Things to do in Stuttgart

This low-key German city has a lot more to offer than you might realise.

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. A journalist for more than 20 years, he's been travelling the world since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.


The best things to do in Stuttgart

Although it's well known for its car industry, not a lot of foreign tourists visit Stuttgart. But they're missing out, because this German city is jam-packed full of interesting sights, with some beautiful natural scenery around it.

From the car museums, to excellent art galleries, and fun beer gardens, here are my tips for what to do in Stuttgart.

The people of Stuttgart are known for being a bit stingy. It’s a reputation that people have all across the Swabian region here in Germany. And it’s one that they embrace.

Why waste money when you can get the same thing for free, is the logic. And it’s hard to argue with.

I’m shown an example of this firsthand on my first day in Stuttgart when a local guide offers to show me the city’s stairs.

Stairs, I wonder – why would that be something you show a visitor?

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

But the people here are proud of their stairs.

Stuttgart is surrounded by hills where the suburbs have expanded amongst the nature. To connect all the houses, stairs have been built on the inclines – up and down; diagonally; though alleys, parks and neighbourhoods.

Not only are they practical, but they take you to great viewpoints and interesting local spots.

The stingy Swabians, though, they see another benefit. The stairs of Stuttgart have created an opportunity for exercise and walking or running around them has now become a popular hobby for residents of all ages. No need to pay to go to a gym!

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

And so I see quite a few people running by as I explore the stairs – and there are plenty to explore.

400 sets of public stairs in the hills, making more than 20 kilometres in total! Luckily one of the things I discover along the way is a beer garden with views across the city!

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

Discovery seems to be the theme of my time in Stuttgart, which I have decided is possibly Germany’s most underrated city! There is so much here – you just maybe don’t realise that before you arrive.

If you want an easy way to explore Stuttgart when you visit, I would recommend using the Hop-On Hop-Off bus around town.

How often do you hear someone talk about their trip to Stuttgart, suggest you go, tell you all the wonderful things there are to do?

I’m guessing not that often. Until now… because I’m going to do all three.

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

The beauty of Stuttgart is that it’s perfect for whatever you want.

The inner city is busy enough that there’s a great range of places to eat and drink and hang out…

It’s not far to the natural highlights of the Baden-Württemberg region…

There are plenty of interesting smaller towns just a short train trip away…

And there are lots of things for tourists to do in Stuttgart itself.

Let’s take a look at that last point because that’s what I would like to focus on today.

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

I used the Stuttcard during my time in Stuttgart. It’s a sightseeing pass that – for a fixed fee – gives you free access to dozens of places in the city and surrounds.

It’s a great way to see as much as possible in a limited time, without spending too much.

Public transport can be included with the Stuttcard so you can use the excellent transport system to get to all of these places.

Let me tell you a bit more about the best things to see in Stuttgart.

Stuttgart State Gallery

The gallery is quite large with a good range of artwork on display. You’ll recognise a lot of famous names in the modern art section – Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein.

Going further through, there are good collections of German painters and other European artists.

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

There’s a lot to see Stuttgart State Gallery and it would be easy for art lovers to spend a few hours. Keep in mind, though, that if modern art is your thing, there’s another gallery you’re going to want to visit too (which I’ll discuss in a moment).

Stuttgart State Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 – 17:00.
On Thursday it closes at 20:00.
It is closed on Mondays.

A standard ticket is €7 and a concession is €5.

Baden-Württemberg House of History

This Baden-Württemberg House of History tells the story of the culture of Baden-Württemberg and Stuttgart over recent centuries, up to the present day. It’s well-designed and has a lot of exhibits.

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

However, I would suggest that it’s more of interest to locals or those with a keen appreciation of the story of the region. All the exhibits are in German, although you can get a free English audioguide.

The upside is that it is right next to the art museum and free with the Stuttcard, so it’s easy to pop in and have a look around before you move on.

The Baden-Württemberg House of History is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 – 17:00.
On Thursday it closes at 20:00.
It is closed on Mondays.

A standard ticket is €5 and a concession is €2.50.

Württemberg State Museum

A much better museum for international tourists interested in the history of the region is this state museum. It covers the period from Neanderthal man all the way up until the middle of the 20th century.

While it doesn’t go into the detail of modern Stuttgart, it sets up the story very well through the Roman era, the Middle Ages, and the kingdom that followed.

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

The exhibits are in German and English and there’s a lot of interesting detail to learn along the way. This could be a good place to start your exploration of the region – particularly if you’re planning to see some of the old royal buildings.

The Württemberg State Museum is open from 10:00 – 17:00.

Entrance fees are different for each exhibition:
Old Castle & House of Music: €6 for adults and concession is €5.
Children’s Museum Junges Schloss: €10.50 for adults, €8.50 for concession, and €7 for children 4-17 years old.

