stuttgart as 21st on its 2015 list of cities by quality of living and the Globalization and World Cities Research Network ranked the city as a Beta-status global city in their 2020 survey. Stuttgart was one of the host cities for the official tournaments of the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

Interesting Facts

The city’s television tower was the first of its kind in history

Stuttgart’s Fernsehturm (television tower) was the first concrete television tower in the world. Renowned engineer and bridge builder Professor Fritz Leonhardt was the mastermind behind the construction. The tower is 283m above sea level and is visible from all over the city.

Stuttgart is the birthplace of the petrol-powered car

Stuttgart is known as the birthplace of the petrol-powered motorcar. The city boasts an impressive history in car manufacturing. Innovative engineers Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz were both born near Stuttgart and their legacy is celebrated at the Mercedes Benz Museum.

The city gets its name from its horse breeding past

The area around the city was originally a site for breeding horses! The name is derived from Stutengarten which roughly translated to stud yard.

Stuttgart is a city of stairs

The capital of Baden-Wurttemberg is constructed on many hills. Subsequently, there are lots of stairs. But the large number of hills means there are also many vineyards here!


As of 2022, the population of Stuttgart is 634,740. Of course, this number is constantly changing.

Local Attractions

Palace square (Schlossplatz) - Schlossplatz, Schloßpl., 70173 Stuttgart | within city centre

This is the city centre and is usually where many of the festivals take place. It’s a great place to engage socially with people, with further options for shopping etc. Some of the festivals held in this area include the children’s cultural festival, Christmas markets and the animation film festival.

Solitude Palace, Solitude 1, 70197 Stuttgart | 11km from city centre

This palace is located on the outskirts of Stuttgart and was originally used as a hunting palace for the rich. Here you can admire the view of the city.

Stuttgart Cable Car - Südheimer Platz, 70199 Stuttgart | 4km from city centre

This funicular railway has operated since 1929, and links the city of Stuttgart with a forest cemetery. The funicular is part of the public transport system, which means anybody can enjoy the views over the city from its carriages.

Discotheque Universum (Unihase) - Charlottenpl. 1, 70173 Stuttgart | 1.2km from city centre

This venue is a well-known party location for lovers of alternative music. It’s also home to a unique ‘work of art’ – a taxidermied rabbit. The rabbit originally belonged to a customer who visited the pub regularly. After the rabbit died, she chose to immortalise him within the venue that she loved.

Air and Rail Connections

Stuttgart Airport (Flughafen Stuttgart)

This is the sixth busiest airport in Germany and offers links to many major cities across the world.

Stuttgart Central Station – Arnulf-Klett-Platz 2, 70173 Stuttgart

Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in Stuttgart. Long-distance services for other German cities depart from here.

Housing and living costs

Monthly average rental costs are calculated based on apartments both inside and out of the city centre.

  • 1 bedroom – 1,608 euros
  • 2 bedroom – 2,063 euros
  • 3 bedroom – 2,540 euros

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To calculate German tax click here.

For information about the German tax system click here.

International Education

International School of Stuttgart

This school offers a diverse and student focused curriculum. You can be sure that tradition is valued, and innovation is adopted at this character developing school.

Schule Schloss Salem

This boarding school is inspired by Judeo-Christian and humanistic values and aims to build character.

SIS Swiss International School Stuttgart-Fellbach

SIS Stuttgart-Fellbach is the oldest of the SIS schools in Germany. A diverse team of native-speaking teachers provide for an education with regional vision.


Mercedes Benz Museum - Mercedesstraße 100, 70372 Stuttgart | 5.1km from city centre

This museum is heaven for car enthusiasts. The building itself is a feat of engineering, but what’s inside is even more incredible. Each floor pays tribute to the evolution and mechanics of Mercedes cars and details the life of the founder Mercedes-Daimler-Benz, who was crucial to the development of modern German history. The cars are also assembled in interesting formations that makes the viewing experience utterly unique, even if you are not a car enthusiast.

Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Gardens - Wilhelma, 13, 70376 Stuttgart | 3.4km from city centre

The Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Stuttgart are an amazing stretch of magnificent gardens and complex greenhouses, making this a great place to relax. There is a large variety of animals here – ranging from African elephants to tropical birds. Naturally (pun intended), this would be a great place to bring the family.

