Stuttgart Sights and Landmarks Guide, Germany
The city of Stuttgart offers a myriad of options for travelers to revel in its Old World charm & its significance in modern transportation.
Most notable among its attraction is the Schlossplatz. Located in the center of Stuttgart, the Schlossplatz is the largest square in the city. One of its historic buildings is the New Castle which is built in the baroque style & offers tour of the building by special arrangement since the Castle itself is used by the State Ministry of Finance & Cultural Affairs. The Schlossplatz hosts open air concerts & fairs. The square even has its own ice rink for the ice skating aficionados.
North of the state capital one can be captivated by the sprawling Killesbergpark. Every July thousands of lanterns decorate the park for the Lichterfest Stuttgart, a wholesome event that lets people enjoy the park through numerous family activities music & fireworks show. And since the park started as a host for a horticultural show during the late 30’s locals & visitors alike, you should not miss the Bundesgartenshau and the IGA.
Another famous place to visit while in Stuttgart is the Wilhelma, a royal palace which was converted into a zoo after the Second World War. Its Moorish architecture alone is truly a sight to behold, but what really makes the Wilhelma fascinating is the fact that it is Europe’s only zoological & botanical garden that houses over 8000 animals & over 1000 species of exotic plants.
For a city that was named after its horses, it’s only fitting that the automobile industry took its first baby steps here at Stuttgart. The Mercedes-Benz Museum & the new Porsche Museum, which will open in late 2008, reflects radical architectural designs aside from the cars that are being displayed in the museums.
With Stuttgart’s contribution to the automobile industry a tour at these museums is surely a must, not only for car aficionados but for those who appreciate avant-garde architecture.
Aside from its gardens & famous automobiles, Stuttgard’s bustling art scene can make even the casual tourist into a knowledgeable art buff. The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart is a gallery & a museum which houses priceless works of art by notable artists such as Dali, Picasso and Matisse among others. Opened in 1843 the Staatsgalerie also has collections of old German, Italian & Dutch paintings dating from as far back as the 1300’s.
On the other hand, the Neu Staatsgalerie which opened on 1984 boasts modern architectural design. James Stirling, a British architect responsible for the Neu Staatsgalerie design, received the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Contrasting colors of different materials made the Neu Staatsgalerie what it is today, a shining example of Stuttgart’s blend of tradition and innovation which inspires and captivates its visitors to return.
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Stuttgart is a nice, big city, where you can do really everything. Around the city center you can find shops for everything, also bars and restaurants. You can visit one of the many museums, located around the park, next to the railway station. Take yourself time to take a look at the the...
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