A fine, solid city in the southwest of Germany, Stuttgart is found within the Baden-Württemberg state, relatively close to the French border. Although it has a history that dates back to Roman times, Stuttgart remains a thoroughly modern city and is perhaps best known as the home of both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Both car manufacturers have their headquarters and dedicated motoring museums in the city.
As well as a pickup point at nearby Echterdingen Airport, there are a number of our branches in and around Stuttgart for your convenience. If you’re renting a car from us in this city, you can enjoy all the standard benefits we provide. We charge no credit card fees and our rental helpline is open 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have.
Tourists and business travelers alike flock to this German city and, in addition to being an important commercial center, the destination boasts fantastic architecture, generous green spaces and a number of one-off attractions. Driving in Stuttgart is a pleasure, largely because of Germany’s world-renowned autobahns.
The city is well placed for day trips to neighboring towns including Munich, which is around two and a half minutes east along the A8; Frankfurt, which is just over a two drive north via the A5; and Nuremberg, which is around a two and a half hour drive northeast via the A6. But, you’ll there’s plenty to keep you entertained if you want to stay in Stuttgart. You’ll find the Mercedes Benz and the Porsche museums to the west/north of the city and around an hour’s drive apart via the A8, and with a rental car, you should be able to visit both with ease.
In Germany, you drive on the right-hand side and there are no toll roads on the autobahns. Speed limits are higher than in most countries but they are strictly enforced using both radar and speed cameras. The two default speed limits are 50kph in built-up areas and 100kph in non-built up areas. Parts of the autobahns allow speeds of up to 130kph. Be aware that if you exceed the speed limits you may receive an on-the-spot fine.
It’s also worth noting that if you are traveling with children over three-years-old, they must be seated in the rear of your vehicle and children under 12 must have a child seat or other child restraint.
Surrounding Stuttgart is rolling hills covered in thick green forest and acre-upon-acre of dense and fruitful vineyards. Baden-Württemberg’s fertile land, with the fast-flowing River Neckar running through its deep valley, cradle this city, which thrives in its resource-rich setting. Billed as the city that provides “everything under one roof”, Stuttgart is proud to show itself off to tourists and business people alike, offering each a unique experience of its diverse attractions and events.
Grabbing a bite to eat
Hearty and uncomplicated are the words that best define Stuttgart’s traditional dishes and it’s easy to find restaurants serving everything from tasty noodles and dumplings to stews and soups. However, there are always other dining options available in this forward-thinking city, thanks in part to the sheer number of nationalities that call it home. If you’re looking for a high-spec light lunch, try the Christophorus, the eatery atop the Porsche Museum. For Michelin-starred French fare, try OLIVO at the Steigenberger Hotel, or if you’re looking for something more laid back, sample some of the city’s great street food. Whatever your taste buds are seeking, you’ll find it here.
Like all the best European cities, Stuttgart boasts a diverse and packed calendar of festivals. One of the most popular is the annual Jazz Open festival, which takes place in July and is an excellent showcase of established names and new arrivals on the global jazz and blues scene.
Stuttgart Summer Festival is an upmarket mix of food, dance and music all staged in the open air at the city’s elegant Palace Square and Palace Gardens. As winter rolls in the cozy Christmas market boasts almost 300 individual stalls, each celebrating the festive period in their own special, sparkling way.
Art and architecture
Stuttgart has a decidedly understated and sophisticated air and nowhere is this more apparent than in the city’s fine architecture. The Carl Zeiss Planetarium, for example, with its interior dome contained within an exterior glass pyramid, is breathtaking and attracts those with an interest in building design as frequently as it does stargazers. For outstanding artworks created from the Renaissance to the 20th century, take a trip to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, or the State Gallery. As well as housing a number of paintings created by the masters, this gallery is itself a sight to behold with its combination of Neoclassical and uber-modern architecture.
Schlossplatz is an area of the city truly steep in history. A large, open space surrounded by a perimeter of royal and state buildings, it has beautifully tended public gardens replete with fountains and a bandstand. The famous 1841 Jubilee Column stands at the center of Schlossplatz, which also has a contemporary side with shops, restaurants and cafés galore just waiting for you to pop in.
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