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart - Public Library Stuttgart, Mailänder Platz 1, 70173 Stuttgart | within city centre

This library is well worth visiting for the architecture alone. It houses hundreds of thousands of books over multiple floors – displayed in a simple minimalistic fashion. There is also a roof terrace from where you can see a 360 degree view of the city.

Enjoy nature!

Stuttgart ranks as the greenest city in Europe, making it a great place to explore, cycle or camp. There is a variety of camping sites to choose from (for more info on this, click here). Or, if you’d like to go for a cycle, use this site for information on a range of cycle routes around Stuttgart.

Events, Festivals and Holidays

Canstatter Volkfest

The Canstatter Volkfest is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Much like Munich’s Oktoberfest, this autumnal fair is known for its beer festival as well as fun fair, festival tents, flea-markets, and other amazing attractions. It’s a huge festival and usually attracts a more authentic German crowd (unlike Munich). In this sense, it’s a much better place to go for Oktoberfest/Autumn. It runs through September and October and is absolutely worth visiting when in Stuttgart.

Annual night at the Museums (Lange Nacht Der Museen)

Once a year, Stuttgart opens all of its museums to the public – at night! This is a great opportunity to experience a museum at a unique time. The city even has bus shuttles in place to transport you to and from the museums.

Christmas Markets in Stuttgart

When the winter arrives, the city turns into a scenic Christmas market town, with the smell of bratwursts in the air, fairy lights glistening around and the fresh smell of vanilla floating through the streets.

Food & Drink Options

Pizzeria Italia - Neckarstraße 122, 70190 Stuttgart | 1.1km from city centre

This restaurant is known for producing authentic Roman Italian cuisine. The local Italian population can often be heard speaking Italian to the restaurant staff.

Kismet - Kernerpl. 5, 70182 Stuttgart | within city centre

This restaurant serves some of the best Turkish cuisine in Stuttgart. The layout and décor are reflective of Turkey, with prints of markets and bright orange walls. The food is delicious, and the menu is always different!

Restaurant Kronprinz - Neckarstraße 124, 70190 Stuttgart | 1.1km from city centre

As well as traditional Croatian cuisine, this venue also boasts a large wine offering. All of this is accompanied by a refined décor, making this a great place to visit when in Stuttgart.


Le Méridien Stuttgart | 5-star hotel within city centre

Address: Willy-Brandt-Straße 30, 70173 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 22 210

Kronenhotel | 4-star hotel within city centre

Address: Kronenstraße 48, 70174 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 22 510

ibis Styles Stuttgart | 3-star hotel 9km from city centre

Address: Ruppmannstraße 20, 70565 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 26 898 610

Getting Around The City

Public Transport

Stuttgart has an extensive public transport system, comprised of buses, streetcars  a subway (U-Bahn) and suburban rail service (S-Bahn).

Click this link for maps, timetables and journey planners.

Taxi Companies

0711-Taxi | +49 0711 83 882 970
Taxi-Auto-Zentrale| +49 0711 55 10 000
TAXI-STRAUCH| +49 0711 50 50 848

Shopping Malls

Breuningerland - Heinkelstraße 1, 71634 Ludwigsburg | 18.3km from city centre

Many of the stores at this shopping mall have English speaking employees who are very helpful. The food court is great, and there is also a wide variety of boutiques and shops to choose from.

Milaneo - Mailänder Platz 7, 70173 Stuttgart | 1km from city centre

This newly established shopping mall is in the centre of Stuttgart, and is a go-to-spot for locals and tourists alike. It houses over 200 stores as well as restaurants.

Local Football Teams

VfB Stuttgart

This team is currently part of the Bundesliga and is one of the most successful clubs.


Bahnhof-Apotheke Königstraße

Address: Königstraße 4, 70173 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 0711 29 02 14

Apotheke Königsbau

Address: Königstraße 28, 70173 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 0711 22 931 60

U-Apotheke Klettpassage am HBF

Address: Königstraße 4, 70173 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 0711 29 48 20