Stuttgart Museum of Art

Just a few minutes walk from the State Museum is the new art gallery in a modern glass cube, fitting for the works it holds. The Stuttgart Museum of Art architecture is an attraction in itself but, of course, it’s the art that is the real drawcard.

Things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

The work on display may not be from the most famous artists – and there’s an emphasis on local creators – but the collection shows a depth of imagination and creativity in a range of styles.

The Stuttgart Museum of Art is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 – 18:00.
On Fridays it closes at 21:00.
It is closed on Mondays.

A standard ticket is €11 and a concession is €8.

Ludwigsburg Palace

Just outside the city centre, Ludwigsburg Palace is one of the top sights in Stuttgart. The construction of the enormous palace was started in 1704 but it’s been extended and modified over the years.

Ludwisburg Palace tour, Stuttgart, Germany

The only way to see inside is with a guided tour but it is worth it. Not only do you get to see a lot of the rooms, you’ll hear the stories of the owners and the gossip that still surrounds them.

Ludwigsburg Palace is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 – 16:00.
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 10:00 – 17:00.

A standard ticket is €9 and a concession is €4.50.

Porsche Museum

The Porsche Museum is as well designed as the cars themselves. It is home to dozens of original cars and there’s plenty of information in English and German about each model and the stories behind them.

Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

There’s an excellent and free audioguide that accompanies the displays and it has all sorts of interesting anecdotes. Stuttgart is famous as an epicentre of motoring and this is a perfect place to learn more about the city’s impact on the global car industry.

The Porsche Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 – 18:00.
It is closed on Mondays.

A standard ticket is €12 and a concession is €6.

Mercedes-Benz Museum

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is another place to indulge your interest in cars and this is definitely one of the highlights of any visit to Stuttgart. It is, after all, a tribute to the inventor of the car and everything that helped make that happen.

Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany

There are plenty of cars on display and exhibits that show the detailed work that went into each of them.

The audio guide is also free here and it’s very good. It has more information than you could possibly listen to on a single visit and goes in-depth on the individual displays.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 – 18:00.
It is closed on Mondays.

A standard ticket is €16 and a concession is €8.

Pig Museum

And finally, how could I not mention Stuttgart’s famous Pig Museum?

The museum opened in 2010 in the old administration building of a slaughterhouse. Since then it has grown to the point where it has more than 50,000 items on display.

It’s all divided into 25 themed rooms that each have a topic like international pigs, wedding pigs, mythical pigs… and so on. There’s even an X-rated section where the pigs are… well, porking.

Pig Museum, Stuttgart, Schweine Museum

The Pig Museum is a bit of silly fun and certainly something a bit unique.

The Pig Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 – 17:00.
Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 11:00 – 17:00.
It is closed on Mondays.

A standard ticket is €5.90, a concession is €5, children 7-14 years old are €3, and children 4-6 years old are €1.50.

As I say, there is plenty to discover. From cars, to art, to history, to… pigs.

Why not give Stuttgart a go sometime! I would recommend any of the following to help you explore:


You might find it convenient to get accommodation that’s walking distance from the main train station so you can easily explore the region.


If you’re looking for a budget option, the Youth Hostel Stuttgart International is one of Germany’s best.


For a basic but comfortable and cheap hotel, I would suggest Hotel Astoria.


A good modern hotel in Stuttgart that’s a great option is Jaz Stuttgart.


And I think the best luxury hotel in Stuttgart is the Le Meridien, which also has a perfect location.

Time Travel Turtle was supported by the Baden-Württemberg tourism board but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.

8 thoughts on “Things to do in Stuttgart”

  1. wow! that place is looking so beautiful and you recommend very good things about that beautiful place of germany. Buildings are looking so attractive and You captured awesome photos of that beautiful place.

  2. Great article, Stuttgart has been on my horizon for a while now, just not actually managed to get there yet… I knew nothing about the 400 flights of stairs though. Sounds great for getting good views of the city! Can’t wait to visit!

  3. I absolutely hated Stuttgart as a city. I like the picture you took of the view to the city with the green leafy area, but I don’t remember that at all, or seeing where it was.

    The actual city is drab, ugly, under construction, and other than a couple of excellent museums (cars do nothing for me, so I don’t mean those), the tiny square where the palace is, and a nice part of the park/garden (where I was approached by a nasty man masturbating), the city is just ugly.

    I am intrigued by Ludwigsburg, but Stuttgart in of itself has absolutely none of the German intrigue and charm that other German cities have.

  4. Thank you for ALL the helpful Information . I plan on visiting in January, I’m a single women traveling and only speak English, hoping that wont be too much of a problem..

  5. Going to Visit Germany next week as I don’t know much about it so I was looking for a blog to know the best things to there thanks for this information. As Know I know What to do there.

  6. Perfect overview. Thanks for the summary and your experiences of stuttgart. I will visit germany next month and I will travel to Stuttgart for at least 3 days after my stay in berlin. I’m really looking forward to.


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